MINNESOTA - As of 11 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in southwestern Minnesota, due to blowing snow and near zero visibility. Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.
WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed this week in Nobles County District Court against a Worthington man who allegedly stabbed a friend over a video game Friday night. Daniel Bockenstedt, age 25, was charged with first-degree assault -great bodily harm and four counts of second-degree assault.
LAKE WILSON – Once again, blowing snow and high winds caused whiteout conditions throughout the area on Monday, causing several vehicle crashes. On Highway 30 in Murray County, 19-year-old Alexis Esmay of Slayton was eastbound driving a 1999 Chevy Malibu at approximately 4 p.m. when she lost control and entered the ditch, rolling the vehicle. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Murray County Medical Center, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WORTHINGTON – Some volunteered, or was voluntold, in assistant principal Zach Dingman’s case, peer pressure got to others. Some crazy souls were simply eager to ‘jump’ on board. Whatever their reason, 42 people signed up to launch themselves into the 34 degree water of Lake Okabena to help raise more than $16,000 for the Wayne Klumper Heals fund as part of the 2014 Worthington Winterfest Deep Freeze Dip.
WORTHINGTON – Yesterday’s weather caused a multitude of traffic crashes, which are still being documented through the Minnesota State Patrol and other area law enforcement entities. Major roads were closed in the early afternoon across southwest Minnesota and other areas due to low visibility.
WORTHINGTON – The Winterfest Medallion has been found! CJ Nelson and his fiance Kelly Nickel found the medallion next to the sculpture at Sailboard Beach on Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m.
According to Kelly, the medallion was tucked along the leg of the sculpture, sticking out of the snow barely a quarter of an inch. Much more snow, she said, and it would have been buried.
WORTHINGTON – The long-standing Penney store in the Northland Mall is on the chopping block. A news release issued Wednesday states the Worthington store is slated to close in May, along with 32 other stores across the country, including one on Iowa.
WORTHINGTON - The Freedom Veterans Memorial Park Board of Directors will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, January 20 at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.
All members of Freedom Veterans Memorial Park are urged to attend. Membership, as defined in the by-laws, is such persons, natural or corporate, who contribute to and assist in the conduct of any of the promotional activities by this corporation.
SIBLEY, Iowa – A few details have been released regarding the fatal crash Saturday morning that took the life of a Bigelow woman. Authorities said Monday that Karlee Gustaf, age 21, was northbound on Highway 60 about three-quarters of a mile south of the Iowa-Minnesota border around 6 a.m. when she hit the rumble strips and over-corrected. Her vehicle slid across the frost-covered road into the median and then rolled, coming to rest in the southbound lane.
The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol were still investigating the crash as of Monday.
WORTHINGTON – On Thursday and Friday at the Casey’s gas station at the intersection of Oxford Street and McMillan, volunteers will be on hand to pump gas for tips from 5 to 8 p.m. to raise money for Rick and Dena Gustaf, who lost their daughter Karlee Mae Gustaf in a vehicle accident Saturday. Money raised will go toward funeral costs.
Karlee was 21 years old, a graduate of Worthington High School. She and her parents lived in Bigelow. She is the sister of Alyssa Clausen and Nate Gustaf.