August 1 news

SLAYTON – Residents of Slayton are asked to boil water before using it Tuesday, Aug. 5 through Monday, Aug. 11, due to low water pressure.

The City of Slayton will be performing work on Juniper Avenue that includes installing multiple new water main valves. The installation of these valves will require a city-wide shut down of the water system Tuesday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. daily. Water system pressure will have dropped to a point that harmful bacteria could enter the water system.

This will result in a boil water order that will take effect each day when the water system is reactivated. Water should be boiled for one minute before used for drinking, making ice, washing dishes or food preparation.

Watch the Public Access Channel for updated information on the water shut-offs and boil water advisory. Please call Slayton City Hall at 507-836-8534 if you have any questions.

JACKSON - A Sioux Falls, South Dakota man was injured in a motorcycle accident late Tuesday near Clear Lake. 44 year-old Jeffery Iverson was riding a 2008 Harley Davidson westbound on 490th Avenue around 9 p.m. Tuesday, when he left the roadway, entering the ditch and rolling the motorcycle.

Iverson was transported to the Sanford Jackson Medical Center with undisclosed injuries. The motorcycle received moderate damage.

The Jackson Fire Department and Ambulance Service assisted the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office at the scene.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The annual meeting of the East Okoboji Lakes Improvement Corporation will be this Saturday at 9 a.m. at the Dickinson County Nature Center. Mike Hawkins from the DNR will give a presentation on Lake and Shoreline Restoration.

The annual meeting is a good place to find out what projects the board has been working on the past year and their plans for the future. Anyone interested can become a member. Annual dues are $20. For more information, go online at eastokobojilakes.org.

SHELDON, Iowa — Sheldon Firefighters responded to a report of a fire in an apartment building behind the Sheldon Shopko store late Thursday afternoon.

Witnesses on scene say it appears that an air conditioning unit built into the wall of one of the apartments at Valley View Apartments had caught fire. Valley View Apartments are located at 206 Wansink Avenue in Sheldon.

LARCHWOOD, Iowa — Two little girls that went missing on Thursday in the rural Larchwood area were located shortly after 5 p.m. and reunited with their mother, according to Lyon County Sheriff Stewart Vander Stoep.

Law enforcement officers and emergency personnel had been searching for the two young girls, ages six and three, who were reportedly lost in a corn field in the 1400 block of Birch Avenue for over an hour. Assisting in the search was the Avera McKennan Careflight helicopter, Larchwood Fire and Rescue, Inwood Fire and Rescue and the Lyon County Ambulance, as well as several law enforcement officers.

MINNESOTA - A federal appeals court has lifted a legal obstacle to a unionization effort affecting thousands of Minnesota home day care operators.

The 8th District Court of Appeals said Thursday it was affirming a ruling by a judge who dismissed a pair of lawsuits seeking to block the drive. That judge ruled last summer the lawsuits were premature.

This probably isn't the last word in the case and an appeal is possible. A new case was filed this week to stop a companion drive that could organize personal care attendants for the elderly and disabled.

The proposed child care union would cover some 12,700 providers who take care of children who are subsidized by the state.

The union pushing to organize the operators must submit enough petitions to trigger an election.

LE MARS, Iowa - The Plymouth County Sheriff's Office issued an arrest warrant for 44-year-old Jonathon Neunaber on Thursday charging him with 1st Degree Murder in connection to the deaths of mother, Esther Grace Neunaber earlier this month.

According to a press release issued by the Plymouth County Sheriff's office, Jonathan Neunaber admitted to investigators that he killed Esther Neunaber.

Authorities discovered the remains of 83-year-old Donald Neunaber and his wife 80-year-old Esther Neunaber on the night of July 9th. Jonathan Neunaber has been held as a material witness in the couple's death.

He's currently being held on a $100,000 bond.

MINNESOTA - A robbery at Chaska’s oldest church left the parish without a 3-foot by 3-foot metal safe containing $50. But the burglars also unwittingly stole nearly 100-years of handwritten records documenting the community all the way back to nearly 1920.

The Chaska Herald reports the safe stolen by thieves from the Chaska Moravian Church in downtown Chaska late on Monday, July 14, contained four handwritten, leatherbound ledgers documenting birth, death, wedding and other community records, beginning in the early years of the church and continuing up until a baptism performed two weeks before the burglary.

The church, founded in 1858, was the first in Chaska and the first Moravian church in Minnesota.

The pastor reached out to the public for assistance in locating the stolen safe, and even posted the combination to the lock on the church Facebook page.

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