September 13 news

WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day medallion has been found! It won’t be a surprise to anyone who has been following the clues to hear it was located in Olson Park. Deb Meyer, the lucky medallion finder, said she was out for an afternoon walk enjoying the beautiful day when she looked down and spotted the bronze coin resting up against a tree on the new walking trail, on the north side of Olson Park, near the shelter house and between the wooden bridge and Crailsheim Drive.

Rather than spoil the fun of others out looking for the medallion – and there were many at the park, she said – Meyer scooped up the treasure quietly and headed home. In her first year of medallion searching, Meyer wasn’t exactly sure the bronze coin now in her possession was the treasure so many were hunting, so she called the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and told them she thought she had found it. Indeed, she had. For her efforts, Meyer received $100 in Worthington Chamber bucks.

For anyone curious, the final clue would have pinpointed the location pretty closely. “Just off the trail in Olson Park, Hidden in a tree with ruffled bark. If you look about knee-height, You'll find the medallion in plain sight.”

WORTHINGTON – Everyone loves a parade, but the Worthington Police Department is reminding King Turkey Day parade goers not to place chairs along the parade route until after 7 p.m. today. Chairs placed earlier could be confiscated. Last year, chairs placed along the route during the day caused problems and complications for downtown businesses trying to get down to business. So please, wait until after 7 p.m. to place chairs along the route. Saturday’s Grand Parade begins at 2 p.m. following the 1 p.m. speaker Holly Hoffman, and of course the running of Worthington’s famous turkey Paycheck against Cuero’s infamous turkey Ruby Begonia.

Don’t forget, there will be wine tasting from 4 to 6 p.m. tonight at the Worthington Liquor Store, featuring wines from Morgan Creek Winery of New Ulm. For an opportunity to meet the race teams from Worthington and Cuero, stop out at the beer garden from 5 to 6 p.m. and stay to watch the pig racing, which begins at 6 p.m. For an entire list of King Turkey Day activities, including tonight’s events, visit us online at kwoa.com.

WORTHINGTON – We know fall is approaching when the construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department gets shorter and shorter. The latest report states that on East Ninth Avenue from 11th Street to Clary Street and 13th Street from East Ninth Avenue to Eighth Avenue completion of ADA ramp should be finished on Monday, and bituminous overlay is tentatively scheduled to begin as early as Wednesday.

OKOBOJI, Iowa – The Dickinson County Landfill Commission wants to conduct a feasibility study on whether or not the county can and should take over recycling collection. The cost of a study is estimated at right around $16,000. The board of supervisors discussed the request at their meeting Tuesday but stopped short of formal action. They did conduct a straw poll, however, in which they expressed support for the proposed study. To help defray costs, the commission has requested one dollar per household from the municipalities and those in the unincorporated areas of the county. Supervisor Pam Jordan said she wants to see what the cities decide first and wants to visit with the Taxpayers Association. Supervisor Bill Leopold added he wants to know exactly what factors the study will look at.

HULL, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an accident in which one of the drivers is alleged to have left the scene. They’re asking if anyone has any information about the incident. Sheriff’s officials report that just after 8:30 Wednesday morning, 15-year-old Brittany Buren of Sheldon was driving a 2006 Pontiac G6 westbound on Highway 18. She reported that a white Chevrolet Impala turned left onto Highway 18 from Okey Street, striking the Pontiac she was driving. The Chevrolet stopped briefly and then drove eastbound on Highway 18. The driver of the Chevrolet was reportedly an elderly female. No injuries were reported by Buren.

The Pontiac sustained approximately $1,000 in damages. It is unknown if the Impala sustained any damages. If it did, any damages would likely be to the front or driver’s side of the vehicle. Anyone with information about the accident, the Chevrolet, or its driver is asked to contact the sheriff’s office or use the Text-a-Tip program.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa—A single vehicle rollover early Wednesday about three miles southeast of Estherville claimed the life of a rural Estherville man. The Emmet County Sheriff’s Office says 34-year-old Jayson Haukoos was driving a 1999 Ford northbound in the 2100 block of 410th Avenue when the vehicle left the roadway. It then went into the west ditch and traveled into a cornfield where it overturned. Haukoos was pronounced dead at the scene. Deputies say the crash, which occurred shortly before 7:00 a.m., is still under investigation.

SCANDIA - Charges have been filed against a father and son for harboring two small alligators. Yes, here in Minnesota. The gators, named Bonnie and Clyde escaped from a home in Scandia.

William Charles St. Sauver Sr, 66 and his son William Henry St. Sauver, 30 were charged in Washington County district court on Thursday, with one count each of misdemeanor keeping wild or exotic animals.

Both men were being investigated shortly after an alligator was spotted on Goose Lake in late August. A Washington County sheriff’s deputy had been to the farm in November and reported seeing the alligators there. Following the deputy’s visit to the farm, the city sent a letter to the St. Sauver’s saying that criminal charges might be filed if the animals were not removed from the property within 30 days.

Authorities say the St. Sauver’s have indicated they have a third alligator, larger than Bonnie and Clyde, but have not disclosed its location. A deputy who searched the property was unable to locate the alligator.

The St. Sauver’s said previously the alligators were stolen from their property a few months ago. One of the gators has been shot, the other has not been captured.

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