April 1 news

DOON, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours of Saturday received a tip about a large party in Doon, Iowa. At approximately 2 a.m., officers arrived at 204 South Fourth Street in Doon and observed several people running away from the residence. After a short foot pursuit, three subjects were apprehended. Morgan Groeneweg, age 18, Devin Groeneweg, age 20, and Brittany Laman, age 19, all of Rock Valley, were arrested and charged with interference of official acts and minor in possession. The home owner, Chad VandenTop, age 22, of Doon was charged with supplying alcohol to a minor. All four subjects were transported to the Lyon County Jail.

LITTLE ROCK, Iowa – At approximately 10:44 a.m. Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a 911 call regarding a black SUV that had almost run into another vehicle on Main Street in Little Rock. The driver was reportedly out of the car starting a fight with another driver. Authorities responded to the scene and arrested Dustin Kramer, 28, of George, IA. He was charged with operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, serious assault, 2 counts of simple assault and public intoxication.

IOWA - Governor Terry Branstad and Lieutenant Governor Kim Reynolds will make several appearances in the area this next week. Their itinerary Tuesday includes stops in Sanborn, Sibley and Rock Rapids. Branstad and Reynolds will be at the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn school in Sanborn at 2 p.m., the Sibley Public Library at 3:30 p.m. and the Forester Community Center in Rock Rapids at 5 p.m. The appearances in Sibley and Rock Rapids are part of the Governor's "Our Opportunity, Our Iowa" initiative.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa —Area banks are sounding a warning about a new scam involving debit cards. Officials say they’ve had numerous reports of people receiving automated phone calls. The calls name several local banks by name and state that your debit card has been deactivated and in order to re-activate it, you need to follow prompts given in the message. You’re then asked to provide various personal information, along with your debit card number.

Officials say it’s a scam and that local banks have nothing to do with those calls. They say that if you have questions about your debit card, that you should contact your bank. Anyone who has received such a call or unknowingly participated in the scam should also contact their bank immediately.

JACKSON - Work is under way in preparing for the demolition of the old building and construction of the new city/county maintenance facility. The new facility will be located on the site of the present building.
Groundbreaking for the new facility was scheduled to start today.

County Highway Engineer/Public Works Director Tim Stahl said equipment has been moved out of the current county shop to the City Street Shop in Jackson.

JACKSON - A 10-month, million-dollar project to keep Asian carp from entering the Iowa Great Lakes — and subsequently the lakes and streams of Jackson County — is set up and functional, according to Mike Hawkins, fisheries biologist with the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The electric fish barrier is located at the south outlet of Lower Gar Lake that connects with the other bodies of water in the chain of lakes known as the Iowa Great Lakes.

In announcing the project being up and operational in a recent press release, Hawkins stated that if a high water threat arose, the electric fish barrier could be activated to prevent invasive fish from entering the Iowa Great Lakes from downstream. The invasive species, he said, seems unstoppable and are negatively impacting aquatic resources across the nation.

MINNESOTA - The bodies of three dead people were found at a home in Zimmerman by a relative Sunday morning, according to the Sherburne County Sheriff’s Office. Sheriff Joel Brott reported all three people were dead when deputies arrived at the scene. The Sherburne County Crime Scene Team and the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the deaths, which have not been classified as homicides, suicides or accidental as yet. Authorities, however, said that they are not looking for any suspects in the deaths and that neighbors are not in danger. Additional details are expected to be released today by authorities.

MINNESOTA - The U.S. Marshals Service is trying to find two men who escaped from a low-security federal prison camp near the Duluth International Airport. Prison officials discovered Michael Krzyzaniak, 64, and Gerald Greenfield, 67, were missing from the facility Saturday night.

Krzyzaniak, of Minneapolis, is serving a more than 12-year sentence for bilking investors out of nearly $26 million. Greenfield, of Bloomington, is serving a 4-year term for conspiracy to commit money laundering in a $2.5 million mortgage fraud scheme.

U.S. Marshals Service spokesman Thomas Volk said prisoners at the camp are there “on the honor system” instead of having locked cells. Anyone with information on the whereabouts of either inmate is asked to contact the U.S. Marshals Service at 218-720-3214 or call 911.

MINNESOTA - The mayor of Ely, Minnesota, has banned the use of social media today. Which, of course, is April Fool’s Day. But while Mayor Ross Petersen acknowledges his proclamation is partly a prank, it’s also partly serious. Petersen wants to encourage people to look away from the screen for awhile to appreciate nature and face-to-face communication. Petersen is encouraging people to spend time outside, where only the birds tweet and the only thing online is a fish.

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