December 6 news

CLARA CITY – A head-on crash took the life of a Marshall woman Thursday evening on Highway 23 in Chippewa County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Debra Greibel, age 60, of Marshall, was southbound in a 2001 Chevy Malibu when a northbound semi, driven by Yaya Zongo, 39, of Dallas, Texas, lost control and jack-knifed, colliding with Greibel’s vehicle. That crash took place at 8:55 p.m.

FULDA – A semi crashed Thursday afternoon just north of Fulda, leaving the driver with non-life threatening injuries. William Curtis, age 49, of Fulda was driving a 2006 International on Highway 59 when it went off the road at about 11:30 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol had traffic down to one lane as the semi was hauled out of the ditch. The crash was due to icy road conditions.

WORTHINGTON — All Day FORE Africa will host a benefit Christmas concert from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at BenLee’s Café, 212 10th St., Worthington. “All Day FORE Africa Sings on for Christmas” will allow attendees to enjoy lunch and listen to festive entertainment on BenLee’s main stage. Scheduled performers include Kailey Wendland, Aubrey and Cindy Anderson, Annie Lesnar, Alex Purdy, Selina Hua, Anna Meyer, Laura Koepsell, Ethan Meyer and more. All proceeds will benefit All Day Fore Africa and be used to build a medical center in Kibeho, Rwanda.

SW MN - The Buffalo Ridge Regional Transit Route system (BRRT) will officially begin routes Monday in southwest Minnesota. This pilot project, the first ever in the state of Minnesota, will include the counties of Murray, Nobles, Pipestone and Rock. With the four-county area situated amid four major thoroughfares, including state highways 30, 59 and 75, as well as Interstate 90, services never before offered will now be available to area residents.

People of all ages and income level will be able to utilize the transportation system. Students, adults, children and elderly residents can use the bus to take them to medical, dental, business appointments and more in the four-county area.
According to Michelle Miranowski, local senior coordinator, the BRRT task force was formed over a year ago to work with coordinating the public transportation entities in each of the counties involved.

TERRIL, Iowa - The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is asking for help from the public in a theft investigation of a gravity wagon. According to the DCSO, the wagon was stolen some time between 5:30 p.m on Dec. 3 and 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 4, from a farm west of Terril, Iowa. The wagon is described as a Brent model 640, red, with a black 2 foot extension on the top. Anyone seeing this wagon pulled down the road or having information about this crime is asked to contact the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office at 712-336-2525 or to call Crimestoppers at 712-336-2346.

FULDA - Fulda’s 1st Annual Parade of Lights will kick off the Holiday Season in style! The parade will begin tonight at 6:30 p.m. with the theme “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas!” Prior to the Parade of Lights, Santa Claus will be at Antonios from 4:30 to 6:15 p.m. The parade will begin at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church ending at the Fulda Senior Center.

Following the Parade of Lights, the movie Home Alone will be shown on a big screen at the Fulda High School gymnasium. Another movie, Arthur’s Christmas, will be shown in Room 215. Arts and Crafts will be available in the hallway near the concession stand. There will be no charge for the movie, but a free will donation will be taken at the door. Concessions will be available during the movies. Hot chocolate and holidays goodies will also be served.

For questions regarding the Parade of Lights event, please contact Tina Slaathaug at 507-360-5007 or Holly Zins at 507-360-6958.

PIPESTONE – According to the Pipestone County Star, the city of Pipestone has opened an official dialogue with the Hiawatha Club owners of the former Pageant Grounds to purchase the approximate 43-acre property.

The Pipestone City Council held a special meeting Dec. 2 to go into Executive Session to discuss potential purchase of the property and unanimously acted to direct City Administrator Jeff Jones to pursue and negotiate the potential purchase contract with Hiawatha Club members on behalf of the city.

The property once hosted the Song of Hiawatha Pageant, a regional summertime attraction that began in 1948 and gave its final performance in 2008. Ever since then, the Hiawatha Club members said earlier this year they’ve had to dip into reserves to pay for maintenance, utilities and about $3,500 in yearly property taxes.

Looking for a long-term solution for the ongoing maintenance of the land, owners agreed last fall that it should donate the land to an entity that would preserve it for public use as a park, nature area, and festival and event grounds.

Pipestone County took itself out of consideration in July when the commissioners voted 4-1 against taking ownership of the property.

LUCAN - Authorities say the remains of a second child have been recovered from the scene of a farmhouse fire near Lucan. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety says the body was found late Thursday afternoon. Two victims have now been recovered. Two adults and several other children were able to escape the two-story house when fire broke out. Fire officials say the house in the town of Lucan was fully engulfed when firefighters arrived.

Vesta firefighter Neal Hansen was injured when he slipped and was run over by a tanker truck. He remains hospitalized in Mankato. Names and ages of the victims will be released once positive identification is made by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office. The fire is under investigation.

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I pary for the safety of those fire victims. Thank you for the quick action. - Aldo Disorbo

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