July 22 newsPublished by on
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain is once again asking city residents to be cautious with water, although the non-essential watering ban not been put back into effect.
In the three weeks since ban was lifted, the water level in Well 26 has dropped significantly and become a cause for concern. As of Friday, the level was at 23 feet 9 inches, which is approximately 4 feet lower than 90 percent of the 10-year average, a measuring tool used in the past. Hain said the Water and Light Commission will be meeting this afternoon, but he won’t be asking for and does not anticipate any action to re-instate the ban on non-essential use today.
Sibley, Iowa — Five people were injured in an explosion at a Sibley manufacturing plant late Saturday morning, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
Lt. Seth Hoffman said the explosion at Timewell Tile in southeast Sibley was first reported by neighbors to the plant. According to witnesses, the explosion occurred inside the plant while TimeWell employees, electricians from Current Electric of Sibley and the City of Sibley utility workers were switching over electrical lines. Two of the injured men worked for TimeWell, the other three worked for Current Electric.
All five of the injured were transported by ambulance to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley. Two were later airlifted to Avera in Sioux Falls, two others were taken to Sioux Falls by ambulance, and one was treated and released. Hoffman says the cause of the explosion has not been determined.
WORTHINGTON — “Musical Theater Night” will be the theme for the “Amazing” Worthington City Band’s final concert of the summer season. Master of ceremonies will be Judge Gordon Moore. Special guests will be cast members from the upcoming local production of “Shrek — The Musical.” Intermission entertainment will be by the Great Plains String Quartet. Under the direction of Jon Loy, the band will present a variety of selections from musical theater, including “Hairspray,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Les Miserables” and “Mary Poppins.” In case of inclement weather, the concert will be in the auxiliary gym at Worthington High School.
WORTHINGTON — The Veterans Memorial Park Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will serve free hamburger and cheeseburger baskets to veterans and their spouses at the Elks Lodge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. tonight. The group will use funds donated from the Ken McNab Freedom Veterans Memorial Fund for the event.
WORTHINGTON – The American Reformed Church is hosting a Japanese handbell concert at the church at 7 p.m. Tuesday. 14 students from a Christian high school in Tokyo are traveling around the US performing concerts for 4 weeks. The handbell group performs a variety of music, including patriotic songs, hymns, Disney songs, classics and oldies. The concert is free and open to the community. There will be a free-will offering to help cover expenses, and refreshments after the concert at the church.
LUVERNE – A motorcycle crash injured a Canadian woman Sunday on I-90 near the state line in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Erin Goulet, 25, of Alberta, received non-life threatening injuries while traveling westbound on I-90 at approximately 9:40 a.m. She swerved to avoid a slower motorcycle and was ejected from the 2009 Harley-Davidson, coming to rest in the median. She was taken by ambulance to Avera-McKennan Hospital.
LARCHWOOD, Iowa - At approximately 3:02 PM Sunday, the Lyon County Sheriff's Department investigated a one vehicle accident at Apple Avenue and 125th Street near Granite. Dewayne L Callies, age 59, from Sioux Falls, SD was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson South on Apple Avenue when he and another motorcycle failed to notice the turn onto 125th Street. The first bike attempted to turn left on 125th Street, Callies then tried to avoid hitting him but ended up laying the bike down on the gravel road. Callies received minor injuries in the accident. The Harley sustained approximately $1,200.00 in damage.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office on Friday executed a search warrant in the 300 block of South Marshall Street that resulted in the arrest of 28-year-old Adam Anthony Anderson. He was charged with second-degree theft, manufacturing marijuana and more. Anderson is accused of committing several scrap metal thefts from a salvage yard. While searching for evidence to those thefts, authorities found marijuana plants growing in his basement in buckets and a hydroponic planter.
LAKEFIELD - Jackson County 4-H Program Coordinator Jen Schoenfeld has announced that resigning from her position on July 30. Schoenfeld said she has accepted a teaching position in the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton school district. She has served in her current position for more than three years.
IOWA - State auditors say a Spencer, Iowa attorney working under contract as a public defender overbilled the state more than $177,000, claiming he worked more than 24 hours in a single day for 80 days in a 3 1/2 year period. Auditors say Ney McDaniel also improperly claimed more than $6,000 in mileage.
The audit report shows McDaniel took in $1.1 million from 2005 through March of 2011 when his contract was terminated. He mostly represented clients charged with crimes who couldn't afford an attorney.
Clay County Attorney Michael Houchins found McDaniel was billing significantly more than other public defenders and sought an audit. The Iowa Attorney General's Office is considering criminal charges