June 13 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival continues today with more exciting activities for every age group. The skippers meeting starts at 9 a.m. with racing to follow. Starting at 11 a.m., chainsaw artist Marc Kurtz will demonstrate his craft at Second Avenue and Lake Street through 6 p.m. The Arts on the Shore vendors also open at 11 a.m. and continue through 8 p.m., as do the food vendors. The beer tent opens at 3 p.m. and will serve through 11:59 p.m.

Music-wise, Narrow Vines takes the Sailboard Beach stage at 6 p.m., followed by Ipso Facto at 8 p.m. The Shoreline Jam begins at 10:15 p.m., with all musicians and the public welcome to join.

WORTHINGTON – The Tour of Minnesota Bike riders will gather in Jackson Saturday to start the first leg of their ride toward Worthington, arriving for the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. They’ll camp at Chautauqua Park on the shores of Lake Okabena, and leave Sunday morning for Luverne.

From Luverne, the group of approximately 114 bikers will head to Pipestone after taking a one-day break. And by early afternoon Wednesday, they should arrive in Slayton, where they will set up camp at the Murray County Fairgrounds. The following day they head to Windom, then head back to Jackson on June 20th.

Established as the Klobuchar Ride in 1974 by travel writer Jim Klobuchar, father of Sen. Amy Klobuchar, after 39 years the reigns of the ride were handed over to Bob Lincoln and the name changed to Tour of Minnesota. Total miles on this tour of southwest Minnesota will be an estimated 325.

PIPESTONE - The recent state bonding bill that denied funding for improvements to the Casey Jones Trail has caused the Friends of the Casey Jones Trail Association to search alternative funding mechanisms to support the trail until 2016, when the next state bonding bill will be decided.

The primary strategy that evolved during the Association’s annual meeting, held in Pipestone last week, was to write a letter to Erica Rivers, director of Parks and Trails for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR), directly requesting funds for the DNR-owned Casey Jones Trail.

The Casey Jones has not been funded since 2008 when the first five miles were paved, and it was the only trail out of 14 denied a funding request this year. Had the approximate $650,000 been allotted, another five miles of trail would have been paved, the trailhead in Pipestone improved and seven miles of prairie restoration completed.

The defunding came at a time when the Casey Jones Trail will host more action and receive more publicity than normal. Three bike groups are scheduled to hit the trail this summer, including about 114 riders with Minnesota Tours, another 100 with Sioux Falls Tours, and close to 1,000 when the Minnesota TRAM ride for multiple sclerosis begins its cross-state trek in Pipestone in July.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Can redemption in the Iowa Great Lakes is about to get a bit challenging. Officials with Echo Plus issued a statement late Wednesday saying they'll be shutting down the can redemption operation in Spirit Lake June 30th. Effective July 1st, containers should be returned to the business from which they were purchased.

Echo Plus officials announced their intention to get out of the redemption business in December of last year.

Tom Kuhlman, Executive Director of the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce, said they're still exploring one possible option with a local businessman who has expressed interest in possibly moving the operation and taking it over. But as of Thursday morning Kuhlman, said there was nothing new to report in those talks.

GRAETTINGER, Iowa - An Estherville man faces charges for allegedly breaking into a house in Graettinger and assaulting the occupants with a baseball bat before fleeing.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to 203 Cedar Avenue around 10:45 p.m. this past Saturday.

An investigation resulted in authorities obtaining an arrest warrant for 23-year-old James Brandon Clark of Estherville, who turned himself in to authorities Thursday morning. He was charged with one count of going armed with intent to cause injury, one count of burglary in the 1st degree and one count of assault.

Clark was booked into the Palo Alto county jail on a $25,000 cash bond.

SPENCER, Iowa - A traffic stop Tuesday in Clay county resulted in the arrest of a Lake Park man on drug charges and a Spencer woman who was wanted on a warrant.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says a deputy conducted the stop for an alleged registration violation. An investigation resulted in 21-year-old Logan Cody of Lake Park being charged with a registration violation, possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, open container and failure to have proof of insurance.

A passenger, 20-year-old Alexis Schindler of Spencer, was taken into custody on a Dickinson county warrant for failure to appear.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday investigated a single motor vehicle accident that occurred at A26 (180th Street) and Ashley Avenue, northwest of Inwood, Iowa.

Daniel Meinerts, age 50, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Cobalt westbound on A26 near Ashley Avenue when he became fatigued and lost control after driving onto the north shoulder. The vehicle rolled down an embankment before coming to rest in the wooded area.

Meinerts received injuries in the accident but refused medical treatment at the scene. Meinerts' vehicle was a total loss.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office was assisted by the Inwood Body Shop.

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Cool to have a biking event in Worthington. I really love to join these events as well. - Rick Dover Knoxville

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