October 7 news

WORTHINGTON – Pavement restoration on Tower Street storm from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley was completed Tuesday, according to the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous restoration remains.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington High School Marching Band earned top honors over the weekend, taking first place in the Class AA Lakes Area Festival of Bands in Chester, SD on Friday and first place in the open class at the Algona Band Day Festival Saturday. They also were recognized for Outstanding Drum Majors and Outstanding Color Guard at the South Dakota festival and received the highest score in Iowa for each of three categories – marching and maneuvering execution, musical performance and showmanship.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Four separate tornadoes touched down in parts of northwest Iowa to our south Friday night, according to the National Weather Service, damaging homes and other buildings, but no injuries have been reported.

The strong storm system also generated heavy rain, lightning and hail in some areas, prompting officials to send some of the crowds at high school football games to shelter in locker rooms and other school buildings. Some schools had moved up the time of kick-off to try to avoid the severe weather that had marched through eastern Nebraska late Friday, causing widespread damage and injuries. Up to three feet of snow was dumped on parts of South Dakota and Wyoming.

Tornado damage was reported in Woodbury, Plymouth and Cherokee Counties. A tornado south of Sioux City was a mile wide according to the county’s emergency management director. It destroyed farmsteads, crops and at least 30 rural homes. Utility companies and rural electric coops report thousands of Iowans lost power during the storms.

SOUTH DAKOTA – South Dakota officials announce the section of Interstate 90 between Rapid City and Sturgis is now open, as is the section between Murdo and Wall. Crews are working to clear more sections of highway and ask travelers to be patient.

Motorists are advised that, while the Rapid City to Sturgis section of interstate is open, many streets in cities along that route remain impassable. Motorists are also reminded that as highways are re-opened, difficult driving conditions could be encountered, with areas of ice and packed snow. Motorists are urged to adjust to road and weather conditions.

Department of Transportation officials also advise travelers that it will take some time for maintenance crews to open secondary roads in western South Dakota and particularly in areas of the Black Hills. Travelers are encouraged to visit www.safetravelusa.com/sd or call 511 to check the latest road conditions and travel advisories.

HULL, Iowa — A teenage girl from Hull faces theft and fraud charges after the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office investigated the report on an online shopping website. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that on Wednesday it was discovered that several transactions occurred on Amazon.com, where a debit card belonging to someone else was used to make online purchases without the victim’s knowledge.

It was determined that the debit card belongs to a different juvenile who lives in Boyden.

As a result of the investigation a 17-year-old girl from Hull was cited into juvenile court for Third Degree Theft and nine counts of Credit Card Fraud.

The Sheriff’s Office school resource officer assisted in the investigation.

HULL, Iowa — Five girls, two of them from Hull and three from Boyden face charges after Sioux County authorities say a fire was found inside a public restroom.

The Sioux County Sheriff Office says that they investigated the report of the vandalism in the public restroom at Westside Park, near the intersection of Third Street and Birch Street in Hull. When they investigated, deputies determined that a fire had been intentionally started the inside one of the restrooms.

Damages to the restroom are estimated at $250. As a result of the investigation, the Sheriff’s Office issued citations for Reckless Use of Fire to the girls.

SHELDON, Iowa – Check your Powerball tickets. A million dollar winner bought their ticket at the new Casey’s store in Sheldon.

The latest big-winning ticket, sold at the new Casey’s, at 504 Second Avenue in Sheldon, came close to winning it all in Saturday’s $88 million jackpot drawing, matching the first five numbers but missing the Powerball. Saturday’s winning numbers were: 11-12-17-39-40 and Powerball 5.

The Sheldon ticket was one of five across the country that each won a $1 million prize that night. No one won the jackpot in Saturday’s drawing, so Powerball’s top prize climbs to an estimated $108 million for Wednesday.

Prizes of $1 million must be claimed at Iowa Lottery headquarters in Des Moines. The lottery’s offices are closed on weekends, so the earliest the winner or winners would be able to claim the prize is today. If the winner or winners need information before coming forward to claim the prize, they are invited to call the lottery at 515-725-7900.

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