July 21 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Sports and Recreation Committee is currently accepting funding proposals for youth and adult recreation activities. As a subcommittee of the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sports and Recreation Committee attempts to use its available resources to support the Bureau’s goals.

Anyone interested in applying for the community support funds can contact the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1121 Third Avenue, Worthington or 372-2919. The deadline for this year’s proposals is August 18.

WORTHINGTON — Concrete walk construction along Lake Avenue from near Seventh Avenue to east of May Street is continuing, according to the city of Worthington’s engineering department.

Water main reconstruction work is also continuing along Omaha Avenue from Dover Street toward the vicinity of Miller Street.

PIPESTONE - The Keepers of the Sacred Tradition of Pipemaking will hold its annual Gathering and Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27. The gathering begins with a traditional cooking contest on Friday evening from 4-6 p.m.The Pow Wow begins on Saturday with a Grand Entry at 1 p.m., a second Grand Entry at 5 p.m. and a meal at 8 p.m. Prior to the Grand Entry, gourd dancing will honor all veterans, with gourd dancers arriving from Missouri. The weekend includes Native American vendors who sell arts and crafts.

The Keepers have been hosting the Pow Wow since 1999. Keepers president Bud Johnston said each year it’s a struggle for the 501c3 non-profit group to pull off the event. Johnston said help is needed with funding the programs, as well as physical help running the programs and working in the kitchens.

To learn how you can help, contact Bud at bud@alliancecom.net or Rona Johnston at rona4641@yahoo.com. For more information, go to www.pipekeepers.org.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - At approx. 10:30 Tuesday morning July 15, 28 year old Charles Zech of Rock Rapids was driving a 2013 Chevy Impala patrol car east on 135th Street, when he observed a westbound vehicle on Highway 9 committing a possible violation.
As he was watching the vehicle, the right side wheels of the patrol car went off the road, due to the steep drop off without a shoulder at the location, his car rolled over in the ditch. Deputy Zech received minor injuries and was taken to Sanford Rock Rapids Medical Center. The accident was covered by the Iowa State Patrol.

OKOBOJI - The Dickinson County Conservation Board is seeking input from the public about county parks, wildlife areas and nature programs. As part of a Dickinson County Conservation planning process, residents are invited to share their thoughts and suggestions on current and potential county conservation facilities and programming through an online survey available at www.dickinsoncountynaturecenter.com through July 31.

Paper copies of the survey can be picked up or dropped off at the nature center in Okoboji.

The survey is anonymous and only takes about five minutes to fill out. It will ask residents and tourists about they use conservation board areas, how they would like to see these areas improved and how the conservation board can better serve the public.
A public meeting in June and focus groups will also be utilized to provide additional needs assessment input.

IRETON, Iowa — A California man was airlifted to a Sioux City hospital after a van versus bicycle accident near Ireton on Friday, July 18.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 4:35 p.m., 42-year-old Sean Bulthuis of Chula Vista, Calif. was driving a bicycle northbound on Eagle Avenue. Forty-one-year-old Michael Mulder of Ireton was driving a 2004 Ford Econoline Van northbound on Eagle Avenue behind Bulthuis when Mulder struck the bicycle on the roadway.

Bulthuis was transported by the Ireton Ambulance to Floyd Valley Hospital in Le Mars. He was later flown to Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City.

The sheriff’s office was assisted by Ireton Ambulance and Ireton Fire Department.
Mulder was cited for steering or riding too close to a bicyclist. The accident remains under investigation.

DES MOINES, Iowa - The Iowa Supreme Court granted a motion for an emergency stay on the Argosy Casino's closure in Sioux City, Iowa.

According to court documents, the Argosy was set to close on today, but now with the emergency stay issued, it will be open until the Iowa Supreme Court decides whether to hear the Argosy's appeal of District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom's decision.

The parent company of the Sioux City riverboat, the Belle of Sioux City, argued in district court that the Iowa Racing and Gaming Commission's decision to close the Argosy on July 1 was unfair.

District Court Judge Eliza Ovrom said the IRGC's decision was correct.
The Belle then asked Iowa's high court to put a hold on that decision.

Last year, Penn National lost its bid to operate a land-based casino to developers of Sioux City's new Hard Rock Casino, which is scheduled to open August 1.

The IRGC has until today to file resistance to the supreme court's stay.

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