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ADRIAN – A 4-wheeler accident involving a toddler was reported Wednesday shortly after 1 p.m. in Adrian. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the child was being given a ride on the 4-wheeler when it flipped and pinned the child beneath the machine. The child, who is 2-years-old, was taken by ambulance to Sanford Worthington, then transferred to Sioux Falls, SD. Wilkening, who classified the injuries as ‘serious,’ had not been given an update on the child’s condition.
PIPESTONE – A car crash with serious injuries was reported in Pipestone at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday on Highway 23. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevrolet Suburban and Dodge passenger vehicle were involved, but identities and conditions on both drivers has not yet been released.
WORTHINGTON – A winter storm brought anywhere from one to 8 inches of snow across the region Wednesday, causing a multitude of school closings and event cancellation. The snow has stopped, but a wind chill advisory is in effect for southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa through 6 p.m. Friday. According to the National Weather Service, wind speeds will average 15 to 30 miles per hour for much of the day, diminishing to 10 to 15 miles per hour tonight and into Friday. The wind will make it feel 20 degrees below zero or colder for a period of several hours. Those planning to venture outdoors should dress warmly, making sure all exposed skin is covered. Tonight, wind chill values will plummet to 25 to 30 below zero.
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PIPESTONE – One person is dead after an early morning fire Wednesday in Pipestone. According to Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney, the fire at a home on Second Avenue SW is under investigation. Information about the fatality will not be released until the victim’s family has been notified.
Delaney said the fire was reported to dispatch at around 2:30 a.m. The Pipestone and Holland fire departments responded and contained the fire. Firefighters returned to the scene later in the morning to extinguish hot spots that had flared up.
LUCAN - Two children are unaccounted for after a destructive house fire Wednesday in rural Minnesota. The fire at a two-story single family farmhouse in Lucan, a town about 22 miles east of Marshall, was reported around 2:35 p.m. Wednesday. Firefighters said the home was fully engulfed when they arrived on scene.
The Minnesota Department of Public Safety said two adults and several other children were able to escape the residence without injury. A firefighter was also injured during the blaze, slipping on ice at the property. He was taken to a hospital in nearby Redwood Falls.
The fire remains under investigation. Firefighters from seven area departments responded, along with Minnesota State Patrol officers.
JACKSON - The Jackson County Commission on Tuesday unanimously approved a Joint Powers Agreement between Jackson County and Cottonwood County for the permanent formation of “Des Moines Valley Health and Human Service”. The two counties have been working since June of 2012 to form a joint Health and Human Service Department.
Community Health Services Administrator and Public Health Director Pat Stewart said approval of the merger culminates months of work by the Joint Powers committee and the County Commissioners. One of the benefits of the merger will be more efficiency.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A Harris, Iowa man convicted of first degree kidnapping and second degree sexual assault has been sentenced to life in prison. A jury found Walter Norem guilty of those charges following a trial last month in Dickinson County District Court. Norem has 30 days from Monday's sentencing hearing in which to file an appeal. Norem was accused of attacking a woman he knew in a parking lot in Milford in November of last year and taking her against her will to his residence in Harris where she was allegedly assaulted.
SHELDON, Iowa — The Sheldon Police have been alerted to another scam going on in the area. Sheldon Police Chief Lyle Bolkema said someone called a Sheldon resident to inform him that he was a lucky winner of a sweepstakes and had won a new Mercedes. The caller wanted the potential victim to go to a major department store such as Walgreens or Walmart and purchase a Green Dot Moneypak reloadable debit card. He was to have the cashier put $99 onto the card’s balance. He then was to scratch off the back of the card to reveal the hidden number on the card.
The potential victim was told to give the caller the card number along with the name and routing number of his bank account and he would then receive his Mercedes.
Green Dot Moneypak cards are legitimate cards people can use for purchasing items online, paying bills, etc. Bolkema that once someone has access to that card number, they can immediately deplete the balance of the card.
He says they’ve found that there are hundreds of consumer alerts regarding scams via these cards, several of which have recently been reported in South Dakota. If you are questioning the validity of an offer, contact law enforcement before agreeing to anything.