HILLS – A Sioux Falls man suffered serious injuries when his 2004 Chevrolet Venture van left the roadway and rolled in the early morning hours on Sunday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Obede Bikorimana, 27, of Sioux Falls, SD, was eastbound on Interstate 90 near mile marker 3 in his van when it left the roadway to the right and rolled into the ditch, causing him serious injury. He was taken to the Sanford Sioux Falls Trauma Center. The van was totaled.
WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay For Life is now at approximately $54,000 of their $57,000 goal of 2015 after this weekend’s event. To make a contribution to the 2015 Nobles County Relay for Life campaign before the Aug. 31 deadline, or for more information about volunteering for future relays, contact any relay team member, call Kim Lambert at 372-5305 or send inquiries to email@example.com.
IOWA - A representative of U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley will be in the area this week. Jacob Bosma, the senator's Regional Director, will hold open office hours Tuesday in O'Brien, Clay, Palo Alto and Kossuth counties.
Bosma will be in the Assembly Room at the O'Brien County Courthouse in Primghar from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., the Spencer City Hall from 1:00 until 2:00 pm., the Emmetsburg Public Library from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. and the Algona Public Library from 4:00 until 5:00 p.m.
Bosma will be available for questions and to assist constituents with casework.
OKOBOJI, Iowa - Arnolds Park Amusement Park will be donating $1 of all Park Day Passes purchased from June 27th through July 3rd to the family of Iryna Shevchuk to help with expenses. She was killed while riding her bike June 23rd after being struck by a car.
Iryna was from the Ukraine, and living in South Dakota on a work exchange program with Spirit International.
She was employed by The Inn and the Dairy Queen.
A rep from Arnold's Park says many businesses, could not operate without the help of the work exchange program. Other donations may be given at Northwest Bank to help her family with additional expenses. Contact Di Lorenzen, Marketing and Communications Manager, for more information at 712-332-6557
DES MOINES, Iowa - There's finally some good news when it comes to bird flu. Officials with the Iowa department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and U.S. Department of Agriculture say there have been no more probable cases of avian influenza over the past week. They say the last positive flock was detected on June 16th.
Officials say infected turkey flocks have been depopulated and are being composted. Cleaning and disinfecting of the facilities is also underway. All the commercial laying and pullet facilities have been depopulated and cleaning and disinfecting of those facilities is ongoing.
Officials say environmental samplings will be taken of all sites to confirm they have been successfully cleaned and disinfected before they are re-stocked.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A 28-year-old man is facing assault charges after a stabbing in eastern Sioux Falls.
According to Sgt. Candi Gearman, the incident happened Sunday around 9:40 p.m. at the 300 block of S. Lowell Avenue. When officers arrived, they found a 34-year-old victim who had injuries to his face, including a cut above his eye. The victim was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.
The suspect, Galal A. Tawa, was found at the scene and arrested for aggravated assault. The investigation is ongoing.
MINNESOTA - Two children and a man are in the hospital after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents Sunday in northern Minnesota.
A father was carrying his 4-year-old daughter at a baseball game in Cherry, when they were struck by lightning around 2 p.m. near the township hall, Northland News Center reports. According to reports, the father is in critical condition and his daughter has serious injuries.
A 12-year-old child is also in critical condition after being struck by lightning at Enger Golf Course in Duluth late Sunday afternoon. The golf course was full for a memorial tournament, and it continued when thunder started, the Duluth News Tribune reports. However, the paper reports a warning horn was blown just before the bolt struck the bystander who was near a driving range.
According to the National Weather Service, an average of 49 people die each year from lightning strikes, while hundreds “are severely injured.” Lightning strikes about 25 million times a year in the U.S.
So far in 2015, 11 deaths have been reported. Only two of those were in the Midwest; they occurred in Iowa.
WORLD - Tuesday June 30 will be one second longer than any other day this year – and the longest day since 2012.
That’s because a “leap second” will be added to account for the fact that the Earth’s rotation is gradually slowing down, NASA explains.
A day lasts 86,400 seconds, according to coordinated universal time (UTC), but days haven’t actually been that long since about 1820, due to the gravitational tug-of-war between the Earth and the moon slowing the Earth’s rotation – now, the average day is approximately 86,400.002 seconds long, NASA says.
It may not seem like a lot – it’s actually less than the blink of an eye – but the difference adds up to almost a second every year, which is why scientists are adding a “leap” second to June 30 to keep time in sync with the mean solar day, which measures the passage of time based on the sun’s position in the sky, CBC News says.
o, as the clock approaches midnight on Tuesday, it will strike 23:59:60 before rolling over to 00:00:00 on July 1.
This won’t have much of an affect on the average person, NASA explains, but it could affect some computer systems – it becomes problematic when computers are networked together and can have issues agreeing on what time it is.
In 2012, when the last leap second was introduced, it caused problems across the Internet – briefly brought down websites like Reddit and Gawker, as well as disrupting Qantas Airlines’ booking system, leading to the cancellation of more than 400 flights, CBC News notes.
Twenty-five leap seconds have been added since 1972 – when the first leap second was implemented. Tuesday’s leap second will be only the fourth to be added since 2000, NASA notes.