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BROWN COUNTY - A Worthington man is accused of having forced sex with a 16-year-old girl he met through a friend on Facebook. 19-year-old Taylor Anderson has been charged in connection with the alleged incident. Brown County authorities received a call on Tuesday from a woman who reported her daughter was sexually assaulted this past Sunday.
The criminal complaint goes on to say the incident happened at an apartment building in Springfield. Court documents say Anderson tried to choke the girl and had forced sex with her. Anderson is now facing four felony criminal-sexual conduct charges in Brown County District Court.
WORTHINGTON — The Pajama Party to construct pajamas for the Nobles County Christmas Basket program will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave. Volunteers are needed to help with cutting, sewing and quality control. Monetary donations are also needed for supplies. Cutters should bring a good sewing shears, sewers need a serger and trimming scissors and quality control people need to have an eye for detail. For more information or to register, email firstname.lastname@example.org; or call Cory at American Reformed Church, 376-6517. Registration is requested by Tuesday in order to plan food for lunch.
WORTHINGTON – Worthington’s annual holiday parade will be 6:30 p.m. Nov. 15 in downtown Worthington. Businesses and local residents are encouraged to be a part of the parade. Stores will be open late, and there will be horse drawn carriage rides. Santa and Mrs. Claus will make an appearance for the parade. All entries are asked to use lights. Entries will be judged in two categories: commercial and non-commercial. For more information or to register for the parade, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919. Deadline to sign up is Nov. 11.
LUVERNE — The 62nd annual Rock County DFL Chuckwagon Feed will be Tuesday at the Pizza Ranch in Luverne. Serving begins at 5:30 p.m. and will continue until 7:30 p.m. through the regular buffet line. A number of DFL elected officials and candidates have been invited to attend and speak at the event. Rep. Erin Murphy (DFL-St. Paul), House Majority Leader, has confirmed that she will be present to discuss the 2013 Legislative session and the issues facing the 2014 legislature. All proceeds from the Chuckwagon Feed will go to support DFL candidates.
JACKSON - The Jackson United Fund Drive is underway with a goal of raising 55,000 dollars. The United Fund is a community fund, which this past year helped 38 non-profit organizations in Jackson and the surrounding area. The United Fund helps organizations that benefit people of all ages.
A brochure and envelope are included in this month’s city utility bills. Donations may also be dropped off at Jackson financial institutions or mailed to P.O. Box 224, Jackson, MN 56143.
EVERLY, Iowa — A George-Little Rock School van was involved in an accident near Everly on Wednesday morning. Three people were transported to a hospital, but there were no students in the van.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 9:05 AM, 45-year-old Kristi Donaker of George was driving a red Ford Econoline Van, owned by the George-Little Rock Community School District, eastbound on Highway 18, just north of Everly. Kevin Lewis of Lebanon, Missouri was driving a 1999 Peterbilt semi with a trailer eastbound behind Donaker.
At that point, a deer entered the roadway. Donaker stopped to avoid hitting the deer, but when she did, the semi struck the rear bumper area of Donaker’s vehicle. Both vehicles came to rest on the roadway. Three passengers in Donaker’s vehicle were transported to Spencer Hospital with minor injuries.
The George-Little Rock van sustained $5,000 in damages. The truck Lewis was driving was owned by Scooter’s Auto Transport LLC. It also sustained $5,000 in damage.
SIOUX FALLS, SD — A Spencer teen who was involved in a bicycle versus truck accident in Spencer last week has died. The Spencer Police Department reports they were notified on Thursday morning that 19-year-old Jonathan Ferguson of Spencer, died as a result of head injuries suffered when the bicycle he was riding, collided with a truck at an intersection in Spencer.
About 9:45 on Friday, September 27 Ferguson reportedly ran a stop sign at West Eighth Street and First Avenue West, and struck the passenger side of a truck being driven by Jim Mingus of Spencer. Ferguson was transported to the Spencer Hospital and later transported by helicopter to Sioux Falls. No charges are pending in this incident.
PRIMGHAR, Iowa—Three people face theft and forgery charges following an investigation in O’Brien county stemming from a traffic stop Sept. 26 in Sheldon. Deputies say three people in the vehicle had active arrest warrants. All three were arrested and taken into custody. A subsequent search of the vehicle the three were in turned up stolen property including cash, a shotgun, ammunition and a television stolen from a rural residence in O’Brien county.
23-year-old Dustin Mauer of Sioux City, who was wanted on a warrant charging him with probation violation for a forgery charge, was additionally charged with theft in the 4th degree and failure to have a valid driver’s license. He was booked into jail on a $1,000 bond.
19-year-old Austin Pate of Sioux City was wanted on a warrant for a probation violation on an original charge of burglary. He was additionally charged with theft in the 4th degree. Pate was booked into jail on a $1,000 bond.
39-year-old Lana VandenBrink of Sioux City was wanted on a warrant for a probation violation for a forgery. She was additionally charged with interference with official acts, forgery and theft in the 4th degree. She was booked into the O’Brien county jail on a $5,000 bond.
FERGUS FALLS - The federal government partial shutdown may mean some changes for the Minnesota Governor's Deer Opener in November.
The opener will be held in Fergus Falls this year and some of the activities were planned for the Prairie Wetlands Learning Center. With the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service affected by the shutdown, it's not known if agency employees will be back to work by November 8.
Jean Bowman with the Fergus Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau is helping plan the event. Bowman says organizers will wait until next Monday to see if the shutdown is resolved. But if the shutdown continues, she says they'll work on "Plan B."
That may involve moving some of the Prairie Wetlands activities over to the adjacent fairgrounds. More volunteers also would be needed.
MINNESOTA - A powerful October storm that is expected to bring snow in the Black Hills, could bring threatening severe weather to a large portion of the Midwest and Central Plains.
The National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center in Norman, Oklahoma says the front could bring heavy thunderstorms with wind, rain, hail and tornadoes.
Around one million people live in the moderate risk area, in southern Minnesota and Iowa. Other states that may see severe weather from the storm include Wisconsin, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas, areas as far south as Texas could also be affected. It’s the first time since 2000 that a storm of this size in the region has been forecast in October a day in advance.