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ND Judge Issues Injuction to WOTUS Rule


Late Thursday night, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. rule which was set to take effect Friday the 28th of August. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed granted the injuction, as requested by North Dakota, along with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, citing the potential irreparable harm it would cause the states if the rule were to go into effect August 28, 2015.

“On balance, the harms favor the states,” Erickson wrote. “The risk of irreparable harm to the states is both imminent and likely. More importantly, delaying the rule will cause the agencies no appreciable harm. Delaying implementation to allow a full and final resolution on the merits is in the best interests of the public.”

While this is good news for the 13 states, the Environment Protection Agency insisted the injunction only applies in the 13 states that filed for it, and that the rule is essentially still effective as of August 28th, 2015 in the states that did not file for an injunction. This is in spite of the fact that North Dakota Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, who filed the injunction request, said his reading of the ruling was that it applied to all 50 states.

Another important note is that Judge Erickson's preliminary injunction is just that - preliminary - and that it will last only as long as the litigation continues, and can potentially be overturned.

August 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The complaints against the suspicious gray DISH Network van in the area have been resolved, according to the Worthington Police Department. The Minnesota State Patrol stopped the van and verified the credentials of the driver with his employer, according to Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn.

Since putting out the warning about the van, the department received many tips from concerned citizens, Flynn said, which they appreciate. People need to be good neighbors, he added, as they were in this case, and if things seem out of place, it is best to inform law enforcement right away.

SLAYTON - Dracula auditions will be held Sunday, August 30th, and Monday, August 31st, from 7 to 9 p.m. at The Vine in Slayton. Those auditioning need to have a 1 to 3 minute prepared comedic monologue that is PG-13. Cast has 6 males ages 18-60 and 6 females ages 18-60. No singing is required. Performance dates are October 23rd, 24th, 30th and 31st. Performance times are at 7:30 p.m. except for on Oct. 31st, which will be at 9 p.m.

SLAYTON - The City of Slayton is currently in the process of developing an Active Living Plan that will be part of a Land Use Plan. The goal of the Active Living section of the plan is to help make the city more pedestrian friendly.

The first community meeting is scheduled for Thursday September 3rd from noon to 1 p.m. The agenda for the first meeting is to discuss local issues and concerns regarding walking, biking, and transportation related issues. This information will be summarized and will help to create potential goals that will be discussed at the second public meeting. Public participation is a critical component of the plan.

If you cannot attend the community meeting, you can share your concerns by going to the Wikimapping link or by contacting Josh Malchow with the City of Slayton or Drew Hage with SW Regional Development Commission. Wikimapping is an online public input tool used to identify issues in the community.

For access to the WikiMapping program, visit

SHELDON, Iowa — A single-vehicle crash on Thursday afternoon caused the death of the driver south of Sheldon on McKinley Avenue, according to the Iowa State Patrol. The vehicle was headed north on McKinley when it entered the east ditch and struck a tree. The O’Brien County Medical Examiner pronounced the driver dead at the scene.

The identity of the victim is being withheld pending notification of family.

Troopers were assisted at the scene by the Sheldon Police Department, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office, Sheldon EMA, Sioux County Sheriff’s Office Sheldon Fire and Ambulance, and the O’Brien County Medical Examiner.

The crash remains under investigation by the Iowa State Patrol.

MAY CITY, Iowa — A car versus motorcycle crash on Thursday near May City caused the death of a May City man, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office. The crash happened at 4:21 p.m. at the intersection of 220th Street and Wilson Avenue. Timothy Allen Martin, age 30, of Ocheyedan, Iowa was westbound on 220th Street in a 2004 Chrysler Pacifica. Jose Mauro Castillo Gonzalez, age 20, of May City, was driving a Honda 200R dirt bike southbound on Wilson Ave. Castillo Gonzalez came to a stop at the intersection but failed to yield from the stop sign to the Martin vehicle, causing Martin to hit the rear tire of the dirt bike.

Castillo Gonzalez was transported to Lakes Regional Hospital by the Melvin Ambulance where he later succumbed to his injuries. Martin and two other passengers in the vehicle were not injured. Assisting at the scene was the Sibley Ambulance.

MINNESOTA - A ride on an all-terrain vehicle near a southern Minnesota lake ended in tragedy for two young men and their families early Thursday morning.

The bodies of the two riders, identified as 18-year-old Zachary R. Paulson and 24-year-old Derek Brandvold, were found in Lake Sakatah in Le Sueur County following an emergency call to the sheriff’s office, KSTP reports.

According to the station, authorities reported the two were ejected from the ATV when they lost control of the vehicle and ended up in the water.

While the accident is still being investigated, the Star Tribune reports speed is believed to have been a factor, though there are currently no signs of alcohol use at the time of the crash.

Sheriff David Tietz told the paper that neither of the victims was wearing helmets, speculating that head gear may have provided them some protection from the trauma they suffered.

The Le Center Leader says both bodies were transported to the Ramsey County Coroner’s Office in St. Paul for autopsy.

Love INC receives WRHCF grant

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WORTHINGTON – For the second year, Love INC has received a grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation to help support their Clearing House Helpline.

Love In the Name of Christ of Worthington, or Love INC, is an affiliation of local churches, networked to provide coordinated help to neighbors in need. The Clearing House Helpline is a number people can call for assistance with a wide variety of needs. The caller is sometimes referred to a resource that already exists, or sometimes the staff at Love INC has to get creative to solve a problem.

That’s where the grant from the foundation will be very helpful. The check this year is for $20,000. According to Brian Froderman, last year’s grant allowed them to make an impact in the community, and the additional funding will help them continue to grow and broaden their support base – something for which he is very grateful.

Jeff Rotert, executive director at the foundation, said the board is pleased to be able to offer assistance. After the grant last year, Love INC gave a performance review and applied for a second grant, which was approved in August. The Clearing House Helpline is a place for people who have nowhere else to turn, Rotert said, with health issues and other issues, and need somewhere to get that help.

August 27 news


MITCHELL, SD – A Worthington man arrested in South Dakota is facing 14 counts of criminal activity, including aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, grand theft and possession of a loaded firearm.

29-year-old Nicholas Speckmeier of Worthington and 29-year-old Samantha Lane of Sioux Falls, SD, were arrested after a chase that involved two states and an exchange of gunfire. The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a deputy attempted a traffic stop outside of Bonesteel. A pursuit ensued, and as Speckmeier and Lane neared the Nebraska state line, one of their vehicle’s front tires gave out, slowing to about 40 mph, the Daily Republic reported. It was then that the pair shot at deputies, who fired back.

The pursuit ended in Fairfax, and the Gregory County Sheriff’s Office is crediting two brothers with helping in the arrest.

The sheriff’s office said resident Matt Moos attempted to slow the progress of the suspects, until they shot at him. When Speckmeier wrecked his vehicle and tried to steal Kyle Moos’ pickup truck from him, Moos pointed a shotgun at Speckmeier and held him in place until officers arrived.

Gregory County Sheriff Tim Drey said Lane was arrested in a yard, allegedly holding a jammed pistol.

In Minnesota, Speckmeier has an extensive history of DWI arrests, and there is currently a warrant out for his arrest after a September 2014 probation violation report in Cottonwood County District Court.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce through the Community Improvement Committee is sponsoring a “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” This week’s recipient is Maria Flores, 1014 Omaha Ave.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a residence or a business as a candidate for the “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” Nominations can be made by calling the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 372-2919.

EDGERTON – An Edgerton man has died of injuries sustained in a fight. Steven Meyer, age 45, of Edgerton, died Sunday, Aug. 23 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls after being hospitalized following an Aug. 12 fight in Edgerton.

Jamie Lee Danneman, age 34, of Currie, was charged Aug. 13 with first-degree assault for causing great bodily harm to Meyer during that fight, according to the Pipestone County Star. According to the complaint, an argument between at least four men on Aug. 12 at Van Dyke Sanitation in Edgerton escalated to violence between Danneman and Meyer. Pipestone County Sheriff Keith Vreeman said an autopsy will be done to determine the cause of Meyer’s death. He expects the results of the autopsy to be available this week. It will then be up to Pipestone County Attorney Damain Sandy to determine if any further charges will be filed against Danneman.

According to the complaint filed Aug. 13, Pipestone County Sheriff’s deputies arrived at Van Dyke Sanitation the evening of Aug. 12 after an ambulance was called and found Meyer lying on the ground unconscious with blood coming from his mouth and the back of his head. Meyer was transported by ambulance to Pipestone County Medical Center and subsequently to Avera McKennan due to the extent of his injuries.

The complaint indicates that deputies learned from medical personnel that Meyer sustained a fractured skull and had internal bleeding. Medical personnel reportedly told deputies that Meyer “coded” while in the emergency room and medical staff were able to resuscitate him.

Meyer remained unconscious and was connected to a breathing tube the day after the fight, according to the complaint.

OKOBOJI - Okoboji Disc Golf Course will be the host for the first Professional Disc Golf Association tournament on Saturday, September 12.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. at the course in Kenue Park in Okoboji. A players meeting will be held at 9:45 a.m. with tee off scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Players can register in pro, advanced, intermediate or junior. Pro level competitors will play for cash awards with other skill levels receive player packs with a custom-dyed disc and T-shirt.

Competitors can also play in a team of five, and if multiple teams sign up a team trophy will be given out to the group with the lowest combined score.

Following the tournament will be a free putting and driving clinic put on by Ascension Disc Golf staff, and anyone is invited to attend, including people who do not wish to participate in the tournament.

The Battle at the Border will also feature a longest drive contest, which costs $1 per disc throw, and a raffle for a disc golf basket valued at $220. Raffle tickets will be sold for $5 each.

Registration is $50 for pros, $40 for advanced players, $30 for intermediate and $25 for juniors. An extra $10 fee will be charged to those competitors not members of the PDGA, but the additional fee is waived for competitors 16 and younger. The Dickinson County Conservation Board will receive $5 from each entry fee.

For more information on the tournament, e-mail To learn more about the Okoboji Gold Disc Golf Course, contact the Dickinson County Nature Center at 712-336-6352 or go online to

August 26 news


WORTHINGTON – Three months after allegedly attacking his wife and adult daughter with a hammer, a Worthington man entered pleas of not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree attempted murder and assault with great bodily harm in Nobles County District Court during an arraignment hearing earlier this week.

Dessalegne F. Desta, age 61, allegedly struck both women on the head with the hammer during an argument over his wife’s decision to visit Ethiopia. Both women received skull fractures.

The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has asked for an upward departure on several of the charges, meaning they would like a sentence that is longer than the state sentencing guidelines normally call for due to the aggravating factors in the case.

Judge Gordon Moore has taken the matter under advisement, and the case will be set for a 5-day jury trial. Desta remains in the Nobles County Jail.

LUVERNE – According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, the paving on Highway 75 in Luverne was completed on Monday and the detour removed as the project nears completion. Motorists are advised that lane restrictions remain as finishing work is completed.

The construction extended from Interstate 90 to the north city limits. The project consisted of a variety of work including mill and overlay from I-90 to Main Street, seal coating from Main Street to the north city limits, sidewalk improvements and restriping from four lanes to three.

The $2.7 million project is a partnership between the city of Luverne and MnDOT.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Terril teen sustained minor injuries when a semi collided with a tractor he was driving at the intersection of Highway 18 and 200th Avenue. The Clay County Sheriff's Office say the 14-year-old, whose name has not been released, was operating a 1974 John Deere 4430 pulling a chopper eastbound and was attempting to make left turn. Deputies say a 2003 Peterbilt semi driven by 35-year-old Jennifer Burney of Whittemore collided with the implement and tractor, causing them to go into the ditch.

The teen was treated on the scene by paramedics and was released. No injuries were reported to Burney, who was cited with unsafe passing.

Damage to the tractor and chopper was estimated at $10,000 while the semi sustained an estimated $500 in damage. The incident took place shortly before 11 a.m. Monday. The Clay County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Spencer ambulance.

WASHINGTON – Sen. Chuck Grassley is encouraging Iowans interested in attending the outdoor simulcast of Pope Francis’ address to Congress on Thursday, Sept. 24, to contact his office for tickets. Grassley will receive 200 tickets for the simulcast on the West Front grounds of the U.S. Capitol.

Grassley said that if the number of tickets requested by Iowans exceeds 200, the tickets will be distributed by lottery. Iowans interested in tickets should contact Grassley’s office at 202/224-3744.

The Pope will speak to Congress inside the Capitol in the House of Representatives’ chamber. He will be the first Pope ever to address a joint meeting of Congress.

BRANDON, SD - Sioux Valley Energy is warning customers about phone scammers. The company says it has gotten several reports from those who received a call Tuesday from a person claiming to be a Sioux Valley representative.

The scammer is reportedly giving out an 800 number. When the call is answered, an automated voice says “Thank you for calling Sioux Valley Energy’s disconnection department. For training purposes this call may be monitored and recorded.” When the customer dials the extension 230, a woman named Victoria answers. She then demands money for a late payment.

If you are a member/customer of Sioux Valley Energy, and are late on a payment, the cooperative would not attempt to collect in this manner. If you have any doubts on the validity of a call, please contact Sioux Valley Energy at 1-800-234-1960.

Worthington City Council to pursue leasing Prairie View Golf Links


WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington needs to be out of the golf course business, according to a statement made by Mayor Mike Kuhle on Tuesday evening during a city council work session. Following a recommendation made in early August by the Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee, the Worthington City Council on Tuesday evening gathered for the special meeting to discuss decommissioning Prairie View Golf Links.

While no final decision was made, the council gave staff instructions to pursue looking into options leasing the 130 acre course and facility in the short-term, while they decide what will happen long-term.

The Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee was established in January with the directive to identify and analyze viable options for Prairie View Golf Links. On a 5-3 vote in early August, the committee voted to recommend the city council decommission the entire course and convert the land into a nature area, with the intent to improve water quality of Lake Okabena. During the past six years, revenue has declined, with losses totaling almost a million dollars.

On Tuesday, Kuhle asked each council member to state their thoughts on the matter. He said he wanted to see the course off the city books and protect water quality going into the lake, but wouldn’t mind seeing a 9-hole course remain if a partnership could be formed with a private entity or a conservation group such as the Department of Natural resources of Pheasants Forever.

Council member Scott Nelson said he believed the course should be decommissioned and give the subsidy that has been put into the course each year back to the taxpayers in the form of ponds on the property to improve lake quality. He said he would like to see a sports complex on the property, but also said he was impressed with GreatLIFE, which has made contact with the city in regard to the course.

Diane Graber, who was part of the long range committee, let it be known she would like to be able to come to a council meeting and not have to discuss the golf course – something she said the council has agonized over for years. She does not believe the council should sell the property, and said it is important that they create ponds big and strong enough to improve Lake Okabena.

Council member Larry Janssen dissented, stating the course hasn’t been given a fair shot. He said there has not been adequate promotion of the course, adding his theory that you never get ahead by backing up or taking away an amenity. He wants to see the course stay, he said, but spend money to add ponds.

The city should not be competing with private enterprise, according to Council member Mike Harmon, another member of the long range planning committee. He wants to work with the watersheds to improve the water quality of the lake, he said, adding that it took 100 years for the lake to get into this condition and it wouldn’t get clean in a year, but they needed to start somewhere.

Council member Rod Sankey questioned why the city ever built the course in the first place, echoing the sentiment that they should not have been competing with private enterprise. He said he wanted to see the whole situation put on hiatus for two years, put in the 50-foot buffers the governor has requested, pull out culverts and put a sports complex on the property if possible, mentioning the soccer complex the Twin Cities is trying to accomplish and stating Worthington could be a farm team.

Worthington resident Maynard Townswick was present to argue in favor of keeping the course, asking the council if they have spoken to the school district about how often it is used for school golf and cross country meets. He said the city has more parks than they need, suggesting they sell off some of them instead of closing the course.

Michelle Ebbers, the mother of one of the school golf team members, said Prairie View has more positive feedback than the Country Club course, and that she sees a lot of money being wasted in the city. She said she told her daughter she’s leaving this town in two years, and that if the city’s goal is to become a soccer town, she doesn’t want to be here.

Nelson and Graber both stated that the minorities in the city don’t golf, and the council members have an obligation to represent their interests. Graber added that the city had two state champion soccer teams, and that she is proud of them.

City Administrator Steve Robinson said he will pursue the discussions regarding leasing the land and facility and what terms would be involved. It would take a while before any major changes would go into effect from any construction regarding holding ponds because of the time it will take to pursue funding, he said, and he didn’t foresee any construction taking place in 2016.

The council members agreed that more discussion would need to take place before any final decisions were made.

Auguest 25 news


WORTHINGTON – No new information is available in the investigation into the homicide of Jan Pigman-Kruse, who was shot to death in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but have said there is no threat to public safety.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said she understands the community wants answers, which they are continuing to work on finding, but they cannot give out more details of an active investigation.

The funeral for Pigman-Kruse is at 10:30 a.m. today at First Lutheran Church in Worthington.

WORTHINGTON — It’s time to choose between the cops and the firefighters once again. The 10th annual Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive is set for 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

This drive is a friendly competition between the Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Worthington Fire Department and emergency medical services to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the community blood supply.
Donors will designate their donation to the department of their choice and will receive a special T-shirt and free lunch. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.

Donors must be 17 years of age or older (16 years old with a signed parent consent form found at; weight at least 110 pounds; and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. All donors must have identification.

For more information or to make an appointment, call 372-3319; walk-ins are also welcome.

SUTHERLAND, Iowa — Residents of the city of Sutherland, Iowa are being advised to boil their water before use, due to water system issues. According to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Sutherland, which gets its water from Osceola County Rural Water, lost pressure on Sunday afternoon.

When a system loses pressure, bacteria could be allowed into the system, which means a boil advisory is required by the DNR. Water samples are being submitted, and Sutherland residents should boil water until the results are in.

Boil orders issued by the DNR normally say to bring all water to a boil, let it boil for one minute, and let it cool before using, or use bottled water. Boiled or bottled water should be used for drinking, making ice, brushing teeth, and food preparation until further notice. The water may be used for bathing and other similar purposes.

IOWA - Expect to see additional law enforcement on the roads beginning today through September 7th. Law enforcement agencies throughout Iowa will be involved in the special enforcement, which coincides with the upcoming Labor Day holiday period.
Officials say it ranks among the deadliest, with 424 fatalities reported nationwide over that timeframe back in 2013, the latest year for which statistics are available. Officials say about half of those cases involved drunk drivers.

In addition to local law enforcement, the Iowa Department of Public Safety and the Iowa Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau will also be involved.

That's in addition to a special enforcement campaign that will be going on September 4th-7th along the entire stretch of U.S. Highway 71 in Iowa from Page County through Dickinson County.

MINNESOTA - Black Lives Matter St. Paul is sticking to its plans to disrupt business at the Minnesota State Fair Saturday despite social media backlash that erupted just hours after going public with the protest.

The group plans to march from Hamline Park in St. Paul north on Snelling Avenue to the State Fairgrounds. As of Monday evening, over 600 people have said on the event's Facebook page that they plan to attend. Hundreds of others left negative comments on the page saying that disrupting the State Fair would hurt the group's cause. Organizers say they have no plans to enter the fairgrounds, but intend to disrupt traffic and inconvenience fairgoers.

The event, dubbed #BlackFair, alleges State Fair officials deny minorities equal opportunity to participate as vendors. Black Lives Matter St. Paul lead organizer Rashad Turner cited anecdotal references of people of color trying to get booths but were unable to do so. He said the black elders of the community have shared their frustration about income disparities and racial injustices.

The Minnesota State Fair has had a rule against large groups of people congregating in one spot since the 1980s. The restriction was affirmed by a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that banned the International Society for Krishna Consciousness from distributing material and sharing its mission all over the fairgrounds. The intent is to manage the flow of traffic and ensure public safety.

State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer said political groups, nonprofits and several causes share their messages by reserving booth space.

But Turner said getting a booth at the fair will not yield the same outcome as marching and protesting. Black Lives Matter wants to reach as many people as possible and a public protest is the best way to do so, he said.

MINNESOTA - U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar is busy making the media rounds to promote her new autobiography, which comes out Tuesday. As she does so, political wags are busy trying to figure out whether she’s signaling her interest in running for the White House someday.

Klobuchar’s book, “The Senator Next Door,” recounts her middle-class upbringing in suburban Minneapolis, her rise in politics and her experiences as one of the few women to serve in the U.S. Senate.

he’s done interviews with various regional and national media in the past several days to promote the book, including CBS News, WNYC in New York, and MSNBC. But when she’s been asked about her political aspirations, Klobuchar is coy.

“This book is called ‘The Senator Next Door,’” she said on CBS Monday morning. “And I like my job now.”

MNSP Changes


Starting Monday the 24th, Minnesota Soybean Processors will require all bean loads originating from elevators to have a paper bill of landing (they will also accept a copy of the scale ticket from the origin elevator so long as it states the party that is selling the beans to MnSP).

Please advise trucks to use the staplers provided to staple the bill of lading with a copy of the MnSP ticket that is printed at receiving and place the stapled documents in the drop box at receiving.

Any questions, contact MnSP at 507-842-6677.

August 24 news


WORTHINGTON - The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force on Friday assisted in the arrest of a fugitive from Garland, Texas, wanted as the suspect in a murder case.

According to information released by task force commander Nate Grimmius, Garland investigators were in Pipestone County attempting to locate Adrian Jimenez Regalado, who was suspected of killing a man in Garland. The investigator’s sought the task force for assistance in locating Regalado, who had been residing in Pipestone and working on a nearby farm.

They learned Regalado received a ride to Worthington the night of August 20th and stayed at a local hotel. Agents believed Regalado was attempting to flee from the investigation and travel to Mexico when they received information he had obtained a bus ticket using a false name and was scheduled to leave for Laredo, Texas the morning of August 21st.

Regalado was located walking near the hotel in Worthington. He attempted to give a false name, but later admitted his identity. Agents conducted an inventory of Regalado’s luggage and located a zip style baggie containing a substance agents believed was heroin. Regalado was booked into the Nobles County Jail for providing police with a false name and 5th degree possession of a controlled substance.

Garland investigators later spoke with Regalado who confessed in a post Miranda interview he shot and killed the Garland man because of a previous drug debt.

WORTHINGTON - SWMN Habitat for Humanity will be holding an Applicant Informational Meeting (AIM) for families interested in applying to partner for a home build planned for the pring of 2017 in the city of Bigelow.

Interested adults should attend the meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Center for Active Living, located at 211 11th Street, Worthington.

The only way to apply to partner for the home build is by attending this meeting. Please pre-register for the meeting by calling (507)215-2091 by Wednesday at noon.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Sioux Falls man was killed when his motorcycle was hit by a car on 41st Street in Sioux Falls Sunday evening.

Police say the crash happened at the intersection of 41st St and Westbrooke Lane just after 4 p.m.

A 1991 Buick Regal was reportedly attempting to enter onto 41st from Westbrooke Lane when it collided with a 2012 Harley Davidson Road Glide Motorcycle traveling west bound.

The motorcycle was driven by a 56 year old Sioux Falls resident who was pronounced dead at the scene. The identity is being withheld at this time pending notification to family members.

The Buick Regal was driven by Trevor W. Blankartz, age 25, of Sioux Falls. Trevor Blankartz was lodged at the Minnehaha County Jail on charges of Vehicular Homicide, DWI, and careless driving.

SUPERIOR, Iowa - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited and the Dickinson County Cleanwater Alliance will hold a public meeting this week to talk about proposed improvements for Little Swan Lake, north of Superior. The meeting, consisting of a short presentation and open house, will begin at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Swan Lake Winery.

IOWA - Iowa egg production in July rose slightly from the previous month but remained 44 percent below year-ago levels, the lasting impact of the bird flu which decimated the state's hen flocks.

Iowa lost nearly 25 million egg layers in the bird flu outbreak that lasted from mid-April to mid-June.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture in a weekly report Friday says Iowa produced 775 million eggs in July up 2 percent from June. That's the lowest monthly production since February 2002.

The average number layers on hand in July was 33.6 million down 43 percent from a year ago. It's the lowest inventory since October of 2001.

United States egg production totaled 7.67 billion during July, down 10 percent from last year. That included 6.53 billion table eggs.

MINNESOTA - The first hearing in the criminal case against the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis has been pushed back for the third time.

The hearing in Ramsey County District Court is now scheduled for Oct. 29.

The first court appearance in the criminal case had been originally scheduled for June 24, and was later rescheduled to July 17 and then to Aug. 25.

Ramsey County Attorney John Choi charged the archdiocese in June with six gross misdemeanor counts for allegedly failing to protect children from Curtis Wehmeyer, a former priest now in prison for sexually abusing children and possessing child pornography.

The criminal charges against the archdiocese carry a maximum fine of $18,000. Court records did not cite a reason for the latest scheduling change.

Funeral arrangements set for Jan Pigman-Kruse


BREWSTER – Funeral arrangements were released Friday for Janette Pigman-Kruse, a 40-year-old woman who was the victim of a homicide in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster.

According to information released by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Pigman-Kruse was killed by a gunshot at approximately 2:40 a.m. Authorities were alerted by a 911 call from her husband, who told dispatchers someone had come into the home and shot his wife. As of mid-day Friday, there was no one was in custody for the homicide.

Sheriff Kent Wilkening says there is no immediate danger to the public, and the investigation with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is ongoing.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, August 24 at First Lutheran Church, Worthington.

A memorial service will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, August 25 at First Lutheran Church, with Pastor Nancy Larson officiating.

Benson Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.