December 2 news

WORTHINGTON – The 25th annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Pioneer Village. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered throughout the village grounds and food and hot cider will be available. Fun products such as jams, jellies, cookbooks and Burt’s Bees products will be available at the country store.

Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free, and are all welcome to visit with Santa Claus in the fire hall. Reading Bus Lines will be conducting free tours of lights around Worthington starting at 6:45 p.m. both nights.

There will be plenty of entertainment, including old favorites and some new acts in several buildings on the grounds.

WORTHINGTON - The third annual Christmas Tree Forest, sponsored by Love INC, will open Tuesday at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St. in Worthington. The Forest will be open from 3:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday. People can vote for their favorite tree with a donation, and there will be an award ceremony at 7:45 p.m. Thursday. New this year is a silent auction on decorated wreaths, which will end Thursday. All funds raised will go toward Love INC ministries. There is no cost to attend, and cookies and hot cider will be served.

FULDA – The Fulda Depot is included in a new book that features Minnesota’s historic train depots. “Shadows of Time...Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots” was written by Bill Schrankler with Frederick L. Johnson. The book shares details about 168 of Minnesota’s existing railroad depots and features the 53 depots that are now on the National Register of Historic Places, including the Fulda Depot. The book was released in November.

LUVERNE — The Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court is presenting “The Anonymous People,” a documentary film about the more than 23 million Americans living in long-term recovery from alcohol and other drug addiction. The film will be shown at 7 p.m. tonight at the Palace Theatre, located at the intersection of Main Street and Freeman Avenue in Luverne.

There will be a panel discussion following the documentary about the film and the treatment options available in southwest Minnesota. A treatment provider and surgeon from Sanford Health will be at the discussion, as well as a representative from New Life Treatment Center in Woodstock.

JACKSON - The late Rita Cihak of Jackson and the late Kaitlyn Berg of St. James are among five Minnesotans who will be honored as part of the 11th annual Donate Life float in the Tournament of Roses Parade on New Year’s Day. Cihak, Berg and the others are being honored for their gifts of organ, eye or tissue donations.

Cihak, Berg and two other Minnesotans are among 81 memorial floral portraits that will adorn the float. Each floragraph represents a donor who gave the gift of organ, eye or tissue donation upon their death. The fifth Minnesotan will walk alongside the float as part of 12 living donors who were inspired to donate their kidney to a family member, friend or stranger.

JACKSON - Entries are being sought for this year’s Holiday Fest Gingerbread House Contest in Jackson. Entries can be submitted at the Jackson County Library beginning today, and will be accepted through Dec. 6.

Winners of the Gingerbread House Contest will be chosen by public vote during Holiday Fest on December 7th and announced December 9th. Voting will take place at the library during normal hours from 10 to 3 on December 7th.

For more information about Holiday Fest activities, or to get an entry into the parade on December 7th, contact the Jackson Chamber Office at 847-3867.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa – An Estherville, Iowa man died Friday in a house fire at 515 South Eighth Street. The Estherville Fire Department found Ralph “Bud” Lyons of Estherville deceased when they entered the home just before 1:15 p.m. Friday.

When firefighters arrived, smoke was coming from the windows of the house. The fire was contained to the living room. The Iowa State Fire Marshall determined the cause of the fire was due to a cigarette.

The Wallingford Fire Department, Estherville Police, Estherville Ambulance Service, Emmet County Sheriff’s Office, and the Iowa State Fire Marshall assisted the Estherville Fire Department at the scene.

Firefighters were on the scene for about 3 hours.

MILFORD, Iowa - Milford firefighters were called to the scene of a semi fire early Sunday morning. Firefighters were called around 3:19 a.m. to the intersection of County Road A34 and 213th Avenue on the west edge of Milford. Upon arriving they found the semi completely engulfed. Over 3,000 gallons of water was used to put out the blaze.

No injuries were reported, and the cause is under investigation. The Milford Fire Department was on the scene about an hour and-a-half. They were assisted by the Milford and Arnold's Park Police Departments and the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office.

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