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LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Police Department is informing the community according to Minnesota Statutes about a Level 3 predatory offender that has moved to Lakefield. This predatory offender is not wanted by the police and has served a sentence that was imposed on him by the court.
According to the police department, Ronald John Madsen relocated to Lakefield on Aug. 4. He has a history of engaging in sexual conduct with male juvenile victims ages 14-16. Conduct included manipulating exposure and taking nude photos of the victims. Madsen provided alcohol and marijuana to victims and was known to his victims. He was also in possession of child pornography depicting male juvenile victims.
A community notification meeting has been scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday at Jackson County Central Middle School.
Representatives from the Lakefield Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Department and Minnesota Department of Corrections will facilitate the meeting. The presentation will include information about predatory offenders, background information on Madsen, as well as a community discussion geared toward preserving safety in the community.
WORTHINGTON - The third annual Cruisin’ Downtown Worthington will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday on Worthington’s 10th Street. The road will be blocked off to allow for the display of classic cars, trucks and tractors. DJ Barry Roberts will be spinning some classic tunes, and there will also be some classic eats. The Rock-Nobles Cattlemen will grill up burgers, and the Lions Club will sell popcorn. For more information, or to register your own classic vehicle, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919.
WORTHINGTON – With the new school year right around the corner, staff in Worthington’s District 518 is scrambling to find room for the influx of students. Based on figures provided by District 518 officials last Friday, enrollment in the district is on the rise, with a total at the ninth- through 12th-grade facility at 808 - 94 students higher than when school doors closed in May. Prairie Elementary has 124 more students this year than last year, forcing the school to convert other rooms into classrooms. Thing are more stable at the Middle School with only 10 more students than last year.
Until all renovations and building projects are complete in a few years, the staff at the schools will have to continue to be creative. The rise in students is attributed to the influx of the Round Lake/Brewster students, a steady influx of immigrants and more families moving to the area.
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center is again hosting a two part series as part of their Hispanic Outreach Program (HOP). The HOP is designed to provide support and encouragement to Hispanic women residing in our communities. The program, called Let's Learn Together, is designed with an emphasis on learning side by side and bringing survivors together in an environment where everyone can feel equal.
Series One begins Wednesday and continues on Wednesdays for the next seven weeks from 5 to 7 p.m. in Room 126 at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative. The focus of the first session will be providing information and education on a wide variety of topic such as crime victim rights, safety for children, reporting crimes to law enforcement, community resources, and the effects of domestic and family violence. The Southwest Crisis Center can provide transportation and on-site childcare for participants within Nobles County.
Series Two will begin in October, with the dates and times yet to be announced. The focus of this session will be about safe homes, healthy relationships, self-care, safety planning, and healthy communication. For both series, please call Cynthia @ 507-376-4311 or email cynt...@mnswcc.org to register.
HARRIS, Iowa - No injuries were reported in a fire Friday that destroyed a shed and damaged another building just west of the Dickinson/Osceola county line. Lake Park Firefighters were called to the scene at 1707 110th Street around 5:20 a.m. Upon arriving they found the shed completely engulfed in fire. Assistance was then requested from the Harris and Ocheyedan Fire Departments to assist with manpower and hauling water.
The shed and its contents were destroyed along with about 15 round bales of hay on the north side of the building. A loader was also destroyed and a nearby cattle confinement building was damaged.
The cause of the fire was ruled as accidental. Firefighters were assisted on the scene by Lake Park Rescue, Dickinson County Emergency Management and the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.
WORTHINGTON – How dependent are we on our cell phones? Lots of people learned the answer to that Friday, when a damaged fiber optic cable near Mankato knocked out phone service. A press release from Frontier Communications stated a good portion of southwest Minnesota was unable to make or receive 1+ long distance calls through various telephone companies in the area, and some internet service was also interrupted. Regular service was restored that evening.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Friday investigated a two-vehicle accident accident at 180th St and Larch Avenue. Anthony Thomas, age 20 from George, IA driving a 1995 Dodge Ram was traveling south on Larch Avenue around 1:20 p.m. Thomas failed to obey the stop sign and pulled into the path of a 2006 Peterbuilt semi driven by Verdell Groen, age 75 from George, IA. Groen was unable to stop in time and struck Thomas's vehicle on the passenger’s side. Thomas's vehicle got spun around and ended up in the east ditch on Larch Avenue. The semi ended up in a cornfield just past the intersection. Damage to the 95 Dodge Ram Pickup was $10,000 and damage to the 2006 Peterbuilt, owned by the George Coop, was $4000.
Both people in the pickup were transported to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids. Carol Thomas, age 19, was then airlifted to Sanford Sioux Falls. Their injuries are non-life threatening. Groen was taken by personal vehicle to Sibley to be checked out. The accident is being investigated by the Lyon County Sheriff's Department.
SOUTH DAKOTA - A Tennessee man, on his way back from the Sturgis Rally, has died after he lost control on his motorcycle. It happened around 1:15 p.m., Sunday, along EB I-90 just before the Montrose exit.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol says a 71 year-old man was headed back from the rally, with friends, when he drifted into a guard rail, spun out of control and eventually flew off the motorcycle. He was killed instantly.
Traffic along the interstate was backed up for several miles as crews worked to clear the area.
Authorities say the Sunday following the Sturgis Rally marks one of the busiest travel days of summer.