January 13 news

WORTHINGTON – On Thursday and Friday at the Casey’s gas station at the intersection of Oxford Street and McMillan, volunteers will be on hand to pump gas for tips from 5 to 8 p.m. to raise money for Rick and Dena Gustaf, who lost their daughter Karlee Mae Gustaf in a vehicle accident Saturday. Money raised will go toward funeral costs.

Karlee was 21 years old, a graduate of Worthington High School. She and her parents lived in Bigelow. She is the sister of Alyssa Clausen and Nate Gustaf.

LUVERNE – A rollover crash in Rock County Saturday resulted in non-life threatening injuries for the passenger involved in the crash. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 27-year-old Luke Andrew Summers of Spirit Lake, Iowa was westbound on I-90 when he lost control of his 2002 GMC Envoy and rolled into the ditch. His passenger, 27-year-old Edel Summers received non-life threatening injuries and was treated at the Luverne Hospital. The driver had no apparent injuries, and the vehicle was totaled.

JACKSON - The 10th annual Youth in Harmony singing clinic and public concert will be held at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center on Saturday, January 18th. Students from area high schools will gather and be coached by four-part a capella harmony singers including the Barbershop Harmony Society and Sweet Adelines International.

The annual event is sponsored by the Windom Area Chordhustlers and chaired by Jay Imker from Lamberton. The public is invited to a concert at 4 p.m. that will include performances by the Chordhustlers directed by Kent Mickelson of Lakefield, guest quartets and clinicians, the Young Men in Harmony and the Young Women in Harmony. The groups will perform separately and then fill risers for two special mass chorus songs. Tickets are $5 and available at the door.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The cause of a fire that destroyed a home in Spirit Lake Thursday is being listed as undetermined.

Firefighters were called to the scene in the 2100 block of Denver Avenue shortly after 11 a.m. Thursday and found smoke and fire coming from the home's porch. Fire Chief Pat Daly says it quickly spread from there to the rest of the house. The State Fire Marshal was on the scene Friday morning, but was unable to pinpoint a cause because the damage was so extensive.

No one was home at the time the blaze broke out and no injuries were reported, but several dogs that were in the house perished.

Monetary donations for the family may be dropped off at Northwest Bank locations in Spirit Lake. Clothing donations may be dropped off at 1804 Chicago Avenue. Clothing needed: girls: pants sizes 12-14; youth XL shirts; shoes sizes 6.5-9; toiletries, socks, undergarments, food and gift cards may also be donated. Bomgaars in Spirit Lake is offering discounts on items purchased for the Zemler family. Items will be placed in a special box upon purchase.

Also, the Spirit Lake Knights of Columbus will hold an omelet breakfast Jan. 19th from 9:00 a.m. to 12 Noon at the St. Mary's parish hall with all proceeds going to the Zemler family.

SIBLEY, Iowa - Noteboom Implement, Inc in Corsica, SD announce today the purchase of Northwest Equipment located in Spencer, Sibley and Lake Park Iowa. The ownership change took effect January 7. Noteboom Implement will eventually expand products and services to the Iowa dealerships. A new 28,000 square foot building to house the Sibley Iowa dealership is under construction and scheduled to open in March 2014.

According to CEO Dan Noteboom, the company is pleased to be retaining the employees at all three locations. The combination of Iowa and South Dakota dealerships will employ over 200 people. Noteboom said their goal is to continue to maintain the personal attention that only a family owned and operated dealership can offer.

Northwest Equipment has been owned by Dave Hultgren and Pete Hegg for the past 25 years.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Department responded to an assault at the Oak Leaf Apartment complex in Rock Rapids shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday. During the investigation, it was determined that a resident of the complex had been assaulted and at one point the suspect had displayed a knife. Ethan Estille, 24 yrs old, of Nebraska, was arrested and charged with assault, which is an aggravated misdemeanor. Estille is currently being held in the Lyon County Jail on a $2,000 bond.

MERRILL, Iowa — A Merrill man was arrested and taken to jail after he allegedly assaulted both an EMT and a Sheriff’s Deputy Friday. The Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Friday evening around 4 p.m., they arrested 43-year-old John Andrew Emmons after an altercation.

The Merrill and Le Mars ambulances had been dispatched to a home west of Merrill for the report of an intoxicated man. Due to the nature of the call, a Merrill Police Officer and Plymouth County Deputies also responded to the scene.

When the Merrill Police and an EMT arrived on the scene, the report says Emmons became agitated and assaulted the EMT by punching him in the face, causing minor injury. Emmons was at that time taken into custody. While wearing one handcuff, Emmons allegedly assaulted a Plymouth County Deputy by striking him in the face.

Emmons was transported to the Plymouth County Jail and charged with Assault on an EMT, an Aggravated misdemeanor; and Assault of a Peace Officer, also an aggravated misdemeanor.

DES MOINES, Iowa — Iowa lawmakers will convene this morning for the 2014 legislative assembly with modest expectations, given that it’s an election year and the schedule calls for a short session. There are some policy proposals on the table, a budget must be approved and some political posturing is expected.

The sessions that occur in even-numbered years are designed to be shorter and tend to deal more with budget basics and less with sweeping policy debates.

This year there are just 100 days scheduled, compared with 110 days in odd-numbered years. And leaders have already moved up a number of procedural deadlines to help speed the process and perhaps conclude before April 22, when lawmakers stop receiving daily expense payments.

Gov. Terry Branstad has laid out a series of small policy priorities that the legislative leaders seem inclined to support. They include an expansion of Internet access, a crackdown on school bullying, job training efforts and a program supporting veterans.

More substantive work is not expected, especially given that the Legislature accomplished some big policy efforts last year, with agreements on a property tax cut, new education spending and low-income health care expansion. And some ongoing issues — such as the debate over increasing the state fuel tax to pay for road repairs — seem unlikely to advance.

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