July 28 news

WORTHINGTON — A Support Our Schools meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight in the high school cafeteria.

Support Our Schools is a group of residents of District 518 that are promoting the upcoming referendum in the November general election. The organization will be working to promote the continual opportunities offered to students of the district through the excess operating referendum and avoid potential budget reductions in the near future.

BUTTERFIELD — A 14-year-old girl hospitalized soon after a newborn was found dead in a Butterfield apartment is the baby’s mother, authorities said Monday.

The baby girl was discovered by emergency responders late Friday afternoon at the home in the 100 block of 3rd Street N., a block west of Butterfield City Hall, according to the Watonwan County Sheriff’s Office.

The newborn was taken to the Ramsey County medical examiner’s office to determine what led to the death.

Sheriff Gary Menssen said the mother was taken that evening to St. James Mayo Hospital, then to Mankato Mayo Hospital, and remains hospitalized Monday.

“We are not sure when she will be released,” Menssen said.

Sheriff’s Chief Deputy Jeremy Nachreiner said investigators were “working through a language barrier” as they gathered information from Spanish speakers.

While the Sheriff’s Office is being assisted in the case by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, “we are not looking for anyone at this time” who would be considered a suspect, the sheriff said.

The identity of the girl has not been released.

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa - The Osceola County Sheriff's Office investigated an ATV accident that occurred northeast of Ocheyedan on Friday. Thad Schubert Bosma, 34, of Lake Park, Iowa, was treated at the Worthington Hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Bosma was charged with allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 1st Offense, a Serious Misdemeanor.

SPENCER, Iowa - The Spencer Police Department is asking for the public's help as it continues to investigate a burglary at a business in the city. Authorities say Southern Archery at 305 11th Street Southeast in Spencer was burglarized around 3:00 a.m. July 22nd. Entry was gained by prying open a south door to the business. Several items were removed, including firearms.

A reward is being offered for information leading to the arrest and conviction of any suspects in the crime.

Authorities say you can remain anonymous if you wish. Information can be submitted through the Text-a-Tip link located on the Spencer Police Department's website located at www.spenceriowacity.com.

CHEROKEE, Iowa — The Tyson plant in Cherokee will close in two months.
In a prepared statement, a Tyson Foods, Inc. executive said the plant in Cherokee, along with one in New York and another in New Mexico “have been struggling financially” and “it no longer makes business sense to keep them open.”
The plant in Cherokee employs 450 people. It will be closed September 27th.

The company says a “combination of factors” led to the decision, including “the age of the Cherokee facility” and the “prohibitive cost” to modernize it. The plant in Cherokee, which Tyson acquired from I-B-P in 2001, began producing processed meats in 1965. Hot dogs, deli meats, hams and Canadian bacon are being made there today.

According to the company’s website, Tyson currently operates 21 facilities in Iowa, including transportation hubs, nine plants that process pork and two that process beef.

MINNESOTA - The jury in the defamation lawsuit brought by Jesse Ventura has been deliberating for longer than expected, which some legal experts speculate could be a good sign for the former governor.

The jury has deliberated for four days, totaling a little over 24 hours, after two weeks of testimony in federal court in St. Paul. The jury will reconvene today at 9 a.m. to continue their deliberations.

The 10-person jury heard closing arguments last Tuesday in a civil lawsuit that claims Chris Kyle, a former Navy SEAL, defamed Ventura in his bestselling book “American Sniper: The Autobiography of the Most Lethal Sniper in U.S. Military History.”

Kyle wrote in his book that he punched out another man he called “Scruff Face” at a California bar in 2006. Kyle, who was shot and killed at a Texas gun range, later identified “Scruff Face” as Ventura.

The jury is being asked to decide if what Kyle wrote was “defamatory, materially false and if he knew it was false, believing it was false or having serious doubts about its truth.” If the jury rules in favor of Ventura on the defamation claim, they will be able to consider other claims, including invasion of privacy through appropriation and unjust enrichment.

NATION - Three executives of a now-defunct peanut processing company go on trial this week in south Georgia, six years after peanut butter made by their company and contaminated with salmonella killed nine people and sickened 700 others, the Associated Press reports.

The former owner of Peanut Corporation of America, Stewart Parnell, and several others were indicted in February 2013, accused of concealing information about the contamination and selling the bad peanut butter. The outbreak led to one of the largest food recalls in U.S. history.

The 76-count indictment charges Parnell with fraud, conspiracy, obstruction of justice and other offenses. Also named in the indictment were Michael Parnell, Stewart’s brother and a company vice president; Samuel Lightsey, a plant manager; and Mary Wilkerson, a quality assurance manager.

The conspiracy and obstruction charges each carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison. Lightsey pleaded guilty in May to seven counts. He will be sentenced at a later date, according to the AP.

The charges came four years after federal investigators linked the deadly national outbreak to Parnell’s plant in Blakely, Georgia. Federal investigators found filthy conditions at the plant, including mold, insect infestations, and a leaky roof. They said the top employees fabricated certificates saying peanut product shipments were safe when tests said otherwise, according to the Journal Constitution.

Three of the nine people who died from eating the tainted peanut butter were from Minnesota: Shirley Alber, 72, of Perham; Clifford Tousignant, 78, originally of Duluth; and Doris Flatgard, 87, of Brainerd.

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