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December 12 news

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The Iowa State Medical Examiner on Thursday released the identity of a body discovered after Sunday’s fire at the Hill Avenue Apartments Building in Spirit Lake. Authorities said the victim of the fire is identified as 48-year-old Edwin Dowd.

The Spirit Lake Fire Department recovered his body in the debris on Monday. Two other residents were treated for smoke inhalation.

The cause of the blaze has been ruled as undetermined by the State Fire Marshal's Office due to the extensive damage to the structure.


December 11 news

WORTHINGTON - The Governmental Affairs Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Listening Session Legislative Breakfast at 7 a.m. on Wednesday, December 17 at the Hickory Lodge 2015 N. Humiston Avenue. Invited to attend are Senator Bill Weber, Representative Rod Hamilton of District 22B and Representative Joe Schomacker of District 22A. The cost for the breakfast will be $7.50.


December 10 news

LISMORE – Lismore Rescue and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a broadside crash at the intersection of Minnesota 91 and Nobles County Road 16 at approximately 9:36 a.m. Tuesday to assist the Minnesota State Patrol with an accident with injuries.


Sioux Falls man arrested for kidnapping in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON – A Sioux Falls man arrested Friday in Worthington was charged this week in Nobles County District Court with one count of false imprisonment after his girlfriend called authorities and reported being held against her will.


UPDATE: Names released in Lismore crash

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UPDATE: LISMORE – Lismore Rescue and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a broadside crash at the intersection of Minnesota 91 and Nobles County Road 16 at approximately 9:36 a.m. Tuesday to assist the Minnesota State Patrol with an accident with injuries.


December 9 news

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Officials on Monday recovered a body at the scene of the Hill Avenue Apartments fire. The name of the victim has not been released. Lieutenant Rodney Baker of the Spirit Lake Police Department said the body has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's Office for an autopsy and positive identification. Baker says after the body is identified, they'll know whether or not it is the person who was still unaccounted for following Sunday's fire that completely leveled the 25-unit apartment building at 1514 Hill Avenue.


Charges filed, bail set in Rock County shooting case

LUVERNE – Bail was set at $30,000 with conditions for 19-year-old Ryan Joseph Kruger of Luverne, who was formally charged Monday in Rock County District Court with use of deadly force against a peace officer, fleeing a peace officer in a motor vehicle and fourth-degree assault against a peace officer.

Krueger was involved in a high-speed chase with authorities Thursday and ended up being wounded by a deputy’s bullet when he almost backed over two of them who had approached to make a felony arrest.


December 8 news

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Fire destroyed a Spirit Lake apartment building on Sunday. The Spirit Lake Fire Department was called to Hill Avenue Apartments at right around noon and found the entire building engulfed in flames. Mutual aid was requested from the Arnolds Park-Okoboji, Superior, Milford and Lake Park Fire Departments.

The initial call came into the Dickinson County Communications Center as a report of a fire in a kitchen in one of the apartments. Another call a few minutes later indicated the entire building was on fire.


New CEO hired at Murray County Medical Center

SLAYTON – The Murray County Medical Center has hired a new CEO, although officially the position is now being offered through Sanford and not the medical center. Dennis Goebel has accepted the position and is scheduled to start Feb. 2, 2015. He is currently the CEO and Administrator of St. Luke’s Home and Park Avenue Villa, a nursing home and assisted living facility in Dickinson, North Dakota.


Luverne suspect shot, wounded during high speed pursuit

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LUVERNE – A Rock County Deputy shot a suspect Thursday evening after a high speed pursuit, wounding 19-year-old Ryan Joseph Krueger. Krueger was treated and released from the Sanford Luverne Emergency Room and is currently in custody in the Nobles County Jail.

According to a state issued by Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, the deputy has been put on administrative leave pending results of an investigation into the discharge of his firearm, which is standard protocol.