February 24 news

WORTHINGTON - Grassroots Community Theatre and the Worthington Elks Club will present “Flanagan’s Wake” this weekend, beginning with dinner at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday at the Elks Lodge, 1105 Second Ave. The interactive comedy is under the direction of Mary Jane Mardesen. The cast members interact freely with the audience, taking cues from the spectators. The meal will be chicken cordon bleu on Friday and prime rib on Saturday. Tickets are available at the Elks Club, Ax Photo, Hy-Vee and The Stag.

WORTHINGTON - First State Bank Southwest president Greg Raymo is the bank’s newest CEO and Chairman of the Board, with the retirement of Alvin Kooiman. Originally from Madison, Raymo came to Worthington in January 1997 with his wife, Barb, and three young children. He joined First State Bank Southwest at that time as a credit administrator.

JACKSON - LeAnn and Mike Gruhlke have announced the sale of their pharmacies in Jackson and Lakefield to Sioux Falls based Lewis Family Drug. According to Mike Gruhlke, their primary concern during negotiations was the impact it would have on their customers, employees and the communities they serve. LeAnn noted that although the pharmacy name will change, Lewis Drug will be retaining all of their employees.
Lewis Drug operates 37 pharmacies in Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota, including pharmacies in Windom, Spirit Lake and Luverne. The sale is effective April 7.

HULL, Iowa — Four people were injured in a crash near Hull on Saturday. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:45 p.m., 17-year-old Jonathan Heitritter of Hull was driving a 2007 Dodge Ram pickup westbound on 300th Street, two miles north of Hull. Thirty-seven-year-old Jill Maasen of Doon was driving a 2009 Chevrolet Suburban northbound on Hickory Avenue.

The report states that Heitritter failed to yield from the stop sign at the intersection and entered Hickory Avenue, where he struck Maasen’s vehicle within the intersection. Both vehicles received about $20,000 damage.

Heitritter and his 15-year-old brother were transported to the Orange City Health System Hospital. Maasen and her 11-year-old daughter were transported to the Sanford Rock Rapids Hospital. Heitritter was cited for failure to yield from a stop sign.

MAY CITY, Iowa-- Another area water utility is warning its customers of the possibility of pipes freezing. Osceola County Rural Water of May City says its crews have been responding to an abnormally high number of meter pits freezing and even had a couple of frozen water mains.

Officials say the extreme cold this winter along with minimal snow cover early on, allowed the frost to penetrate much deeper than normal this winter. As a preventive measure, they're recommending homeowners let one faucet run at a steady trickle. Again, homeowners will be responsible for any additional cost in doing that, but utilities say it's much less expensive than having to dig up and repair a broken service line.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - Charges are pending for a Sioux Falls man who crashed his Corvette on Friday. Police say Adam J. Lind was pulled from his wrecked 2001 Corvette Z06 by witnesses after crashing into 2003 Lincoln Town Car, a traffic signal and fence where it caught on fire.

According to TMZ, Lind is featured in the MTV show Teen Mom 2.

Lind was traveling at a high rate of speed before crashing into a Lincoln driven by 87-year-old Donna L. Fodness. Fodness and her passenger, 94-year-old Orval E. Fodness were transported to Avera McKennan Hospital with non-life threatening injuries. Lind was sent by ambulance to Avera McKennan with non-life threatening injuries.

MINNESOTA - Tickets to see President Barack Obama’s speech in St. Paul on Wednesday will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis starting Monday morning. Tickets to the event are free, and will be available beginning at 10 a.m. at the Union Depot, Suite 120. Tickets are limited to one per person.

Obama will speak around noon Wednesday at St. Paul’s newly renovated Union Depot transportation hub to discuss transportation and transit issues.

Obama will announce a new competition encouraging investments to create jobs and restore “crumbling roads and bridges.”

Obama’s appearance is part of a series of events being planned by the White House this week tied to the economy, manufacturing and jobs. The president described 2014 his “year of action” in his State of the Union speech last month.

Doors are scheduled to open for the president’s appearance at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday. Attendees must pass through airport-like security and cannot bring backpacks, signs or banners.

MINNESOTA - Supporters of medical marijuana say the upcoming legislative session, which opens this week, could be the best chance in years to see marijuana legalized in Minnesota for medical use.

Gov. Mark Dayton has urged supporters to negotiate with opponents in law enforcement to reach a compromise, and that effort could finally be gaining momentum.

State Rep. Carly Melin, a Hibbing Democrat who’s the lead House sponsor of medical marijuana legislation, has made no progress negotiating with law enforcement groups who steadfastly oppose the move. But Melin is working on a much narrower proposal that would allow only the use of some non-narcotic, marijuana-derived chemicals, and some of those groups are willing to consider that option, MPR News reports.

The state association of police chiefs is open to discussing allowing extracts in pill, liquid or inhaler form, she said.

Minnesota lawmakers voted once before to legalize medical marijuana in 2009. But then-Gov. Tim Pawlenty vetoed the bill, citing law enforcement concerns.

Dayton expressed similar worries. He said he’d only sign a bill that the law enforcement community can support.

Law enforcement groups have said if marijuana is legalized for medical purposes it would still find its way into schools and neighborhoods. They also say marijuana’s medical value remains unproven, and they worry that legalizing it under a medical exemption will lead to full legalization.

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