September 9 news

WORTHINGTON – All of the fun of King Turkey Day kicks off tonight with the King Turkey Day Mixer, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Village. A King Turkey Day button is all that is needed to enter, and the mixer includes a free meal featuring hot turkey sandwiches and potato salad. A small beer garden will be set up on site, and picnic tables will provide seating in and around the big barn on the village grounds. There will be a short program to introduce the 2013 KTD parade marshals and announce this year’s honorary turkey.

WORTHINGTON -The Sanford Worthington Medical Center Relay For Life team will have a Mountain Man Fruit and Nut Company fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday in the hospital lobby. Seasonal goodies, nuts, trail mix, dried fruit and candies are pre-packaged and will be available for purchase, with 20 percent of sales donated to the team.

RENVILLE COUNTY – A crash with an unoccupied farm implement sitting on the side of the road has taken the lives of an Olivia couple. Thomas Kopel, 76, and his wife Carla Kopel, 74, were fatally injured when their Buick LaSabre rear-ended a farm implement that had been left unattended on the side on Highway 71 near 780th Street shortly before 9 p.m. Sunday. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Thomas Kopel died at the scene, and Carla was life-flighted to North Memorial Hospital, where she succumbed to her injuries. Back seat passenger Allie Cook Jr, 54, of Cottage Grove was taken by ambulance to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries, and passenger Theresa Cook, 53, was uninjured. The report states the farm implement was sitting approximately two feet into the lane of traffic with emergency lights activated.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – A Lyon County Deputy was stopped by two people Saturday night at approximately 10:22 p.m. and told they had been shot at by an air soft gun. A short time later the Deputy noticed the vehicle in question and stopped it. The driver of the vehicle, Joshua Michael Johnson age 30 and a juvenile passenger were questioned about the incident. After a short investigation with Mr. Johnson it was determined that he was under the influence of alcohol. Mr. Johnson was placed under arrest for OWI 1st, a serious misdemeanor, and open container.

After a search of the vehicle the deputies found two BB guns in the vehicle. Mr. Johnson was also charged with two counts of Assault, simple misdemeanors, and two counts of Assault - willful injury causing bodily injury, class D felonies. Mr. Johnson is being held at the Lyon County jail, and the juvenile was released to his parents.

NORTHWEST IOWA – Tuesday is school election day in northwest Iowa. All voters in our four-county area will be voting on the NCC levy renewal. College officials say this is not a bond issue. It is the basic levy for things like utilities, and it has to be re-approved every ten years.

Many schools in the four-county area will have school board elections, including Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, Sibley-Ocheyedan, Central Lyon, George-Little Rock and Boyden-Hull.

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. - Police say a man fell to his death during Sunday’s Packers-49ers game at Candlestick Park in San Francisco, The Associated Press reports.

Officials say just after 1:30 p.m. PT kickoff, the fan — who appeared intoxicated by multiple witness accounts — fell from an elevated pedestrian walkway at the stadium to sidewalk below. Police spokesman Gordon Shyy tells The AP that off-duty medics and police officers tried to give the man first aid until an ambulance arrived. However, he was declared dead from his injuries.

The name of the victim, reportedly in his 30s, has not been released. The San Francisco Gate says the man was walking with his brother when the incident happened.

Officials aren’t sure how fan the fan fell from the walkway, which goes around the stadium.

MINNEAPOLIS - A 19-year-old Minneapolis woman has died after falling out of a sixth-floor window at a University of Minnesota dormitory.

University police responded to Yudof Hall on the Minneapolis campus just after 4:30 p.m. Saturday. Police said the woman was trying to move from the window to a rooftop area when she fell. A screen had been removed from a window, which was not designed to be an exit.

University spokesman Chuck Tombarge says the fall appeared to be an accident and the woman was not a student at the university. Her name was not immediately released. Autopsy and toxicology test results are pending. Police say alcohol was found in the dorm room, but it's not clear if alcohol played a role.

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina — Wrestling will be included as a provisional sport in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic Games. That announcement came Sunday from IOC President Dr. Jacques Rogge at the 125th Session of the International Olympic Committee in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

International dignitaries from the sports of wrestling, squash, and baseball-softball, made their final presentation for inclusion in the 2020 and 2024 Olympic programs Sunday morning.

When the IOC voted, wrestling prevailed with 49 of the possible 95 votes to secure the 28th and final position in the Olympic programs. The joint bid from baseball-softball received 24 votes, while squash received 22.

The recommendation from its executive committee to not include wrestling among its core sports was first announced Feb. 12. That decision led to Sunday’s presentations by the provisional sports candidates.

Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Summer Games. The IOC decided on Saturday to award the 2020 games to Tokyo. Wrestling will have six weight classes for women’s freestyle in 2016, up from four classes in 2012. Men’s Greco-Roman and men’s freestyle will also compete in six weight classes, down from seven classes in 2012. The push for gender equity was part of wrestling’s makeover and a key in its reinstatement campaign.

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