April 1 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department Emergency Response Unit has received an OSHA grant for $8,500 to be used for protective gear – vests and a ballistic shield.

These vests are high-powered and can sustain rifle shots. The ballistic shield, also called a bunker, is for the team to take cover behind for protection while searching for suspects. The new equipment should arrive within six weeks.

FULDA – A Worthington man suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday when he ran his vehicle off the road just south of Fulda at approximately 7:37 a.m. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jeremy Johnson, age 21, was southbound on Highway 59 in a 1995 GMC Sierra when he drove off the road to the left and went through the ditch and field. The report states he exited the field, went back across the highway, made a left turn and struck a tree. His vehicle receive moderate damage.

SIBLEY, Iowa - Dale Delane Timmerman, age 50, of Sibley, IA pleaded guilty Monday to Fraudulent Use of a Credit Card, a class D Felony and Fraudulent use of a Credit Card, an Aggravated Misdemeanor. Timmerman is to pay a fine of $1,375, surcharge of $481, court costs, correctional fees, and court appointed attorney fees. The Defendant is sentenced to a five year incarceration and two year incarceration to be served concurrently with credit for time already served.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - Okoboji RAGBRAI committee members will host a launch party on Wednesday when they reveal their theme and logo, as the lakes area prepares for the overnight stop of RAGBRAI this coming July. Social hour begins and 5:30 p.m., with the reveal at 6 p.m. at Rabab’s at Brooks. The official Okoboji RAGBRAI tee shirts will be available at the launch party. Details may be found on the Okoboji RAGBRAI facebook page.

MINNESOTA - At least three rural farm sites in southwest Minnesota were damaged Monday afternoon when a tornado touched down.

Yellow Medicine County Sheriff Bill Flaten said a tornado is reported to have touched down just east of St. Leo shortly after 4 p.m. The tornado was reported to have damaged at least three farm sites damaging machine sheds, grain bins, outbuildings and residences. No injuries were reported.

Lyon County emergency manager Tammy VanOverbeke said one farm site was also damaged north of Minneota in Lyon County.

According to the National Weather Service, weather spotters first reported a confirmed tornado on the ground about 12 miles northeast of Canby.

High temperatures reached into the mid to upper 60s in southwest Minnesota earlier Monday, in front of a strong cold front that is ushering in a massive winter storm into parts of northwest Minnesota.

BLUE EARTH - A Blue Earth-area priest will be deported after admitting he fondled a girl while attending dinner at her grandmother's home. The Diocese of Winona says The Rev. Leo Koppala was taken into custody by the Department of Homeland Security after his sentencing hearing Monday and will be held until his deportation proceedings.

Online court records show Koppala was sentenced to 25 years of supervised probation and ordered to register as a sex offender. He pleaded guilty March 17 to second-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a victim under 13. The Diocese of Winona says the 47-year-old Koppala was assigned in 2009 to the Catholic Church of Saints Peter and Paul in Blue Earth and to St. Mary's in Winnebago.

He will likely be deported to his native India.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota legislators are moving quickly to spend money to make the state’s home care workers a bit better off, its low-income students less hungry at lunchtime and the state’s streets less bumpy.

In sharp contrast to recent years, Minnesota has a surplus rather than a deficit, allowing the Legislature to boost tax relief and provide more state aid for key programs. The state began the year with a $1.2 billion projected surplus. Legislators and Gov. Mark Dayton have already spent about $443 million on tax relief, some retroactive to 2013.In the coming days, the Legislature will approve further plans for the extra money. The House plans to vote on the budget measure Thursday, with the Senate following suit within days.

NATION - After years of delays and on the eve of a lawsuit against the government, U.S. safety regulators have announced that backup cameras will be required in all vehicles built in and after May 2018.

The Department of Transportation and its National Highway Traffic Safety Administration announced Monday that “rear visibility technology” would need to be standard equipment in all vehicles under 10,000 pounds. The move aims to reduce the average of 210 deaths and 15,000 injuries caused every year by backup accidents. Many of the accidents involve children or seniors.

The agency has come under heavy criticism from safety advocates and families of children injured and killed in back-over accidents for not acting sooner.

A lawsuit was scheduled to be heard today in a federal appeals court that sought to force the DOT to act on a law Congress passed with bipartisan support in 2008. The Cameron Gulbransen Kids Transportation Safety Act was named after a 2-year-old who was killed when his father backed over him in 2002.

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