November 26 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved on sale beer, wine and liquor licenses for a new restaurant to be located at Northland Mall in the site of the old Godfather’s Pizza. The restaurant, the Venetian Steakhouse, is scheduled to open mid-December.

The council also approved the 2014 sewer service charges, which were recommended by the Water and Light Commission. The usage charge will decrease by $.79 for non-industrial users.

There was a public hearing regarding the grant received to rehabilitate Nobles Square. The city received a $350,000 grant from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED) on behalf of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership for the purchase and renovation of the apartments.

Jorge Lopez, Construction Manager for the housing partnership, said the total cost for the project was just less than $4 million, which allowed the 48 units to undergo construction. There is more security, including cameras throughout the property, and kitchens and flooring were updated.

WORTHINGTON – During the Southwest Crisis Center’s annual meeting Monday night, figures for the latest online auction were released. The spring auction brought in approximately $3,000, but the latest fall auction, which ended Friday, made over $5,500. With the matching grant from the Remick Foundation, the total brought in was more than $11,000. According to SWCC Director Sara Wahl, there were more than 20,000 hits on the auction site.

New officers Jolene Wieneke and Andrea Bloch were elected to the positions of Vice Chair and Secretary respectively, and a tentative schedule for 2014 meetings was approved. Staff from the various locations of the SWCC gave updates regarding programming from 2013.

The SWCC will celebrate their 30th anniversary in 2014, with a kick-off event April 5.

BEAVER CREEK – The Minnesota State Patrol responded to a rollover crash Monday morning on Interstate-90 shortly after 4:30 a.m. According to the report, icy road conditions are believed to be the cause of the rollover. Allyson Austin, 20, of Ventura, Calif., was westbound on I-90 when she lost control of her 1994 Ford Explorer, entered the median and rolled. Her condition was undocumented. Severe damage was reported to her vehicle.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library will be holding its annual Holiday Open House on Wednesday, December 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Start your holiday season out right--visit the library for coffee, punch, and homemade treats.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Boys Hockey team has their 1st home game at noon on Saturday– come out and support them wearing Blaze Orange or Camo.

OKABENA — A benefit for Lloyd Kalfs, a Southwest Star Concept graduate who was paralyzed from the chest down as a result of a June car crash, will take place Saturday at Heron Lake Elementary School, 321 Stearns Ave. The benefit will run from 4:30 to 8 p.m. and include a soup and chili dinner as well as more than 145 items up for bid in a silent auction.

Kalfs, 25, attended Northland College in Ashland, Wis., where he majored in wildlife natural resources and played basketball all four years. He graduated in May 2011 and returned to the Okabena area to be closer to his family and work at the Cottonwood County Soil and Water Conservation District as a feedlot and septic technician. Kalfs was driving down a gravel road June 15 when he lost control of his vehicle and rolled the car into a ditch.

Kalfs is expected to return home Wednesday from a stay at Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital in Lincoln, Neb., and plans to be at Saturday night’s benefit.

For those who can’t attend, donations may be sent to: Family and Friends of Lloyd Kalfs at P.O. Box 12 Okabena, MN 56101.

LAKEFIELD - The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive today in Lakefield from 1 to 7 at the Immanuel Activity Center. The goal is to collect a minimum of 75 units. To make an appointment for the double-red donation, call Myleen Swanson at 662-5647, or call 1-800-Red Cross. Walk-ins are also welcome. The Hi-Lo Club has teamed up with the Blood Drive and will be offering 5 dollar gift certificates to every presenting donor. The Lakefield VFW will provide the canteen for today's blood drive.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office arrested a George, Iowa man early Tuesday morning. Joseph Clifford Kruger, age 31, was arrested for Criminal Mischief 4th Degree and Trespass after an incident that took place on East Michigan Ave in George during the late evening hours Monday. He is currently being held at the Lyon County Jail on $1,000 bond.

STORM LAKE, IA - Authorities in northwest Iowa say several people have been arrested in connection with a double stabbing at a baptism party over the weekend. Storm Lake police say a fight broke out Saturday at the Sunrise Pointe Golf Course club house. A man was stabbed twice in the face and a woman was stabbed in the arm. They were treated at a hospital and released.

34-year-old Andreas Guillen of Storm Lake, has been charged with two felony counts of willful injury, a felony charge of assault causing bodily injury and a misdemeanor charge of rioting.

At least three other people have been charged with misdemeanor rioting in connection to the incident. Another woman faces a misdemeanor charge of not following police commands during an investigation.

MINNESOTA - A federal judge threw out indictments Monday against four Minnesota tribal members accused of poaching walleye and other fish on the Leech Lake Indian reservation and selling them illegally. U.S. District Judge John Tunheim said Michael Brown, Jerry Reyes and Marc Lyons, all members of the Leech Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, and Frederick Tibbetts, a member of the White Earth Band of Chippewa Indians, are protected under a 176-year-old treaty with the Chippewa.

Tunheim said the 1837 Treaty protects defendants’ right to fish on the reservation and Congress has not specifically abrogated that right.

The four were among 10 indicted on federal charges of transporting, selling and purchasing fish taken in violation of the Lacey Act after a three-year investigation by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.

The investigation, called “Operation Squarehook,” uncovered the state’s largest case of illegal fish commercialization in two decades. State charges, most of them misdemeanors, were brought against more than 20 non-tribal residents in six northern Minnesota counties.

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