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August 5 news

HERON LAKE — Granite Falls Energy has purchased a majority interest in a financially struggling southwest Minnesota ethanol company.

Granite Falls will assume management of the Heron Lake BioEnergy plant, which has been financially troubled for more than a year. The match is a good fit, Granite Falls CEO Steve Christensen said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both Granite Falls Energy and the Heron Lake plant produce about 60 million gallons of ethanol annually.

An agreement last fall to sell the Heron Lake facility to the Guardian Cos. for $55 million fell through.


Bigelow firefighters kept busy this week

BIGELOW – The Bigelow Fire Department has been extremely busy this week. Tuesday they were called to a motorcycle versus deer crash, Thursday they were alerted to a small brushfire, and at 2 a.m. this morning they responded to a report of a barn fire at 33887 King Avenue in Rushmore. According to Bigelow firefighter Terry Neugebauer, the property owner had been burning garbage earlier, which likely sparked the blaze that burned the barn to the ground. Neugebauer said the structure was already beyond saving when the department responded.


August 2 news

WORTHINGTON – Our weekly construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department states work is continuing on 10th Street from First Avenue to East 9th Avenue for the ADA curb and ramp work, and water main reconstruction continues on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street. On First Avenue SW, bituminous overlay from west of Knollwood Drive to near Pleasant Avenue is scheduled to begin Monday.


August 1 news

WORTHINGTON – Linda Lund is the new coordinator of the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, taking over the position from Lakeyta Potter. A resident of rural Fulda, Lund graduated from the University of Sioux Falls and taught music education in Fulda for 17 years. She is a member of the Fulda School Board, a position she has held for the past 10 years, and also has a master’s degree in English as a second language.


Several new laws kick in Thursday

MINNESOTA - Much has been made of a new law that legalizes same-sex marriage in Minnesota, effective Aug. 1. But eight lesser-known laws also take effect on Thursday.

Among them is a new law that adds adult children, spouses, parents, grandparents and step-parents to the family members an employee can take paid sick days to care for. It applies to companies with 21 or more workers.

Another law aims to help Minnesotans struggling to make mortgage payments by offering homeowners new leverage under tighter foreclosure rules.


July 31 news

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Former Lyon County Deputy Christopher Wayne Lincecum was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.

In late June 2013, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of sexual assault involving a 15 year old female and Lincecum. Upon discovery of these allegations, the Sheriff's Office and Lyon County Attorney's Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) take over and conduct an impartial investigation.


Round Lake Cemetery vandalized by three young boys

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ROUND LAKE – The cemetery in Round Lake was a very busy place today as word got out about the vandalism that took place yesterday. People stopped by to check on the resting place of their loved ones, making sure nothing was cracked, dumped or destroyed.

Some headstones and graves were not touched. Others were not as lucky.

“They just destroyed everything,” said Holle Spessard, standing by the resting place of her infant son. “But they left us some of their own toys.”


July 30 news

WORTHINGTON – A request for an abatement plan regarding the Northland Mall was not returned within the 30 days allowed, according to Brad Chapulis, Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development.


DNR cuts wolf quota by almost half

MINNESOTA - Minnesota wildlife officials have cut the quota for the state's second wolf season by nearly half. Minnesota’s statewide target harvest of wolves will be 220 this fall -- 180 fewer than last season, the Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

A smaller Minnesota wolf population means fewer hunting and trapping licenses will be available when the wolf season opens Nov. 9.


FBI announces rescue of 105 child prostitution victims nationwide through Operation Cross Country

Washington DC -- In a major crackdown on child exploitation, the FBI announced Monday that 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution have been rescued nationwide through Operation Cross Country. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

The ages of the children involved ranged from 13 to 17.

Authorities said the operation, which took investigators to race tracks and truck stops, also targeted the use of social media sites for child prostitution activity.