February 18 news

HARRIS, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Monday morning on Highway 9 near Harris, Iowa sent one person to the hospital. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Tomas Gabriel-Ramos of Okabena was driving a 2000 GMC eastbound, behind another eastbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Eleazar Morales of Worthington. Authorities say Morales lost control while attempting to turn southbound onto County Road M18. That in turn, resulted in a collision with the vehicle driven by Gabriel-Ramos.

Morales was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare in Spirit Lake. No injuries were reported to Gabriel-Ramos. Both drivers were cited for no driver's license and no insurance.

The Osceola County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Osceola County Ambulance-Ocheyedan and the Ocheyedan Fire Department.

WORTHINGTON – The Historic Dayton House will host a wine-tasting event at 7 p.m. Thursday that includes seven wines from around the world. The wines will be paired with ethnic foods. Tickets to the event can be purchased at the Worthington Liquor Store for $20.

JACKSON - Tickets are now available for “Nunsense,” the latest theater production by Jackson County Art Guilds. Starring five local women, this light-hearted musical pokes fun at life in the convent.

Performances of the musical will be Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at Good Shepherd Hall in Jackson. The Feb. 28 and March 1 shows will have dinner at 6 p.m. with the play starting at 7 p.m. March 2 is a 2 p.m. matinee with no dinner.

Tickets can be purchased at Perkins Appliance in downtown Jackson, or by calling 847-5509.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - An investigation into a report of a disabled vehicle has resulted in drug charges against two people. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the 2500 block of 260th Street around 10:20 p.m. last Tuesday. A deputy reported smelling marijuana as he approached the vehicle. The Sheriff's Office's K9 Unit was called to the scene, resulting in authorities finding marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

20-year-old Keather Quail of Terril was arrested and charged with possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Also arrested was 18-year-old Wesley Daniel of Spencer who was charged with possession of a controlled substance.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – A South Dakota man was injured after falling asleep while driving Saturday near the Iowa/South Dakota state line.

According to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office, David Halling, 59, of Canton, SD, was westbound on 180th Street at approximately 3:45 a.m. when he fell asleep and his vehicle drifted onto the north shoulder. It entered the north ditch, drove down an embankment and struck a tree before coming to rest. Halling was able to exit the vehicle and summon help for his injuries. His 2011 Chevy Traverse sustained approximately $20,000 in damages.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Larchwood Rescue and Canton Inwood Ambulance services.

GRANITE FALLS - Attorneys for a man accused of killing two people in Granite Falls in September said Friday they plan to make a mental illness defense in the case. They also asked a judge for time to decide whether to challenge a grand jury's indictment of Andrew Joseph Dikken for charges of first degree murder.

Dikken, 28, of Renville, appeared in Yellow Medicine County District Court on Friday morning. He is charged with six counts of first degree murder, including two counts of murder while committing burglary and two counts of murder while attempting to commit arson, in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, and Christopher Panitzke, 28. Dikken allegedly entered Monson's residence in Granite Falls in the early hours of Sept. 2 and shot Monson and Panitzke multiple times. Monson died at the scene, and Panitzke died several days later of complications from gunshot wounds. Investigators also found that gas lines had been cut in the house where the shooting took place.

In November, a grand jury gave an indictment saying there was sufficient evidence to charge Dikken with first degree murder. Attorneys requested Friday that a trial date for Dikken be set in September.

MINNESOTA - Demolition crews don’t like surprises. Especially not when they involve parts of a stadium falling down out of sequence. That’s why the crews tearing down the Metrodome have paused their work while investigators reconstruct what happened. A subcontractor’s crew was working on bringing down a beam in the northeastern corner of the stadium, when an adjacent section came down unexpectedly.

The general contractor, Mortenson Construction, said no one was injured and all the debris that fell was contained within a safety zone.

Demolition of the 32-year-old stadium has been moving forward quickly. Last week a wrecking ball began knocking down the walls. That followed an explosion earlier this month that took down the last of the roof supports after the Dome itself was deflated.

Mortenson said it’s too early to know when demolition at the site will resume but says later this week is a possibility.

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