August 6 news

WORTHINGTON - Even though the non-essential watering ban has been lifted, the odd-even watering is still in effect. Those with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days and those with odd numbers can use water on odd numbered days. According to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, there’s a $95 fine for watering on the wrong day, and it is being enforced.

Hain discussed water levels with the Water and Light Commission Monday, stating the level at Well 26 well is down about 3.5 feet since the ban was lifted and is 4 feet, 4 inches below the 10-year average. The ban has not been reinstated, but the commission discussed what events could trigger a ban.

WORTHINGTON – Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department / EMS will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the summer blood supply for the community in the 8th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive today from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. All donors will receive a free Subway meal at the time of donation and a t-shirt. The department credited with the most blood donations will receive a trophy and bragging rights for a year.

According to Community Blood Bank Executive Director Ken Versteeg, the summer’s blood supply has been challenged with several traumas and a decrease of donations of 25 percent. Community Blood Bank is the sole blood provider for Sanford Worthington and 28 other local hospitals.

Donors must be 17 years of age or older, weigh at least 110 pounds and be in good general health the day of the blood drive. For more information or to make an appointment please call 372-3319. Walk-ins are welcome.

SIBLEY, Iowa — Two French motorcyclists were taken to the hospital after an accident on Friday evening near Sibley, and one of them was airlifted to Sioux Falls.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office reports that just before 5 PM, 14 motorcycles were westbound on Highway 9, just before the intersection of Northwest Boulevard — that’s Old Highway 60.

42-year-old Serge Jacques of Feugerolles, France was riding a 2011 Harley Davidson motorcycle and was stopped at the intersection. Fifty-three-year-old Renee Nadine of Malmont, France was riding a 2013 Harley, and was approaching the intersection, but did not see Jacques had stopped at the stop sign, and rear-ended the back of his motorcycle.

Jacques was ejected forward, into the intersection from the impact of the collision. Fifty-six-year-old Guy Andre of Firminiy France was riding a 2012 Harley further behind Jacques and Nadine. Andre lost control of the bike when he saw the collision and he laid the bike onto its left side.

Nadine was taken to Osceola Community Hospital, and was later aiflifted to Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls. Jacques was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital. Andrae was not injured.
All three motorcycles were owned by JC Bromac Corporation of Hawthorne, California. Damage to the bikes ranged from $1,000 to $3,000.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa — The Dickenson County Sheriff’s Department investigated a motorcycle accident at 2:31 p.m. Sunday. Three motorcycles were being driven westbound on Highway 9. The lead vehicle was intending to turn south onto 270 Avenue. The following two didn’t recognize the lead bike was turning and ran into the rear of the lead bike. Eli Lacour, 20, of Worthington, was treated and released on the scene. He was cited for failure to stop within an assured clear distance. Gerald Lacour, 51, of Worthington was also treated and released on the scene. Galen Krogman, 55, of Lismore was transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare by ambulance.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Two officers with the Spirit Lake Police Department were injured late Saturday night while investigating a disturbance in a street on the city’s south side.

Police say officers were called to the scene in the 3400 block of Keokuk Avenue shortly after 11:30 p.m. Following the altercation, officers arrested 30-year-old Corey Hanson of Spirit Lake on charges of disorderly conduct, assault on a peace officer, interference with official acts and willful injury. Police also arrested 30-year-old Eric Hanson of Spirit Lake on charges of interference with official acts and assault on a peace officer. Both were booked into the Dickinson county jail.

Authorities say one of the Spirit Lake police officers was taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare for treatment of a head laceration; the other sought treatment a little later. Both were treated and released.

Spirit Lake police were assisted by the Arnolds Park and Okoboji Police Departments, the Dickinson County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

MINNESOTA - A man in the Minnesota Sex Offender Program’s Moose Lake facility died Saturday after an apparent suicide.

MPR reports the victim was 45-year-old Ray Messer who was convicted in 1991 of fifth-degree criminal sexual conduct and in 2007 for second-degree criminal sexual conduct. Messer was civilly committed to the program after his second conviction.

The Minnesota Department of Human services says it’s the first suicide in the program’s history. There have been two reports of previous suicide attempts this year and one attempt last year.

The Minnesota Sex Offender Program provides treatment for nearly 700 offenders at facilities in both Moose Lake and St. Peter, but it’s very difficult to be released. The program has been the subject of criticism since the state has yet to treat and fully discharge a sex offender from the program in two decades. After a class-action lawsuit was filed by several civilly committed sex offenders in the program, a judge ordered the state to show that the treatment it was providing could lead to rehabilitation and release.

Lawmakers failed to approve any changes to the program during the last legislative session, which may leave a decision on the program up to a federal judge.

Former Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Eric Magnuson, who’s leading a panel working on recommendations for changing the program, says the federal judge in the class-action suit could rule the program unconstitutional.

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - The University of Iowa has the distinction of being the nation's top party school.
The Iowa City school, which for years has tried to curb student binge drinking, tops The Princeton Review's list for the first time. The University of California, Santa Barbara was the runner up.

Iowa has been on the list for nine straight years, and was ranked second last year. At that time, the school dismissed the rankings as unscientific and invalid. It also said recent data showed drinking is on the decline on campus.

The Princeton Review's latest edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" was released Monday. Results are compiled from a survey of 126,000 students.

Brigham Young University is the first on the list of "stone-cold sober schools."

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