November 14 news

WORTHINGTON — The 2013 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be Nov. 28 at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. All area residents are welcome. Serving will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Turkey dinners will be delivered to people who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Terry Morrison, 372-7150, and leave a voice message to request delivery, stating name, address and number of meals needed.

Assistance with food preparation and table setup is needed. Volunteers should arrive at the church by 8 a.m. Nov. 28, using the parking lot entrance. Help with general cleanup is also needed starting at 1:15 p.m.

Salads, pies and other desserts are needed to complement the main meal. Other food and money donations can be delivered or mailed to Terry Morrison, 710 Ninth Ave., Worthington 56187. Checks should be payable to Community Thanksgiving Fund.
For transportation to the meal site, call 372-7150 before 8 a.m. on Nov. 28; or after that time, call the church, 376-6148.

WORTHINGTON — The Helping Hand Pregnancy Center will host its annual fundraising event from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at American Reformed Church, Worthington. With the combined theme of “Dare to Hope” and “Celebrating Birthdays,” Helping Hand is raising money to continue its services in the community.

Sara Renner will perform and a gourmet meal will be served. There will also be a silent auction with more than 30 items up for bid. One of the items up for auction — a renovated entertainment center made into a children’s play kitchen — was created by one of Helping Hand’s own counselors. Helping Hand is also taking donations of new or gently used infant clothing and baby equipment, which can be donated directly to the center, located at 910 Third Ave. in Worthington.

Helping Hand will take RSVPs for the fundraiser until the day of the event. For more information, call 372-2111.

LUVERNE – A Sioux Falls woman received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when she rear-ended a a tractor on Highway 23 in Rock County. Becky Sather, age 58, was taken to a Sioux Falls hospital after the crash; her 2007 Chevy Avalanch showed little damage. Tractor driver Richard Bakken, age 69, of Garretson, SD was uninjured.

PIPESTONE - As of Jan. 1, Steve Ewing, Pipestone County emergency medical services (EMS) director, will add emergency management director (EM) to his title.

Ewing is currently deputy EM director behind Harlan Nepp, who is retiring from the EM director and Veterans Services officer positions at the end of the year. Pipestone County Commissioners appointed Ewing EMS/EM director during their Nov. 12 meeting as part of their plan to fill the vacancies left by Nepp’s retirement.

Commissioners approved a new salary of $57,852 for the EMS/EM director position, and an hourly pay ranging from a low of $19.78 to a high of $24.74 for the new deputy EMS/EM director position for which they approved a job description last month. The county will begin advertising for that position soon.

Sharon Hanson, Pipestone County administrator, said the board will likely appoint Marc Hall, transit director and building and grounds director, the new Veterans Services officer at a future meeting.

GRANITE FALLS - A grand jury has indicted a Minnesota man on first-degree murder charges in the shooting deaths of his ex-girlfriend and her boyfriend. The Yellow Medicine County grand jury on Tuesday indicted 28-year-old Andrew Dikken of Renville on six counts of first-degree murder. Court records show Dikken made his first appearance on the new charges Tuesday. He previously was charged with two counts of second-degree murder for the Sept. 2 shootings.

Dikken is accused of shooting 26-year-old Kara Monson and her boyfriend, 28-year-old Chris Panitzke of Redwood Falls, at Monson's Granite Falls home. Monson died at the scene. Panitzke died of his injuries several days later. Dikken remains in jail on $3 million bail. He was arrested after a two-week manhunt.

CHEROKEE, Iowa -– A Cherokee man has been charged with attempted murder, among other charges after an altercation in Cherokee on Tuesday, November 12th.
Cherokee Police received a 911 call from a woman shortly after 7:30 PM reporting that 34-year-old Joseph Kosiba had broken into her house and was trying to kill her. The woman and her daughter fled from the home. A Storm Lake man was allegedly assaulted by Kosiba with a hammer.

Kosiba was charged with class B felony charges of attempted murder and first degree burglary, class D felony counts of assault while participating in a felony, willful injury, and going armed with intent and domestic abuse assault. Kosiba was held in Cherokee County jail.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota hunters harvested more than 77,000 deer during the first three days of the firearms season, down 8 percent from 2012, according to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The DNR had sold 445,385 firearms deer licenses as of Monday, about 1,000 fewer than last year but roughly 10,000 more than 2011.

Around the state, opening day hunting conditions included snow in the north and gusty winds and overcast skies most everywhere, turning nicer on Sunday. The harvest was down 19 percent in the northeast, 4 percent in the southeast and 6 percent for the remainder of the state. Because hunters have 48 hours to register a harvested deer, final opening weekend numbers for 2013 will be greater than those reported today.

With improving weather conditions this week, the DNR still expects the final 2013 harvest to be similar to last year when about 185,000 deer were taken.

The firearms season continues through Sunday for all but northeast Minnesota, which extends until Nov. 24. There is also a late southeast firearms season that runs Nov. 23-Dec. 1.

LE MARS, IA - Le Mars-based ice cream maker Wells Enterprises says it's eliminating 58 jobs.

The maker of Blue Bunny ice cream announced in a statement the job cuts were needed in the midst of a challenging economic environment.

Company spokesman Dave Smetter says 38 positions will come from the corporate offices in Le Mars and 20 will come from field staff. Those losing their jobs will receive severance packages.

Wells has about 2,500 employees, with most in Le Mars, where the company has ice cream and frozen novelties plants, a larger freezer and a warehouse. Another plant is in St. George, Utah.

The company is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

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