July 1 news

STEEN – A 33-year-old Steen woman died Monday when the bicycle she was riding collided with a pick-up on Highway 270 in Rock County north of Steen. Andrea Boeve, a nurse practioner, died in the crash. Two children, 4-year-old Claire Boeve and 1-year-old Mallorie Boeve, were riding in a trailer pulled by Andrea’s bike and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Boeve was riding her bike eastbound on Highway 270 pulling the trailer when she collided with the 2003 Chevrolet pick-up of Christopher Weber, age 25, of Brandon, SD. Weber suffered no apparent injuries.

The accident took place near mile marker 5 at approximately 11:28 a.m.

WORTHINGTON – Centennial Park, the beach and the Beach Nook in Worthington will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 4th for firework set up. The park is cleared out for safety purposes. People will not be allowed to watch the fireworks from Centennial Beach.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone’s RV/Campground on N. Hiawatha Ave. will switch ownership as of today. The 15-acre site had been owned by Earl and Suzanne Foss since 2008. Now, Jim and Lori Castor of Worthington are under contract to purchase the campsite that includes 62 lots for campers, 10 tenting sites, and two teepee’s.

The Casters said they had been looking for a campground to purchase for about a year and a half. They found the Pipestone site for sale online, which Earl Foss had posted almost a year ago. After an April visit to the campground, the Casters made the decision to start the purchasing process.

Though the Casters have never owned a campground, they have been avid campers for years. They enjoy the laid-back lifestyle and feel they will be able to handle the responsibility of running the business.

Earl Foss made sure before he sold his business that it would be in the right hands. He believes that the Casters will do very well and is glad to be selling the business to them.

ROUND LAKE - The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will be at the American Legion Hall at Round Lake from 2-7 p.m. on Monday, July 7. Double red cell donation will be available. Call Lynn at 945-8122 or visit www.redcrossblood.org to make your appointment. There is also more information about double red cell donation on the website.

In the summer months, it is often difficult to collect enough blood to meet patient needs. This is because schools, which provide up to 25 percent of Red Cross donations during the academic year, are out and many families are on vacation. Added to that challenge is the flooding across the area, which has caused the cancellation of some blood drives. However, hospital patients don’t get a summer holiday, so the need for blood remains constant. These seasonal challenges could be overcome if just two more donors above what is expected were to donate at each blood drive.

IOWA - Expect to see a higher than normal presence of law enforcement on the roads beginning today and continuing through the 4th of July holiday period. Local law enforcement agencies are teaming up with the Iowa Department of Public Safety for the Special Traffic Enforcement Program, also known as STEP. The project is funded through the Governor's Traffic Safety Bureau and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

According to the Iowa Department of Transportation, there were six traffic fatalities during the 4th of July holiday period last year, three of which were alcohol related.

The special enforcement effort will continue through July 7th.

WAHPETON, Iowa - Officials say a form of blue-green algae that can be toxic in high enough concentrations has been detected in some of the Iowa Great Lakes. Dr. Kalina Manoylov is an Associate Professor with the Department of Biological and Environmental Sciences at Georgia College who is among the staff of scientists this year at Lakeside Laboratory on West Lake Okoboji. She says the algae has been detected in Center Lake, Upper and Lower Gar, and Lake Minnewashta. She says the highest levels so far have been found in Center Lake.

Cyanna bacteria potentially can produce toxin, according to Manoylov, and can produce symptoms that include headache and vomiting. Dr. Manoylov says algae blooms, some of them heavy, are likely to occur over the next several days and weeks on most area lakes.

GEORGE, Iowa — A George woman was arrested last week on a felony charge after an incident in George.

The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Thursday, June 26, 2014, one of their deputies arrested 35-year-old Holly Rosheim of George on a charge of Criminal Mischief 2nd degree, a Class D Felony.

The charge stems from an incident at Casey’s General Store in George. The Sheriff’s office alleges that Rosheim intentionally damaged another person’s vehicle; and the cost of repairing the damage exceeded $1,000.

SOUTHWEST MINNESOTA - Minnesota youth have from Tuesday, July 1 until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for one of 17 special deer hunts in October and November. They must be accompanied by a parent, guardian or mentor to hunt in a select state park during one of the annual opportunities.

Of the 17 special hunts, 15 are firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15; two are archery hunts for youth ages 12-17.

Participating in a youth deer hunt does not preclude the youth from participating in the regular firearms deer season, but any deer harvested do count against the youth’s season bag limit. An adult parent, guardian or mentor must accompany the youth at all times while hunting, but only the youth may hunt. Youth and their mentor must attend a mandatory pre-hunt orientation clinic.

A limited number of either-sex permits are available for the following hunts locally for firearms:
• Blue Mounds State Park, 10 permits, hunt is Nov. 22-23, clinic is Nov. 21.
• Lake Shetek State Park, 12 permits, hunt is Oct. 25-26, clinic is Oct. 24.
• Split Rock Creek State Park, 10 permits, hunt is Oct. 25-26, clinic is Oct. 24.

Youth must apply for the hunt of his or her choice, which can be done at any DNR license agent; the DNR License Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, or online at
www.mndnr.gov/buyalicense.

MINNESOTA - A Renville man pleaded guilty to charges of first-degree murder on Monday in the shooting deaths of two people in Granite Falls last September. Andrew Joseph Dikken, 29, was sentenced to life in prison without parole, court records said.

Dikken had been charged with six counts of first-degree murder, including four counts of murder while committing a felony. Public court records said Dikken pleaded guilty in Yellow Medicine County District Court on Monday morning to one count of first degree premeditated murder and one count of first degree murder while committing a felony. The four remaining charges against him were dismissed.

Court records said District Court Judge Thomas Van Hon sentenced Dikken to life in prison without parole for the charge of premeditated murder, and a concurrent life sentence for the charge of first degree murder while committing a felony.

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