January 20 news

WORTHINGTON – Some volunteered, or was voluntold, in assistant principal Zach Dingman’s case, peer pressure got to others. Some crazy souls were simply eager to ‘jump’ on board. Whatever their reason, 42 people signed up to launch themselves into the 34 degree water of Lake Okabena to help raise more than $16,000 for the Wayne Klumper Heals fund as part of the 2014 Worthington Winterfest Deep Freeze Dip.

Even with a few weather issues, Winterfest was a fun-filled event this year. The medallion clues were solved by Kelly Nickel and CJ Nelson, who won $100 in Chamber Checks for their sleuthing skills. Morgan LeBrun was crowned Winterfest Snow Queen Friday night at the Hickory Lodge, and the first Winterfest Chili Cook-Off was a great success. Celebrity judges Al Oberloh, Jacki Bomgaars, America Voss, Dale Ryan and Joni Harms gave first place to Team Radio Works, second to Andy Johnson and third to Heath Kruse. Johnson also won the People’s Choice award.

The Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club ice fishing tournament was a battle of anglers versus nature, with Bryce Matthiesen taking first place in the adult division, Eric Landgaard in the kid division. Bill Weber won a new ATV in a raffle drawing, and the Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club was on hand to serve hot dogs, hamburgers and hot chocolate.

The Deep Freeze Dip, sponsored by the fishing club and Radio Works, was pushed back a day due to adverse weather, but quite a crowd still showed up Sunday to witness the craziness of 35 generally intelligent humans jumping into really cold water.

Thanks to all participants, sponsors and spectators for making Winterfest 2014 one to remember!

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Martin Luther King Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, as will the Nobles County Library. Hy-Vee and Fareway will observe their regular hours, and Schaap Sanitation will maintain regular routes. First State Bank Southwest and Rolling Hills Bank and Trust will be open, all other Worthington financial institutions will be closed.

WORTHINGTON - A benefit for Steve “Sarge” and Rita Bassett will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Elks Lodge in Worthington. Sarge has been battling cancer of the jawbone, while Rita was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

A free-will offering will be accepted for a pulled-pork meal and a silent auction will also take place. Donations can be made at Wells Fargo Bank to the Steve and Rita Bassett Fund. An online auction, featuring unique sports memorabilia other items begins today and continues through Feb. 15. Thrivent is matching funds. Visit www.32auctions.com/basset to bid.

WORTHINGTON – There will be a meeting for area employers from for 8 to 10 a.m. Thursday at the new Center for Career Education (CCE, the former Worthington Fire Hall) 1215 Third Ave, Worthington. Dawn Regnier, director of customized training with Minnesota West Community and Technical College, will share information about training opportunities available to area businesses and industries such as grants, employer-based training, short-term/fasttrack training, and training new and existing employees.

All employers are welcome to attend, and are encouraged to share their business and industry training needs and ideas. The event is sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED), Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation (WREDC) and Minnesota West.

ADRIAN – A rollover crash Saturday on I-90 near Adrian resulted in non-life threatening injuries for two people, including a 14-year-old boy. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevrolet Venture was traveling eastbound at approximately 11:39 a.m. when white-out conditions caused the driver, Oscar Lopez, 26, of Worthington, to lose control and slide on the icy road. The vehicle hit the median and rolled. Both the driver and a passenger, Patty Jimenez, 31, received non-life threatening injuries, along with the teen, Fernando Jimenez. Four other children, aged 5 to 16, were not injured.

HARTLEY, Iowa — A public hearing has been set in regard to the recent firing of the Hartley police chief. Mark Younie was removed from his post on Friday, January 3rd by Hartley Mayor Clayton Pyle. Younie says it was a complete surprise, as the Mayor had previously not addressed any of the issues cited in the termination letter.

Pyle and the City Council have scheduled the hearing for Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 7 p.m. at the Hartley Community Center.

MASON CITY, Iowa - A Spirit Lake man has been sentenced to five years in jail for assaulting his girlfriend. 32-year-old Roy K. Jones was sentenced last week in Cerro Gordo County after pleading guilty previously to domestic abuse assault-strangulation, a class "D" felony. Jones was charged in the assault of his girlfriend in Mason City on October 21st, 2012.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Fostoria teen faces an assault charge after threatening to stab and kill his 10-year-old brother last week.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says an investigation resulted in a 14-year-old male being cited in juvenile court with assault, an aggravated misdemeanor. The teen was released to the custody of his father.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa - A man who re-entered the United States illegally has been sentenced to time served in U.S. District Court in Sioux City. 29-year-old Ramiro Pecina-Calixto of Mexico was sentenced last week after pleading guilty last month to one count of illegal re-entry. At the hearing, Pecina-Calixto admitted he re-entered the U.S. without permission after being removed from the country on May 12th, 2005.

Pecina-Calixto came to the attention of Homeland Security Investigations on October 9th, 2013 after he was arrested in O’Brien County for not having a valid driver's license.

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