May 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Work on the lining of the trunk sanitary sewer system on Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the Worthington Engineering Department. Motorist are asked to proceed with caution and watch for construction workers.

Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 toward Woodcrest Avenue.

LUVERNE – Two Beaver Creek men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Hill’s Bar. Charges have been filed in Rock County District Court against 26-year-old Tony Fluit and 30-year-old Shane Hultgren.

The Rock County Sheriff’s Office was contacted Thursday by the owner of the Hills Bar, who said she had been robbed of the till and the ATM machine, for a total of $5,760. Surveillance video showed the two men enter the bar at approximately 4:14 a.m., and shortly afterward, remove the ATM. The sheriff’s office received a report of a witness who saw a tall male and a female with a tattoo driving a maroon 4-door vehicle with a large object in the trunk around 4:30 a.m. that morning.

The plate numbers were to a location at 300 E. Second St., Beaver Creek, a residence being rented by Fluit, Hultgren and Courtney Anderson. Law enforcement obtained a search warrant for the vehicle, and proceeded to the residence.

Hultgren was the only one home. He indicated he was not involved in any criminal activity, but when authorities found the stolen ATM in the basement, admitted he knew it was there. Deputies continued searching the home and found numerous items purchased by Hultgren that day including a TV, videos, games and an air mattress. Hultgren was then arrested.

Deputies later located the vehicle and Fluit, who denied being involved, despite wearing the same clothing the subject was wearing in the surveillance video. After being told his story didn’t add up, Fluit allegedly admitted to helping Hultgren steal the ATM.
Both posted bail and have been released with conditions. They each make their initial appearance in court on May 12.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - A lakes area girl finished 1st runner-up at the National American Miss Iowa Pageant held this past weekend in Waterloo. Nine-year-old Carly Carstens, daughter of Kirt and Jacque Carstens of Arnolds Park, was among the 120 participants in the Jr. Pre-Teen age division.

As 1st runner-up, Carly received a trophy, bouquet of roses and an invitation to compete in the National pageant in California. Girls under the age of 12 are not allowed to wear make-up, and there is no swimsuit competition in the pageant. Judging is based on inner-beauty as well as poise and presentation. Emphasis is put on developing self-confidence, good sportsmanship and setting and achieving personal goals.

Carly is a 3rd grader at Okoboji Elementary School.

LAKE CRYSTAL – Three people from Dundee were injured Sunday evening in a two-vehicle crash near the junction of highways 169 and 60 between Mankato and Lake Crystal. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a Chevy Tahoe was headed west on Highway 60 when a Dodge Ram that had been headed east crossed the road and was struck by the Tahoe.

David Bos, age 48, of Dundee, was driving the Tahoe. He suffered non-life threatening injuries. Passengers Sheila Bos, 48, and Kameria Bos, 25, were seriously injured. 55-year-old Peter Jones of LeSueur, who was driving the Dodge, was not injured.

SPENCER, Iowa — A man convicted of first degree murder in the 1997 gang-style slaying of northwest Iowa teen Gregory “Sky” Erickson was back in court in Spencer on Monday.
Now 33-year-old Ryan Wedebrand has been in prison for 16 years. He was convicted of taking part in the kidnapping, which happened in Spencer, and the murder, which happened in rural Petersberg, in Jackson County, Minnesota. Court records indicate the slaying was drug-related.

But since he was a juvenile at the time, Wedebrand is taking advantage of a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made it possible for anyone convicted as a juvenile to request re-sentencing.

Parents of Gregory “Sky” Erickson, the teen who was killed are against Wedebrand being released, and want a life sentence without parole. They spoke at the hearing.
A judge will review the testimony and rule on the case on May 16th.

LE MARS, Iowa — Wells Enterprises, maker of Blue Bunny ice cream has recalled some ice cream for an undeclared possible allergen.

Wells has recalled Blue Bunny Premium Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream sold at retail grocery stores in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa because the product may contain egg not declared on the label.

People who are allergic to egg could have a severe reaction if they consume this product. For consumers who are not allergic to egg, there is no safety issue with this product. No customer illnesses have been reported to date.

The recalled Blue Bunny Premium Bordeaux Cherry Chocolate Ice Cream, sold in 56 fluid ounce packages with a Best Used By Date of 10/9/15, was distributed to a limited number of stores in Kansas, Indiana and Iowa.

Customers in the impacted states should return the product to stores for a full refund or replacement.

For more information, call 800-331-0830.

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