January 6 news

WORTHINGTON — The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking nominations for its Faces of Hope fundraiser banquet, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families in southwest Minnesota. Up to five nominees from Southwest Minnesota will be chosen and honored at an awareness banquet scheduled for April 5 in Worthington. Criteria and additional information is available at mnswcc.org. Nominations are due Jan. 31.

WORTHINGTON -The Missoula Children’s Theater audition for the “Secret Garden” is rescheduling on Tuesday, due to the cancellation of school today. Auditions will be held at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Memorial Auditorium, 714 13th Street. For more information call (507) 376-9101.

SPRINGFIELD - A Tracy man was injured in a one vehicle rollover around 1:40 Sunday afternoon. According to the State Patrol, 38 year old Kongmong Lor of Tracy was driving a 2005 KIA Sorento west on Highway 14 in Redwood County when he lost control on the icy roadway and entered the south ditch. Lor’s vehicle rolled one or two times and came to rest on the passenger side.

Lor was taken to the Springfield Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Severe damage was reported to his vehicle.

Lamberton Police, the Redwood County Sheriff’s Department and Springfield Ambulance assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

BREWSTER - The Minnesota State Patrol investigated a one car rollover at 9:30 Friday morning on Highway 60 at Brewster. 18 year old Marissa Garvick of Round Lake was driving a 2002 Pontiac Gran Prix west on Highway 60 when she lost control on the ice and rolled. Marissa Garvick and her 1 year old son, Tyler Kramer, were both taken to the Sanford Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Department assisted the State Patrol at the scene.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa –The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office investigated a report of a one vehicle rollover at approximately 10:40 p.m. Friday near Doon. Megan Bouwman, age 20, of Alvord, was operating a 2002 Jeep Liberty southbound on K-30 approximately 1/2 a mile south of 260th Street. Due to the ice covered roads, Megan lost control of the vehicle and started to slide into the northbound lane. Her vehicle then entered the east ditch were it rolled over a couple of times before coming to rest on its driver's side. Megan was transported to the hospital with non-incapacitating injuries. Her vehicle sustained approximately $5,000.00 in damages and is considered totaled.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Department, Doon Fire and Rescue, Lyon County Ambulance, Sioux County Sheriff's Department, and the Rock Valley Police Department all responded to the accident.

PIPESTONE — The Pipestone County Museum is again offering free admission on Saturdays now through Memorial Day weekend. The exhibits currently on display at the museum include: “125 Years, Pipestone Fire Department,” featuring photographs and equipment used by the fire department over the years. Also on display is an exhibit featuring the Pipestone National Monument and one on the Pipestone County Country Schools. Other featured displays include Native American Beadwork, railroads and more.
On-going displays include hands-on children’s interactives such as animal furs, animal track magnets, crayon rubbings and a beading loom. Also currently on exhibit is Bert Schelhaas’s stained-glass collection, through the end of March.

The Pipestone County Museum is located at 113 S. Hiawatha Ave., Pipestone. The museum’s regular winter hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

SIBLEY, Iowa — Julia Cook, the author of “The Can in Cancer,” will attend a book-signing event at 5 p.m. January 14 at the Sibley Public Library. The book, one of more than three dozen children’s books authored by Cook, was inspired in part by the story of Sibley resident Eli Jansma, who was diagnosed with a brain tumor at 7 months old and again in 2012.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — Two Primghar residents have been arrested and charged in connection with a burglary case. The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office received a report on New Year’s Day of a burglary that had occurred at Legends Pub in Primghar. An undisclosed amount of money was reported stolen.

Following an investigation, O’Brien County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested 31-year-old Nolan Lee Harms and 32-year-old Nicole Renee Harms, both of Primghar. A search warrant was served at their home in Primghar where money, drugs and other evidence of the burglary was seized.

They were booked into the O’Brien County Jail on January 2, 2014. Both were charged with burglary, a Class D felony, and possession of methamphetamines, marijuana, and drug paraphernalia. They are currently in the O’Brien County Jail, each on a $5,000 bond.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota on Wednesday joined nine other states in randomly testing some recipients of welfare for illegal drug use. The new law, approved during a 2012 legislation session, requires the state Department of Human Services to force recipients convicted of past felony drug offenses to identify themselves in order for them to be randomly tested, though the definition of “random” will vary from county to county, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures.

The testing applies to people who receive Minnesota supplemental aid, general assistance and the Minnesota family investment program, which amounts to about 167,000 people. If a person fails to appear for a drug test without good cause, he or she will lose eligibility. Two failed drug tests result in permanent disqualification for aid.

The requirement will mean significant additional work and cost for Minnesota counties. The Legislature did not provide funding with the new requirements, meaning each county will have to pick up the additional costs.

Also, those who have previously been convicted of a drug felony must prove they are either participating in drug treatment, have successfully completed treatment, or have a county assessment confirming they don’t need treatment, according to the American Legislative Exchange Council.

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