May 22 news

WORTHINGTON - U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg stopped in Worthington Wednesday evening with his mobile front porch to campaign. A two-term St. Louis County Commissioner and Iraq war veteran from Duluth, Dahlberg is vying for the Republican endorsement at the party’s May 30 convention in Rochester. He faces five other Republicans in the race.

The winner of the Republican primary will go on to face incumbent DFLer Al Franken in November.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Wednesday morning at the intersection of Highway 71 and 41st Street in Spirit Lake sent three people to the hospital.

The Spirit Lake Police Department says 77-year-old Patricia Schuneman of Okoboji was eastbound on 41st Street at the intersection with Highway 71 when she pulled into the path of a northbound vehicle driven by 29-year-old Amanda Cox of Okoboji.

Schuneman, Cox, and a passenger in Cox's vehicle, five-year-old Timothy Cox of Okoboji, were all taken by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare. There was no immediate word on the extent of their injuries or conditions.

$4,500 in damage was estimated to a Buick LeSabre driven by Schuneman; damage to a 1993 Mercury Cox was driving was estimated at $3,000.

Schuneman was cited for failure to yield. The collision took place shortly after 10:30 a.m.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - The city of Arnolds Park has a new Mayor. Meeting in special session Tuesday, the city council approved the appointment of Jim Hussong to fill out the remainder of the term.

Hussong and his wife have lived in Arnolds Park since 1998. They have three grown children. Hussong is President of Kozy Heat in Lakefield and serves on the board of directors of the Pearson Lakes Art Center.

PIPESTONE - Almost exactly a year since the city of Pipestone issued an unofficial consensus of interest in taking ownership of the former Hiawatha Pageant grounds, the Pipestone City Council approved a purchase and sale agreement with Hiawatha Club owners Monday evening during the May 19 council meeting. The terms of the agreement would transfer the approximate 43-acre property for $1.

The Hiawatha Club has provided the updated abstract and other information to facilitate closing, according to Jeff Jones, city administrator, but Jones suggested the city purchase title insurance and have a survey done.

The agreement requires the council to hold a public hearing within 120 days to discuss the potential purchase, and to pass a resolution authorizing the purchase.

The agreement requires the city to create a seven-person board following the sale of the property. The board will consist of current or past Hiawatha Club members and four residents of Pipestone. All members would be appointed by the Mayor, subject to approval by the City Council as required by the city’s Charter.

Personal property specifically included in the sale would be approximately 24 teepees, approximately 4,000 chairs and miscellaneous lighting equipment.

Special covenants within the agreement require the city to dedicate the land as a public park for the use and enjoyment of the public. The land cannot be developed for commercial, industrial or residential housing. The city can repair or demolish existing buildings and other existing improvements at its sole discretion, but cannot construct any improvements that would obstruct the view of the Three Maidens from any vantage point.

FULDA - Motorists on Highway 62 from Fulda to Windom will be detoured beginning June 2 as crews begin construction of a new road surface. The detour includes Highway 59, Nobles County Road 16, Jackson County Roads 24 and Highway 60. The project, which consists of reclaiming the old pavement and paving a new surface, is expected to be complete in late August.

Knife River Corporation was awarded the contract with a bid of $10,267,793.

MnDOT urges motorists to always drive with caution in a work zone and reminds them never to enter a roadway that has been blocked with barricades or cones.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The Lyon County Sheriff's Department investigated a one vehicle accident Wednesday at 5 p.m. on Highway 9 just west of Rock Rapids. Debra Fettes, age 59, of Spirit Lake, was driving her 2004 Jeep Liberty westbound on Highway 9 exiting Rock Rapids. She was looking for something in her vehicle when she crossed the roadway and struck the south side of a bridge. Her vehicle then crossed the road again and went into the north ditch where it came to a rest.

Fettes was transported by the Lyon County Ambulance to Sanford of Rock Rapids for treatment of her injuries. The Jeep was a total loss with approximately $9,000 in damages.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Department was assisted by the Lyon County Ambulance and the Rock Rapids Fire Department.

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