April 9 news

JACKSON – In Jackson County, a one-vehicle rollover in the early morning hours resulted in non-life threatening injuries for a Sioux Rapids, Iowa man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Neil Lewallen, age 27, was southbound on Highway 86 Wednesday morning, two miles north of the Minnesota-Iowa border, when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy Cobalt and rolled into the ditch. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Dickinson County Ambulance responded.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Some work in the right-of-way along Highway 9 between Spirit Lake and Estherville is scheduled to begin this week in advance of a scheduled resurfacing.

Officials with the Iowa Department of Transportation say tree removal and pipe extensions will begin today. and should have little or no impact on traffic, but urge motorists to use extra caution all the same.

The work is being done in advance of a more extensive project this coming summer to re-surface the road. Plans call for the road to remain open during the project, but there will be delays as only one lane will be open at a time and traffic will be escorted by a pilot car.

SHELDON, Iowa - Sheldon officers reported the arrest of 20-year-old Alexander Dykstra of Sheldon on March 25th. He was charged with three counts of Third Degree Sexual Abuse. According to Iowa code, Sexual abuse in the third degree is a class “C” felony, and is punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine of between one and ten thousand dollars, if convicted.

SHELDON, Iowa -The Ben Franklin store reported the theft of a laptop computer from their store on Thursday, April 3rd. The Toshiba Satellite was valued at $800. That same day, officers recovered the laptop and charged 22-year-old Brandon Smigliani of Sheldon with Third Degree Theft in connection with the incident. Third Degree Theft is an aggravated misdemeanor. He was taken into custody and transported to jail in Primghar.

MINNESOTA - The Minnesota House passed a bill aimed at toughening the state's anti-bullying law by a vote of 69-63 early Wednesday.

The bill - the Safe and Supportive Schools Act - defines bullying, in part, as behavior that causes physical harm or fear of physical harm and "constitutes intentional infliction of emotional distress."

The measure already has cleared the Senate. Gov. Mark Dayton plans to sign the bill into law in a public ceremony at 4 p.m. today on State Capitol steps.

The bill would require school districts to track and investigate cases of bullying and require schools to better train staff and teachers on how to prevent it. Current law requires school districts to have a bullying policy but omits details on what the policy should contain.

House members who oppose the measure argued that it would do little to reduce bullying, would remove local control from school districts and would be too expensive to implement.

ST. PAUL — Minnesota senators want to tack $209 million onto a $39 billion, two-year budget that state leaders enacted a year ago.

They also want to see how North Dakota’s oil boom is affecting Minnesota.
The Senate voted 37-27 Tuesday night to increase spending for many programs, including nearly $95 million for health programs — among them raising payments for home health care providers. The measure also ups public school spending $41 million and higher education funding $26 million.

The House earlier approved spending $322 million more in a similar bill. Negotiators will have to reconcile the two bills after the Legislature returns April 22 after an Easter-Passover recess that begins Friday.

Gov. Mark Dayton told reporters that both houses spend too much in their budget-tweaking bills. He will look into it further during the legislative break, he said.

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Anti-Bullying

It's very nice to have this law. I wish we have this bill. Sometimes bullying is geting out of hand. - Lindsay Rosenwald

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