June 6 news

WORTHINGTON - Stormy weather across southwestern Minnesota had much of the area under a tornado watch Thursday evening.

Counties in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska were also covered by the watch that lasted until 11 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Rock County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Beaver Creek. By 6 p.m. it had been canceled, although severe thunderstorm warnings lingered into the night in parts of the region.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported the Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Canton, South Dakota.

JACKSON - A new event Jackson Sings! will be part of this year’s Rhythm of the River in Jackson taking the stage from noon to 2pm on Saturday, July 12th at Ashley Park. Jackson Sings! is open to amateur singers in the JCC School District area that will be between the ages of 15 and 25 on September 28th.

The winner of Jackson Sings! will advance to take part in Minnesota Sings! which will be held Sunday, September 28th in Saint Paul. Jackson is one of 60 Minnesota communities taking part in Minnesota Sings!

Entry forms and official rules can be picked up at the Jackson Chamber of Commerce or by calling Paul Jones at 507-840-1241. Entry will be limited to the first 12 or so contestants that enter and must be received by July 1st.

JACKSON - The 33rd Annual Loon Lake Walleye Tournament will be held on Saturday, June 14th. The Jackson County Conservation is again sponsoring this years tournament which will be held from 7am to 2pm, rain or shine.

Entry fee is $50 per boat, two people per boat with a 50-boat limit. There will be a 60% payback based on a full field with up to a $650 first prize. Contest includes walleye, northern and panfish along with special prizes for biggest sheephead and catfish.

To enter, contact the Jackson County Parks Office, Lakefield Bait Center, Coast True Value Marine in Jackson, Henderson Guide Service in Worthington or call Bob Stewart at 841-0740. There will also be a raffle fundraiser with prizes including a 55" Sanyo TV, Ruger 10-22 Stainless Steel, savage .22-250 with Scope, $200 Cabela's gift card and a $200 Menard's Gift Card.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa-- A Rolfe man has been charged for allegedly providing false information while applying for a permit to acquire a firearm.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 33-year-old Brooks Gangestad was arrested shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday on a warrant charging him with the crime, a class "D" felony.

Gangestad was booked into the Palo Alto county jail on a $10,000 cash-only bond.

SPENCER, Iowa — No one was injured when a Spencer woman’s vehicle crashed into the front of a Casey’s store in Spencer Tuesday afternoon.

Spencer Police Officers report that they were called to the Casey’s Convenience Store on West 18th Street in Spencer around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday. A vehicle had driven through the front wall of the building, causing about $10,000 in damage to both the structure and the vehicle.

Police suspect the driver, 60-year-old Georgia Adams of Spencer, was under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested and booked into jail on charges of Operating While Intoxicated, Second offense; and driving while revoked.

OKOBOJI - Officials with Okoboji RAGBRAI are hoping area residents will open their homes, yards or parking spaces to RAGBRAI riders when the cyclists and their crews arrive in the Iowa Great Lakes on July 20.

Groups of one to 15 people are expected. Some have disabilities, one is in a wheelchair. Some are looking for floor space. Some have Rvs and are looking for a 30 amp hookup. At the website okobojiragbrai.com, more information is available about what special needs are out there, along with a housing sign-up form for residents. The form can be faxed, mailed or email in, and the host will be matched with a rider.

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