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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department on Wednesday investigated a report of a pick-up stolen from in front of a local business. Authorities first received a call stating a man wearing jeans and a black sweatshirt had just kicked a female resident’s front door shortly before 7 a.m. and could then be seen standing in front of a car wash on Oxford Street. A second 911 call reported a man with the same description had just stolen a pick-up from in front of Bahr Small Engine. The vehicle was recovered by the Clary Street Apartments.
CURRIE – Murray County native Brian Bau has been named the new Director at End-O-Line Railroad and Museum in Currie. A 2008 graduate of Murray County Central, Bau earned a degree in history at Southwest State University in 2013. Having been previously employed at the park, he opted to apply for the director job when the position opened up. He said he has always been fascinated by history and remembers visiting the park as an elementary student. Bau referred to the position at the park as his ‘dream job.’
DOON, Iowa – After four months of investigation, three people are behind bars for methamphetamine-related crimes in Lyon County, Iowa. A search warrant executed Wednesday on South Rice Street in Doon led to the arrest of Douglas Eugene Hoppe, who was seen leaving the residence and stopped on County Road K-42. Evidence of a meth lab, including anhydrous ammonia, was found in his vehicle, along with meth, marijuana and drug paraphernalia. At Hoppe’s home, more meth lab evidence was recovered. He is charged with possession of a controlled substance, supplying a gathering place where unlawful substances are used and more.
A passenger in his vehicle, Dalles Benjamin Dodge of Sheldon, Iowa was also arrested, as was an occupant of the house, Kathryn Sue Beed of Norfolk, Nebraska. Both were charged with conspiracy to manufacture meth. Authorities expect to make more arrests in the case.
ROYAL, Iowa — A 13-year-old boy has been charged with reckless use of fire after starting a blaze in a barn near Royal, Iowa. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office was called to the scene around 9 p.m. Monday. They reported the boy’s grandfather had seen smoke coming from the barn and went out to investigate. He found a 4 by 6 foot area of the barn in flames and put out the fire. The sheriff’s office says the boy had 6- and 10-year-old siblings with him, and said that placed them in danger as well.
The incident remains under investigation. The boy was transported to the Juvenile Detention Center.
DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will sign legislation designed to reduce commercial property taxes in the state. Branstad announced Wednesday that he will sign the bill into law on June 12 in Hiawatha. The compromise legislation passed by the Iowa Legislature will reduce taxable assessments for commercial properties, as well as offer tax credits geared at small businesses. The plan also limits the amount that residential and agricultural property values can grow. And it provides some income tax breaks to Iowa taxpayers.
Commercial property tax cuts were a top priority for Branstad during the 2013 legislative session.
MINNESOTA - Republican Tom Emmer came up just short in his bid for the governor’s office in 2010. Now he’ll try for a seat in Congress in 2014. Emmer announced Wednesday that he’s a candidate in the Sixth Congressional District. The race in that district was thrown wide open last week when Republican incumbent Michele Bachmann and her 2012 Democratic challenger, Jim Graves, each announced they would not run in 2014.
Emmer launched his campaign in Delano. He told the Associated Press he hopes to follow in Bachmann’s footsteps and said he’d work for personal rights and liberties and against government growth.
Emmer’s 2010 gubernatorial campaign against Democrat Mark Dayton produced a race so close a recount was needed before Dayton was declared the winner. Emmer previously served in the Minnesota House. He is also an attorney and radio host. He’s the first candidate to enter the Sixth District race since the announcements by Bachmann and Graves.
MINNESOTA - A 190-pound black bear attacked a woman outside her house near McGregor in northern Minnesota, the Department of Natural Resources said Wednesday.
A conservation officer later killed the female bear after it also charged the officer, the DNR said.
The DNR says the woman had seen the bear before on her property, so she checked to see that it was not around before she let her dog out. She didn’t see any bears, but the dog saw the bear’s three cubs and gave chase, the DNR says. The woman went out to yell for the dog to return, and the bear charged her, clawing her and knocking her to the ground. It bit her on the arm and leg and then left the woman’s property with the cubs.
The woman’s injuries were serious but she is expected to survive.
The conservation officer encountered the bear nearby and shot it a short time later. The DNR says the cubs, which appeared healthy and would naturally become independent of their mother by early June, were left in the area.
Black bears typically are not aggressive and attacks on people are rare, the DNR reports. The agency has documented only four other bear attacks on people involving serious injuries in the state since 1987, and none were fatal.
COMO PARK - A new and improved home for seven gorillas at the Como Zoo opens to the public today.
MPR reports the $11 million expansion is a giant step up from the old pit-like exhibit that a pair of gorillas once occupied. The new primate yard is three times larger than the previous space, has real trees and grass and puts the animals on higher ground than the visitors. The 13,000-square-foot habitat makes up the largest all-mesh gorilla enclosure in North America and is designed to give visitors an up-close view of zoo’s expanded collection of gorillas.