April 7 news

JACKSON – Judge Linda Titus will retire April 11 after being appointed to her position in Jackson County District Court in March of 1990 by Gov. Rudy Perpich. Titus was the first female judge in Minnesota’s Fifth Judicial District.

ESTHERVILLE, Iowa - An animal rights group is asking federal officials to investigate a local pork producer.

Farm Sanctuary says Estherville-based Dakota Pack was cited twice last year for violating laws regulating humane handling. The group says the violations merit criminal prosecution.

The national group sent a letter Wednesday to the Des Moines field office of the Food Safety Inspection Service, which works under the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The letter requests that the office withdraw the plant's federal inspection grant.

Alexandra Tarrant, a spokeswoman for the inspection department, confirmed the suspensions. She says Dakota Pack has provided appropriate corrective actions in both cases. She says the suspension cases will be referred to an investigation unit for evaluation.

BOYDEN, Iowa — A George man has been charged with Operating While Intoxicated after an accident that happened Friday morning east of Boyden.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that about 7:45 a.m., 29-year-old Fredrich Trei of George was driving a 1998 Oldsmobile Aurora eastbound on Highway 18, a mile east of Boyden. Forty-nine-year-old Frank Martinez of Sibley was driving a 2002 Dodge Durango westbound on Highway 18. Trei lost control of his vehicle, which entered the westbound lane and struck the Dodge.

Martinez reported minor injuries and sought medical attention on his own.

Upon further investigation, the report says that investigating officers suspected that Trei was under the influence of a controlled substance.

Trei was arrested and charged with operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated (drugged). He was issued a citation for failure to maintain control of his vehicle. He was also charged with possessing contraband in a correctional facility.

The Oldsmobile sustained about $3,500 in damages. The Dodge sustained an estimated $4,000 in damages.

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is looking for the public’s help to find a car involved in a hit-and-run accident near Rock Valley.

On Friday morning, they determined that sometime during the overnight or early morning hours, a driver traveling northbound on Dove Avenue lost control of a vehicle, and it entered the east ditch and struck a MidAmerican Energy utility pole, breaking it off. The vehicle left the area and at last report had not been not found.

The vehicle likely sustained damages to its front. The utility pole sustained approximately $1,200 in damages.

If you saw suspicious people or activity in this area when this crime took place, you are asked to contact the sheriff’s office. If you have knowledge about the accident and wish to remain anonymous you may use their Text‐a‐Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota’s legislative Democrats have struck a deal to raise the wages of the state’s lowest-paid workers.

Details of the agreement are expected to be released by House and Senate leaders Monday morning, but two sources with knowledge of the deal said Sunday that the minimum wage would rise to $9.50 an hour and future increases would be linked to increases in inflation.

The agreement will likely end a major source of tension at the Capitol and allow DFL lawmakers to lay claim to giving hundreds of thousands of Minnesotans a wage boost.
Despite DFL control of the Capitol and a national campaign by President Obama to raise the federal minimum, Minnesota’s minimum is stuck at $6.15 per hour, one of the nation’s lowest.

House Democrats and DFL Gov. Mark Dayton united behind the $9.50-per-hour minimum, but Senate leaders insisted they could not get 34 votes for a $9.50-an-hour minimum wage that also included indexing, which would mean future wage rates would be adjusted upward as prices rose.

That left House and Senate leaders at an uncomfortable standstill over one of the Democrats’ top priorities.

After Senate Majority Leader Tom Bakk, DFL-Cook, said that although he would support the House’s plans, he could not get enough members to do so, unions and other Democratic allies held rallies, delivered postcards and contacted senators to campaign for the wage increase.

The minimum wage deal came just after resolution of another contentious issue at the Capitol: a new senate office building. Bakk had insisted the new building was needed.
On Friday, House leaders gave their approval.

UNDERWOOD, IA - Charges have been dropped against an Underwood teacher accused of stealing prescription pads to obtain pain medication, but charges against his wife remain.

A judge on Friday dismissed charged against Heath Telleen, who teaches at Underwood High School. His wife, Samantha Telleen, faces up to 90 years in prison if she's convicted of the nine counts against her.

Assistant Pottawattamie County Attorney Shelly Sedlak says an investigation revealed Samantha Telleen - not her husband - took prescription pads from Underwood Family Practice.

Prosecutors say Samantha Telleen was given the key to the building last year to check mail and faxes while the owners were away.

Samantha Telleen is a special education teacher at Underwood Middle School. She is on paid leave.

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Judge Linda has served well. It's been a journey. Thank you for your service. - YORHealth

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