May 27 news

WORTHINGTON – The Achievement Center sale is underway at the arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds, and continues through June 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All proceeds of the sale go directly to The Achievement Center, which helps disabled adults learn skills that they can use for jobs in the community and at TAC.

JACKSON - A New York Times bestselling author with a strong local following will be in Jackson County this week to meet with fans and conduct research for his next book.

William Kent Krueger, author of the bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, will make a public appearance in Jackson Thursday. He will discuss his novels, answer questions and autograph books beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

JACKSON - Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fisheries officials are working feverishly to keep invasive carp out of Jackson County waters even as the 2014 Minnesota Fishing Regulations handbook lists several local lakes as already infested.

Listed as infested waters — those containing specific invasive species that carry a risk of being spread — and slapped with bait harvest and water transport restrictions are several area lakes including Little Spirit Lake, Loon Lake, Round Lake, Anderson’s Marsh, and a host of unnamed creeks and lakes in southern Jackson County. All are listed in the 2014-2015 fishing regulations handbook as infested with bighead carp and silver carp.

However, local DNR fisheries manager Ryan Doorenbos says there are two levels of infestation — one due to proximity and one based on actual documentation. The fact is invasive carp have never been found in any Jackson County waters. However, the fish have been pulled from the waters of the Little Sioux River and Iowa Great Lakes, both of which flow into Jackson County.

Accordingly, those waters are labeled as infested, primarily to restrict bait harvest.

DNR officials will continue to work to keep Jackson County waters clear of invasive carp and to prevent the infested waters of the Little Sioux River watershed from ever mixing with the non-infested waters of the Des Moines River watershed.

SPENCER, Iowa - A collision at approximately 5 p.m. Friday in Spencer involving a car and a semi claimed the life of a Spencer teen and injured three others.

Spencer police say 18-year-old Elizabeth Kyte of Spencer was driving a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu northbound on Country Club Lane and was attempting to turn eastbound on West 18th Street when she pulled into the path of a 2000 International semi driven by 52-year-old Darrel Kramer of Spencer.

Kyte was pronounced dead at the scene. Two passengers in her vehicle, 50-year-old Tamara Kyte and 22-month-old Seth Kyte, were transported by ambulance to Spencer Hospital and were transferred by air to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Tamara was listed in stable condition at last report; Seth has since been released. Kramer was transported by ambulance to Spencer Hospital and has since been released.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A grass and field fire Saturday west of Little Spirit Lake and just north of the Iowa-Minnesota border burned a little more than two acres.

Spirit Lake Fire Chief Pat Daly says firefighters were called to the scene around 1:20 p.m. and found the fire burning in a grassy area and in a field of corn stubble near a farmstead. He says firefighters were able to contain the fire to that area and quickly extinguished it. No injuries were reported.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota transportation officials plan a massive new study of speed limits on roads with 55-mph limits.

State lawmakers in the legislative session that ended this month directed highway officials to raise the limits on roads where it can “reasonably and safely” be done.

The legislation requires traffic engineers to examine all 55-mph roads between now and 2019, and any new speed limits deemed safe and appropriate would take effect as soon as new signs are posted. That’s no small task. The state has 6,771 miles of two-lane/two-way state highways with 55-mph limits.

Last fall, state officials raised the limit on about 730 miles of highway from 55 mph to 60, including on the full length of Highway 75, which stretches from the southern corner of the state to the Canadian border. In addition, the speed limit was raised on the majority of Highway 59, which enters Minnesota in Worthington and ends at the Canadian border. The limit was also raised on 14 miles of Highway 7 between Highway 75 and Highway 59.

BROOKINGS, SD - A 30-year-old Brookings man was taken into custody Monday after a standoff with police.

Brookings Police responded to a report of gunshots fired just after 5:16 Monday morning at the Westview Estates. Police were told the man had fired a handgun and was also in possession of a high-powered rifle.

Brookings Special Response team and police negotiators were sent to the scene. After attempting to make contact with the subject, the tactical team used gas to draw the man out of his home. Brookings Police Chief says the man was still uncooperative and aggressive towards the officers, so police fired less-lethal impact rounds at the suspect and took him into custody.

He is being charged with discharging a fire arm and possessing a firearm while intoxicated. Other charges may follow as the investigation is on-going.

Police say no one was injured other than minor injury to the suspect.

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