May 2 news

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - Authorities are offering up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of a man suspected of shooting a Sioux City police officer. Sioux City Police Chief Doug Young says the reward for helping to find 22-year-old Jamal Dean is being offered by the United States Marshal Service and Crime Stoppers, as well as anonymous donations.

Police say Dean shot Officer Kevin McCormick after a routine traffic stop Monday. McCormick was still in his cruiser when Dean got out of the passenger side of his vehicle and allegedly fired a rifle several times toward the cruiser. Dean fled the area by foot and has been on the run since then. He is described as black, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 230 pounds. He has a tattoo that says “Outlaw” on the right side of his neck and was wearing all black at the time of Monday's shooting, police said.

McCormick was struck in the forehead above the eye. He underwent surgery and has been released from the hospital.

Dean is considered armed and dangerous. Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or 712-258-8477.

WORTHINGTON — According to Nobles County Parks Superintendent Jerry Braun, county parks, specifically Fury’s Island and Maka-Oicu, will remain closed until further notice. There is a lot of tree debris remaining in the campground areas of the park, and Braun said it will take quite a while to get the areas cleaned. Braun can be reached at (507) 468-2224.

WORTHINGTON —The Achievement Center is hosting its 42nd annual rummage sale, but inclement weather has pushed the sale back a week to May 10. It will run from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Saturday through May 25 at the Worthington Hockey Arena. Difficult weather has also had a negative effect on both set-up and donations, so people are asked to please continue to bring their donations to the arena this week, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily.

JACKSON - One of the region’s largest employers is about to expand again. AGCO has scheduled a groundbreaking ceremony for this coming Tuesday, May 7th for a 30,000 square foot expansion of its Jackson manufacturing operation. Company officials say its part of a multi-phase initiative that has been dubbed “Jackson Fast Forward.” They say the initiative is intended to increase capacity, improve manufacturing efficiency and further improve upon the quality of its Challenger and Massey Ferguson tractors and TerraGator and RoGator Application equipment. AGCO officials haven’t said yet how many additional jobs the latest expansion will bring to Jackson.

FULDA — Southwest Minnesota will be well represented during the next year in the FFA, with both the president and vice president hailing from the area.

During the final session of the 84th Minnesota FFA Convention Tuesday in St. Paul, delegates elected Mallory Pagel, a Fulda High School senior, to lead the agricultural organization for the next year; while Stuart Schumacher, a senior at Southwest Star Concept, will serve as Minnesota FFA vice president.

As state officers, Pagel and Schumacher will assist in leading a week-long State Greenhand Leadership Conference for freshman FFA members this summer, followed by a second leadership camp for high school FFA members. In addition, officers will promote the FFA through business and industry functions.
Pagel, the daughter of Mike and Theane Pagel, grew up in the FFA with her dad as a longtime advisor of the Fulda FFA Chapter. Schumacher, son of Adam and Chris Schumacher of Heron Lake, served as the Southwest Star Concept FFA’s vice president in 2011-2012, and secretary this past year. He was also the 2012-2013 Region 6 FFA treasurer.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Spirit Lake High School will be a regional host for the Iowa High School Music Association State Large Group Music Festival this Friday, May 3rd, from 4:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Over 1,000 students in 34 concert bands, orchestras and choirs from seven northwest Iowa schools will be participating. The bands and orchestras will perform in the Sami Center; the choirs will perform in the Middle School gym. The public is welcome to attend. The cost is $5 for adults; $3 for students in grades K-12.

MINNESOTA - Liquor store runs at halftime of Sunday football games? Not in Minnesota. The House overwhelmingly defeated the proposal Wednesday, keeping intact a ban on Sunday sales that dates back to 1895.

The strongest opposition to the idea of opening stores on Sunday comes from liquor store owners themselves — specifically, owners of smaller independent stores. House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt said mom and pop stores would feel compelled to open on Sundays to keep up with their chain store competitors, but Sunday revenue would be unlikely to cover their overhead costs.

Rochester DFLer Tina Liebling sponsored this year’s version of the bill, stating consumers should have the option of shopping at liquor stores on Sundays.

Bringing Sunday sales up for a vote – and defeating it – is an annual ritual at the Capitol. The bill had come a little closer to passage last year, but took a step backward Wednesday when the House rejected it 106-21.
12 states have laws prohibiting liquor stores from opening on Sunday.

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