February 12 news

WORTHINGTON –Kathy Kusz on Tuesday announced her candidacy for Nobles County Attorney, a position she was appointed to approximately two years ago by the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. The position opened up when then-Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore was sworn in as judge in the Minnesota Fifth Judicial District.

Kusz has more than 25 years experience working in a county attorney office, first in Lyon County, then as an assistant county attorney in Nobles County. Because she was appointed when she took office, this will be the first time she has thrown her hat in the ring for the elected position – her name will be on the 2014 ballot in November.

WORTHINGTON – Third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charges were filed in Nobles County District Court Monday against Junior Montejo Flandes, 23, of Worthington, after authorities were called to investigate a report of an underage female at his residence.

At the residence on Seventh Avenue on Sunday night, officers found the victim, between the ages of 13 and 16, in bed. Others in the home led the officers to the girl, who allegedly stated she had met Flandes at a party a few days prior and stayed with him for the weekend after lying about her age.

After being arrested Flandes gave police a statement in which he had met the victim at a party, but did not know her age. He said she had only stopped by the house a few times, and dnied having sex with the victim.

Flandes is currently in custody at the Nobles County Jail. He will make an initial court appearance later this month.

ROUND LAKE — An informational public meeting to discuss the re-use of the Round Lake School will take place at 7 p.m. tonight at the school. A proposal for the purchase and use of the building states the first step is the establishment of a Round Lake Community Cooperative. Shares would be sold at $100 each to those who are interested in the project.

SIBLEY, Iowa - An additional charge has been filed against a Rushmore man initially charged in Osceola County with assault and false imprisonment. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says an additional charge of burglary in the 1st degree, a class "B" felony, has been filed against 25-year-old Myles Paplow.

Authorities say Paplow allegedly forced an individual into a room at a residence in Sibley and once inside displayed a dangerous weapon, refusing to let the victim leave.

Paplow is being held in the Osceola county jail on a $28,000 cash only bond. The Sheriff's Office says the incident is still under investigation.

LAKE PARK, Iowa - A man wanted on an arrest warrant out of Wyoming with a nationwide extradition has been arrested in Lake Park. Lake Park Police Chief Joe Hoover says he was contacted Tuesday by the Laramie County Wyoming Sheriff's Office about a suspect they were looking for that was believed to be in the Lake Park area. Upon investigating Hoover was able to locate the suspect, identified as Keith Weber, at a residence in Lake Park. Weber was arrested on the Wyoming warrant charging him with felony stalking.

Weber is being held in the Dickinson county jail pending extradition to Wyoming.

IOWA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources announced Tuesday the deadline to remove permanent ice shelters from state owned lakes north of Highway 20 has been extended to February 27th. The original deadline was February 20th. Owners with shelters remaining on state owned land or water after the deadline passes will be subject to fines. If a shelter falls through the ice, the owner is responsible for its removal.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – Committees are being formed and volunteers sought for the RAGBRAI overnight stop in the Iowa Great Lakes area, slated for July 20. Spirit Lake Mayor and Executive Director of the Spirit Lake Chamber, Blain Andera says the primary committee has been named. Carina Woodward, Dan Tryon, Di Lorenzen and Sheriff Greg Baloun have stepped up and offered to fill the positions of co-chairs, along with the Treasurer Chris Sorenson, and Recording Secretary Kerri McKim.

The executive committee is now in the process now of looking for the different committee chairs and people willing to step up and help out with planning sites, for example where the campground, housing and information center will be.

Stacy Rosemore, Tourism Director with the Okoboji Tourism Committee of the Iowa Great lakes Area Chamber says those willing to volunteers can submit contact information to ragbrai@vacationokoboji.com. The information will then be placed into a database. Committees for food and vendors, entertainment, sanitation and more are still being set up.

IPSWICH, SD - A Gibbons, Minnesota, teen is dead after a one-car rollover crash near Ipswich, South Dakota, on Monday. The 17-year-old driver lost control on a rural road, and the SUV rolled into the ditch and ended up in a field. The driver, who was wearing a seatbelt, has serious injuries. The passenger, 15-year-old Vannah Decker, was not wearing a seatbelt and was thrown from the vehicle. Officials say she died on the scene.
The South Dakota Highway Patrol is currently investigating the crash.

NATION – Calling all Swedes - Producers for a Swedish reality show are looking for participants for the show 'Anything for Sweden.' Ten Americans will travel to Sweden and participate in a reality television series that showcases everyday Americans as they journey throughout Sweden to discover their land, roots and cultural heritage. If you're of Swedish descent and want to audition, go to the website www.greatswedishadventure.com for more information.

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