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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington High School Trojan marching band placed second in Class AA competition at the “Battle of the Bands” parade in Lake Crystal Friday night. Finishing just behind Waconia, Worthington wowed the crowds with its “Mary Poppins”- themed “Over the Rooftop” parade show, receiving the coveted People’s Choice Award as well. The Trojan band placed fourth overall in judging point totals out of the 10 bands participating.
WORTHINGTON —The “Amazing” Worthington City Band will perform a concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Chautauqua Park. Master of ceremonies will be the Rev. Jim Krapf. Intermission entertainment will be by Kerry Johnson. Under the direction of Jon Loy, the band will perform a variety of selections, including “Edelweiss,” “Hogan’s Heroes March” and “Theme from Ice Castles.” In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the auxiliary gym at Worthington High School.
SPENCER, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Friday afternoon at the North “Y”, or the intersection of Highways 18 and 71, sent two people to the hospital. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says 94-year-old Miriam Bergen of Spencer had been eastbound on Highway 18 and had stopped at the intersection when she pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 38-year-old Kristin Johnson of Spencer.
Bergen’s vehicle came to rest in the center median; Johnson’s wound up in the east ditch.
Deputies say Bergen sustained life threatening injuries; minor injuries were reported to Johnson. Both were taken by ambulance to Spencer Hospital. $10,000 in damage was estimated to a 2000 Mercury driven by Bergen and to a 2009 Chrysler Town and Country van Johnson was driving.
LAKE PARK, Iowa - Accounts have been established to assist the Brons family, whose home in Lake Park was heavily damaged by fire last week. Donations may be dropped off at or sent to Savings Bank or United Community Bank in Lake Park. The cause of the fire, which broke out around 2 p.m. Thursday, has been ruled accidental by the State Fire Marshall.
INWOOD, Iowa – A high speed chase last week that began in Lyon County ended in South Dakota, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. A deputy Thursday night was attempting to stop a vehicle east of Inwood, but driver Charles Matthew Jacobs sped up and tried to elude authorities. Jacobs entered South Dakota, where the Canton Police Department and Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office joined the chase. Stop sticks were deployed and the vehicle stopped in Canton, but while officers were trying to get Jacob from the vehicle, Jacobs put it into gear and struck the Lyon County patrol car and then a tree. The South Dakota Highway Patrol is investigating the accident. The investigation continues and charges are pending.
SIBLEY, Iowa — A Sibley man has been sentenced on charges of tampering with records after he took property from the Sibley Fire Department last July and was sentenced for Second Degree Theft. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that 29-year-old Derek Michael White of Sibley was charged with second-degree Theft on July 11, 2012, when he unlawfully took property belonging to the Sibley Fire Department.
In September 2012, White was charged with 2 counts of perjury for knowingly making false statements while under oath. These charges were changed to tampering with records, an aggravated misdemeanor. On Friday, White pleaded guilty to the two counts. On each offense, White was sentenced to 1 year in the Osceola County Jail, with six months of the sentence suspended. White is to serve 6 months in the Osceola County Jail with no opportunity for work release. He is to serve the two sentences concurrently, after he has served his sentence for the theft charge. He will also serve two years of probation.
STILLWATER - The Stillwater Lift Bridge over the St. Croix River is blocking boat traffic until a snapped cable can be repaired. The Minnesota Department of Transportation reported Sunday night that it’s not known when the bridge lift will reopen. The bridge remains open for motor vehicles. MnDOT gave no further information on the cause of the snapped cable.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota’s two nuclear power plants are reaching age 40, but Xcel Energy expects $1.8 billion worth of upgrades will buy them a new lease on life that should last a couple of decades.
Xcel’s single biggest investment is the replacement of two steam generators at Prairie Island. That project is a big enough deal that Xcel Energy took the unusual step of inviting some of its neighbors in the Red Wing area into the plant last week to take a look at the 330-ton machines going in – reportedly the first time in 13 years the plant has opened its doors to the public.
Xcel’s investment comes as other utilities around the country are opting to shutter nuclear plants that are getting long in the tooth.
Southern California Edison announced this month it is closing both reactors at San Onofre, which had nine years left on their operating license but were shut down for repairs last year. And that’s not the only nuclear facility shutting down. The New York Times reports four plants have had the plug pulled this year, including one in Wisconsin that had permission to operate for another 20 years.
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama has chosen a high-powered Washington lawyer with extensive experience in all three branches of the government to be the State Department's special envoy for closing down the military-run prison at the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base in Cuba.
Clifford Sloan is the pick to reopen the State Department's Office of Guantanamo Closure, shuttered since January and folded into the department's legal adviser's office when the administration, in the face of congressional obstacles, effectively gave up its attempt to close the prison.
A formal announcement of Sloan's appointment is expected today, according to officials briefed on the matter.
Sloan has served in senior government positions in both Democratic and Republican administrations and is now a partner in the Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom LLP law firm. For the past several years, he has been an informal adviser to Secretary of State John Kerry, who recommended him for the post, the officials said.