September 27 news

WORTHINGTON – Here’s a look at our weekly construction update from the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Tower Street storm sewer work from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley is tentatively scheduled to begin as early as Monday.

WORTHINGTON — An informational session for the public to learn more about the Minnesota Dream Act will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus commons.
The MN Dream Act passed by the 2013 legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton provides certain benefits for undocumented students who meet established criteria.

The event is free of charge and open to the public. For more information, contact the Nobles County Integration Collaborative at 376-3300 or Le Lucht at 372-3423.

LAKEFIELD — A trio of mystery writers who call themselves a Minnesota Crime Wave will make a stop in Lakefield Saturday to talk about the combined 30 novels they have written. Ellen Hart, Carl Brookins and William Kent Krueger have received nearly two dozen local, regional and national awards for their writing.

Krueger writes the Cork O’Connor mystery series set in the great northwoods of Minnesota, while Hart is author of the Jane Lawless mystery series set in the Twin Cities. Brookins penned the Tanner-Whitney and Sean Sean series.

They will speak at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Jackson County Central Middle School Auditorium in Lakefield. Doors open at 12:30 p.m., and there is a fee to attend. The event is sponsored by JCC Community Education.

WORTHINGTON — On Oct. 5, at venues all across the country, people will gather in support of immigration reform. Minnesota’s Day of Action for Immigration Reform will be in Minneapolis, and at least 100 local residents have already signed up to participate, traveling via bus to the Twin Cities. Organizers expect that more will join the effort in the next few days.

Free transportation from Worthington to Minneapolis is sponsored by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota and Centro Campesino of Owatonna, which has a mission to “improve the lives of members of the Latino and migrant community in southern Minnesota through community organizing, education and advocacy.” United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1161 is also helping to organize the local effort.

Buses will depart at 7:30 a.m. Oct. 5 from St. Mary’s Church in Worthington and return at about 8 p.m.
The National Day of Action for Immigration Reform will begin with an ecumenical prayer service at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis. From there, the gathering will march about one mile to the Hennepin County Government Center.

To reserve a seat on a bus for Oct. 5, contact Lisa Kremer, 360-3423; or Dale Moerke at UFCW 1161, (507) 220-1980.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa-- The state has filed a lawsuit against a northwest Iowa landfill alleging trash was dumped in an area without the required environmental safeguards.

Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller says in a statement that he's sued the Northwest Iowa Solid Waste Agency in Sioux County. The agency operates a landfill four miles south of Sheldon.

The lawsuit says the agency illegally dumped 300,000 tons of trash in an area without a liner or a collection system for runoff as required by Iowa law. Miller also alleges the agency began construction on two areas without permits from the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

The suit seeks penalties for alleged environmental violations.

LYON COUNTY - The Sioux Falls Police Department has arrested Ricardo Rasgado-Martinez on Lyon County arrest warrants for carrying weapons in a weapons free zone. Rasgado-Martinez has waived extradition to Iowa but is currently being held on charges stemming from his arrest in Sioux Falls. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated reports of underage drinking and illegal drug use at the West Lyon High School on Friday.

Deputies identified Rasgado-Martinez and two juvenile males as the persons involved. One juvenile male was issued a juvenile referral for carrying weapons and also underage possession of alcohol. The other juvenile was issued a juvenile referral for underage possession of alcohol. On Sunday, arrest warrants were issued for Ricardo Rasgado-Martinez, age 20, of Sioux Falls, SD for carrying weapons in a weapons free zone and two counts of possession of a controlled substance, all serious misdemeanors.

MINNESOTA - The wolf killed by the Department of Natural Resources at a north-central Minnesota campground last month is the same wolf that attacked 16-year-old Noah Graham, according to DNA test results.

The wolf’s DNA matched samples taken from a comforter used when Noah was taken to the hospital.

The Solway, Minn. teenager said he was camping with friends on Aug. 24 at the West Winnie Campground on Lake Winnibigoshish when the wolf attacked and left him with a 4-inch gash in his scalp. Noah was able to fend off the 75-pound male wolf by kicking it, sending the animal running back into the woods.

The wolf was trapped and killed by DNR officials two days later.

The wolf tested negative for rabies, but a necropsy performed at the University of Minnesota showed the one-and-a-half-year-old wolf likely experienced a traumatic injury as a pup that developed into severe facial deformity, dental abnormalities and brain damage, the Associated Press reported.

The wolf’s stomach contained only fish spines and scales. The DNR says the wolf was likely scavenging for food around the campground because it would have been hard for it to catch prey like a healthy wolf.
The incident is the first documented wild wolf attack on a human resulting in a significant injury in Minnesota.

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