August 23 news

LUVERNE. – Interstate 90 travelers heading east between Luverne and Magnolia should be aware of lane restrictions and possible delays beginning Sept. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be managed with one lane in each direction in the westbound lanes.The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a project that includes resurfacing 8 miles of I-90 eastbound and constructing approach panels, new railing and new surface to the Rock County Road 3 Bridge. The project is expected to be complete in early November.

Duininck Incorporated of Prinsburg is the contractor on the $6,798,250 project.

WORTHINGTON -- The sale of one parcel of agricultural land in Worthington Township on Tuesday set a new record high in Nobles County. The winning bidders, Todd and Lorna Kruger of Sibley, Iowa, paid $13,000 per acre for the 156.8-acre parcel of tillable land, for a total price tag of $2,038,400. Sold by the heirs of Ella Mae Sall, the Prins-Sliver Auction Service saw brisk bidding among a field of regional bidders in the auction, according to Steve Prins. It was one of three separate parcels sold by the Sall heirs on Tuesday.

The previous record high land price paid in Nobles County was $12,050 per acre, according to Nobles County Assessor Joe Udermann. Prior to that sale, the highest per-acre price paid was $11,700.

WEST BEND, Iowa -The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office is investigating vandalism at The Grotto in West Bend. Officers received a call on Wednesday regarding vandalism to a statue. Upon investigation, it was determined that someone had attempted to remove the statue from The Grotto. Deputies also identified rocks around the area that had been broken off of the walls, which appeared to have been done intentionally. The damage is estimated at about $1,000. Anyone with information regarding the investigation is asked to contact the Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office at 712-852-3535.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office Thursday arrested Kevin Craig Jager, age 22, of Sioux Falls, SD, on five counts of Sexual Abuse in the Third Degree, all Class C felonies. The charges are a result of an investigation by the Sheriff's Office into incidents that occurred in July, when Jager resided in Rock Rapids, and he committed several sex acts with a fifteen year-old victim. Jager is being held in the Lyon County Jail on fifty-thousand dollars cash-only bond.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa — Four northwest Iowans have been arrested on drug charges after a search in Primghar.

The O’Brien County Sheriff’s Office reports they arrested the four on Tuesday (8/20/13) night. Deputies arrested 24-year-old Elizabeth Heiller of Sheldon, 29-year-old Troy Krause of Primghar, 19-year-old Allyson Niichel of Primghar and 18-year-old Jordan Wichers of Rock Valley. They were charged with Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, a simple misdemeanor.

Deputies say they found drug paraphernalia in a search of a home at 260 Third Street in Primghar.

All four were transported to the O’Brien County Jail and released the following morning after all pled guilty before the County Magistrate. Each person was fined $100 plus court costs.

MINNESOTA - A single dead silver carp is attracting a lot of attention near Winona – the furthest north the invasive species has been seen in the Mississippi River.

The 30-inch fish carcass was found Aug. 9 on a concrete section of Lock and Dam 5, roughly 110 miles south of St. Paul, about 20 miles further north than the carp has been spotted before, the newspaper reported. The U.S. Geological Survey has a map it uses to track the invasive species.
Silver carp are a species of invasive Asian carp that can grow to 60 pounds, and conservation officials say the fish gobble up plankton that native fish eat, according to the DNR.

Finding this carp on the sill of the dam suggests that it was attempting to jump over it; it wasn’t just leaping due to a disturbance, according to Nick Frohnauer, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invasive fish coordinator.

The silver carp was first brought into the U.S. in 1973 when a private fish farmer imported them into Arkansas.

MINNESOTA - Lawyers filed motions Thursday asking a federal judge to declare the Minnesota Sex Offender Program unconstitutional in a class-action lawsuit on behalf of more than 600 sex offenders.The suit also asks to move the people in the program to less restrictive facilities and appoint a court officer to oversee the program.

The program has been under fire because of continuing questions about its constitutionality and high costs. Only one patient has ever been successfully released from the program since its creation in 1994.

In Thursday’s motions, the plaintiffs asked U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank to declare a key statute governing the program unconstitutional as it’s been applied, saying guidelines make it impossible to discharge standards.

A hearing is scheduled for Nov. 15.

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