July 16 news

WORTHINGTON – A group of residents of District 518 are promoting the school referendum in the upcoming November general election and will be hosting a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 in the Worthington High School cafeteria.

The organization will be working to promote the continual opportunities offered to students of the district through the excess operating referendum and to avoid potential budget reductions in the near future. The group says the referendum is extremely important to the continued operations of the Worthington School District and the education of the students.

The District 518 Board of Education on Tuesday voted unanimously on a resolution to increase the operating levy amount by $13.40 more than what taxpayers with a property valued at $100,000 are currently paying a year.

The approved resolution will ask residents for a 10-year, $500 per-pupil-unit excess operating levy, which would bring a revenue increase of approximately $447,000.

LUVERNE - The League of Minnesota Cities has named State Senator Bill Weber of Luverne as one of their 2014 “Legislators of Distinction.” The award recognizes Senator Weber’s commitment to aiding and promoting Minnesota cities, and his support for city-friendly legislation.

As a former city council member and mayor, Weber said he is honored to receive the recognition from such an important organization. He said he is excited to come back next year to continue his efforts in developing strong, vibrant cities throughout Minnesota.

The League of Minnesota Cities recognized 19 members of the Minnesota House of Representatives and 12 members of the Minnesota Senate as Legislators of Distinction. Each recipient was judged on several criteria, including accessibility to League representatives, support of League initiatives, speaking out on behalf of the interest of cities and demonstrating the importance of a partnership between the cities and the state.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone National Monument announces the third presentation in this year’s Guest Speaker Series at the Pipestone Performing Arts Center on Saturday from noon to 2 pm. Guest speaker, Donovin A. Sprague, educator and historian, will offer a presentation based on his research concerning “Dakota Historical Connections in the 1800's.” There will be a question and answer session following the lecture and slide presentation.

Sprague will give a lecture and slide show on various Dakota historical events, such as the Battle of the Little Bighorn recorded by a Lakota family historian, the works of George Catlin, and the 1862 Shetek captives of southwest Minnesota. Regarding the Shetek captives, Sprague will discuss the role his family ancestors played in securing the captives from the Fool Soldiers and protecting them until they were reunited with their families.

Sprague is a member of the Lakota tribe, a descendent of Chiefs Hump and Crazy Horse and holds a Master of Arts degree from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion, SD. He works as a university instructor at Black Hills State University where he teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in history and American Indian studies. He is also the author of seven books on Midwest American Indian history.

For additional information contact Pipestone National Monument at 507-825-5464 ext. 214, or view the Monument’s web site at www.nps.gov/pipe.www.nps.gov

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A preliminary hearing has been set for 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 22, in Dickinson County for a Spencer man charged with attempted burglary.

Senjen Alexander Kannedy faces a Class C felony charge of first-degree attempted burglary on suspicion he attempted to break into a residence while armed with two throwing knives, according to a criminal complaint filed by the Spirit Lake Police Department. The listed address of the break-in attempt is 708 20th Street in Spirit Lake.

Kannedy also faces a Class D felony charge of going armed with intent with two throwing knives to use without justification against another person. Court records include a no contact order, which was filed on behalf of a female.

Investigators think Kannedy communicated a threat of death to the victim, and officers subsequently charged him with first-degree harassment. The 25-year-old Spencer man was charged with carrying weapons because the blade of the knives exceeded 5 inches, but were less than 8 inches.

Kannedy has an address of 502 Highway Avenue SW. in Spencer and is unemployed, according to court documents requesting a court-appointed attorney. He remains in the Dickinson County Jail on a $18,000 cash or surety bond amount.

Edward Bjornstad of Spirit Lake has been appointed to represent him at future court proceedings.

RUTHVEN, Iowa - A Ruthven man faces a serious assault charge following an incident in which he's accused of striking a family member with a fishing rod causing bodily injury.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says 29-year-old Justin Rosenwinkel was charged in connection with the alleged incident that was reported to authorities shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday at a residence in Ruthven.

Rosenwinkel was booked into the Palo Alto county jail pending an initial court appearance.

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