HUMBOLDT, Iowa (AP) __ A hearing is set for Feb. 1 on a request
by a Minnesota teenager charged with killing two store clerks in
Iowa to transfer the cases to juvenile court.
Seventeen-year-old Michael Swanson, of St. Louis Park, Minn., is
charged as an adult with first-degree murder and first-degree
robbery in Kossuth and Humboldt counties. He’s accused of killing a
clerk in Algona on Nov. 15, then driving to Humboldt where he’s
accused of killing another clerk.
Defense attorney Charles Kenville filed motions to transfer
jurisdiction in both cases. Humboldt County
Attorney Jennifer Benson says next week’s hearing will be heard in
Kenville declined to comment, but filed a request that the
hearing be closed to the public due to juvenile records and medical
history being discussed.


Minneapolis, MN –A University of Minnesota student from Storm Lake is missing.

20-year-old Keaton Patrick Murphy, a 2008 Storm Lake High graduate,  age 20, was arrested last Thursday for suspected distribution of child pornography according to the St. Paul Pioneer Press. He was released from Hennepin County jail Thursday evening and has been missing since then.

Murphy is a white male, 5 feet 11 inches, 250 pounds , with sandy brown hair and hazel eyes. He was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and brown jacket.
UPDATE : On January 27, 2011 A male who has been tentatively identified as Keaton P. Murphy has been found deceased in an off-campus rail yard in southeast Minneapolis. Although the cause of his death is being investigated, there appears to be no threat to the community. The Minneapolis Police Department and the Hennepin County Medical Examiner are still

Keaton Murphy of Storm Lake in 2007 pictured with Katy Shevel


Arnolds Park, IA –Two are injured in a one pickup accident in Arnolds Park this (Friday) morning.

Arnolds Park Police say David Warburton of Milford was heading north on Highway 71 when he lost control of his 1997 Chevy Pickup in front of Oak Hill Marina. The truck left a curve in the road and rolled before coming to a rest on a retaining wall.

Warburton and his passenger, Nathan McGinnis of Johnston, were extricated using the Jaws of Life. Both were taken to Lakes Regional Healthcare with unspecified injuries.

Milford and Okoboji Police, Dickinson County Sheriff’s Officers, Arnolds Park-Okoboji and Milford Fire and Rescue, and Lake Regional Ambulance and Paramedics assisted on scene.

Traffic was re-routed at the time of the crash at 3:45 a.m. while crews removed wreckage. Charges are pending

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A snowmobile crash in the Lakes area has claimed a life. The Spirit Lake Police Department responded to a call at approximately 11:00-pm Friday night, to the report of a crash involving a snowmobile. that accident happened on the north shore of East Lake, in Isthmus Park.

Initial reports show the driver of the snowmobile was heading north on East Lake, when they collided with a tree in the park. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene. The name is being withheld, pending notification of family members. The Lakes Regional Health Care Ambulance, Spirit lake First Responders, Iowa Highway Patrol, Iowa DNR, and the Dickinson County Sheriff assisted at the scene, which remains under investigation

Therese Henderson, Sports Photographer and Reporter

The PAC/P-P Maiden Girls Basketball team struggled at the beginning of the game to get a good edge over the Sioux Central Rebels Girls Basketball team. This resulted in a slow start that ultimately cost them the game in Sioux Rapids on Friday, January 21, 2011. The maidens only posted 4 points in the first half of the game. In the second half , they were only able to post 13 points and ended up losing the game to a tough team.
Coach Robert Maske stated that the Sioux Central Rebels did a great job with their defense and making the Maidens think twice about their confidence in their offensive positions that they are commonly used to taking with other teams in the conference. He further stated that the Maidens need to work harder on handling pressure on the court and handling offense too. It showed wonderful sportsmanship by the Maidens and their coach with their words of great congratulations and praise for the Rebels in the line shaking hands at the end of the game and in post game interviews. It shows true character that the Maidens are known to posses.
The Maidens were lead offensively by Hannah Stafford. Stafford put up a team high of nine points. Added to it was another six points by Nicole Roetman and Macey Bales also added the only other basket.
Jessica Hopkins led the team on the glass and got the crowd cheering as she pulled a team high of five rebounds. Shylar Boysen, Sophie Johnson, and Bales all got an assist.
Tiffany Wagner and Johnson each had two steals a piece. Stafford also did great with swatting away a pair of Rebel shots. The Maidens will be very busy this following week having to play three games in four days.
The maidens are 3-12 overall.

After a bit of a lull the Havelock Community Beautification Project for has been “jump started” by new donations from some
Havelock alumni. (Maybe call it Alumni Park) This is the vacant lot on the corner of Main and Wood St. by the city building. The
lot was seeded with grass last year and hopefully we can get started with some tree planting this spring. We are a long way from
being able to put any type of small shelter house or gazebo on the lot but we do have some funds to start buying some trees. Donations
can be money, plants, shrubs, flowers, etc. We need some people who can organize some sort of plan for the landscaping plus volunteer
labor for the planting, watering, etc. There are some areas near the sidewalks where the foundation of the building was that
couldn’t be broken up. We will either need to put some benches or some type of planters over these so we won’t have “trip” areas.
I have the lot drawn out to scale with these areas noted if anyone is interested in helping find a solution for those areas.
This lot is still city property and we will need to work with the city with whatever plans that we come up with. We need some
sort of plan that keeps in mind the lot being easily mowed and kept up.
I’m hoping that we will make this a community project and put behind us all of the silly bickering that has gone on the past year.
Hopefully we can give the town of Havelock something that we can all be proud of. I don’t think that this all has to be done this year,
but with a good plan we can add to it as we get donations over the years. Your help is appreciated. The “Havelock quote” from
the Pocahontas councilman should be a good incentive to brighten up our Main Street and make him eat his words!

Dick Simon

Listing of the current donations for the Havelock Community Beautification Project

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