April 2 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Joan Mary Moore of rural Reading relating to the 15 dead horses discovered on her property. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office investigated after receiving an anonymous tip last week, and found the dead animals in various states of decay. According to Sheriff Kent Wilkening, it was readily apparent the animals had died of malnourishment.

Moore faces 11 counts of felony animal neglect, with each count of the complaint addressing a separate animal. Each count alleges she neglected a horse and the animal died as a result. The maximum penalty for each count is two years in prison or a fine up to $5,000.

Moore has also been charged with additional counts of animal cruelty at a lesser level with regard to the horses that are still alive.

STEEN — A propane truck belonging to a Rock Rapids, Iowa business rolled over just north of the Minnesota border on Monday, resulting in Hazardous Materials team being called due to the risk of explosion.

Rock County Sheriff Even Verbrugge said 55-year-old Ned Weitgenant of Hills was driving a propane delivery straight truck, owned by Popkes Car Care of Rock Rapids westbound on 21st Street, a mile north of the state line, about two miles east of Steen. For an unknown reason, the truck drifted off of the roadway and rolled in the ditch.
The damage estimate is unavailable at this time, but there were no injuries reported.

Verbrugge says a commercial vehicle investigator was called from the Minnesota State Patrol, which is standard protocol in commercial vehicle accidents. The Hills Fire Department and Rock County Hazmat Crew assisted at the scene.

SLAYTON – Read It Again Books will host a book signing Saturday in Slayton. Marshall author Sonja Van Leeuwe will sign copies of her book about a life-changing journey she and her husband experienced with their daughter. Van Leeuwe will be sharing “A Balloon in the Snowstorm,” the story of daughter Madison’s battle with CPS deficiency. She will be signing copies from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday at Read It Again Books, 2525 Maple Ave., and copies will also be available for purchase.

HARTLEY, Iowa — Voters in the Hartley-Melvin Sanborn School District have defeated a $17.5 million bond issue for updates and renovations to school facilities in Sanborn and Hartley. The bond issue needed a 60 percent supermajority to pass.

Question A — the $17.5 million bond issue — received about 40 percent yes votes and about 60 percent no votes. Question B, the levy to pay off the bonds, had similar numbers - 38 percent yes, and about 62 percent no.

Broken down by precinct, in Hartley it was about 24 percent voting yes for Question A and about 24 percent voting yes for question B. In Sanborn it was a different story. Question A received nearly 58 percent yes votes and question B received nearly 53 percent yes votes.

Even if the issues were brought to Sanborn area voters alone, the bond issue still would not have gone through without the 60 percent supermajority.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - An Estherville man accused of making threats to a police dispatcher is also facing charges for allegedly assaulting a jailer and a peace officer.

The Estherville Police Department says the charges against 51-year-old Chris Anderson stem from a call officers received Sunday from the Emmet County Law Enforcement Center regarding a man who allegedly made threats over the phone to an Emmet county dispatcher. Authorities say Anderson was upset that his dog had been impounded for running at large.

A short time later police made contact with Anderson at the Law Enforcement Center. Officers say Anderson refused to sign a police citation and was arrested on charges of control of animals and interference with official acts. He was additionally charged with one count of assault on a jailer and one count of assault on a peace officer.

Anderson was booked into the Emmet county jail on a $1,000 cash or surety bond.

MINNESOTA - The Justice Department is increasing the pressure on a Minnesota state senator who has not responded to a lawsuit filed in January that alleges he owes hundreds of thousands of dollars to the federal government.

The U.S. Attorney’s office in Minnesota Tuesday ordered Sen. Sean Nienow, R-Cambridge, to immediately pay the government over $748,000.

Nienow and his wife, Cynthia, took out a $613,000 loan from the Small Business Administration in 2009 to purchase a business called the National Camp Association, which was aimed at helping parents find camps for their children and providing support services for camps. The business is no longer operating, and the Nienows stopped making payments on the loan in July 2010, the lawsuit alleges.

Sen. Nienow, who describes himself as a fiscal conservative, spoke briefly to KSTP reporter Tom Hauser Tuesday afternoon at the state Capitol, and was asked why he hasn’t responded to the lawsuit.

Nienow said they were just in the process of having discussions. Part of the talk has been whether or not the money is gone.

The federal government is asking for repayment of $558,000 in principal and more than $190,000 in interest and court costs.


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Poor horses

Such cruelty to let those poor horses die. Maybe she has agendas. - Mission Maids

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