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WORTHINGTON – Three people suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening during a crash on Highway 59/60, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. At 5:27 p.m., Georgia Blum, age 62, of South Sioux City, Neb., was traveling north and attempting to make a left-hand turn when her 2007 Lincoln was rear-ended by a 1995 Ford Windstar, driven by Karen Snider, 55, of Sheldon, Iowa. Snider’s passenger, Shirleen Earle, 45, of Spencer, Iowa, was taken to Sanford Worthington, along with the other two victims.
PIPESTONE – In Pipestone County, one vehicle ended up in a ditch after coming off Highway 23 to the west, crossing the train tracks and running off the road. Dominick Ziesemer, 18, of Lamberton, received non-life threatening injuries. His 1995 Oldsmobile Cutlass received moderate damage.
WORTHINGTON – Town hall meetings to inform Nobles County residents of library site options are scheduled for July 23 in Worthington, and additional meetings are being planned for Adrian. Executive Director Julie Wellnitz is working with the architectural firm to produce a series of informational boards and a short presentation regarding site analysis to be used at the meetings and display during the Nobles County Fair.
Nobles County Commissioners spent two hours Wednesday in a work session regarding library development, mostly planning the town hall meetings and discussing what kinds of questions they might encounter. One rather large unknown at this point is how much it would cost the county to acquire land and build a new library. They estimate the building itself would be $7 to 8 million, but acquisition and site preparation costs vary between the four potential locations.
The four sites under consideration are the old Campbell Soup site, the Lampert Yard site, the Nobles County Public Works site and the site of the old outdoor pool. The presentation and boards will offer criteria used for land consideration and approximate costs for site acquisition and preparation.
On Tuesday, July 23, the boards will be on display immediately following a Nobles County Commissioners meeting in the Government Center Commissioners Room, right around 11 a.m. At 6 p.m. that evening, the boards and presentation will be in the Farmer’s Room of the Government Center.
After a brief presentation, the meeting will continue in an open house format, allowing those in attendance to study the pros and cons of each site and use a sticky note to indicate their preference or add a comment.
Wellnitz is planning a meeting in Adrian for the previous day, July 22, but a site has not yet been determined.
HOSPERS, Iowa — A traffic stop in Hospers earlier this week led to an arrest on several charges for a man living in Worthington. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Monday evening, a Sioux County deputy pulled over a vehicle at the intersection of Hospers Drive and Pine Street in Hospers.
The deputy determined 26-year-old Faustino Lopez‐Chilel did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance for the vehicle he was driving. It was also discovered he was using the identity of another person. He was arrested on charges of identity theft, providing false information, driving without a valid driver’s license, and no motor vehicle insurance. He was also picked up on an arrest warrant from Nobles County for failure to appear.
HULL, Iowa — A Hull woman was airlifted to a Sioux Falls hospital after an ATV accident Tuesday near Hull. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 2:40 p.m., 58-year-old Mary Boeve of Hull was backing a 2010 Yamaha Grizzly four wheeler when the throttle apparently became stuck. The ATV rolled, trapping Boeve underneath. A passenger, 6-year-old Joseph Freeman of Sheldon was ejected from the vehicle.
Boeve received serious injuries. Freeman received minor injuries. Both were transported to the Hegg Memorial Hospital in Rock Valley by the Hull Ambulance. Boeve was later airlifted to Avera McKennen Hospital in Sioux Falls.
MINNESOTA - A new state law will limit public access to nonviolent crime records for 16- and 17-year-olds. It’s part of a comprehensive legislative effort to get offenders past a permanent roadblock that often leads back to a jail cell.
Minnesota is one of a small number of states that make juvenile criminal records public at the point when someone is charged. About 2,500 felony-level charges were filed for 16- and 17-year-olds statewide last year.
The problem with this level of availability of records is that an employer or landlord may skim and find the initial charges but not review the entire file for the case’s final disposition, said Mark Haase, vice president of the Council on Crime and Justice. That organization led the drive for the new legislation.
Under the new law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2014, the data will remain public, but access will be available only on paper records at a courthouse.
The new law still allows computer access to criminal records for juveniles certified as adults or charged with violent crimes. Such access also is available for cases involving convicted teens who have a potential adult sentence hanging over their head until age 21.
Corrections, law enforcement and school employees won’t be affected by the law. In addition, computer background checks continue to be allowed for the state Department of Human Services and for all positions requiring a check to work with children.