January 28 news

WORTHINGTON – As he enters his 16th year as Nobles County Sheriff, Kent Wilkening has announced his candidacy for the 2014 ballot, which he said will be his fifth term if elected.

Wilkening began his service in Nobles County in 1987 as a deputy, and in 1998 ran for the sheriff’s position. He took office in 1999.

Wilkening also talked about some upcoming changes being pondered by the county in courtroom security. The coded keypads that guard many of the doors in the building are being upgraded, and consideration to upgrading other security measures is underway as well.

For the complete interview with Wilkening, including information about signing up for Nixle and joining the sheriff’s office Facebook page, listen to Talk of the Town at 12:30 p.m. today on AM 730 KWOA.

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College in collaboration with Nobles County Integration Collaborative, Culture Corner will host the Ten Thousand Things Theatre Company production of the Music Man on Wednesday, February 5 at 6 p.m. in the Commons on the Worthington Campus. This presentation is free and open to the public. For more information or to reserve group seating please contact Le Lucht at 507-372-3423 or by email at le.lucht@mnwest.edu or the Nobles County Integration Collaborative at 507-376-3300.

WORTHINGTON — The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donations from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave. Donors will receive coupons for a free pint of ice cream from Dairy Queen; 50 percent off a buffet from Worthington Pizza Ranch; and rent-one, get-one video from Family Video. Homemade brownies will be served, compliments of Jason Vote State Farm Insurance. To schedule an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org; or phone 1-800-733-2767. Walk-ins are also welcome.

GEORGE, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a two vehicle accident on L14 (Kennedy Avenue), two miles north of George, Iowa at 10:42 a.m. Friday. Daniel Kronbach, age 27, of Lamberton, Minnesota was driving northbound on L14 in a 2000 Peterbilt semi-tractor and was pulling a trailer loaded with feeder pigs. Cheryle Lichtenberg, 63, of George, Iowa was driving southbound on L14 in a 1999 Audi A6 when she fell asleep and crossed the centerline. Lichtenberg struck the driver's side of Kronbach's truck and trailer causing both vehicles to become disabled.

Lichtenberg suffered injuries in the accident and was extracted from her vehicle by the George emergency personnel. She was then transported to Sanford Rock Rapids by the Lyon County Ambulance.

Kronbach's vehicle sustained an estimated $6,000 in damages and Lichtenberg's vehicle received an estimated $5,000 in damages. Six pigs were found later to be deceased in Kronbach's trailer.

SIBLEY, Iowa — Iowa safety officials have cited a Sibley electrician business for violations that occurred when a flash explosion sent five people to a hospital in July 2013. The Iowa Division of Labor Services Occupational Safety and Health Bureau, or I-OSHA says the accident happened when workers were switching over electric lines at Timewell Drainage in Sibley.

Three entities have now been cited, including the City of Sibley Electric Department, Timewell, and now Current Electric of Sibley.

According to the citation, the issue occurred when workers were installing new electrical wiring to an 800 amp interior panel board. Work was allegedly being performed while the wiring was energized and people were allowed in the immediate area without personal protective equipment. People were in the immediate area and were exposed to an arc blast, and life-threatening injuries were sustained.

I-OSHA says that Current Electric failed to conduct inspections of job sites and did not instruct each employee in the avoidance of unsafe conditions.

Last fall, Timewell Drainage was cited for not instructing their employees in avoidance of unsafe conditions, and for employees not wearing personal protective equipment.
Also last fall, the City of Sibley Electric Department was cited in connection with the incident. I-OSHA says controls deactivated during the course of work on energized or de-energized equipment or circuits were not tagged on the worksite.

When more than one independent crew requires the same line or equipment to be deenergized, the law requires a prominent tag for each such independent crew to be placed on the line or equipment by a designated employee in charge, and according to I-OSHA, that didn’t happen.

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — One man was shot to death, another wounded, on Saturday night in Sioux City. One man was found with a leg wound on the Perry Creek Trail near the Hamilton Boulevard Hy-Vee. A second victim, who had been shot in the chest, was found in the driveway of the home. Both men were transported to Mercy Medical Center. The names of the victims have not been released.

Authorities say this does not appear to be a random incident, however, the motive is still under investigation as officials look for the suspect. Sergeant Dane Wagner says several people were taken to police headquarters for questioning, but no one has been charged.

The house is the same one where 35-year-old Michael Delgado of Sioux City and 35-year-old Yolanda Valdez of Orange City were shot to death in early November. The suspect in that case, Juan Nino-Estrada, is awaiting trial. Police aren’t saying if the two incidents are connected.


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