July 29 news

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, Well 26 at the Bella Well Field, which has been used to gauge average well levels for the city, dropped seven inches in the past week to 24 feet 4 inches. Hain said the latest drop was better than the previous week’s drop of just over a foot, or the week before, when the level dropped one foot 7 inches, but still isn’t very encouraging. At this point, there has been no move to put the non-essential watering ban back into place.

DES MOINES - The possible presence of blue-green algae has resulted in an advisory being posted for a beach on Big Spirit Lake. Crandall's Beach on Big Spirit Lake is one of five state-managed beaches currently under an advisory for algae blooms, which could be toxic to animals and make humans sick if they ingest water from the affected area.

Officials say high levels of nitrogen and phosphates are to blame. Symptoms include breathing difficulties and a skin rash. The Iowa Environmental Council says water with a bright blue or green colored tint, thick scum that looks like spilled paint or areas that smell bad should be avoided.
TERRIL, Iowa – The Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office investigated a single vehicle accident that occurred Saturday in the 2500 block of 270 Avenue, west of Terril, Iowa.

Phoebe Hersom, age 52, of Ruthven, Iowa was southbound at approximately 5:38 p.m. when she fell asleep. She went into the left ditch, came back onto the roadway, went into the right ditch. She attempted to get back onto the roadway again, but rolled the 2001 Ford Expedition. The vehicle came to rest on its top. The driver and passenger, Jennifer Hersom, age 4 months, were freed from the vehicle using extrication equipment. Both were transported by ambulance to LRH, Phoebe with non-incapacitating injuries, Jennifer with possible injuries. $5,000 damage was estimated to the Ford.

MINNEAPOLIS — A federal judge has refused to halt a drive to unionize thousands of Minnesota home day care operators. In a pair of rulings issued Sunday, Judge Michael Davis essentially agreed with state Solicitor General Alan Gilbert that the pair of lawsuits seeking to halt the unionization effort were filed prematurely. Davis dismissed both cases and refused to impose a preliminary injunction on a new law allowing the drive.

Democrats who control the Legislature approved the union-organizing drive in May. The GOP has accused legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton of paying back union allies.The proposed union would cover some 12,700 providers who take care of children who are subsidized by the state.

There was some urgency to Sunday's rulings. After Wednesday, the union pushing to organize the in-home day care operators can start the petition drive that might ultimately lead to an election.
In both cases, Davis said the day care owners who filed the lawsuits couldn't prove actual harm by the process playing out as lawmakers have set out.

HUGO - Washington County sheriff's deputies found the body of an elderly man near Hugo on Sunday. According to a news release from the sheriff's department, deputies were notified of the body by a group of people looking for Radivoje "Ray" Novakovic, a 75-year-old man who has been missing for a week.

The family of Novakovic organized weekend searches for the missing 75-year-old. That search has been called off. Novakovic, who has been described as "mildly bipolar" and has diabetes, was an avid walker and was known to cover several miles a day, even though he used a walker. He was last seen on Europa Trail in Hugo on Sunday, July 21.

A definitive identification will not be released until an autopsy has been performed, but the Ramsey County medical examiner has been in contact with Novakovic's family, according to the news release.

MINNESOTA - Four people died in three separate accidents within a 12-hour span Saturday on Minnesota roadways, and a fifth was killed Sunday, according to reports.

On Saturday in Stewartville, Yujie Miao, 25, of Dallas, was killed in a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 30 at about 3:45 a.m.

North of Cannon Falls on Highway 52, La Yin, 48, and Naw Wah, 48, both of St. Paul, died when their vehicle was broadsided at about noon. The accident happened after the driver of their vehicle failed to yield, the Minnesota State Patrol reported. Neither Yin or Wah were wearing seat belts, and were ejected from the vehicles, officials said.

At about 3 p.m., Krista Suronen, 42, of Rogers died in a crash on Highway 59, north of Plummer and south of Thief River Falls. The Red Lake Sheriff’s Office is still investigating.

On Sunday, a 55-year-old Eveleth man died in a motorcycle-truck collision on U.S. Highway 53 near Eveleth just before 3 p.m.

MINNESOTA - Wayzata police said Sunday that they still are still looking for three suspects in connection with a Saturday home invasion in Long Lake.

The Pioneer Press reports that authorities responded to incidents at the home at least three times so far this year. Wayzata police have had 22 calls to the address for reports including harassment, court order violations and pointing a gun at an officer since 2011. Wayzata police confirmed that they assisted the Hennepin County Drug Task Force in executing a search warrant at the home in October 2012.

Officers were called to the home of Karen and John Davis on Glenmoor Lane on Saturday afternoon. There, they found a man and woman in the basement who had been bound with duct tape. John Davis was taken to North Memorial with neck and back injuries. Karen Davis was not hurt seriously but was shaken up.

Police say the thieves stole cell phones, wallets and a car belonging to the couple, a red 2014 Kia Sorento with the Minnesota license plate 723-KVL. The suspects are still on the run, and police say the trio should be considered armed and dangerous.

Police confirm there were two guns and one was fired inside the home. They say the homeowners were not hit, but one of suspects might have been shot. Police say there was a trail of blood in front of the house.


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Rest in peace for those who lost their lives in the accident. We should be careful. - Connie Sellecca

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