November 11 news

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Veteran’s Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, but outgoing mail at the Post Office will continue as normal. The Nobles County Library will be closed, as will all area financial institutes. Walmart, Hy-Vee and Fareway will maintain regular hours, and Schaap Sanitation will make regular pick-ups.

WINDOM - One person was injured in a two vehicle broadside accident around 9:30 Saturday morning at the intersection of Highway 71 and Cottonwood County Road 30.
According to the Minnestoa State Patrol, involved was a 1997 Toyota Corolla driven by 23-year-old Ryan Brown of Lake Crystal and a 1996 Chevy pickup driven by 15-year-old Riley Brech of Sioux Falls, SD. Brown was traveling west on Highway 30 and Brech was traveling north on Highway 71 when the vehicles collided at the intersection.

Brown was not injured. Brech was taken to the Windom Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Both vehicles were estimated as totaled. The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

WINDOM - Local cattlemen and industry boosters are invited to the 47th annual Beef Royale Banquet Nov. 16 at the Windom Community Center in Windom.

Serving time will be 6 p.m. This year, the meal will include carved prime rib with T-Tommy’s of Springfield catering.

The evening will include naming of the 2014 beef ambassador, presentation of show awards and premium checks, winners of the spectator judging contest, announcing the “Beef Producer of the Year” recipient and announcing the “Outstanding Service Award of the Year.”

Guest speaker for the evening will be Justin Lookadoo, New York Times bestselling author.

Reduced-price advance tickets may be purchased from Cottonwood Cattle Producer board members, the Cottonwood County Extension Office at 831-4022 or the Jackson County Extension office at 662-5293.

LARCHWOOD, Iowa — A Lyon County Deputy has arrested a driver on a felony drunk driving charge, after an accident near Larchwood on Friday.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:10 PM, 30-year-old Richard James Lockard was driving a 1997 Nissan Maxima westbound on Highway 9 near Birch Ave, about three miles west of Larchwood. The car went off of the roadway to the right, Lockard over corrected. The car began skidding, and entered the left ditch.
The 1997 Nissan, owned by Lockard, received minimal damage and no injuries were reported.

But upon investigation, Lockard was found to be intoxicated. He was arrested on a charge of Operating While Intoxicated third offense, a class D felony. He was also cited for Failure to Maintain Control, a simple misdemeanor.

In Iowa, if Lockard is convicted, a class D felony carries a penalty of up to 5 years behind bars and a fine of between $750 to $7,500.

The Larchwood Fire and Rescue crews assisted the Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

BOYDEN, Iowa — A Boyden, Iowa man has been arrested in connection with a case of stolen firearms.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of stolen firearms on Tuesday, October 29th. The theft reportedly occurred from a vehicle and a residence on Kennedy Avenue, three miles south of Boyden.

Upon further investigation, deputies determined someone stole a DPMS Panther .223 caliber rifle, a Mossburg 20 gauge shotgun, a Ruger .22 caliber rifle and a Beretta 12-gauge shotgun from a pickup, machine shed and home owned by John Pfingsten of Boyden.

Through the investigation, deputies located the stolen firearms in the possession of 22-year-old Lance De Jong of Boyden.On Wednesday, October 30, De Jong was arrested on charges of Second Degree Theft and Third Degree Burglary.

According to jail records, he was released the next day after posting a $5,000 unsecured bond.

ARNOLDS PARK, Iowa - The Dickinson County Water Quality Commission has awarded $200,000 toward clean water projects in the county. The funds will be used against state and federal grants to provide water monitoring, education, coordination, best management practices and watershed protection.

Grant recipients include the Garlock Slough Protection Project, which will receive $100,000; the East Lake Okoboji Improvement Corporation was awarded $7,468 for a bio cell project at the east end of 19th Street in Spirit Lake; Team Wave will receive $43,000 for low impact development projects; and the Okoboji Protective Association was awarded $20,000 for aquatic invasive species prevention. In addition, the Water Quality Commission will contribute $29,352 toward the Cleanwater Alliance for staff and other activities.

The Dickinson County Water Quality Commission was established in 2001 to provide local match money often required for many state and federal environmental grants. Since its inception the commission has obligate more than $2.1 million and has received more than $19 million dollars back in the form of matching funds from the federal, state and local levels.


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