September 12 news

KTD Clue #4 – Remember to turn medallion in to Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to earn your prize!
Shelter, playground, benches and tables galore
Sit and admire the view from the shore.
When relaxing is all done
Don your sneakers for a Fun Run.

WORTHINGTON – It’s been slow going, but one at a time, jurors are being selected for the retrial of Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March of 2008 in Worthington. In a process that began Monday, prospective jurors are being questioned about their knowledge of the case, which has already gone to trial once.

In 2009, Fraga was convicted of the little girl’s murder and sentenced to life in prison without parole. That conviction and sentence was vacated when Fraga’s defense claimed they had new evidence that showed one of his own children had lied on the stand.

Throughout the first trial, Fraga’s attorney tried to cast doubt on Fraga’s guilt by insinuating his oldest son may have been responsible for molesting the girl. That son and Fraga’s oldest daughter are expected to take the stand with new information during the second trial.

As of Wednesday evening, 10 of the needed 14 jurors had been chosen.

PIPESTONE – One of the former Bayliner buildings in Pipestone was purchased in May, and the South Dakota-based company that purchased it, Truss Pro’s Inc., is planning a spring 2014 opening, with a workforce of 25 to 30 people by midsummer.

The Pipestone location is the company’s third, including its Britton, S.D. home base and another Rogers, Minn. facility, according to Luke Kraft, president. The company manufactures engineered wood products, including roof trusses, floor trusses and I-joists for three primary markets: multi-family, single-family, and agricultural buildings.

There is a capacity for future expansion, Kraft said. The Pipestone building is larger than the Britton location where 100 people are currently employed.

More information will be released by January 2014 as the company gears up for hiring and opening production in March or April.

The company, founded in 1978 by Kraft’s father and two business partners, is now in the hands of the second generation of the original ownership group.

Truss Pro’s purchased both the building and the remaining vacant lot at the former Bayliner location off U.S. Highway 75 according to Tom Winter of The Winter Group in Pipestone, who brokered the deal. The tan-colored building just south of the J&B group had been the newest on the former Bayliner campus.

Two out of five buildings now remain to be sold at the former, 43-acre boat-building campus that was subdivided into seven lots after investors purchased the campus several years ago, Winter said.

LAKEFIELD – Fund raising to build a new shelter house in the North City Park has begun in Lakefield. An effort is being launched to raise $250,000 for the project. Organizers hope to raise the needed funding through local donations to be matched with grant dollars.

A free grilled pork burger dinner will be held from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at the Immanuel Activity Center to show the public the proposed plans, as well as several ways people can support the project.
Lakefield Kiwanis member Larry Lavin said the preliminary plans for the facility would include a sound system, stage and kitchen. Lavin said the fund-raising effort for the project was started by the Lakefield Lions Club.

Talk about building a new shelter house started after an ice storm damaged the existing shelter house this spring.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - At approximately 8:15 am, Wednesday, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle accident at the corner of South Story Street and South 10th Avenue in Rock Rapids. Josie Moser , age 21, of Alvord, IA was southbound on South Story Street in a 2009 Bluebird School Bus. Peter Menage, age 16, of Rock Rapids, IA was driving a 2004 Dodge Dugango westbound on South 10th Avenue. Menage failed to yield causing the two to collide. Menage was cited for Failure to Yield to Vehicle on Right. The bus owned by Rock Rapids Kids Club received approximately $2,500 in damage. The Menage vehicle owned by Thomas Menage received approximately $4,000 in damage. There were no injuries.

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