March 28 news

SIBLEY, IA – A farm in Osceola County, Iowa is at the center of an investigation into stolen farm equipment. Earlier this week, authorities called property owners out to a farm near Sibley to retrieve their belongings.

The property is owned by former Osceola County Deputy Mike Block, who stepped down in 2000 after an investigation into money missing from the sheriff’s office.
According to one news report, one of the businesses that received a phone call this week was O'Brien County Implement in Sheldon. Employees confirmed that in October of last year, a baler disappeared from their property.

On Tuesday, Sheriff's deputies called to say they found the baler on Block's property and the business owners could come pick it up. Once they arrived, they noticed it had been used and still had remnants of corn attached to it. After they brought it back to the shop, they found out other area businesses received the same phone call to collect missing property.

No charges have been filed and no arrests have been made in this case. The sheriff's office is not releasing any other details about the investigation.

PIPESTONE - Glen Livermont of Pipestone National Monument announces a presentation “Discover Minnesota” at the Pipestone National Monument Visitor Center, on Thursday, April 24, from 2 to 3 pm.

Park Ranger Cortney Adair will take visitors on a voyage of history, culture, and wildlife with a presentation “The National Park Legacy in Minnesota”, followed by a film which takes viewers on a visual exploration of the Saint Croix National Scenic Riverway.

For additional information contact Pipestone National Monument at 507-825-5464 ext. 214, or view the Monument’s web site at www.nps.gov/pipe.

ST. PAUL – A proposal that would give Minnesota’s disabled community and their caregivers a five percent funding increase is making headway, according to State Representative Joe Schomacker (R-Luverne).

The long-term care industry has gone several years without a funding increase, and in some years their pay has been reduced, Schomacker said, adding it is critical they be provided a needed raise this session.

Thanks to a motion that was approved on the House floor recently, Schomacker said the ‘5 percent campaign’ bill has been pulled from a House committee and can now be called for a full floor vote at any time.

Schomacker said the bill also suffered a minor setback that same week, as a majority of the House Rules Committee refused to allow the bill to be debated on the House floor on March 21 and 24.

They haven’t killed the bill, Schomacker said, but added it is curious that they’re seeing some roadblocks being put forward by members of the House majority. He will continue to keep the issue alive with the goal of a full and clean five percent funding increase.

EVERLY, Iowa - A search warrant executed by the Clay County Sheriff's Office has resulted in the arrests of three people from Everly on drug charges.

Authorities say the search warrant was executed shortly before 10:00 p.m. Tuesday at 207 East 5th Street in Everly. During the search deputies found about 13.6 grams of what's alleged to be marijuana, numerous items of drug paraphernalia, packaging materials, a scale and $700 in cash.

18-year-old Kevin Quinn, 33-year-old Joshua Radley and 37-year-old Brandy Ackerman, all of Everly, were placed under arrest and transported to the Clay county jail.

Quinn was charged with possession of a controlled substance...marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $1,000 cash or surety.

Radley and Ackerman were charged with possession of marijuana with intent to deliver and possession of drug paraphernalia. Bond was set at $5,000 cash or surety.

STORM LAKE, Iowa- A man wanted on warrants out of two northwest Iowa counties was arrested Thursday morning while leaving a Storm Lake night club. Storm Lake police say officers made contact with the man, identified as 23-year-old Darrian Kelly of Emmetsburg.

Upon investigating they discovered Kelly was wanted on a Buena Vista county warrant charging him with failure to appear in court on a domestic assault charge and on a Clay county warrant for failure to appear in court on charges of possession of a controlled substance and child endangerment.

Kelly was booked into the Buena Vista county jail on a $5,300 bond.
MINNESOTA - New Census data shows the Twin Cities metro ballooned by more than 100,000 people between 2010 and 2013, mirroring a trend of growth in a majority of urban cores nationwide.

Growth in the metro area’s suburbs has slowed, reversing a longtime trend. Growth in the suburbs now accounts for only about one-third of metro population growth, compared to 84 percent last decade.

A U.S. county-by-county map shows growth in the metro area counties from July 1, 2012 to July 1, 2013, and population losses in a number of greater Minnesota counties, particularly in the southwest.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lincoln and Nobles Counties show very marginal growth, from 1 to 999 people in each county. All other southwestern Minnesota counties, including Murray, Rock, Cottonwood and Jackson, show marginal population losses, from minus 1 to minus 999.

Nationwide, a trend of young people moving to cities to chase jobs continues to hurt aging rural areas. Almost 60 percent of rural counties shrank in population last year, an increase from 50 percent in 2009 and about 40 percent in the late 1990s, according to the Wall Street Journal.

ELK POINT, S.D. - A circuit judge has refused to throw out a defamation lawsuit against ABC related to its coverage of a meat product called lean, finely textured beef, which critics have dubbed "pink slime."

Beef Products Inc. sued the television network in 2012 seeking $1.2 billion in damages. Dakota Dunes-based BPI says ABC's coverage led to the closure of three plants and roughly 700 layoffs by misleading consumers into believing the product is unsafe.

Attorneys for ABC say the network in each of its broadcasts stated the FDA deemed the product safe to eat. They say BPI might not like the phrase "pink slime," but like all ground beef it's pink and has a slimy texture.

In her Thursday ruling, Judge Cheryle Gering dismissed some claims but allowed most to go forward.

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