February 17 news

WORTHINGTON — In honor of President’s Day, all city, county, state and federal offices in Worthington will be closed today. The Nobles County Library will be closed, as will the Worthington post office. There will be no mail delivery. Bank of the West, Fulda Area Credit Union and Worthington Federal Savings Bank will be closed today. First State Bank Southwest’s Oxford Street location will be closed, its Walmart location is open normal hours. Rolling Hills Bank, United Prairie Bank and Wells Fargo will observe regular hours.

Worthington garbage pickup and recycling routes will have regular routes.

WORTHINGTON – A one-vehicle rollover Saturday left two Worthington residents with non-life threatening injuries at approximately 9:35 a.m. in I-90 near mile marker 40. According the to the Minnesota State Patrol, Cassandra Nelson, age 27, was driving a 2004 Chevy Trailblazer westbound when she lost control and entered the snow-filled ditch. The vehicle rolled several times before landing on it wheels facing southeast.

Passenger Matt Nelson, age 31, and Cassandra were both taken to Sanford Worthington with non-life threatening injuries. A one-year-old child in the vehicle was not injured.

On Sunday afternoon, a rollover in Pipestone County also caused non-life threatening injuries to the driver, Sierra Fiala, 19, of Baltic, SD. She was driving a 2008 Suzuki southbound on Highway 23 when she lost control, veered into the ditch and rolled. She was taken to the Pipestone Hospital to be treated for her injuries.

In South Dakota, two Sioux Falls teens are dead after a one car crash in Minnehaha County. The accident happened just after midnight Sunday, near the intersection of 268th Street and 463rd Avenue. The Highway Patrol says Raphie Phan, 17, was driving a car south on 463rd Avenue toward 268th Street and lost control on a curve. The car entered the median and rolled.

Neither Phan nor a passenger, Amanda Rose Doty, 19, was wearing seatbelts. Both were thrown from the vehicle and were dead at the scene.

ORONOCO - A Jackson woman was injured in a one vehicle roll-over just north of Rochester on Saturday. 33 year-old Wesley Albers of Jackson was driving a 1998 Mercury Mountaineer northbound on highway 52 near Oronoco when he hit an icy patch went into the ditch and rolled. A passenger in his vehicle, 30 year-old Kimberly Albers of Jackson was transported by Gold Cross Ambulance to the Mayo Hospital in Rochester with non-life threatening injuries. Wesley Albers suffered no apparent injuries.

Albers’ Mountaineer sustained severe damage in the roll-over. The Albers are both teachers in the Jackson County Central School District. Wesley teaches 5th grade and Kimberly teaches 3rd grade, both at Riverside Elementary in Jackson.

HULL, Iowa - Shortly before 9 p.m. Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle rollover accident in the 1400-block of US 18. Paul Vanderwaal, 28, of Hull, IA was operating a 2007 Pontiac Grand Am when the vehicle went off the roadway onto the shoulder, entered the north ditch and rolled. Vanderwaal was uninjured. Vanderwaal's vehicle was a complete loss.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - At approximately 10:15 a.m. Saturday, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office investigated a one vehicle accident which occurred on Highway 75, three and a fourth miles south of Rock Rapids, IA.

Dennis Van Zee, age 70, from Sioux Falls, SD was operating a 1999 Ford Ranger southbound on Highway 75 near 200th Street when he lost control of the vehicle due to snow on the roadway. He entered the west ditch and rolled twice before coming to a rest on the vehicle's passenger side in a rural residential yard.

The Ranger, owned by Van Zee, was a total loss with approximately $5,500 damages. No injuries were reported.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Two people were injured in a two-vehicle head on collision around 11:19 a.m. Friday east of Spirit Lake, a half mile west of the Jackson Y. 35 year-old Andrew Butterworth of Spirit Lake was driving a 2002 Chevy Venture westbound on Highway 9 when he attempted to pass multiple vehicles. Butterworth was unable to complete the pass and collided with a 2006 Ford F-150 driven eastbound by 52 year-old Gregory Kuemper of Estherville.

Both vehicles went into the south ditch. Kuemper had to be extricated from his vehicle. Both drivers were transported to Lakes Regional Healthcare. Butterworth sustained non-incapacitating injuries and Kuemper sustained incapacitating injuries.

PIPESTONE - In Pipestone on Saturday, friends and family of a retired firefighter held a big celebration. It wasn't just because Harold Huemoller is now 100 years old but, for one day and one day only, he became the oldest active firefighter in Minnesota.
For 28 years, Harold served with the Pipestone Fire Department.

He received his official retirement ax, Saturday, made locally out of Pipestone quarry. Firefighters also had an idea: to make Harold the honorary oldest active duty firefighter for a day.

RAPID CITY, S.D. - A South Dakota judge has set a $500,000 bond for a man who authorities accused of kidnapping two children. Authorities in Rapid City say 27-year-old Skye Burnham-Endicott brutally beat a woman and kidnapped her children last week.

A nationwide Amber Alert was issued Thursday for 1-year-old Tayloni Skye Burnham-Endicott and 1-month-old Layla Marie Tuttle. The alert was cancel hours later when police found the man and the children in an apartment that belonged to an acquaintance of the suspect.

Burnham-Endicott has been charged with aggravated assault, first degree kidnapping and second degree kidnapping.

Police allege Burnham-Endicott took the children after he assaulted their mother at her Rapid City home late Wednesday. Authorities say Burnham-Endicott does not have custody rights to the children.

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