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WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers to help staff the office at Worthington’s Pioneer Village this summer. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact RSVP, 295-5262.
SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Two men from northwest Iowa have been charged with firearms trafficking. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 18-year-old Skyler Gonnerman of Sioux Center on Tuesday on a charge of trafficking stolen firearms.
Twenty-year-old Dakota Acevedo of Rock Rapids was also formally charged with trafficking stolen firearms; but he is currently an inmate of another jail on unrelated charges. Once those charges are completed, the Sheriff’s Office says Acevedo will be transported to the Sioux County Jail.
Trafficking stolen firearms is a Class D Felony. The charges stem from an investigation following a report of stolen guns being sold in January of 2013.
JACKSON - Firemen from Jackson, Alpha and Superior, Iowa, battled a blaze in an empty hog barn south of Jackson for more than 1.5 hours Thursday afternoon. Firefighters were on the scene at the Ron and Cameron Mulder farm place near Highways 71 and 4 just before 1:30 p.m. The volunteers tore into the older building to get at the fire and worked around a collapsed roof.
INWOOD, Iowa – A South Dakota man wanted in connection to a stabbing that took place in late April in Inwood is now behind bars in the Lyon County Jail. Damion Lee Williams, age 19, of Canton, SD, was arrested Wednesday in Sioux Falls. He waived extradition Thursday and was brought to Lyon County, where he is charged with willful injury and aggravated assault.
Authorities say Lyon County Deputies responded to a report of a stabbing under a bridge west of Inwood on April 27. A 22-year-old male was found, and taken to the Sanford Canton-Inwood Hospital, where he was treated and released. Williams fled the scene in a Dodge Durango, which was located a few miles from where the incident occurred. A warrant was issued for his arrest the next day.
APPLE VALLEY - Two bison calves have been born at the Minnesota Zoo, the first at the Apple Valley site in 20 years. Bison have been exhibited at the Minnesota Zoo since 1980. But now the zoo is partnering with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resource to conserve the North American Plains bison, cooperatively managing a bison herd at Minnesota state parks and at the zoo exhibition.
A herd of nearly 100 bison lives at Blue Mounds State Park in Luverne. Testing has confirmed that the herd is nearly genetically identical to bison that existed before European settlement.
Plans call for releasing the zoo's two new calves into Minnesota state parks in fall 2014.
ST. PAUL - Leading Minnesota lawmakers have sorted out a tax package that is the linchpin of the next state budget. The top two percent of income earners will pay two percent more on a portion of their income. The per-pack tax on cigarettes will rise by $1.60. Some corporate tax preferences will go away. But there won't be any changes to the alcohol tax.
Gov. Mark Dayton, House Speaker Paul Thissen and Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk say the agreement will pave the way for the Legislature to pass its budget before a mandatory Monday night adjournment to the session.
Combined, the taxes will generate $2 billion more for Minnesota's two-year budget. But the leaders say there is $400 million in potential property tax relief in their plan.
IOWA - Iowa lawmakers have reached a spending compromise for Iowa's public universities and other education programs. The state House and Senate approved the $897 million higher education budget Thursday evening. It's a compromise including enough money to freeze in-state tuition at the state universities.
Members of the Board of Regents previously promised to freeze in-state tuition if the Legislature approved the necessary budget increase. The budget plan would increase their budget by 2.6 percent.
The final budget is $66 million less than the original Senate proposal and about $3 million more than a House version. It also includes spending for the education department, blind school, College Aid Commission, Vocational Rehabilitation and Iowa Public Television.
It will next move to the governor for his signature.
MINNESOTA - Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk says it’s unlikely that an increase in Minnesota’s minimum wage will be approved this session.
Bakk said that Democrats in both chambers can’t agree on how much to raise the wage and there aren’t enough votes among Senate Democrats to pass the $9.50 minimum wage sought by House Democrats.
Last week, the Minnesota Senate approved a bill that would have increased the state’s minimum wage to $7.75 an hour by 2015. The state’s current minimum wage $6.15 an hour, but most workers at that level qualify for the federal rate of $7.25.
DFL Rep. Ryan Winkler, the chief House author of the measure, said House members have already compromised by reducing the proposed wage hike and said once the Senate gets close to the House position, they’ll have a bill.
Raising the state’s minimum wage, a key priority for Democrats, may be the casualty of the last-minute rush to finalize the state budget. However, key stakeholders, such as the Minnesota AFL-CIO, are pushing for a resolution this year.
CHARLOTTE, NC - An investigation is underway after deputies in Lincoln County say a NASCAR legend called 911 before committing suicide in a local cemetery. According to the sheriff's office, Retired race car driver Richard "Dick" Trickle, 71, died Thursday from an apparent self inflicted gun shot wound.
Investigators say Trickle apparently went to the Forest Lawn Cemetery on Highway 150 East in Boger City around noon on Thursday. He used his phone to call the Lincoln County Communications Center and told the 911 operator to come to the cemetery and "there would be a dead body and it would be his." He then hung up the phone.
Communications Center workers attempted to call Trickle back, but he did not answer. When emergency crews arrived on the scene, they reportedly found Trickle's body lying near his pickup truck.