A Winneshiek county sheriff’s deputy sustained minor injuries when he struck by a vehicle Tuesday afternoon. Authorities say an accident between a semi and a tractor occurred shortly before three p.m. on the Pole Line Road. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says they closed the road way to clean up the corn that was spilled during the accident. Authorities say 34 year old Adam Strand of Cresco, drove his vehicle around the closure striking a the deputy who attempted to him. Strand proceeded to the accident scene where he collided with an emergency management vehicle. The sheriff’s department says Strand was found to be intoxicated. Authorities say Strand was taken to Regional Health systems in Cresco and then transferred to Mayo in Rochester. The Strand accident remains under investigation and multiple charges are pending.
Authorities have released the name of a man killed in an accident on a farm near Dorchester Tuesday night. The Allamakee county sheriff’s department says 64 year old Gerald Myhre of Caledonia was run over when a combine backed up to unload corn into a wagon. Authorities say Myhre was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred around nine-30 Tuesday night.
A Cresco man has been served with two Howard county probation violation warrants while incarcerated in the Winneshiek county jail. The Winneshiek county sheriff’s department says the warrants were served on 44 year old Troy Sobolik Tuesday afternoon.
The Decorah Education Association has voted to re certify its union. The vote passed on a 125-4 vote. Two teachers that did not vote were counted as no votes, per state code. The re-certification vote is now required after changes to Iowa’s collective bargaining laws passed by the legislature and signed by the Governor last year. D-E-A chief negotiator Steve Peterson said the vote is a strong statement that they want to keep negotiating a contract with the school board.
Sign up for health insurance on the individual market for 2019 will begin (Thursday). Brian Huinker is with Midwest Group Benefits in Decorah. He says there’s some good news.
Huinker encourages persons to apply by using an insurance agent.
Huinker says there’s a 45 day window to sign up.
Farmers made a lot of progress in the harvest with a rare dry week to work in. Radio Iowa’s Dar Danielson reports.
A jury says a northeast Iowa school district must pay $1.2 million in damages to the family of a motorcyclist killed in a fatal collision with a school bus. The Dubuque Telegraph Herald reports that the Clayton County jury on Monday found the Clayton Ridge School District at fault in the accident. Authorities say 50-year-old Ronald Kephart died after his motorcycle ran into the side of the bus as it turned left on Sept. 1, 2016, near Guttenberg. The driver was cited for failure to yield. None of the students on the bus was injured. Kephart’s wife told the newspaper the verdict disappointed her, calling it “a slap in the face.” Amy Kephart says she realizes “no amount of money is going to be able to bring him back, but he did a lot for the family emotionally, financially, everything.”
Winneshiek county sheriff Dan Marx is encouraging everyone to be safe tonight for Halloween.
Marx says sheriff’s deputies will be out in all communities in the county giving out candy. The Decorah area chamber of commerce and the Decorah police department says the suggested trick or treating hours in Decorah will be five until eight p.m. tonight.