June 25 news

WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
• Women ages 50-74 should have an annual mammogram every one to two years.
• Women ages 40-49 should discuss having mammograms every one to two years with their provider.
• Women age 75 and over should discuss their decision to continue screening with their provider.
• Women at high risk should be referred for genetic counseling and possibly a high-risk screening schedule.

Patients with questions about the mammography callbacks should call Avera Worthington Medical Group at 372-2921 and ask for Kelli Van Grouw or Robin Funk.

PIPESTONE - Visitors to the Pipestone County Museum can learn all about the history of the American flag thanks to a new traveling exhibit from the Siouxland Heritage Museums in Sioux Falls. An exhibit titled “Symbol of Freedom, the American Flag” opened on Flag Day, Saturday, June 14, and will be up through December. It includes several large informational panels, interactive displays and artifacts related to the American Flag and its history.

Susan Hoskins, executive director of the Pipestone County Museum, said she knew the exhibit was available and thought it would be the perfect exhibit to open on Flag Day and leave up through the Fourth of July and during Pipestone’s Civil War Days in August.

The traveling exhibit arrived in late May and Hoskins spent a day last week setting up the informational panels and interactive displays from the Siouxland Heritage Museums. In addition to the traveling exhibit pieces, Hoskins added photos, artifacts and accompanying information from the Pipestone County Museum’s own collection.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Commissioners met in regular session Tuesday morning at the Jackson County Courthouse. The County Recorder addressed the Commissioners regarding pending changes to the Uniform Commercial Code Satellite Offices.

Jackson County is currently one of a number of counties set up as UCC Satellite Offices. The State is planning on cancelling all county UCC Satellite Office agreements. All transactions would need to be done online. This would result in a loss of around $140,000 for the county and would eliminate customer service for these transactions. The Board approved letters being sent to Secretary of State Mark Ritchie and Governor Mark Dayton.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Multiple charges have been filed against a Spirit Lake man stemming from a traffic stop Monday in the area of 25th Street and Center Lake Drive in Spirit Lake. Police say a subsequent search of the vehicle resulted in the discovery of drug paraphernalia and what's alleged to be marijuana and methamphetamine.

47-year-old Robert Carlson was arrested and booked into jail on charges of driving with an obstructed view or control; operation without registration; operation without valid insurance; tinted windows; possession of drug paraphernalia; prohibited acts; unlawful possession of a prescription drug; possession of a controlled substance...marijuana...5th offense; and possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver methamphetamine.

Police also obtained and executed a search warrant on Carlson's residence. Police say the investigation is ongoing and that more arrests are expected.

ORANGE CITY, Iowa — Jury selection was underway on Tuesday in the trial of a Hawarden man accused of second-degree burglary.

The Hawarden Police Department reports that about 9:45 p.m. on April 23rd, they were called to a home in Hawarden where a burglary had allegedly just taken place. Two occupants of the home reported they were awakened by the sounds of an intruder entering the house. They said when they went to investigate they found 28-year-old Jeremy James Langley of Hawarden inside the home.

Langley was known to one of the occupants of the home and was positively identified.
Langley allegedly confronted the occupants and made several threats to do bodily harm to the male occupant. One of the occupants of the house called police and Langley left the home.

He was found a short time later by officers of the Hawarden Police Department and Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Langley is charged with Burglary in the 2nd Degree, which carries a potential 10-year prison term and fine up to $10,000 if convicted. He pleaded not guilty on May 9.

WASECA - When investigators asked John LaDue why he planned to kill his family members and massacre classmates at his Waseca school, the 17-year-old replied: “I think I’m just really mentally ill and no one’s noticed and I’ve been trying to hide it.”

The Star Tribune reports on the contents of the police interview with LaDue, which was released Tuesday along with 1,000 pages of documents related to his juvenile court case. The charges against LaDue include attempted murder, bomb possession, and damage to property.

The newspaper reports LaDue was calm and composed as he described the bomb-making materials he’d accumulated and the plans he’d made. He told police he planned to put a pressure cooker bomb in a recycling bin and blow it up in Waseca’s Junior/Senior High School as students passed between classes “just like the Boston bombings,” the Star Tribune says.

According to the newspaper he said his plan was rooted in mental illness after clarifying that he had not been bullied and adding “I have good parents. I live in a good town.”
The Mankato Free Press reports the court filings reveal that LaDue had joked about school shootings with friends on Facebook and had videotaped himself testing improvements to his homemade explosives.


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