April 15 news

WORTHINGTON – Long-awaited contact from the owner of Northland Mall seems to indicate Mike Kohen is willing to demolish the old K-mart section of the building and start addressing issues in the rest of the facility. Kohen said he plans to have a representative with his demolition company meet with the city soon, and will also begin fixing the roof one section at a time until it is repaired.

City leaders seem skeptical, but have tabled any discussion about moving forward with court procedures until Kohen’s claims can be investigated. The city has asked for names and contact information for the contractors and repair companies Kohen plans to use, so they can check his claims.

ADRIAN – The city of Adrian and the Adrian School Board will be the latest to hear the Nobles Home Initiative, a program designed by the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp to provide 100 percent tax abatement for new home construction within the county. WREDC Director Abraham Algadi has presented to and gotten approval of the concept from Nobles County and the city of Worthington, as well as the Worthington School District, and the cities of Round Lake and Brewster.

City Council and school board representatives, along with as the general public, are invited to a meeting at 7 p.m. April 23 at the Adrian Elementary School to hear about the program.
Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson said plans are to complete an official resolution by the end of this week for cities and school districts to formally adopt.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library is holding its Children’s Easter Program this Thursday, April 17 at three different times: 9-10:30am, 11-12:30pm, and 1-2:30pm. Parents are encouraged to sign their children up for one of these times by calling the library at 507-295-5340. Kids will participate in an Easter egg hunt, play games, and make candy bunnies.

RUSHMORE - The Rushmore Booster Club is hosting an Easter Egg Hunt on Saturday, April 19th from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Rushmore School Gym. The event is free and open to kids pre-school through 6th grade. Bring your basket.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Iowa has fined an assisted living center in Spirit Lake. Keelson Harbour has been fined $3,000. The state says the center has not adequately trained workers, used nonmedical staffers to inject diabetic residents and borrowed medical supplies from residents to meet other residents' needs. The center has 68 residents.

Keelson Harbour is owned by Vista Prairie Communities in Minnesota. Patrick Rafferty, a Vista Prairie executive, says a decision has not been made yet on whether Vista Prairie will appeal the fine. Rafferty says that if there are issues, they will be corrected.

SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Minnehaha County jury says James McVay deserves death for the brutal murder of 75-year-old Maybelle Schein. Just after 6 p.m. Monday night the jury decided that McVay should be put to death by lethal injection.

McVay pleaded guilty but mentally ill for the July 2011 killing of Schein, but for the past two weeks it was up to 12 jurors to decide his punishment.

They heard how McVay followed visions from Lucifer in his quest to assassinate the president when he walked away from a transitional program at the South Dakota State Penitentiary on July 1, 2011.McVay says those visions led him to Maybelle Schein's Sioux Falls home where he had to steal her car to make it to Washington DC.

OKOBOJI - The Iowa Rock n Roll Music Association is sponsoring the Iowa Battle of the Bands, with regional and statewide competitions to be held in the coming months. Executive director Jenna Hardy Pedersen says, the age requirements have been expanded to include those under 21 so college kids can participate.

The Northwest Iowa event is going to be Friday, June 6th at the Sami Center, in Spirit Lake.

Bands will compete for prizes, including scholarships, gear and a professional recording session, as well as an opportunity to perform at the Iowa Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony on Labor Day Weekend.

For questions, contact the IRRMA offices at 712-330-0889 or on their website at www.iowarocknroll.com

SPENCER, Iowa — A Spencer man has been arrested and was charged with 66 misdemeanor counts and one felony after an investigation indicated he was in possession of child pornography and may have distributed the content.

The Spencer Police Department reports that on Friday, April 11th, they arrested 22-year-old Daniel Ross Sutherland of Spencer. He was charged with 66 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor, an aggravated misdemeanor. An investigation indicated he was in possession of 66 explicit videos of child pornography. Sutherland was also charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a minor, a class D felony because the police say he allegedly distributed child pornography.

At last report, Sutherland was being held at the Clay County Jail on a $50,000 cash bond.
The arrest stems from a 10-month investigation by the Spencer Police Department and the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation Cyber Crime Unit, Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.

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