July 8 news

STORM LAKE, Iowa — The body of an Ireton, Iowa man was found Sunday after a search that began on the fourth of July. At about 4 p.m. Thursday, the Buena Vista County 911 Center received a call reporting a capsized boat with two occupants on Storm Lake. 36-year-old Abel Troncoso of Granville, was rescued by another boat in the immediate area. The other occupant of the boat, 28-year-old Jaime Vazquez of Ireton slipped beneath the water. Vazquez was reportedly not wearing a life vest at the time the boat capsized. Authorities immediately started a search, which was greatly hampered by high winds and rough water conditions over the next several days. Divers were able to work only for a few hours at a time.

According to the Buena Vista County Sheriff’s Office, Vazquez’s body was recovered from Storm Lake at about 3:15 a.m. Sunday morning along the north shore of Storm Lake, east of Kings Pointe.

Several area dive teams and emergency personnel were involved in the search, including the Plymouth County Dive Team, Sioux County Dive Team, and the Denison Fire Department Divers.

JACKSON – A pickup truck pulling a trailer overturned Friday afternoon on I-90 after the trailer was caught in a strong crosswind, causing it to fishtail and slide across the Interstate, rolling into the ditch. The driver, 68-year-old Wolfgang Loew of Neutraubling, Germany, received non-life threatening injuries. Passengers Elizabeth Loew, 42, and Nicholas Loew, 7, of Racine, Wis., also received non-life threatening injuries. Uninjured were passengers Thomas Loew, 42, and Dominic Loew, 18, both also from Racine. The injured were taken to Jackson Sanford Hospital.

BEAVER CREEK – On Saturday on I-90, just after 1 p.m., one vehicle rear-ended another while travelling eastbound three miles from the Minnesota/South Dakota border. 26-year-old Grant Thompson, driving a Ford F250, was uninjured. Dominic Barbaroulo, age 20, of Hartford, SD, was driving a 2000 Pontiac Grand Prix and received non-life threatening injuries, as did his passenger Michael Barbaroulo, age 50, of Sioux Falls. Both were taken to Luverne Sanford Hospital.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The reconstruction of Highway 86 between Highway 9 and the Minnesota border was the source of a major power outage Friday.

Aaron Rushey, Vice President of Operations and Engineering for Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative said a major transmission owned by Cornbelt Power Cooperative was knocked down when a dump truck hit an overhead guy wire on Highway 86 a mile north of Vick’s Corner, snapping the pole and causing the outage. Two of the Iowa Lakes substations were knocked out because of the snapped pole and downed line.

Alliant Energy customers around Big Spirit Lake along with the cities of Spirit Lake and Okoboji and some in the Lake Park area were also affected. Power was out for most for about 40 minutes, with the exception of those in the Lake Park area, where the outage was longer.

MINNESOTA - The rate of rabies is up slightly in Minnesota this year over last, with roughly half of the new cases afflicting skunks. Minnesota Public Radio reports that there are 25 cases of rabies thus far in 2013, up slightly from 2012′s pace, which saw 79 in all. In addition to 13 skunk cases, MPR reports rabies has been confirmed in eight bats, a dog, a cow, a horse and a goat. And the real rabies season doesn’t get into full swing until late summer.

NEW ULM - The folks in New Ulm have another reason to toast their hometown brewery. Construction on a new building at the 150 year old August Schell Brewery in New Ulm will begin today.

Phase 1 of a $6 million expansion plan will create an alleyway that will link the facility’s two main buildings. The project will make space to install a new yeast propagation system, hot and cold water tanks and new tanks to hold the finished beer before it is bottled.

The second phase of the project, scheduled to begin in September, will put a new canning machine in the new building. It will also install a cost saving energy recovery system in the brew house to capture steam generated in the brewing process and convert it into energy.

The expanded space will allow the brewery’s production capacity to expand by as much as 100,000 barrels per year. The increased production will keep up with an increasing demand for beer from microbreweries.

MINNESOTA - Thus far, the state is hitting the required milestones to prove that their new insurance exchange, called MNsure, will be ready for open enrollment in October. But in one indication of the challenge at hand, officials for the first time are dialing back expectations for what to expect out of the gate.

April Todd-Malmlov, MNsure’s executive director, alerted the MNsure executive board in late June that some low-income workers and individuals who are new to public health programs will be automatically assigned an insurance plan during MNsure’s first months. That’s a departure from what proponents have touted as a key advantage of the exchange — consumer choice.

Some bells and whistles, such as being able to compare hospitals and doctors, will come in a series of planned upgrades.

The state exchanges, marketplaces where people can comparison shop for coverage, are an essential platform to implement the most sweeping reform elements of the Affordable Care Act starting in 2014.

In Minnesota, about 71 percent of workers get insurance at the workplace. The exchanges are meant to help everyone else — individuals, businesses with fewer than 50 workers and those in public health programs.

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