April 10 news

LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield and the schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena were awarded federal grants for the Safe Routes to School program.
Pleasantview Elementary received a 2015 Infrastructure grant for a path connect and improve crossing from the south neighborhood to Pleasantview Elementary.

The schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena received a Planning Grant to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential solutions at K-8 schools.

In all, 138 schools in 50 communities were awarded grants through the Safe Routes to School program. Since 2005, MnDOT has awarded nearly $15.5 million in federal funds to communities to support Safe Routes to School.

WORTHINGTON - “The Curious Savage” will be performed on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Fine Arts Theatre on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West, 1450 College Way, Tickets are available at the door prior to each show time.

FULDA — The Fulda Community Players will be performing “You Can’t Take It with You” at the Fulda elementary school gymnasium at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1:30 p.m. Sunday. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at Ramerth’s Hardware and Maynard’s in Fulda.

“You Can’t Take It with You” is a popular comedy first staged in 1936. It was made into a film in 1938.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A jury in Sioux Falls has determined that a man accused of killing a Sioux Falls hospice nurse as part of a plan to assassinate President Barack Obama is eligible for the death penalty.

The sentencing trial of 43-year-old James McVay will now enter a second phase, in which jurors will decide whether McVay dies by lethal injection or gets life in prison without parole.

McVay earlier pleaded guilty but mentally ill to murder for the 2011 stabbing of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. McVay said he killed Schein and stole her car as part of his plot to drive to Washington, D.C., and kill the president. He was arrested in Wisconsin after a brief chase.

Arguments in the case continue today.

GEORGE, Iowa — A legal notice mistakenly published in a local newspaper has caused quite an uproar in George, Iowa. The notice states the George City Council was to meet for consideration of an ordinance that would have prohibited firearms or weapons in city property for everyone except elected officials and law enforcement.

This has caused much discussion and objection from people in the George area and those connected with the Iowa Gun Owners’ Association.

However, according to George Mayor Gary Siebring, it was all a mistake. He says the proposed ordinance and notice of the meeting were “published by accident”. The ordinance was drafted as one of several options to clear up a situation the city had been having with one individual, Siebring said, and that the ordinance was never considered by the council at any meeting. There will be no more discussion about it, he said, because it is a dead issue.

George City Attorney Dan DeKoter said it was not intended to address a gun ban ordinance at the meeting. DeKoter said city officials had informally discussed whether to control guns on city property after a man displayed one in the library.

Mayor Siebring claims that no one on the council is against guns and there was no intent to touch on Second Amendment rights.

WILLMAR – In Willmar Wednesday, Brok Junkermeier, the 19-year-old who surprised even his attorney by pleading guilty to killing his friend's grandmother in the midst of his trial last week, was sentenced to life in prison without parole Wednesday morning.

Junkermeier apologized in Kandiyohi County District Court on Wednesday for the July ambush robbery and attack on Lila Warwick, 79, as members of two families -- Warwick's and his own -- quietly cried.

He said if he could trade his life to give back hers, he would do so.

Last week, Junkermeier abruptly changed his plea, admitting on the stand to killing Warwick and saying that he planned the crime with Warwick's grandson, Robert Inocencio Warwick, 18, whose trial has not yet been set.


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Rest in peace

I fell sorry for the stabbing victim, I hope justice will be served. - YOR Health

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