June 10 news

WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington received a report back from Wenzel Engineering regarding the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall, which was conducted pursuant to an order from the Nobles County District Court in late October 2013. The report was an assessment as to whether to repair or demolish the structure. The cost to renovate the building to a functional retail space again would be $3.47 million. Demolition, meanwhile, is estimated at $253,000. The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the demolition recommendation.

According to Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis, the city attorney has filed with the courts and a date has been set, but the mall owner has 14 days to respond to that order.

WORTHINGTON - A two-vehicle collision Sunday on I-90 in Nobles County sent one person to the hospital.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 17-year-old Evan Swanson of Dunnell was driving a 1997 Dodge pickup that was pulling a 5th wheel trailer. Troopers say Swanson's pickup was having some engine problems and was going slower than other traffic. A 2007 Buick driven by 25-year-old Whitney LaFrenz of Luverne collided with the rear of the trailer as both vehicles were traveling eastbound.

LaFrenz sustained minor injuries and was taken to Sanford Hospital in Worthington; no injuries were reported to Swanson. Minor damage was reported to the pickup; severe damage was reported to the Buick.

The collision took place shortly after 2 p.m. The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Nobles County Sheriff's Office.

JACKSON - A motorcycle crash at mile post 63 on Interstate 90 in Jackson county Saturday injured an Ohio man. The Minnesota State Patrol says 30-year-old Sean Henry of New London, Ohio was driving a 1982 Honda when it blew a tire, causing him to lose control.

Henry was transferred by air to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls. There was no immediate word on the extent of his injuries or condition. The motorcycle was totaled. The crash took place shortly after 10 a.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office.

LUVERNE - Cpl. Matthew Sorenson was selected as the new Lieutenant for the Minnesota State Patrol District 2300 that serves 13 counties in southwest Minnesota, based in Marshall. Cpl. Sorenson’s promotion to Lieutenant took place Monday, June 2, 2014, at the Department of Public Safety Communication Division Media Room, in Town Square, downtown St. Paul.

Sorenson began his career with the Minnesota State Patrol in 1990. Since that time, Sorenson has served as a road trooper, Drug Recognition Expert and Instructor, Accident Reconstructionist, Field Training Officer, SFST Instructor and Mobile Field Force Member in District 2300.

Prior to joining the Minnesota State Patrol, Sorenson served as a deputy with the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Department, a police officer with the Brandon and Garretson Police Departments and as park ranger with the South Dakota Game Fish and Parks.

Sorenson, who lives in rural Rock County, holds an A.A.S Degree in Law Enforcement from Alexandria Technical College. He grew up in Rock County and graduated from Jasper High School in 1986.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — The Sheldon City Council voted last week to spend the money to demolish the burned out bowling alley known as Buddz on Highway 18, pending the outcome of a hearing in District Court. That hearing was held Monday, and the requested extension was granted.

The City had previously received authorization from Magistrate Court to demolish the structure, but the owners of the property filed a request for an extension to allow time for an independent inspection of the property to be conducted to review the state’s official cause of the fire.

Monday morning, the property’s owners advised the court their fire investigator will complete an on-site inspection on or before June 17th. The court was also advised this short-term delay was acceptable to the City of Sheldon. The court said it does not wish to delay the clean-up of the site for an extended period of time, and ruled that the abatement will be delayed until June 20th, after which the abatement of the nuisance may proceed.

The owner of Buddz’s, as well as one of her employees, have been charged with Arson in connection with the blaze that destroyed the business in May 2013. Both are awaiting trial on those charges.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Saturday evening at the intersection of County Roads A-17 and 400th Avenue in Emmet County sent two people to the hospital.

The Emmet County Sheriff's Office says 40-year-old Scott Jensen of Estherville was driving a 2011 Dodge pickup southbound and 42-year-old Kristen Endreson of Alpha, Minnesota was eastbound when the two collided in the intersection.

Endreson and a passenger in her vehicle, 52-year-old Brad Held of Estherville, were transported by ambulance to Avera Holy Family Hospital. No injuries were reported to Jensen who was cited for failure to obey a stop sign.

The collision took place around 8:30 p.m.

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