March 31 News

WORTHINGTON, Minnesota -- The Osceola County Sherriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Luis Pol Gonzalez of Worthington was arrested on Saturday for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 2nd (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and for having No DL (Simple Misdemeanor). He is being held at the Osceola County Jail on $2300 cash bond. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley after a caller reported him driving badly.

SIBLEY, Iowa — Several unsolved theft cases may soon be resolved, once an investigation is completed by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this week, authorities reportedly recovered several items that were alleged to have been stolen from around northwest Iowa, during a search of a farm near Sibley. Authorities are being tight-lipped about the situation, citing the ongoing nature of the investigation.

HARTLEY, Iowa — Voters in the Hartley-Melvin Sanborn School District are going to the polls on Tuesday to decide the fate of building updates and renovations.

The Sanborn facility will have a re-designed front entrance for student safety, an elevator and a new roof. An HVAC update is also planned. She says they will be renovating the old gym at Hartley and adding a smaller multi-purpose room. Hopefully, that will eliminate gym congestion when many groups need a gym at the same time she says.

The election is this coming Tuesday, April 1. May City and Hartley area voters vote at the Hartley Public Library. If you live west of Van Buren Avenue, which is basically between Hartley and Sanborn, you will be voting at the Sanborn Community Center; that includes Sanborn and Melvin area voters. Polls are open from 7 AM to 8 PM. Absentee voting is also available. Ballots have to be postmarked before March 31st. Since it is a bond issue, the measure needs 60 percent to pass.

HAWARDEN, Iowa — A Hawarden man was taken to the hospital after an accident near Hawarden on Friday morning, March 28th.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:30 AM, 67-year-old Douglas Koob of Hawarden was driving a 2013 Mazda westbound on K-18, a mile East of Hawarden, when his vehicle entered the north ditch and struck a farm driveway.

Koob was transported to the Hawarden Hospital by the Hawarden Ambulance. The 2013 Mazda sustained approximately $6,000 damage. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by the Hawarden Police Department. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa -- The Spirit Lake Police Department, with assistance from the Dickinson County Sheriff's Office executed a search warrant Thursday, March 27 at 25620 164th Street in Spirit Lake. As a result of the search 47-year-old Anthony Young Jr. was arrested and charged with possession of firearms as a felon. Young was booked into the Dickinson County Jail. Officers were assisted by both the Spirit Lake and Sheriff's Office k-9 units. The investigation surrounding the search is ongoing and additional charges are expected.

WASECA, Minnesota -- Police in southern Minnesota are asking for the public’s help after explosive devices were found on an elementary school playground.

On March 24th, police found two “very small homemade explosive devices” on a playground at Hartley Elementary in Waseca. One had been detonated, but the other failed to ignite, according to the Waseca County News. On Friday, the school contacted police again because they found another device on the same playground, and this one was inside a stuffed animal.

No one was injured in either of these incidents, which police believe are connected.
Police looked on the school’s campus for other devices, but didn’t find any. Officials said there is still a lot of snow on the ground, which could be covering them up, if there are more. The devices have to be lit by an open flame to detonate.

“Although it is disturbing that one of the devices was placed inside a child’s toy, we currently have no indication there was intent to leave the toy on the playground, undetonated, in order to injure a child,” Police said in a press release.

ST. PAUL, Minnesota -- The St. Paul Fire Department confirmed a 25-year-old man has died after a house fire broke out from an unattended candle in St. Paul on Sunday morning, An official cause of death has yet to be determined.

Seven young adults were inside the two-story home on Van Buren Avenue when the fire broke out around 5:45 am. Six people live in the home and one person was visiting for one of the housemate’s 21st birthday party, according to the Pioneer Press.

Six people escaped the fire, including two people who jumped from a second-story porch, reports say. The deceased victim was found unconscious inside the house and was taken to Regions Hospital, according to media reports. One man, who turns 21 on Sunday, was also taken to the hospital for smoke inhalation. He’s listed in stable condition.

Fire officials said the fire was caused by an unattended candle in a second-floor bedroom. The house only had one smoke alarm, media reports say.

There is fire and smoke damage to the entire house, fire officials said, and the fire also damaged a house to the west of it. The Red Cross is assisting the residents who were affected by the fire.

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