October 25 news

WORTHINGTON – State Representative Dean Urdahl, who has recently published his latest novel “Conspiracy,” will visit the Center for Active Living in Worthington at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

“Conspiracy” follows “Uprising,” “Retribution” and “Pursuit” to compete his series about the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862. Urdahl's family helped settle Litchfield Township in 1856, two years before Minnesota became the 32nd state. The conflict started across the lake from Urdahl's home; his great-great-grandfather buried the conflict's first five victims.

In addition to writing, Urdahl is in his fifth term as a member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, serving District 18B west of the Twin Cities. He serves as co-chair to the Minnesota Civil War Commemoration Sesquicentennial Task Force.

WORTHINGTON — Families are invited to dress up and attend Pioneer Village’s Halloween Trail event, scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday. The trail will be illuminated by lighted pumpkins, historical buildings will be open and candy distributed by Worthington High School Honor Society student volunteers. The Pioneer Village barn will be decorated in a “Casper the Friendly Ghost” theme, courtesy of New Dawn Inc. The film “Casper” will be playing inside the barn, and free popcorn and cotton candy will be available along with other children’s activities. Refreshments will be served in the Fire Hall. The event is coordinated by the Nobles County Historical Society.

WORTHINGTON – The Historic Dayton House in Worthington is hosting a Holiday extravaganza Fundraiser from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7. There will be holiday gift shopping with both new and traditional vendors and fine quality and unique items, and a wine and cheese bar. There is a $5 donation entry fee. Advanced tickets offer a chance to win $25 Cash and are available at Hy-Vee and Lakeshore Clips.

WORTHINGTON- It is that time of year to be thinking about having an entry in Worthington’s annual holiday parade. The parade will be Friday, Nov. 15 at 6:30 p.m. along 10th Street in downtown Worthington. The parade will feature Santa Claus and the award winning Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching Band. Individuals and businesses who would like to participate in this year’s holiday parade should call the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919.

New for this year’s holiday open house weekend are free horse drawn carriage rides starting at 5 p.m. Nov. 15 in the parking lot at Second Avenue and 10th Street. Bring the whole family and enjoy an evening in downtown Worthington.

RUTHVEN, Iowa - No injuries were reported Wednesday when a grain truck and a train collided in Ruthven around 11:30 a.m. The Iowa State Patrol says 62-year-old Ernest Pooler of Ruthven was driving a 2003 Freightliner semi pulling a trailer loaded with corn northbound on Stewart Street. Troopers say the semi tractor had just crossed the railroad tracks when a westbound Canadian Pacific train collided with the rear of the trailer, disabling the semi. A damage estimate wasn’t immediately available.

SHELDON, Iowa — Authorities state a baler costing several thousand dollars has been stolen in Sheldon. The Sheldon Police Department said they took a report of a stolen baler from O’Brien County Implement on Wednesday. Jay Schemper at O’Brien County Implement says the baler, valued at $40,000, was a red New Holland round baler, model BR7090. It was stolen from the east side of the O’Brien County Implement building on Country Club Road sometime between 6:30 p.m. Tuesday and 3 p.m. Wednesday.

ST. PAUL — Halloween partygoers beware: law enforcement agencies around the state will be increasing their presence this weekend to crack down on impaired drivers, an effort coordinated by Department of Public Safety (DPS) Office of Traffic Safety.

The DWI enforcement period ends a week that included the state reaching 300 crash deaths for 2013. The preliminary count of 300 traffic deaths is about at the same pace as the 303 that occurred at this time in 2012. DPS projects around 395 deaths by the end of this year—the same total as last year.

Halloween can be scary time, especially for those who don’t plan ahead for a sober ride. Seven people lost their lives and 27 others were seriously injured in drunk driving crashes during Halloween party weekends in the last five years (2008-2012). Law enforcement arrested 2,484 motorists for DWI during that same five-year period.

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