June 3 news

WORTHINGTON – The next meeting of the Nobles Economic Opportunity Network, known as NEON, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at the Worthington Fire Hall.

Representative Rod Hamilton, Representative Joe Schomacker and Senator Bill Weber have been invited to attend to provide an update of the legislative session. Volunteers are needed for the following subcommittees: IT and Broadband Project, Goals and Values of NEON and Guidance Document, which will be modeled after SCALE bylaws.

CURRIE – The End O Line Railroad Park and Museum will have an open house on Saturday, June 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m that features a 2 p.m. presentation by Bill Schrankler, author of “Shadows of Time….Minnesota’s Surviving Railroad Depots.”

The book brings to life 168 of Minnesota’s remaining railroad depots, including all 53 currently on the National Register of Historic Places. Entertaining and fact-filled with hundreds of photographs, maps and other images, the narrative provides a fresh look at Minnesota railroad history through brief studies of these aging structures. The Currie Depot and Fulda Depot, both located in Murray County, are featured in the book.

Free tours of the museum will be available during the open house and refreshments will be served throughout the day. A book signing will follow after the author’s presentation.

SIBLEY, Iowa - A recent traffic stop in Osceola County resulted in the arrest of a Sibley woman on several drug charges. Authorities say the driver of the vehicle, 31-year-old Angela Heideman, was arrested and charged with driving while revoked, driving while suspended, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of the controlled substance marijuana (3rd offense), and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine. Heideman was also wanted on a warrant out of Sioux County.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Drug charges have been filed against two Spirit Lake residents as the result of a search warrant that was executed Saturday at a residence in the Center Lake area. Police say they found what's believed to be marijuana, illegal prescription pills, methamphetamine, and drug paraphernalia.

47-year-old Robert Carlson was arrested and booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance (5th offense), possession of prescription drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

51-year-old Denise Johnson was arrested and booked into jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance (1st offense), possession of prescription drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - Authorities in O'Brien county say a recent traffic stop in Hartley resulted in the arrests of four people on drug charges. The Sheriff's Office says a deputy pulled over a vehicle for a traffic violation and upon investigating, smelled a strong odor of marijuana. A subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in officers finding what's alleged to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.

The driver, 18-year-old Marshall Ohrt of Primghar, was arrested and charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, and operating while impaired.

Three passengers, 20-year-old Brady Rosenboom, 19-year-old Devin Young, and 18-year-old Kaley Tewes, all of Hartley, were booked into the O'Brien county jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - On Monday, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office arrested Andrew Henderson, age 22, from Sioux Falls, SD. Henderson was charged with credit card fraud, an aggravated misdemeanor, theft 4th degree, a serious misdemeanor and theft 5th degree, a simple misdemeanor. The charges stem from an investigation where Henderson stole a credit card and money while working in Lester.

HULL, Iowa — A 17-year-old boy from Hartley is in trouble with the law — accused of stealing and trying to resell band instruments.

On Thursday, May 29, at 1:10 PM, the Sioux County Sheriff’s investigated a report of a theft that occurred at the Boyden-Hull JR/SR High School in Hull.

Upon further investigation deputies discovered that a 17 year old juvenile attempted to sell three musical instruments at Ray’s Mid Bell Music in Sioux City. Two of the instruments were owned by the Boyden‐Hull Community School district and one was the property of another student
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The 17-year-old male juvenile from Hartley was cited into Juvenile Court on a charge of Second Degree Theft.

The sheriff’s office School Resource Officer assisted with the investigation.

PIPESTONE - Funding is secured and utility work is underway in preparation for Pipestone County Medical Center’s estimated $31 million expansion project.
Bob Pennington, with Raymond James, told the PCMC Governing Board he expected the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to approve and obligate $18 million through its direct loan program and $6.3 million through its guarantee program. The USDA Office of General Council (OGC) will then review the loan paperwork, which could take up to 60 days.

Pennington called the approval and obligation of funds “a huge step” forward in the project.

Another step toward the construction phase of the project is taking place outside the facility on Fourth Avenue Southwest. Xcel Energy has completed the first portion of the work to relocate electrical equipment on the east side of the building to make room for the new construction and Muth Electric started the next phase of that work last week.

With funding in place and electrical work underway, Brad Burris, PCMC CEO, said PCMC will likely begin advertising for bids sometime in late June.

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