May 29 news

NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – Murray County Central seventh-grader Alyssa Boynton of Slayton started out strong Wednesday morning at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, surviving the first two rounds. But the third round proved to be her nemesis, as did the word ‘haricot,’ which is a ripe seed or unripe pod of several beans.

Kellen Rodriguez of Fairmont also misspelled his word ‘equipollent’ in the third round. Three other Minnesota students, Shane DeSilva of Austin, Lauren Crabtree of Brainerd and Mark Kivimaki of Edina spelled words correctly in round 3, but only Kivimaki will move on as a semifinalist.

Semifinals begin at 9 a.m. today on ESPN2, with finals beginning at 7 p.m. this evening on ESPN. You can follow the action on Twitter @ScrippsBee or keep track on spellingbee.com.

WORTHINGTON –The kindergarten classrooms at Prairie elementary school in Worthington are bit nosier than usual these days, but don’t blame the students. The added noise is due to the recent hatching of baby chicks in twelve kindergarten classrooms.

The chicks were the first to hatch in the comfort of four new incubators recently delivered to the school courtesy of the Nobles County Corn and Soybean Growers. The incubators – which control the temperature, humidity and ventilation during the chicks’ gestation phase – are used to teach lifecycle experiences to the students.

According to kindergarten teacher Roxanne Kremer, the four new incubators meant each of the twelve kindergarten classes would now have their own incubator with some of the older models being replaced. Kremer said the school is grateful for the new incubators, which provides hands on experiences for the students to learn about life cycles.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - A woman was seriously injured Tuesday evening after being struck by a car on County Home Road in front of Pride Group of Okoboji.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says the victim, 26-year-old Marcia Hayes of LeMars, sustained incapacitating injuries and was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. She was then transferred to a Sioux Falls hospital.

The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Okoboji and Spirit Lake Police Departments, Lakes Regional Healthcare and paramedics and Arnolds Park-Okoboji Fire and Rescue.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa-- Multiple charges have been filed against a man in connection with a high speed pursuit Tuesday night in Dickinson County. Samual Perkins was charged with driving while suspended, no valid insurance, eluding, expired registration, fraudulent use of registration, obstructed view, three counts of failure to obey a stop sign and excessive speed. Authorities say the pursuit originated in the 2800 block of Highway 9.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - A German wind company has announced plans to locate its North American headquarters in Estherville. Kathy Evert, President and CEO of the Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation, says there were several factors behind Windtest's decision to locate in northwest Iowa, including the wind energy training program that will give them access to available and skilled workers.

When all projects are up and running, Evert says it will mean more jobs for the region, including skilled positions of engineering, technicians and maintenance personnel.
Windtest already has a presence in the area, with a temporary receptionist and office inside the Wind Energy building at Lakes Area Community College. They will have a physical presence inside the Sustainable Energy Resource Technology building on the campus when it opens in the end of August, Evert said.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Lyon County judge has ordered an Inwood cattle producer to pay a $12,000 penalty for improperly applying manure that flowed into a tributary of a local creek in 2012.

Last week, District Court Judge David Lester assessed a $12,000 civil penalty against Vernon Van Beek for improperly applying manure to land, which resulted in illegal discharges of manure into a tributary of Dry Run Creek and causing water quality violations. Van Beek failed to report the discharges to the Iowa Department of Natural Resources, which it discovered during a June 1, 2012 routine inspection.

Van Beek owns and operates Lone Tree Feedlot, an open feedlot cattle operation with up to 990 head of cattle.

Van Beek consented to the judgment, including a permanent injunction from further violations. The decree resolved a lawsuit filed last Thursday by Attorney General Tom Miller on behalf of the DNR. Van Beek has paid the civil penalty.

It was not the farm’s first violation. According to the DNR, the feedlot allegedly discharged manure into a nearby creek in 2009, and three times in 2011. In 2010, the EPA alleged that the feedlot discharged pollutants into a Dry Run Creek tributary.

MINNESOTA - Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor Wednesday signed a purchase agreement to acquire the Star Tribune Co.

Publisher Mike Klingensmith wrote in an internal company memo, “just as in buying a home, this triggers another series of steps that would lead to the eventual closing of the sale,” the Star Tribune reports.

Klingensmith says he expects the sale to close around June 30. CEO Michael Klingensmith says Glen Taylor is a good fit for the paper. Taylor said last month he’ll pay around $100 million to the newspaper’s owners, which include Wayzata Investment Partners and GE Capital. After confirming his plans, Taylor said the newspaper will be less liberal under his control.

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