August 19 news

BREWSTER – A search warrant executed in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue in Brewster last week has resulted in the arrest of five people. The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, conducting surveillance, first detained Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Ober after they were let into the residence by Susan Elizabeth Bales.

Bales admitted to having a meth pipe and Fitzpatrick was found to have a warrant for probation violation, so both were taken to the Nobles County Jail. In the meantime, messages were coming in on Bales’ phone from Michele King and Joshua James Kindel of Fulda, both of whom were known to agents for their involvement in drug-related activities, and from another person, who was stating he was waiting for a ‘guy’ to get there.

Agents kept the home in Brewster under surveillance and scooped them up as they arrived. King had various paraphernalia in her purse that contained meth residue. Kindel, her son, was on probation and under court order to abstain from the use of controlled substances. Once at the jail, he tested positive for meth and THC.

The next to be arrested was Enrique Pedro Aguero, 35, of Worthington. In his possession was .7 grams of meth. He allegedly said Bales had given him $80 and told him to purchase an eight-ball of meth. He said because he had been living at her residence, he had felt obligated to make the purchase for her.

Bales is charged with one count of fifth-degree controlled substance possession, and one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. Aguero and King face one count of fifth-degree felony drug charges and Kindel is facing one count of fugitive from justice from another state, a felony offense. Ober was not charged.

SLAYTON – The City of Slayton will have a city-wide water shutdown from 6:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday as they finish the last piece of the Juniper Avenue project. There will be a boil water advisory in effect when the water comes back on for at least 24 hours due to the low water pressure during the shut-off.

Residents are asked to use bottled water or boil tap water for one minute if it to be used for drinking, cooking, dish washing or any purpose that would lead to consumption.

MINNESOTA – By October, motorists on Highway 60 and Interstate 90 will have another way to get real-time information during road emergencies.

Permanent electronic message boards will be installed beginning August 25. Motorists can expect shoulder closures on Highway 60 near Worthington, Windom, St. James, Madelia and Lake Crystal. On I-90, the locations include Worthington, Jackson, Fairmont and Blue Earth.

The electronic message boards will only be used for events and emergencies that impact traffic. The Minnesota Department of Transportation and State Patrol will partner in the use of and responsibility for the messages. The project is part of the Toward Zero Deaths effort, which includes staff from MnDOT, State Patrol, Public Safety and Emergency Services.

Messages typically include a statement of the problem, effect on the motorist and an action or suggestion for the motorist.

Examples of traffic conditions ahead that warrant the use of the signs include crashes, closures, construction and hazardous conditions. The message boards will also be used for Amber Alerts and other public safety messages.

By providing real-time information to the motorists, the signs can improve route selection, reduce travel time and mitigate the severity and duration of incidents.

SIBLEY, Iowa – Noteboom Implement of Sibley will celebrate its new 28,000 square foot facility from 2 to 7 p.m. Thursday at its new location along Highway 60 at exit 51. Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will join Noteboom Implement CEO Dan Noteboom, several John Deere executives and local dignitaries for a ribbon cutting ceremony at 3:30 p.m.

Noteboom Implement has been a family owned John Deere dealer for 45 years, originating in Corsica, South Dakota, with additional locations in Parkston and Chamberlain, South Dakota, as well as Spencer and Lake Park, Iowa.

Store Manager Bob Schlesser and Dan Noteboom invite the general public to come out to meet the Noteboom family. Activities for the day include Kids Zone and inflatables, music by “The Browns,” an old-fashioned BBQ, tours and John Deere Technology and skid steer demos, as well as Brandt, Brent and Unverferth displays and demos.

SPENCER, Iowa- The Iowa Department of Natural Resources says a manure spill at a dairy has likely caused the death of thousands of fish.

The DNR announced Monday the spill at Summit Dairy near Paullina apparently happened Friday during a rainstorm. Saturday, a citizen reported seeing dead fish in Mill Creek. The DNR responded and dug a trench that redirected the manure to a field.

On Sunday, DNR staffers noted many dead fish, including suckers, minnows, darters, shiners, a few catfish and a few small largemouth bass.

The DNR says it's likely the dead fish will number in the thousands along a one-mile stretch of an unnamed tributary and a five-mile-or-longer section of a creek in that area. The DNR is continuing to investigate the incident.

In an unrelated incident, the DNR says aerial spraying was the probable cause of a fish kill reported Saturday on an unnamed tributary of the Rock River about five miles south and two miles west of Rock Rapids. Officials say about 200 fish were killed in that incident.

IOWA - Iowa Governor Terry Branstad will make a number of campaign appearances in the region in upcoming days. The Governor has stops planned for Wednesday in Pocahontas, West Bend and Graettinger. The itinerary includes a roundtable discussion at 1 p.m. that afternoon at the Pocahontas Farm Bureau in Pochanontas; a tour of Country Maid, Incorporated in West Bend at 2:45 p.m. and a stop at Energy Panel Structures in Graettinger at 4:30 p.m. From there Branstad will head to the Iowa Great Lakes for the Dickinson County Republican Party's annual picnic at 6 p.m. at the Barefoot Bar.

Thursday the Governor heads to Lake Park for the grand opening of Great Lakes Communication Corporation at 8:00 a.m. From there he'll travel to Cherokee to tour the Foundation Analytical Lab at 10 a.m. Branstad will then head to Orange City to tour Quatro Composites at noon. The Governor then heads to Sibley where he'll present the Governor's Award for Quality Care in a Health Care Facility at 2 p.m. at Prairieview Home in Sanborn. He'll then head to Ashton for a tour at Zylstra Feedlot at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Governor Branstad will be back in the Iowa Great Lakes Saturday at 4 p.m. He'll be at the Dickinson County Nature Center for a bill signing re-enactment ceremony for Senate File 2349.

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