May 12 news

WORTHINGTON – This Thursday, the Center For Active Living will celebrate its first year of existence with an open house and plenty of activities. Located at 211 11th St., a program with comments by Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh will kick off the open house at 1 p.m., followed by recognition of retiring advisory committee members Sharon Johansen, Bobbie Korthals, Chuck Moore, Mike Woll and Bob Petrich.

Amanda Walljasper-Tate, owner of Schafer’s Health, will present a program at 2 p.m. on “Health Naturally” as part of the CAL’s Sanford Wellness Partners program.

A double elimination pool tournament will get under way at 2:30 p.m. in the lower level of the center. There will be a pay-out for the top three places if enough teams sign up.
Pre-registration for the pool tournament is required by 4 p.m. Wednesday, and if someone needs a pool partner, CAL Director Kris Hohensee will work to pair them up. To register, call her at 376-6457.

The open house will wrap up with entertainment at 3 p.m. in the center’s gymnasium. During Thursday’s open house, people will be invited to register for door prizes, including a free membership. Refreshments will be served throughout the afternoon.

IOWA - Two northwest Iowa airports are among 12 in the state awarded slightly more than $2.5 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Northwest Iowa Regional Airport in Spencer was awarded almost $240,000 for the rehabilitation of a taxiway lighting system. The Cherokee Regional Airport will receive $72,000 to extend a runway.

NEAR HOSPERS, Iowa - Sunday night, the Sioux County Sheriff's Department said they were taking numerous reports of damage. The National Weather Service says a tornado touched down twice near Hospers at 8:40 and 8:50 p.m.

The county's emergency manager reported severe structural damage to a dairy farm five miles northwest of Hospers. Five-hundred cattle were on the loose after the storm.

Then, four miles northwest of Hospers there was a report of significant damage to an outbuilding and also some damage to a home including broken windows. A dispatcher in Sioux County said there were no reports of injuries.

MINNESOTA - Officials are telling fans to be wary when buying Stanley Cup playoff tickets after a recent scam affected several Minnesota Wild fans over the weekend.
Pamela Niska thought she found a great deal when she bought two playoff tickets for $350 on Craigslist, but it turns out the seller had sold the same tickets to at least two other couples.

Single-game tickets for Tuesday’s Game 6 in Minnesota are already sold out on the team’s website, but the organization does plan to release a few more for Tuesday’s game. A quick Internet search for tickets to Tuesday’s game shows they cost anywhere from $162 to over $700 for a single ticket.

If you’re thinking about buying tickets online, the Better Business Bureau has a few tips to avoid getting scammed.

If you’re buying tickets from an unfamiliar source, check their BBB review and complaint activity. Avoid paying cash in person to a stranger and never wire funds for payments. Instead, use a credit card or PayPal, which offer some protection to buyers if tickets don’t arrive or are counterfeit. Icon Tickets says if a seller asks you to pay in cash it’s more than likely it’s a scam.

Check the seating chart on the Xcel Energy Center’s website to avoid purchasing tickets for nonexistent seats. Read all the fine print and verify ticket delivery dates. Be wary of ticket offers that are marketed as extreme discounts – there’s a good chance it’s too good to be true.

SIBLEY, Iowa – On Sunday, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested Hugo Campo Morales, age 28 of Sheldon, Iowa. Mr. Campo Morales was transported to the Osceola County Jail for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor. He was also issued a citation for not having a valid driver’s license. The arrest stemmed from a traffic stop north of Ashton on Hwy 60. Mr. Campo Morales is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $1,000 bond.

SIBLEY, Iowa - The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office arrested Mark Gregory Peterson, age 40 at his residence in Ocheyedan, Iowa. Mr. Peterson was transported to the Osceola County Jail and charged with Harassment, a Simple Misdemeanor after he allegedly called and harassed a male and female early Sunday morning. Mr. Peterson is being held in the Osceola County Jail on a $500 bond.

COUNCIL BLUFFS, IA - Firefighters are investigating a fire that killed an infant girl in western Iowa.

6-month-old Mayci Colburn-Lerette was killed in the fire in Council Bluffs around 8 p.m. Saturday.

Three other family members were critically injured by smoke inhalation and taken to Creighton University Medical Center in Omaha. They are 30-year-old Jeremiah Lerette, 70-year-old Terese Lerette and 2-year-old Gerard Lerette.

Assistant Council Bluffs Fire Chief Justin James says the fire started on the first floor of the home.

Authorities will investigate the fire to determine its cause.

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