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SLAYTON -- Like any boating excursion, it took a while to get the passengers loaded, but big smiles were on the faces of both guests and volunteers. As the first pontoon pulled away from the dock, the guests let go of the strings they were holding and a flurry of red, white and blue balloons filled the sky. A second pontoon followed the first, and a second flurry of balloons floated up and away. What made this boating excursion different from many others is that all of the guests, 10 on each boat, were senior citizens.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- According to Lyon County Attorney Carl Peterson, an 82-year-old Inwood, Iowa man charged with six counts of perjury waived his right to a hearing scheduled for Wednesday morning in Lyon County District Court. John VanGammeren was charged in mid-August with six counts of perjury in conjunction with the cold case investigation into the murder of Wilma June Nissen, whose body was discovered in a ditch several miles from VanGammeren's farm in 1978. In the paperwork relating to VanGammeren's $5,000 bond, it states he was to appear Wednesday to answer to the indictments.
WORTHINGTON -- According to the Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network, approximately 60 percent of sexual assaults go unreported.
WORTHINGTON -- The World Health Organization (WHO) is predicting two billion infections of H1N1 novel influenza worldwide, and expecting an "explosion" of cases this fall, according to information discussed Tuesday during a pandemic influenza community tabletop exercise at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington (SRHW). SRHW was one of about 15 sites to join the exercise, all linked by teleconference. Sanford Emergency Preparedness Manager Greg Santa Maria led the exercise from Sioux Falls, S.D. The first pandemic influenza tabletop exercise was Aug.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- The attorney representing an 82-year-old Inwood, Iowa, man charged with six counts of felony-level perjury filed a motion directing that the Lyon County Attorney Carl Peterson recuse himself from prosecuting the case because he administered an oath to the defendant. John W. VanGammeren, who presented himself at the Lyon County Sheriff's Office after being subpoenaed, was questioned regarding his involvement in a cold case more than 30 years old.
HADLEY -- With school starting in about a week, Murray County Central (MCC) junior Caitlin Vander Wal has a lot on her mind -- one last quick vacation, her work on the family's dairy farm, school shopping...oh, and how to raise more than $6,000 for a trip to Europe in the next few months. Caitlin, the daughter of Greg and Madeline Vander Wal, was nominated by her choir director Chad Felton to be part of the Minnesota Ambassadors of Music (MAM) program.
WORTHINGTON -- Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington (SRHW) Wednesday morning to speak with health care professionals about the challenges of health care in rural communities. The main topics of conversation revolved around reform, reimbursement and recruitment of rural doctors. "We have strong hospitals and medical care in rural Minnesota," Klobuchar said. With one of the highest insurance coverage rates in the country, Minnesota has a lot of to offer to the health care debate, she added. In Medicare reimbursements, what is costing $15,000 in Miami, Fla.
WORTHINGTON -- The will was 30 years old, two of the listed organizations no longer existed, and the one that remained had changed its name, but that didn't stop Ann Pick from respecting the wishes of her godparents as the personal representative of their estate. In the end, it was all about choices. Monday morning, she and her daughter Julie Becker walked into the offices of Client Community Services, Inc.
WORTHINGTON -- Last week, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF) executed a search warrant at a rural home, arresting one man, picking up another on a warrant and netting more than 31 grams of methamphetamine. Jose Isabel Rodriguez, 42, of Worthington was charged with first- and second-degree controlled substance possession, a meth-related crime involving children and possession of drug paraphernalia.