July 2 news

WORTHINGTON – A Wilmont man suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday when his 1997 Chevy GMT 400 collided with a freight truck on I-90. Daniel Cowen, 53, of Wilmont was eastbound on the interstate when the two vehicles got involved in a sideswipe crash at approximately 1:40 p.m. just past the Worthington weigh station. Christopher Wyldes, 31, of Menno, SD, who was driving the freight truck, received no apparent injuries. Damage to the freight truck was minor, but the Chevy GMT was totaled. Cowen was brought to Sanford Worthington for treatment.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Spirit Lake Police say have made an arrest in connection with a series of burglaries to vehicles over the last few months.

Police say their investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Lucas Tassin. Tassin was arrested on the warrant and booked into the Dickinson county jail on charges of ongoing criminal conduct…a class “B” felony, credit card forgery…an aggravated misdemeanor, burglary in the 2nd degree…a class “C” felony, and five counts of burglary in the 3rd degree…an aggravated misdemeanor.

Spirit Lake police say the arrest of Tassin was based on a joint investigation with the Des Moines Police Department, which found a number of items that had been stolen locally. Des Moines police recovered the items and returned them to the Spirit Lake Police Department.

LINN GROVE, Iowa - A 61-year-old northwest Iowa man has drowned on the Little Sioux River. The Buena Vista County Sheriff's Office says the incident was reported around 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Witnesses told authorities that the victim, Robert Wiese of Greenville, went into the river while working with a boat and never resurfaced.

Rescuers found Wiese's body about a half mile downstream about two hours later. Authorities say Wiese and his small boat were swept away by the current as he was trying to unload the boat.

Officials say it's another reminder of the swift current in most area streams and rivers, which continue to run high.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - One person is dead and another is in critical condition after an early morning motorcycle crash in Sioux Falls. The accident happened around 3:00 this morning near the intersection of 26th Street and Kiwanis Avenue in Sioux Falls. Police say the motorcycle was coming down 26th street, went through the intersection of Kiwanis, lost control, and collided with a fence.

MINNESOTA - The recently passed Senate immigration bill fixes both Minnesota’s and the country’s “broken immigration system” by helping business and agriculture and protecting workers, said U.S. Sen. Al Franken, D-Minn. It also cuts $875 billion from the nation’s deficit over the next 20 years.

At a St. Paul news conference Monday, Franken said the bill is astonishingly good – a great compromise.

Late additions to the Senate bill place unprecedented manpower, including a doubling of border guards and customs agents, and technical resources like increased drones on the border to stem the flow of illegal immigration, bolstering its support among Republican Senate members.

While prospects in the House remain tenuous, Franken, who was instrumental in several key amendments in the Senate measure, said the Senate’s 68 votes send a strong message of bipartisan support. Franken would not predict what may happen in the House, where concerns about border security and criticism of “amnesty” for undocumented workers remain high.

Republican leaders say the House will not pass any bill that provides a path to citizenship for the estimated 11 million immigrants who are in the U.S. illegally. The Associated Press reports House Republicans want to address immigration policy with several stand-alone bills rather than a comprehensive package.

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