May 28 news

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - A two-year-old child is dead after a truck he was in somehow got knocked into gear and plunged into Five Island Lake near Emmetsburg, Iowa on Saturday.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. and found a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, owned by Lance Hanson of Emmetsburg, in the lake.

Authorities said three children were in the truck, but family members and witnesses were able to get two of the children out. A third child was trapped in the vehicle, which was fully submerged. Rescue crews were able to free the child, who was taken to shore where life saving measures began. The child was transported to Palo Alto County Hospital. Hospital officials announced later the child, Larsen Hanson of Emmetsburg, had died.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Emmetsburg Police Department, the Emmetsburg Fire Department, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, Palo Alto County Conservation, the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation and the Palo Alto county Ambulance Service.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — A 24-year-old Primghar man is dead following a one-vehicle crash reported at 3:39 p.m. Friday, near the intersection of 390th Street and Redwood Avenue in O’Brien County.

Derrick Austin Rensink was driving a 2005 GMC Denali westbound on 390th Street when he veered to the right, entered the north ditch and struck a concrete culvert and ditch embankment. He was pronounced dead at the Primghar Hospital.

WEST OKOBOJI, Iowa - A pickup reported stolen over the weekend from a lakes area business, was found crashed Sunday morning on the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji in Iowa.

Arnold’s Park police say the pickup, owned by Oak Hill Marina, was taken from the business around 3:45 a.m. Sunday. The driver, whose identity isn’t known, lost control of the vehicle in the area of West Okoboji and 1st Street, where it traveled through an empty lot and some landscaping before coming to a stop on the shoreline of West Lake Okoboji. The driver, who remains at large, got out and fled. Damage to the truck and landscaping was estimated at $10,000.

The incident remains under investigation. The Arnold’s Park Police Department was assisted by the Okoboji Police Department, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and Clary’s Lake Service.

MINNESOTA - Fees and charges at assisted-living facilities will be getting closer scrutiny as the state reviews the system that serves thousands of elderly and disabled Minnesotans.

The state regulates 970 assisted-care facilities with more than 51,000 units. The facilities — part housing, part support and health-related services — operate under laws governing both sides of the business.

Some consumers complain that the fees, which can run in the thousands of dollars, are confusing, unfair or even illegal. The legislature mandated a review of the industry, which was released in March. The Minnesota Office of Ombudsman for Long Term Care will spearhead an effort to address fees and review other consumer issues in the assisted-living system.

Ombudsman Deb Holtz said they are seeing inconsistencies across the state, with different fees being charged in different places. Patti Cullen, president of Care Providers of Minnesota, a trade group that represents assisted-living facilities, said fees vary by location and are intended to cover costs of caring for residents.

MINNESOTA – Minnesota’s U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken have formed a committee to find a replacement for Minnesota’s current U.S. attorney, B. Todd Jones.

Jones is leaving his post as he readies for confirmation hearings next week to possibly lead the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Firearms and Tobacco.

Klobuchar said the committee includes a former U.S. Attorney, a police chief, and a county attorney, and will be chaired by a former head of the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, according to MPR.

Jones has been pulling double duty since he became acting director of the troubled federal agency about 18 months ago. The June 4 hearings will “dramatically” increase the chance for Jones to get the post, which has been stalled for five months over objections raised by a group of powerful Republicans who object to his role in Operation Fast and Furious, an ATF program involving firearms and Mexican drug cartels in Arizona.

MINNESOTA - One of the groups against a controversial bill, which allows in-home daycare providers and personal care workers the right to unionize, plans to file a lawsuit later this week, Minnesota Public Radio reports.

Minnesota Majority president Dan McGrath told MPR the bill will be struck down by the courts because federal law pre-empts state law. McGrath said he finds the bill despicable, compelling his organization to get involved.

DFL supporters argue the legislation does not force anyone to join a union. Republicans insist the measure amounts to a power grab by unions and it funnels money away from care and toward unions. Gov. Dayton had tried to offer the workers the right to form a union through an executive order in 2011, but a court struck it down.

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