January 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Yesterday’s weather caused a multitude of traffic crashes, which are still being documented through the Minnesota State Patrol and other area law enforcement entities. Major roads were closed in the early afternoon across southwest Minnesota and other areas due to low visibility.

There was a rollover on eastbound I-90 at 7:20 a.m. in Nobles County, and at 1 p.m., there was a multiple vehicle crash on I-90 in Rock County, but the details have not yet been released. At 2:42 p.m., a semi rear-ended a vehicle on westbound I-90 in Nobles County, again with no details yet released.

In South Dakota, a crash that ultimately involved more than 20 vehicles on Interstate 90 near Humboldt blocked the westbound lanes of that road. Officials closed those lanes to allow troopers, Department of Transportation crews and other responders to work at the scene and to make the scene safer for motorists involved in the crash or traveling in the area. Officers also responded Thursday afternoon to a multiple-vehicle crash on Interstate 29 in the Tea area. As many as a dozen vehicles were involved in that incident.

In Pipestone County, a crash between a van and a semi sent two people to the hospital. Shortly before 2 p.m., both vehicles were westbound on Highway 30 when the van, driven by Douglas Carstensen, 53, of Pipestone, slowed for whiteout conditions. He was rear-ended by a semi driven by Merlin Myhra, 62, of Pipestone. Both were taken to the Pipestone hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Martin Luther King Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, as will the Nobles County Library. Hy-Vee and Fareway will observe their regular hours, and Schaap Sanitation will maintain regular routes. First State Bank Southwest and Rolling Hills Bank and Trust will be open, all other Worthington financial institutions will be closed.

WORTHINGTON — As part of its Winter Book Sale, the Nobles County Library, 407 12th Street, Worthington, will host a bag sale from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the downstairs conference room. That book sale has been going on since Wednesday.

WORTHINGTON – There’s a new director at the Memorial Auditorium in Worthington, and she’s very excited about it. Tammy Makram of Luverne started in the position Monday.

According to Makram, this is her dream job. She said she is in love with arts and has a huge passion for performing arts venues.

Makram grew up in Ellsworth, attended college at Augustana, then moved to the Twin Cities to work as a graphic designer. That work eventually took her to Los Angeles, but after her son was born, she moved back to the area to be closer to family.

She has served as the executive director of the Council for Arts and Humanities in Rock County, and is on Blue Mound Area Theater Board of Directors, which runs the Palace Theater in Luverne.

Her passion for theater and the arts prompts her to make sure community theaters thrive. Makram said when she heard the job at Memorial Auditorium was available, she applied immediately. She was fortunate enough, she said, to have them select her for the position.

SPIRIT LAKE – Spirit Lake resident Tailer Handsaker, accused of murdering 36-year-old Sarah Grimmius of Jackson, is scheduled to go to jury trial September 9th in Dickinson County District Court. Handsacker was arrested December 8th when authorities were called about an unresponsive individual at a residence in rural Spirit Lake. Court documents indicate Grimmius may have been dead for several days.

Handsacker has pleaded not guilty to a charge of first-degree murder in the death of Grimmius. Details into the case, including the manner of death, have not been released.

Handsacker remains in the Dickinson County Jail on $500,000 bond. A court hearing on motions in the case is scheduled for January 31st.

LAKEFIELD- The Lakefield Public Library will be offering a series of free computer classes January 17th, January 24th and 31st from 10 am to 11 am with the class on E books being offered on Saturday, February 1st, at 1 p.m.

Class size is limited and registration is required. Call the Lakefield Library for more information or to register at 507-662-5782.

HULL, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to solve a burglary case. They report that on Wednesday, January 15, their office investigated a report of a burglary that occurred at 1417 Linden Street in Hull.

Upon further investigation officers discovered that someone entered the residence and stole a 32 inch Sony Bravia television, a Nintendo Wii game console, Wii games, a DVD player, DVD movies, a safe, jewelry and cash. The report says the burglary likely took place between Friday, January 10 and Wednesday, January 15.

Sheriff’s officials say that if you saw suspicious people or activity on Linden Street in Hull when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about the crime and wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text-a-Tip program.

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