April 28 news

WORTHINGTON — Music, art and poetry will all be celebrated at 4 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Theatre at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus, as part of the Fine Arts Collaborative Exhibition program.

English instructor Karsten Piper will involve students with poetry readings, while art instructor Leah Gossom’s blossoming artists will discuss the artwork they have on display in the Fine Arts lobby. The Minnesota West College Chorale, presented by adjunct director Christine Thorson, is set to sing a short program of American folk songs, spirituals and musical theater numbers.

The Minnesota West Fine Arts Collaborative Exhibition is free and open to the public; refreshments will be served.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - The reconstruction of a heavily traveled street in Spirit Lake is about to get underway. Dwight Dohlman, the city's Public Works Director, said a pre-construction meeting has already been held with the general contractor on the project, Allied Mantis of Charles City. The plan is to begin construction May 4 in the area of Jackson and 15th and work east to west. The project will be completed in phases.

While one meeting was held last fall with affected property owners, Dohlman says they'll be holding another one at 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, April 30th in the community room at the expo building. The plan will be presented in detail, so all property and business owners are encouraged to attend.

Dohlman says the project will continue through the entire summer, with completion sometime this fall.

SIBLEY, Iowa - an Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy arrested Jonathan Peter Allen, age 24 of Omaha, Nebraska, on Saturday. Allen was arrested and transported to the Osceola County Jail for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop for a moving violation north of Sibley on L40. Allen is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - On Saturday, April 26, 2014 at 11:02 P.M. the Lyon County Sheriff's Office stopped a motor vehicle for a traffic violation at South Lincoln Street and North 2nd Avenue East in Rock Rapids, Iowa. An investigation led to the driver, David DeBoer, age 23, of Rock Rapids, Iowa being arrested for operating while intoxicated 2nd offense, an aggravated misdemeanor. DeBoer was booked into the Lyon County Jail.

SHELDON, Iowa – The Sheldon Police Department reported that sometime between Wednesday, April 23rd at 6 AM and Thursday, April 24th at 6 AM, someone vandalized the bathroom at City Park. The report says the bathroom partitions were scratched with a swastika, the words, “Whitey Power” and an SS Lightning Bolt. A park bench was also damaged. The property damage was estimated at $200. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sheldon Police Department at 712-324-2525.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota has recorded its first case of measles this year. State health officials confirmed the measles in a 19-month-old Hennepin County child.

Health agencies have notified area families and are offering immune globulin with antibodies against the measles virus to anyone who might have been exposed.

Minnesota Department of Health's infectious disease director Kris Ehresmann says any cases to result from the local child are likely to emerge between now and May 12. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has reported 129 cases and 13 outbreaks in the nation for the first four months of 2014, the highest in that period for the past 18 years.

Measles, which has nearly been eliminated in the U.S., produces a red rash, along with cold-like symptoms.

LITTLE FALLS - As the Byron Smith trial resumes in Little Falls today, many courtroom watchers are wondering if the 65-year-old homeowner accused in the high profile case will take the stand.

Smith’s attorney Steve Meshbesher would not comment when was directly about whether Smith would testify in his own behalf.

Smith faces first-degree murder charges in the deaths of cousins Haile Kifer, 18, and Nick Brady, 17, after they broke into his home on Thanksgiving Day in 2012. Smith has argued that he fired at the teens in defending his home from intruders, which is legal in Minnesota, but prosecutors say he crossed a line when he continued to fire at the unarmed teens after injuring them.

There was so much interest in the trial that spectators were turned away from the overflowing courtroom on Friday.

NATION - A powerful storm system rumbled through the central and southern United States on Sunday, spawning several tornadoes that left communities devastated and at least 17 people dead.

At least 16 people have died in Arkansas – 10 in Faulkner County, five in Pulaski County and one in White County, according to the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. Deputy PIO Brandon Morris said one trail of storm destruction stretches 30 miles.

Some homes have been completely destroyed, some have severe damage, and power lines and trees down in those counties as well, Morris said.

At least one other person died in Quapaw, a small northeastern city near Oklahoma’s borders with Kansas and Missouri.

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