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August 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – Wiring is thought to be the cause of a fire that displaced a family of five Tuesday evening in Worthington. The Worthington Fire Department responded to a fire call at 949 11th Street at approximately 5:04 p.m. that destroyed a home inhabited by three adults and two children.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the back of the home was already fully engulfed, and neighboring homes had to be evacuated.

With significant fire and smoke damage, Fire Chief Rick von Holdt did not feel the home would be salvageable. The American Red Cross was on hand to help the displaced family with their immediate needs.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday had a relatively light agenda during their morning session, approving a legal service agreement with the city of Adrian and a contract with attorney Kayla Johnson for Child Protective Services.

Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs presented the commissioners with a performance grant in the amount of $22,285, which required a matching grant from the county. Commissioners approved and accepted the grant. Jacobs also asked them for approval of the newest National Incident Management Systems Guidelines, which advises all supervisory and management staff in what amount of NIMS training is required for disaster preparedness. Jacobs said she needs to prove the county is NIMS compliant in order to be eligible for federal grants.

The commissioners expressed their preference for a majority vote when it comes to an issue regarding the PERA for correctional officers in the county. According to Sue Luing, PERA officials some time back added social security benefits to correctional officers, not knowing they needed to take a vote to do so. Counties are now being asked if they would prefer going with a majority vote or a divided decision when they vote is taken.

Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening had two requests regarding personnel. A deputy is planning on using the Family Medical Leave Act, which the sheriff can only authorize for 30 days. The commissioners approved the extended leave, which is good through January 1. They also approved Wilkening’s second request to move another deputy from part-time to full-time temporarily to fill hours until the first deputy can return to duty.

During a public hearing Tuesday afternoon, a drainage authority for Judicial Ditch 76, which includes three Nobles County Commissioners and two Jackson County Commissioners, approved an outlet to Alba Grain of rural Brewster for an additional 122 acres of land.

That meeting is continued to 1:30 p.m. Sept. 16, when a recommendation will be brought forth to set a franchise fee and the annual fees as a benefiting property owner in the ditch system, to be paid by Alba Grain.

JACKSON - A Jackson man is under arrest on drug charges. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office arrested 30-year old Roland Ybarra of Jackson for 4th degree felony sale of a controlled substance.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, on August 1st, Ybarra sold approximately a half gram of methamphetamine to a confidential informant. Officers executed a search warrant at Ybarra’s residence. Additional methamphetamine was located and seized along with approximately $600 in quarters.

Additional charges are pending at this time.

SPIRIT LAKE - The Spirit Lake VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic invites area residents to an open house on today to celebrate their seventh anniversary in the community. The open house will be from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the Clinic at 1310 Lake Street in Spirit Lake. There will be facility tours, live music by Jessie James and the Outlaws and refreshments.

VA staff will be available to explain Veterans’ benefits and services and encourages Veterans who are not enrolled for VA care to stop by.

SPENCER, Iowa - The Clay County Sheriff's Office is investigating the theft of construction tools that allegedly took place at a construction site in the 2300 block of 495th Street in Spencer. Authorities say the theft place sometime between 6 p.m. Friday and 7:30 a.m. Monday from a locked trailer that was forced open.

Some of the items taken include a transit unit with tripod, a staple gun, router, rechargeable batteries, hand tools, a chop saw, impact sockets and several drop cords.

Anyone with information into the incident is asked to contact the Clay County Sheriff's Office at (712) 262-3221 or contact Clay County Crimestoppers Text-A-Tip by texting crimes, or 274637. You can also log on to www.claycountysheriffsoffice.com to leave a message.

A $500 reward is being offered for information that leads to the arrest or conviction of whoever is responsible.

PAULLINA, Iowa — The manure discharge from Summit Dairy near Paullina to an unnamed tributary and Mill Creek has resulted in a fish kill that on Tuesday stretched 12 miles from its source to the edge of Cherokee County. The DNR is now suggesting that livestock and pets should be kept away from the impacted waters.

The discharge occurred when rain caused runoff from the facility to enter a trench dug to redirect rain from a construction site at Summit Dairy. The runoff then crossed a soybean field and entered the unnamed tributary. A citizen called the DNR to report a fish kill in Mill Creek on Saturday, August 16.

The DNR traced the incident to the dairy. Summit Dairy responded by redirecting the runoff to a basin and added a berm to prevent further discharges to the stream. In the meantime the runoff continued to flow downstream.

Tom Roos, senior environmental specialist at the DNR’s Spencer field office says that the runoff caused an elevated level of ammonia and lowered dissolved oxygen in the creek. He says that at the 12-mile mark the ammonia level is beginning to drop, but they’re still seeing dead and dying fish downstream.

DNR fisheries will continue counting dead and dying fish, including suckers, minnows, darters, shiners, catfish, small largemouth bass, madtoms and others.
Damages for fish restitution and enforcement action are likely, according to DNR officials.

August 19 news

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BREWSTER – A search warrant executed in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue in Brewster last week has resulted in the arrest of five people. The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, conducting surveillance, first detained Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Ober after they were let into the residence by Susan Elizabeth Bales.

Bales admitted to having a meth pipe and Fitzpatrick was found to have a warrant for probation violation, so both were taken to the Nobles County Jail. In the meantime, messages were coming in on Bales’ phone from Michele King and Joshua James Kindel of Fulda, both of whom were known to agents for their involvement in drug-related activities, and from another person, who was stating he was waiting for a ‘guy’ to get there.

Agents kept the home in Brewster under surveillance and scooped them up as they arrived. King had various paraphernalia in her purse that contained meth residue. Kindel, her son, was on probation and under court order to abstain from the use of controlled substances. Once at the jail, he tested positive for meth and THC.

The next to be arrested was Enrique Pedro Aguero, 35, of Worthington. In his possession was .7 grams of meth. He allegedly said Bales had given him $80 and told him to purchase an eight-ball of meth. He said because he had been living at her residence, he had felt obligated to make the purchase for her.

Bales is charged with one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Aguero and King face one count of fifth-degree felony drug charges and Kindel is facing one count of fugitive from justice from another state, a felony offense. Ober was not charged.

SLAYTON – The City of Slayton will have a city-wide water shutdown from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday as they finish the last piece of the Juniper Avenue project. There will be a boil water advisory in effect when the water comes back on for at least 24 hours due to the low water pressure during the shut-off.

Residents are asked to use bottled water or boil tap water for one minute if it to be used for drinking, cooking, dish washing or any purpose that would lead to consumption.

MINNESOTA – By October, motorists on Highway 60 and Interstate 90 will have another way to get real-time information during road emergencies.

Permanent electronic message boards will be installed beginning August 25. Motorists can expect shoulder closures on Highway 60 near Worthington, Windom, St. James, Madelia and Lake Crystal. On I-90, the locations include Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Blue Earth.

The electronic message boards will only be used for events and emergencies that impact traffic. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol will partner in the use of and responsibility for the messages. The project is part of the Toward Zero Deaths effort, which includes staff from MnDOT, State Patrol, Public Safety and Emergency Services.

Messages typically include a statement of the problem, effect on the motorist and an action or suggestion for the motorist.

Examples of traffic conditions ahead that warrant the use of the signs include crashes, closures, construction and hazardous conditions. The message boards will also be used for Amber Alerts and other public safety messages.

By providing real-time information to the motorists, the signs can improve route selection, reduce travel time and mitigate the severity and duration of incidents.

SIBLEY, Iowa – Noteboom Implement of Sibley will celebrate its new 28,000 square foot facility from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new location along Highway 60 at exit 51. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will join Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom, several John Deere executives and local dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Noteboom Implement has been a family owned John Deere dealer for 45 years, originating in Corsica, South Dakota, with additional locations in Parkston and Chamberlain, South Dakota, as well as Spencer and Lake Park, Iowa.

Store Manager Bob Schlesser and Dan Noteboom invite the general public to come out to meet the Noteboom family. Activities for the day include Kids Zone and inflatables, music by “The Browns,” an old-fashioned BBQ, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos, as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demos.

SPENCER, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a manure spill at a dairy has likely caused the death of thousands of fish.

The DNR announced Monday the spill at Summit Dairy near Paullina apparently happened Friday during a rainstorm. Saturday, a citizen reported seeing dead fish in Mill Creek. The DNR responded and dug a trench that redirected the manure to a field.

On Sunday, DNR staffers noted many dead fish, including suckers, minnows, darters, shiners, a few catfish and a few small largemouth bass.

The DNR says it's likely the dead fish will number in the thousands along a one-mile stretch of an unnamed tributary and a five-mile-or-longer section of a creek in that area. The DNR is continuing to investigate the incident.

In an unrelated incident, the DNR says aerial spraying was the probable cause of a fish kill reported Saturday on an unnamed tributary of the Rock River about five miles south and two miles west of Rock Rapids. Officials say about 200 fish were killed in that incident.

IOWA - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will make a number of campaign appearances in the region in upcoming days. The Governor has stops planned for Wednesday in Pocahontas, West Bend and Graettinger. The itinerary includes a roundtable discussion at 1 p.m. that afternoon at the Pocahontas Farm Bureau in Pochanontas; a tour of Country Maid, Incorporated in West Bend at 2:45 p.m. and a stop at Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger at 4:30 p.m. From there Branstad will head to the Iowa Great Lakes for the Dickinson County Republican Party's annual picnic at 6 p.m. at the Barefoot Bar.

Thursday the Governor heads to Lake Park for the grand opening of Great Lakes Communication Corporation at 8:00 a.m. From there he'll travel to Cherokee to tour the Foundation Analytical Lab at 10 a.m. Branstad will then head to Orange City to tour Quatro Composites at noon. The Governor then heads to Sibley where he'll present the Governor's Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at 2 p.m. at Prairieview Home in Sanborn. He'll then head to Ashton for a tour at Zylstra Feedlot at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Governor Branstad will be back in the Iowa Great Lakes Saturday at 4 p.m. He'll be at the Dickinson County Nature Center for a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349.

August 18 news

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LAKEFIELD - A three-vehicle collision Friday evening at the intersection of Highway 86 and Jackson County Road 34 sent two people to the hospital.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 46-year-old Kern Storo of Burnsville was westbound on the county road and had stopped at the intersection. Troopers say he then pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Carol Patten of Spencer, who was northbound on Highway 86. A southbound pickup driven by 29-year-old Jeremy Sirovy of Sioux Falls came upon the scene and collided with the other two vehicles.

Storo was taken to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls; Patten was taken to Sanford Jackson Medical Center in Jackson; no injuries were reported to Sirovy.

A 2002 PT Cruiser driven by Storo and a 2008 Dodge Avenger driven by Patten were both totaled; a 2011 Ford F150 pickup driven by Sirovy sustained minor damage.

The collision took place around 7:20 p.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Lakefield ambulance and Fire Department and the Jackson ambulance.

JACKSON – Interstate 90 motorists in southwestern Minnesota are advised of a traffic change on I-90 in the Jackson area later this week as construction work shifts from bridges in the westbound direction to eastbound bridges.

According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, on or after Wednesday, two-lane two-way traffic will be shifted from the eastbound lanes of I-90 to the westbound lanes with reduced speeds until late-September. A posted detour route will be placed for eastbound I-90 traffic for access to Highway 71 and the City of Jackson. This traffic will be routed off I-90 at Highway 86 and follow a posted detour on Jackson County Road 34 into Jackson.

The project includes work on four bridges at Jackson and four at Adrian. Crews will repair decks, rails, approach panels, drainage and paint the steel to keep them in good condition and improve the ride for the motorists. Guardrail improvements will also be made.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

JACKSON – The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help with two break-ins.

On Tuesday, August 12, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a break-in at Vet’s Oil Company in Jackson. Suspects rifled through desks inside the business and removed an undetermined amount of cash.

On Friday, August 15, at approximately 8:30 a.m., the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office responded to the Good Hair Day Salon in reference to a possible break-in. No forced entry was found and an undetermined amount of cash was taken.

If anyone has any information regarding these break-ins, they are urged to contact the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - Sioux Falls-based POET will take the wraps off its new cellulosic ethanol plant in Emmetsburg early next month. The grand opening for "Project Liberty" is scheduled for Wednesday, September 3rd with public tours of the plant from 9 until 11 a.m. and from 1:45 until 4 p.m. A flyover by the ethanol-powered Vanguard squadron is also planned. The grand opening ceremony itself will run from 11 a.m. until 12:20 p.m. The event is open to the public. A lunch will be provided.

A number of booths will also be set up, and equipment will be available for viewing by the public.

Project Liberty will process 770 tons of corn cobs, leaves, husks and some stalk to produce 20 million gallons of ethanol per year. Officials with POET-DSM Advanced Biofuels say that will eventually grow to 25 million gallons per year.

Project Liberty in Emmetsburg will be the company's flagship plant to license the technology to companies across the U.S. and around the world.

SHELDON, Iowa — A burglary at J & B Bar in Sheldon is the latest to be hit in what appears to be a string of bar and restaurant burglaries, according to the Sheldon Police Department. Sheldon’s Subway restaurant and Langer’s Bar and Grill were earlier victims.

In the J & B burglary, a thief or thieves are alleged to have damaged three video machines while removing the coins. Taken from the machines was $951. The damage to the three machines is estimated at a combined total of $360, for a total of over $1,300 of loss for the bar. The crime is thought to have occurred on Friday, August 8.

Both the front and back doors were damaged as well, but the report says the dollar amount of the damage is still unknown.

Anyone with information should contact the police at 712-324-2525.

MINNESOTA - Thousands of Minnesota children will be subject to new vaccination rules next month.

Beginning Sept. 1, children enrolled in childcare and early childhood programs will be required to get vaccinated against Hepatitis A and B.

Those requirements already applied to some programs, but the rule change extends the requirement to every early childhood program.

Students in 7th through 12th grades will be required to get a meningococcal vaccination and a tetnus-diphtheria booster dose that includes protection against pertussis.

The new vaccination rules bring Minnesota in line with current national immunization recommendations.

Parents are still allowed to decline any or all vaccines for "conscientious reasons." They can also claim an exemption if their child can't be vaccinated for medical reasons.

August 15 news

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WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work continues along Omaha Avenue from Dover Street toward near Miller Street, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water service work, some pavement work and all turf restoration work remains.

Bituminous pavement restoration south of Clary Street was completed Wednesday, and the seal coat work throughout various locations in town was completed Thursday.

ADRIAN - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 91 from the Iowa state line into Adrian beginning Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21, weather permitting, as maintenance crews apply a seal coat.

The seal coat is a preventative maintenance measure that provides a protective layer, reducing deterioration due to sun and moisture.

Highway 91 traffic should anticipate lane closures during operations. Traffic will be controlled with flaggers and a pilot car. Motorists should slow down, drive with caution and watch for workers, equipment and traffic control devices.

For updated road condition information, call 511 or visit www.511mn.org.

FOSTORIA, Iowa — A rural Clay County woman has been arrested and faces criminal charges for allegedly trying to set her ex-boyfriend on fire.

The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says 38-year old Montana Marie Wells of rural Fostoria has been arrested on warrants charging her with 3rd Degree Arson, and Aggravated Assault in connection with the incident.

According to the report, Wells allegedly poured gasoline on her ex-boyfriend, as well as on the inside and outside of his residence, before attempting to ignite the ex-boyfriend and his home with a lit cigarette. Wells was arrested on those warrants Thursday evening in Spencer.

3rd Degree Arson and Aggravated Assault are both aggravated misdemeanors, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find out what happened in two incidents over the last week.

In the first incident, they’re looking for a vehicle that crashed through a cornfield. They were alerted to the incident on Tuesday morning, August 12. The investigation shows that it occurred on Elmwood Avenue, two and a half miles south of Rock Valley.

They believe that a vehicle was northbound on Elmwood Avenue, left the roadway, entered the east ditch, struck a fence pole and entered a corn field. The vehicle then drove through 150 feet of standing corn before it exited the field, damaging a fence line in order to leave the area.The vehicle will likely have extensive damage to its front.

The Sheriff’s Office is also looking for information about multiple reports of burglaries and thefts from vehicles in Granville last week.

They say the thefts likely took place between Thursday, August 7, at 10:30 p.m. and Friday, August 8, at 6:30 p.m. Allegedly stolen were sunglasses, electronic equipment, and cash.

If you have any information you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you wish to remain anonymous you can use their Text‐a‐Tip Program.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — O’Brien County jurors will not be getting an attempted murder case from Kossuth County after all.

Court records indicate that 26-year-old Andrew Zeitler of Wesley, Iowa was initially charged with attempted murder. The Kossuth County Sheriff’s Department says the alleged crime happened on Sunday, July 21st, 2013. Zeitler is accused of allegedly shooting a man several times during a dispute. The Sheriff’s Department says Zeitler was also charged with going armed with intent. He was arrested after a three-hour manhunt that ended in a cornfield near Corwith.

He originally pleaded not guilty. This past November, a judge granted a change of venue to O’Brien County.

However, the case has been moved back to Kossuth County, as Zeitler has pled guilty to lesser charges. Court records indicate he pled guilty to willful injury and two weapons counts.

His sentencing hearing has been set for September 8, in Kossuth County.

WINONA - Winona Police have responded to 16 flag burning calls since July 29, the Rochester Post Bulletin reports.

Winona Police Chief Paul Bostrack said the flags that were burned all hung outside homes on the city’s west side. All of the incidents happened at night and caused no injuries.

Police have stepped up patrols and called in off-duty officers in an effort to identify the perpetrators.

Police officials say that while there have been no injuries, the flag burnings are dangerous. Many of the homes where flags were burned were occupied at the time of the incidents.

Under Minnesota law, it is a misdemeanor to publicly desecrate an American flag. The flag burnings in Winona could also be considered property crimes.

Police say the investigation into the vandalism continues.

Anyone with information about the flag burnings is asked to call 911, or Winona dispatch at 507-457-6492.

MINNESOTA - A judge has struck down - for now - an NFL policy preventing off-duty Minnesota police officers from carrying guns at Vikings games. Two police organizations challenged the rule, arguing that NFL policy cannot trump state law.

Judge Ivy Bernhardson ruled Thursday in favor of the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association and the Police Officers Federation of Minneapolis. However, the NFL's policy will remain in place pending further court guidance. The judge hasn't set future court dates. The ruling applies only in Minnesota.

Police groups argued that even off-duty officers need to be armed at Vikings games, to protect themselves and the public. NFL spokesman Greg Aiello says the policy is designed to keep fans safe. He says the NFL will continue enforcing it until the matter is resolved.

China Delists U.S. Pork Facilities due to Ractopamine Findings

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China has suspended exports for six major U.S. pork plants and six cold storage facilities based on China's requirements for ractopamine-free pork.

The banned pork plants are:

  • Quality Pork Processors in Austin, Minnesota
  • Tyson Fresh Meats in Perry and Storm Lake, Iowa and Logansport, Indiana
  • Hormel Foods Corporation of Fremont, Nebraska.
  • Triumph Foods in St. Joseph, Missouri

The banned cold storage facilities include:

  • Cloverleaf Cold Storage of Fairmont, Minnesota
  • Americold Logistics LLC of Freemont, Nebraska
  • Frozen Assets Cold Storage of Chicago Illinois
  • Nor-Am Cold Storage of St Joseph Missouri
  • Millard Refrigerated Services in Edwardsville, Kansas
  • Hanson Cold Storage Company of Logansport, Indiana

August 14 news

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WORTHINGTON – The filing period for municipal and school open terms closed Tuesday at 5 p.m., but candidates have until 5 p.m. today to withdraw if they so choose. Already in the city of Worthington council race, one person has chosen to pull their name from the November ballot.

Darlene Vortherms has opted to withdraw from the Ward 2 race, leaving the field of candidates numbering four. Michael Harmon, Chad Cummings, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez will vie for the seat that is being vacated by Mike Kuhle.
Kuhle has chosen to toss his hat into the ring for the position of mayor, along with Chris Dybevick and incumbent Alan Oberloh.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ronald Wood will go up against newcomer Larry Janssen.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Board of Commissioners approved a tax abatement Tuesday for TP Holding, LLC of Jackson. The requested abatement is for no more than $1,291 a year for 15 years, with an overall maximum abatement of $19,365.

The Board also approved the purchase of a Trimble Robotic Total Station and controllers for just over $41,000. The current total station is 14 years old and not functioning properly.

LAKEFIELD - The University of Minnesota On-Farm GAP’s Education Program and University of Minnesota Southwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership are partnering to provide a day-long on-farm GAP’s workshop at Brandt Gardens & Greenhouse in Lakefield.

This workshop is intended for commercial fruit and vegetable farmers. Participants will learn the most recent food safety information including GAPs audits and the Food Safety Modernization Act and what it may means for producers. They will also have an opportunity to tour the packing, washing, and storage facilities, learn about potential food safety issues on the farm, practiced food safety SOPs and risk assessment statements.

This training will be Friday, August 22nd from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Brandt Gardens and Greenhouse in Lakefield. The cost for this training is $15 which will cover lunch and snacks.

To participate in this daylong training, participants will need to register online by Tuesday, August 19 at z.umn.edu/gapsww.

For additional information or questions, contact Bill Brandt at brandtgardens@gmail.com or 507-662-5631.

HULL, Iowa - Authorities are investigating the theft of U.S. flags in the northwest Iowa city of Hull.

The Sioux City Journal reports the flags were missing from homes and school property on the north side of Hull. The Sioux County Sheriff's Office says the flags were removed from poles between 10 p.m. Saturday and 7 a.m. Sunday. The sheriff's office didn't say how many flags were stolen.

MILFORD, Iowa - The Black Knights Car Club will be holding an event called “Spectacular Cars Weekend’' on Saturday. This is one of Northwest Iowa's largest Car Shows with 29 classes and 3 special awards. Trophys will be awarded to the top three in each class.
Sunday is the 3rd annual “Cruise the Lakes” which is approximately a 2-hour cruise around the Iowa Great Lakes. Both events start at The Classic Car Museum in Milford, Iowa just west of Perkins on Highway 86.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Some area banks say their customers are being targeted through a scam involving debit cards. Officials say some customers have reported receiving calls from their bank purporting their debit card has been blocked. The caller is then asked to enter their card information and reactivate the card.

Officials recommend that if you get such a call, you should NOT enter any information. Instead hang up and contact your bank directly to see if there is actually any problem.

MALLARD, Iowa - An investigation into a complaint early Wednesday morning in Mallard landed a Spencer woman in jail on multiple charges. The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called around 1 a.m. to 211 South 2nd Street in Mallard. Upon investigating, deputies arrested 36-year-old Rachel Haley of Spencer on charges of disorderly conduct, public intoxication, serious assault and assault on a peace officer.

Haley was booked into the Palo Alto county jail pending an initial court appearance.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Tuesday in Lyon county sent one person to the hospital. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 67-year-old Myron Krull of Rock Rapids was northbound on County Road K-60 and was attempting to turn left when he turned into the path of a southbound vehicle driven by 48-year-old Donald Nelson of Little Rock.

Nelson was transported by ambulance to the Rock Rapids hospital. No other injuries were reported.

$2,000 in damage was estimated to a 1998 Buick driven by Nelson; a 2,000 Ford F250 driven by Krull sustained an estimated $4,000 in damage.

The Rock Rapids Fire Department, the Lyon county ambulance and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources assisted.

The collision took place shortly before 8:30 a.m.

MINNESOTA - A Minnesota cult leader who has been on the run from law enforcement officials since April, when he was charged with sexually assaulting several girls, has been seen in western Washington State, according to the Washington State Patrol.

The department released a statement saying it received a “credible tip” that 52-year-old Victor Barnard was at a McDonald’s restaurant in Raymond, Washington, earlier Wednesday. When he left there, he began driving north on State Road 101 toward Aberdeen. The witness said a female passenger was with him in the car.
He was driving a dark blue Audi 2-door sedan with tinted windows and a spoiler, according to the state patrol.

A nationwide manhunt has been underway for Barnard since April 11, when a warrant was issued for his arrest in connection with a years-long investigation into alleged child molestation at a religious sect he founded in northern Pine County, Minnesota.

Investigators say Barnard molested a number of girls while he led the River Road Fellowship, and he is charged with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct.

King Turkey Day

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King Turkey Day has teamed up with Fareway Foods and Radio Works to give away 75 free frozen turkeys! Listen weekdays, as Radio Works will announce three button winners daily. If your button number is called, bring your button to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce (1121 3rd Ave, Worthington) and claim your certificate for a FREE frozen turkey from King Turkey Day, Fareway Foods, and Radio Works!

If you missed the number announcement, you can always check back to any of your favorite Radio Works radio station websites for the previous days' numbers.

Yesterday's Button Numbers

For yesterday (8/19) only

  • 766
  • 912
  • 2253

KTD Button Numbers

All current KTD button numbers called, listen in numerical order

  • 36
  • 208
  • 349
  • 354
  • 358
  • 370
  • 454
  • 766
  • 912
  • 1156
  • 1219
  • 1790
  • 1867
  • 1918
  • 1973
  • 2119
  • 2253
  • 2300

The 75th Annual King Turkey Day Festival is slated for September 12 and 13, 2014 in Worthington, Minn. Where else can you find race teams herding their star "athletes" (wild racing turkeys) down main street? The Great Gobbler Gallop is part of Worthington, Minnesota's very own King Turkey Day festival. Of course, there's always the musical entertainment fun factor as well.

This year, the King Turkey Day Board of Directors and Radio Works are proud to present the 2014 King Turkey Day Entertainment, featuring Drake White and the Big Fire with special guest Chris Hawkey on Friday night and Hairball on Saturday! Tickets are $10 for Friday night with Hairball advance tickets $15 or $20 at the door. Tickets can be purchased via the link above, or www.kingturkeyday.net, the Worthington Chamber of Commerce, the Daily Apple, or at Radio Works Headquarters.

Alabama singer/songwriter Drake White describes his sound as "country rockin' freestyle blues" with influences by Ray Charles, Merle Haggard, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson. His song "The Simple Life" praises the things that really matter. Drake has toured with Willie Nelson, Eric Church, Kid Rock, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town and Blackberry Smoke. You can catch Drake White at the Worthington Arena on Friday, September 12th.

The Chris Hawkey brand is about to expand considerably with the release of his debut album "Chris Hawkey" and what he’s calling the “CH14 Summer” tour. Chris and his six-piece band will be hitting the road to promote the CD and its debut single, “My Kind of Crazy.” Appearances in the Twin Cities area will be followed by shows throughout the spring and summer at major-draw fairs and festivals such as Fire Fest (St. Cloud, MN), Lakes Jam (Brainerd, MN), and We Fest (Detroit Lakes, MN). Chris couldn’t be more ready. As part of Rocket Club, the singer has shared the stage with artists like Luke Bryan, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert and Eric Church, opening in front of thousands of country music fans. Now he’s hoping it’s his turn as a solo artist.

Hairball is the world's ultimate "80's Rock" impersonation act. Seasoned rock stars, Haiball band members take pride and passion in their recreation of the most influential acts in rock history. The lights, the sounds and the performance will have you wondering if this isn't the real deal! Hairball consists of two vocalists Bobby Jensen and Kris Voxx, guitarist Happy, bassist Shawn "Sports" Pop and drummer Colt Python, all of whom are dedicated rockstars.

Highway 59 repairs begin today

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WORTHINGTON - Repairs on Highway 59 between Prairie Drive and 27th Street are scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Traffic will be allowed through the work area but may be briefly interrupted from time to time. Traffic lanes will be shifted as the work progresses.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.

August 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – Some last minute filers straggled in before the deadline Tuesday in Worthington for the upcoming city council positions that will open up at the end of the year. The terms ending this year include that of the mayor, and one seat each for Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Filings on Tuesday included that of Chris Dybevick for the position of mayor. Incumbent Alan Oberloh has filed for the position once more, as has Mike Kuhle, who currently holds a seat in Ward 2.

There were three filings in Ward 2 on Tuesday. Michael Harmon filed, as did Chad Cummings and Darlene Vortherms, bringing the total filings for that particular position to five. Earlier in the filing period, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez tossed their hats in the ring.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ronald Wood refiled, and Larry Janssen also added his name to the ballot for the November general election.

District 518 School Board filings included incumbents Scott Rosenberg and Lori Dudley and newcomers Ann Mills and Julie Lopez. There are three seats to be filled on the board.

Here are some other local filings, which were current by mid-day Tuesday and may have changed by 5 p.m.

In the city of Slayton, Mayor Miron Carney has refiled for another term. Councilman Lee Lokker has refiled for a council position, and adding their names to the list are Mark Boerboom and Dan Jansen. Dean Streff, whose term is up at the end of the year, did not refile.

Over in Jackson, Mayor Wayne Walter refiled, and in Ward 2, Dave Cushman also refiled for his position. Jeff Gay filed for a position previously held by Ken Temple. Two open seats in Ward 1 had no filings.

In the city of Luverne, things are relatively simple. Mayor Pat Baustian and council members Caroline Thorson, Kevin Aaker and Eugene Marshall have all refiled, with no additional names being added to the ballot.

We’ll checking on those filings as the Minnesota Secretary of State updates and keep you informed.

SLAYTON – The unofficial primary results from the Murray County District 4 Commissioner race are in – out of the five candidates in the race, the two moving on to the general election in November will be Bill Belanger and Glenn “Corky” Kluis. The two garnered 138 and 122 votes respectively. The other three who had tossed hats in the District 4 ring to replace Commissioner John Giese had results as follows: Ken Leas, 31 votes; Holy Wrenn-Wicklander, 21 votes; Bill Pagel, 8 votes.

Voters in Minnesota rewarded most of the party-endorsed candidates and incumbents in Tuesday’s primary election, giving them the victories that will send them to the general election in November.

Winners include GOP gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson, GOP U.S. Senate candidate Mike McFadden and DFL incumbent State Auditor Rebecca Otto. Republican Jim Hagedorn pulled off an upset in his party's 1st District primary for Congress. Hagedorn beat endorsed candidate Aaron Miller in Tuesday's primary.

Johnson will face off against DFL Gov. Mark Dayton in November. McFadden will challenge Democratic Sen. Al Franken, and incumbent Auditor Otto still has to face down Republican Randy Gilbert in the general election. Hagedorn will face Democratic Rep. Tim Walz, who is seeking his fifth term in Congress.

HILLS – A Hills woman received non-life threatening injuries when her 2007 Dodge Caliber rolled Tuesday afternoon on Highway 270 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jamie Reese, age 34, lost control of the vehicle, went off the road and rolled near mile post 2. She was taken to Sanford Luverne Medical Center for treatment. Hills Fire and Luverne Ambulance assisted at the scene.

FULDA – Motorists on Highway 62 from Fulda to Windom will be detoured into September as the major resurfacing project experienced delays during the June flooding.

The project, which consists of reclaiming the old pavement and paving a new surface, is now expected to be complete in early September. Prior to the floods in June, the project was projected to be complete in late August.

The detour, which has been in place since June 2, includes Highway 59, Nobles County Road 16, Jackson County Roads 24 and Highway 60.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution in a work zone and reminds them never to enter a roadway that has been blocked with barricades or cones.

For statewide travel information, visit www.511mn.org .

NEW YORK - Actress Lauren Bacall, known for her distinctive, husky voice and sultry sensuality, died Tuesday, according to a family spokesman. She was 89.
Robbert de Klerk, co-managing partner of the Humphrey Bogart Estate, said Bacall died in New York.

Bacall shot to international fame in 1944 with her first film, "To Have and Have Not," which she made with future husband Humphrey Bogart.

They married in 1945, had two children and went on to make four more films together, including "The Big Sleep" (1946), "Dark Passage" (1947) and "Key Largo" (1948). Bogart died in 1957.

Last minute filings for Worthington council positions

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WORTHINGTON – Some last minute filers straggled in before the deadline Tuesday in Worthington for the upcoming city council positions that will open up at the end of the year. The terms ending this year include that of the mayor, and one seat each for Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Filings on Tuesday included that of Chris Dybevick for the position of mayor. Incumbent Alan Oberloh has filed for the position once more, as has Mike Kuhle, who currently holds a seat in Ward 2.

There were three filings in Ward 2 on Tuesday. Michael Harmon filed, as did Chad Cummings and Darlene Vortherms, bringing the total filings for that particular position to five. Earlier in the filing period, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez tossed their hats in the ring.

In Ward 1, incumbent Ronald Wood refiled, and Larry Janssen also added his name to the ballot for the November general election.

Candidates may withdraw from their respective races, if they so choose, until 5 p.m. on Thursday.