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MSP releases names of two injured in Fulda crash

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FULDA – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of two people injured mid-day Friday in a crash just outside of Fulda.

According to the report, two vehicles were traveling southbound on U.S. 59 when a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rory Hoium, age 23, of Albert Lea, was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Gerlad Ossefoort, age 64, of Fulda. Both Ossefoort and Hoium received non-life threatening injuries.

The crash took place at 12:24 p.m. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.


December 12 news

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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.

The American Red Cross, meanwhile, continues...


December 11 news

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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. If you would like to submit a question or reserve a seat at the breakfast, please contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at (507) 372-2919, or at 1121 Third Avenue,...


December 10 news

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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.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Ford pickup driven by 60-year-old Mark Holtz of Magnolia was traveling south on Minnesota 91 with passenger Richard Soules, 51, of Bigelow. The truck, a Minnesota Department of Transportation vehicle, collided with a 1978 Chevrolet C10, driven by Larry VonHoltum, 59, of...


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.

The criminal complaint states an employee of a shelter for domestic violence received a call from a woman who had left the facility in Sioux Falls with her son to stay with her boyfriend, Sean Edward Harris, age 31, of Sioux Falls, SD. The woman called from a gas station in Worthington to say they were heading east on the interstate and that Harris...


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.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Ford pickup driven by 60-year-old Mark Holtz of Magnolia was traveling south on Minnesota 91 with passenger Richard Soules, 51, of Bigelow. The truck, a Minnesota Department of Transportation vehicle, collided with a 1978 Chevrolet C10, driven by Larry VonHoltum,...


December 9 news

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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.

Meanwhile, the cause of the blaze remains...


Charges filed, bail set in Rock County shooting case

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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.

The complaint states an Adrian Police officer observed a red vehicle around 8:...


December 8 news

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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.

Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly said the blaze...


New CEO hired at Murray County Medical Center

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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.

Goebel is from the town of Williston, North Dakota. His previous employment includes running a hospital, nursing home and clinic in Bowman and working for St. Alexius in Bismarck for nine...