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JACKSON – A Lakefield man is dead after a vehicle he was in was found submerged in Clear Lake west of Jackson. The body of 23-year-old Cassidy Voss was found when the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office was called around 6:30 p.m. Friday after receiving a report of a car accident. A vehicle was submerged in the lake and Voss was found inside the car as it was pulled out.
Details of the accident have not been released. The investigation continues.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area YMCA and City of Worthington Aquatics Center outdoor pool will be open today, pending weather. Open swim begins at 1:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON — A Zumba event to raise money for the upcoming summer production of “Shrek: The Musical” will be from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Prairie Elementary. Participants will pay a fee to participate in the Zumba event. All proceeds will go toward production of the musical, slated for Aug. 1-4 at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON — A few more cast members are needed for the annual melodrama production during the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July celebration at Pioneer Village. The play, “Dogsbreath Devereaux,” will be performed three times on July 4. Anyone interested in participating should contact director Isaac Wass, 360-7833.
WORTHINGTON — The Friends of the Nobles County Library will host its annual fundraiser and membership drive from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday. An ice cream social will take place on the Nobles County Library lawn. In the case of rain, the ice cream social will move indoors.
MANKATO – Highway 71 motorists on the north side of Windom will be detoured beginning June 17 as crews construct turn lanes for the Industrial Park. The detour, which will be in place until mid-August, includes Highway 60 and Cottonwood County 28. The turn lane construction requires a closure of Highway 71 from Cottonwood County Road 15 to Cottonwood County Road 44 near Windom.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — A Rock Rapids man has been arrested in connection with a home intruder report. The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 2 a.m. Thursday, deputies responded to the report of an intruder in a home in Rock Rapids. After an investigation, 25-year-old Seth Pourier of Rock Rapids was arrested and charged with trespassing. Pourier was transported to the Lyon County Jail.
DOON, Iowa – Shortly after 9 p.m. Thursday, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a person who had entered a home in the 400 block of Rive Avenue in Doon, Iowa. At the scene, witnesses told authorities the male had run from the home and headed into Lem’s Salvage Yard. With assistance from a k-9 unit, the salvage yard was secured and searched. Cody Michael Van Otterloo, age 18, of Rock Valley, was located and placed under arrest for trespassing. He was transported to the Lyon County Jail.
DES MOINES, Iowa - Iowa authorities have identified a body found in a river as that of a 15-year-old girl who was abducted with another girl after getting off a school bus last month in Dayton, Iowa.
Officials announced Sunday morning an autopsy confirms the body found Friday night in the Des Moines River under a bridge near Boone is Kathlynn Shepard. Chief State Medical Examiner Dr. Julia Goodin says Kathlynn died of "multiple sharp and blunt forced injuries."
Investigators expressed confidence the body was Kathlynn's hours after a fisherman discovered it. Clothes on it matched what Kathlynn was wearing when she and a 12-year-old friend were taken on May 20 in Dayton, about 60 miles north of Des Moines. Authorities say Michael Klunder kidnapped the girls and took them to a hog confinement facility, then committed suicide after the younger girl got away.
MINNESOTA - Rescue crews pulled three people from the water after their boat flipped over on Lac qui Parle lake near Boyd’s Landing Saturday afternoon. A man and a girl were taken to Johnson Memorial Hospital in Dawson. A woman was taken to the Chippewa County Hospital in Montevideo. Both the girl and the woman were pronounced dead at the hospitals. Officials are still investigating the accident. Names of the victims have not been released.
MINNESOTA - U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will join Gov. Mark Dayton in St. Paul today to kick off a new program aimed at changing farming methods to improve water quality. Officials say the federal-state partnership that produced the Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification Program is the first of its kind in the country.
Farmers who volunteer to be certified will have access to technical assistance and federal funding. The USDA and the Environmental Protection Agency are partnering with several state agencies.
The group Conservation Minnesota says $3 million in Clean Water Legacy funding from the state will be added to $6 million in federal money to pay for the program. It also says the certification program will initially be tried in four watersheds in agricultural areas of the state.
MINNESOTA - Smoking will soon become a more expensive habit in Minnesota. Starting July 1st, the tobacco tax more than doubles to nearly three dollars per pack. Whether smokers stop smoking or shop elsewhere, is yet to be seen, but Sen. Bill Weber thinks smokers will just go somewhere else to get their tobacco fix, also spending money on other items while out of the state. Weber said he voted against the tax hike.
Right now, the tax per pack in South Dakota is a $1.53. In Iowa, it's a $1.36, and in North Dakota it's 44 cents.
Minnesota Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans says he’s confident the state will hit its tobacco tax-revenue projections, others are worried of either a black market cropping up, or business simply going to the surrounding Dakotas and Iowa. As for that other neighbor, cigarette sellers in Minnesota will lose the competitive advantage they had over Wisconsin, where the cigarette tax is $2.52 a pack.