October 22 news

BREWSTER – The double-wide trailer house on the Jim and Kay Voss property is a total loss, and two dogs who lived in the house are believed dead.

The Brewster Fire Department was called to the scene of the rental property on 200th Street in rural Brewster around 10:30 a.m. Monday, with the Worthington Department called in shortly afterward to provide mutual aid. According to Kay Voss, she was in her home across the grove when she first noticed what she thought was dust coming up from the field, then realized it was smoke. The renter came home and found the carpet on fire and tried to stop the fire, but it was too far gone.

Kay said the loss of the house was sad, as they used to live there, but was glad the fire happened during the day instead of the middle of the night.

By the time the firefighters were called to the scene, the building was already totally engulfed in flames. The department did what they could to keep the blaze knocked down so the adjacent garage would not catch on fire. The American Red Cross was contacted to assist the renter with immediate needs.

WORTHINGTON — Local Boy Scout and Cub Scout members collected 1,630 pounds of food and two bags of eyeglasses in Worthington and Brewster during a Scouting for Food drive over the weekend. According to Unit 134 Leader Scott Hunt, the goal for the collection was 1,000 - this year’s totals surpassed and overwhelmed previous collections.

The food items were taken to Worthington’s two food pantries.

WORTHINGTON — Things will be moving a bit quicker on Highway 59 these days. Some people may have noticed new signs already. The Minnesota Department of Transportation raised the posted speed limit from 55 mph to 60 mph on the entire length of Highway 75, the majority of Highway 59 and 14 miles of Highway 7. Crews began installation of the new 60 mph signs late last week; the speed limit is effective once the signs are posted. The Minnesota State Patrol will enforce the new speed limit.

MnDOT traffic engineers in those districts studied the best “candidate” highways and found that the approximately 730 combined miles of Highway 59, Highway 75 and Highway 7 meet the necessary criteria.

Highway 59 enters Minnesota south of Worthington and overlaps Interstate 94 near Fergus Falls. The route passes through Detroit Lakes and Thief River Falls before ending at the Canadian border. Two segments of Highway 59 will remain posted at 55 mph between Clarkfield and Marshall and south of I-90 because of different roadway characteristics, including narrower shoulders and reduced sight lines.

Highway 75 enters Minnesota south of Luverne and runs through Pipestone, Canby and Breckenridge and is the main north–south route through Moorhead. It ends at the Canadian border north of Noyes.

Current speed zones through towns on both roadways will remain unchanged.

SPENCER, Iowa - Four people from the Twin City metropolitan area face charges for allegedly shoplifting merchandise from Wal-Mart stores in Spencer and Spirit Lake and re-selling the items.

Spencer police say 23-year-old Danna Pugh of Wabasha, 43-year-old Jozette Milton of St. Paul, 34-year-old Curtis Watson of St. Paul and a 17-year-old juvenile male from St. Paul were arrested and charged with theft in the second degree. Watson and the juvenile were also charged with possession of a controlled substance…marijuana.The adults were booked into the Clay county jail; the juvenile was transported to the Youth Emergency Services Center in Cherokee.

Spencer Police Chief Mark Lawson says the suspects are accused of taking hundreds of dollars worth of baby formula and tobacco products and re-selling the items in the Twin Cities area. Lawson says additional charges are pending from other agencies as the investigation continues.The four suspects were taken into custody shortly after 6:30 p.m. Saturday.

SIBLEY, Iowa - A Sioux City man was injured Saturday when a motorcycle he was driving collided with a pickup on Highway 60 south of Ashton.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office says 28-year-old Zachary Lessard was driving a 2007 Harley Davidson northbound when he collided with the rear of a 1992 Dodge pickup driven by 72-year-old Donald Keninger of Ashton. Authorities say Keninger had slowed for a tractor that was ahead of him. Lessard was taken by ambulance to the Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley and was later life-flighted to a Sioux Falls hospital.
$7,000 in damage was estimated to the motorcycle Lessard was driving; damage to the pickup driven by Keninger was estimated at $1,500. Authorities say the collision took place around 4 p.m.

RUTHVEN, Iowa - Some fake 20 dollar bills have shown up at a local pumpkin stand. The Clay County Sheriff’s Office says someone paid for some pumpkins with fake $20 bills sometime between 3:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. October 13th at Rohan’s Firewood and Pumpkin Stand on Highway 18 west of Ruthven.

Authorities say the funny money has been taken into evidence and that the case remains under investigation.

MAPLEWOOD - An Ogilvie man died Monday after a crane he was operating at a Maplewood construction site tipped over. Around noon, emergency personnel responded to 1770 McMenemy Street where the St. Paul Hmong Alliance Church is undergoing construction.

Cory Lewellin, 34, was extricated from the cab and rushed to Regions Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

It’s unclear exactly what caused the crane to tip. Maplewood Deputy Chief Dave Kvam said the crane was moving a large beam when the outriggers to the sides of the crane gave way in the soil. Kvam thinks the soil may be not been solid enough.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) also responded to the scene and is investigating the incident.

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