January 14 news

SIBLEY, Iowa – A few details have been released regarding the fatal crash Saturday morning that took the life of a Bigelow woman. Authorities said Monday that Karlee Gustaf, age 21, was northbound on Highway 60 about three-quarters of a mile south of the Iowa-Minnesota border around 6 a.m. when she hit the rumble strips and over-corrected. Her vehicle slid across the frost-covered road into the median and then rolled, coming to rest in the southbound lane.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol were still investigating the crash as of Monday.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a contract with Wenzel Engineering of Bloomington to assess the former Kmart building at the Northland Mall at a cost of $19,722. The firm will assess the building both dependent and independent of the adjoining mall and make recommendations on whether to repair or demolish the structure.. In October, the city received a judgment from the courts to enter the property and properly assess the state of repair and disrepair of the building.

According to Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis, the city can obtain a judgment against the owner of the real estate or place a lien on the real estate to recover costs that are encountered. While there has been communication, the mall ownership has failed to present a legitimate abatement plan for the city’s consideration. One of the challenges, Chapulis said, is the architectural plans for the former Kmart building can’t be located.

In other business, the council approved $45,000 to the Worthington Area YMCA to manage the city’s summer youth recreation programs and welcomed Andy Johnson as the honorary council member.

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Twins Caravan is heading to Worthington on Wednesday. The public is invited to attend an event at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Worthington YMCA. Scheduled to appear are pitchers Brian Duensing and Ryan Pressley, and commentator Dick Bremer.

WORTHINGTON — There will be a Southwest Minnesota Arts Council grant workshop from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Thursday at the Nobles County Arts Center, 407 12th St., Worthington. The Arts Organization Development & Arts Legacy Equipment/Facilities grant program has a deadline of 4:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Community-based organizations in southwest Minnesota can apply for up to $15,000 in funding for various projects.
For more information, contact SMAC at 1-800-622-5284, send email to info@swmnarts.org or visit www.swmnarts.org.

WORTHINGTON – A workshop entitled “Considering Main Street” will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 21 at BenLee’s café. Anyone passionate about helping Worthington grow - including business owners, community leaders and elected officials - should attend.

Local Main Street Programs revitalize their commercial districts through the work of volunteers, coordinated by a locally funded and hired staff person using a proven method implemented in over 1,200 communities across the country. In 2012, Minnesota’s Main Street districts saw a net increase of 77 full-time jobs, 21 new businesses, and 41 building rehab projects.

MILFORD, Iowa - An Arnold's Park man has been charged for allegedly harboring a teenage female runaway. Milford police say it started Friday night when they received a report of a missing 17-year-old female. Upon investigating, officers learned the teen was possibly at a residence in Arnold's Park. Police attempted to contact the person who lives there but were unsuccessful.

Authorities say the missing girl was located Sunday. They learned she had been at the residence in Arnold's Park. Police on Monday arrested 22-year-old Colton Baschke of 207 Iowa Street in Arnold's Park on a warrant charging him with harboring a runaway.

GEORGE, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Saturday Office investigated a two vehicle accident at the intersection of Virginia Street and E Michigan St in George, IA at 4:24 p.m. Kevin Niebruegge, age 52, of George, was southbound on Virginia Street when he crossed E Michigan Street in an attempt to enter the co-op parking lot. Chad Wessels, age 42, of George, was eastbound on E Michigan and was struck by Niebruegge. Niebruegge's vehicle sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages and Wessel's vehicle received an estimated $750 in damages. No injuries were reported. Niebruegge was issued a citation.

MINNESOTA - People interested in applying for the commercial fishing license that allows the removal of rough fish from lakes and streams in northwestern Martin and Watonwan counties should contact the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources by Friday, Feb. 7.

An application to transfer the license was filed, triggering the legal requirement that the DNR notify the public of a change in status and accept applications from other qualified individuals who want to apply for the license.

Applicants should have experience with seines and hoop nets as well as transporting large quantities of fish. The license holder is considered a commercial operator and is responsible for the marketing and, if necessary, lawful disposal of fish harvested under terms of the license.

More information is available by contacting Neil Vanderbosch, DNR commercial fisheries program consultant. Inquires may be made via postal mail to Vanderbosch at 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, Minn., 55155 4020; 651-259 5178; or email at neil.vanderbosch@state.mn.us.


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