March 14 news

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BREWSTER – The Brewster Fire Department responded around 1 p.m. Thursday to a report of a ditch on fire between Highway 35 and 790th Street. Mutual aid was requested from Round Lake when firefighters from Brewster arrived at the scene and found a pile of burning hay bales. Eyewitness reports state a truck loaded with smoldering bales had stopped on the road and offloaded the bales into the ditch before leaving the scene.

LUVERNE – A sinkhole in the middle of a busy intersection is causing traffic issues in Luverne. The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging motorists to find an alternate route to avoid a 4-foot-deep sinkhole that developed Thursday afternoon in the southbound lane of U.S. 75, at the intersection of Main Street.

City crews opened up the same spot last week to repair a water main break. Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge estimated the sinkhole to be about five feet across, and barricades are set up around damaged area. Because the hole is on a state highway, the Minnesota Department of Transportation is responsible for the repair. U.S. 75 is scheduled for reconstruction this summer, but Verbrugge said a fix for the sinkhole will be needed before that work begins.

LAKEFIELD - The Prairie Ecology Bus Center will be hosting a pair of events later this month.

Barn Quilt Garden Signs will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 10 a.m. to noon. This class is open to adults and youth ages 12 or older. Join a Center naturalist and create a mini version of a painted wooden “barn quilt” hung on a fence post that you can plant right in your yard. All supplies are included.

Return of the Reptiles will be on Friday, March 28 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. This class is open to families and adults. It’s been a long winter of inactivity for local reptiles and their cousins. Join the fun in discovering where these animals have spent their winter and meet some of the Center’s resident reptiles.

Pre-registration is required for both classes. You can register by calling 507-662-5064 or e-mail Marilyn@ecologybus.org.

ALTON, Iowa — A search warrant carried out in rural Alton has netted stolen property and a suspect in a burglary case.

On Tuesday evening, deputies from the Sioux and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Offices served a search warrant at a home, four miles southeast of Alton in Sioux County. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says that 50-year-old Thomas Mook of rural Alton was subsequently arrested for possession of stolen property and a controlled substance.

The search warrant was conducted following information gathered from the investigation of recent burglaries in the Alton and Remsen areas. The search netted over 30 power tools along with other miscellaneous tools. Officers also seized a controlled substance. When Mook was booked into the Sioux County jail, officers discovered he had concealed drug paraphernalia on his person. He was additionally charged with introducing contraband into a jail facility.

This was a joint investigation between the Sioux and Plymouth County Sheriff’s Offices.

CARROLL COUNTY, Iowa -Three people face murder charges in connection with the discovery of two bodies found inside a burning building in Carroll County.

Authorities have arrested 19-year-old Jayden Chapman, 36-year-old Erika Haberberg-Dains and 26-year-old Michael Schenk. All three are charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of first-degree arson.

Authorities say the bodies of 80-year-old Marvin Huesling and 81-year-old Alice Huisenga, both of Carroll County, were found inside a burning structure on Monday. Huseling died of multiple gunshot wounds. Huisenga was killed by "homicidal violence," although details have not been released.

The Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation says the suspects were likely on the property to steal scrap metal.
All three are being held at the Crawford County Jail.

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