November 21 news

MOUNTAIN LAKE – A Butterfield woman suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon while traveling on Highway 60 when a Mountain Lake man driving a Chevy Impala pulled out in front of her from Cottonwood County Road 1. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jacqueline Harrington, age 45, was transported to the Windom Hospital. Her 2005 Pontiac G6 was totaled. Joe Lugo, age 36, was uninjured. His Impala was also totaled.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington-Crailsheim International Committee is looking for more people to get involved in its student exchange program. A meeting will be at 7 p.m. Dec. 2 at the Atrium High Rise, 819 10th St. For more information, call 376-6538.

SANBORN, Iowa — The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office arrested two people on drug-related charges following a traffic stop at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday on Polk Avenue, southwest of Sanborn. The driver, Kevin L. Jennings, 46, of Cottage Grove, was apprehended after a short foot chase. He and a passenger, Kimberly F. Broyles, 28, of Blue Mound, Kansas, were both charged with possession of drug paraphernalia, interference with official acts, possession of a controlled substance (marijuana), possession of methamphetamine, and possession of amphetamines. Jennings was also charged with not having a valid driver’s license.

Both suspects also are wanted on out-of-state warrants: Jennings on a Minnesota felony sex offender warrant; and Broyles out for a narcotics violation in Kansas.
Both were transported to the O’Brien County Jail and booked. Bond for each was set at $3,000. Both face extradition by their respective states.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - Arnolds Park police are requesting the public’s assistance as they investigate a theft of thousands of dollars of batteries and cordless tools. Authorities say the items were stolen from a construction trailer that had been parked in the Nature Trails area near 202nd Street. Police say the items were reported stolen November 16th. They have a combined value of $10,000.

Anyone with information is being asked to contact Dickinson County Crimestoppers at 336-2345. You may remain anonymous if you wish. Information that leads to an arrest in the case will result in a $200 reward. In addition, police say an additional $200 is being offered by the owner of the stolen tools.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - After nearly seven months, Highway 86 between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border is about to reopen to traffic. Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say the road will officially reopen this morning. The new road is wider, with wider shoulders and better visibility as several hills have been lowered. It’s also been realigned near the Minnesota border to bypass several sharp curves in the old road that had been the scene of numerous semi rollovers over the years.

Kathy Evert of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation says a ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 2 p.m. Friday at the state line on the west side.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - Community leaders in Lake Park are looking into the possibility of constructing either a local or regional shooting range which would be capable of hosting trapshooting competitions. City Administrator Wade Wagoner says Lake Park would be a natural choice for such a facility, which he says would enhance such an attraction. People would come to the range, he said, because they are a sportsman’s paradise. A public informational meeting held last week was proof that there is support for the project. Approximately 40 people attended and were very enthusiastic, Wagoner said.

A consultant is working on plans for both a Lake Park version and a larger scale regional version of a shooting range.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of South Carroll Street and South 3rd Avenue in Rock Rapids on Wednesday at 9:12 a.m. Larae VanderBrink, 28, of Rock Rapids was operating a 2004 Ford Expedition eastbound on 3rd Avenue. John Anderson, 82, also of Rock Rapids was operating a 2010 Chevy Malibu southbound on South Carroll Street. VanderBrink had stopped at the intersection on South Carroll Street, but failed to see Anderson and pulled away from the stop sign and struck the side of the Anderson vehicle.

Anderson was taken to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids with non-incapacitating injuries, VanderBrink was not injured. VanderBrink's vehicle sustained approximately $2,300.00 in damages. The Anderson vehicle sustained approximately $5,500.00 in damages. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance and the Rock Rapids Fire Department.

OKOBOJI, Iowa — The 34th annual University of Okoboji Winter Games Committee will meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Hedberg Theater located in the Maritime Museum in Arnolds Park. Anyone interested in hosting a new event or donating time and talent to the games is welcome to attend.

The 2014 Winter Games are chaired by Jeremy Morrison of BonFire Web Co. and Alison Schmitz of Rembrandt Enterprises. For more information on getting involved in the Winter Games, planned for Jan. 24-26, 2014, visit


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Too bad the accident damages are high. But its better since no deaths occured. - Paul Kadri

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