October 23 news

WESTBROOK – Two people sustained serious injuries Thursday afternoon in Westbrook when a man in a pickup pulling a flatbed trailer failed to yield at a stop sign and hit an SUV. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Joshua Hofer, age 62, of Miller, SD, was southbound on Cottonwood County Road 7 driving a pickup and pulling a trailer when he failed to yield at the stop sign on Minnesota 30. He hit the Dodge Durango that was westbound on Minnesota 30, causing serious injury to driver Barbara Paul, age 70, of Spring Valley, and Cheryl Broughton, age 60, of Waseca.

October 22 news

WILMONT – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Wilmont attorney Dennis Rutgers is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law, with no right to petition for reinstatement for at least one year.

The ruling comes after disciplinary action was filed in October of 2014 through the Appellate Court system. According to the court documents, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that Rutgers committed professional misconduct and the matter was referred to a referee.

October 21 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved three conditional use permits. The first was for expansion of an existing feedlot to over 1,000 animal units in grand Prairie Township for Curt Schilling of Ellsworth. The existing facility, plus the new project will have a total maximum capacity of 4,800 finishing hogs, which equals 1,440 animal units.

October 20 news

WORTHINGTON – Residential water usage has declined, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain. During a meeting Monday with the Water and Light Board, Hain said usage in the residential sector is down 2.3 percent in the month of September from where it was a year ago, and has been declining in the past eight to ten years. Industrial use, however, is up, he said.

October 19 news

WORTHINGTON — The American Cancer Society will offer its “Look Good … Feel Better” program from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sanford Health Cancer Center, 1018 Sixth Avenue, Worthington.

Guided by a volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in the class will learn how to use makeup and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

October 16 news

WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is accused of cutting another man with a fillet knife during an altercation last weekend. Javier Antonio Orellana-Lopez, age 26, is charged in Nobles County District Court with first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault.

October 15 news

WORTHINGTON – A lawsuit filed against Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening and his staff by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for allegedly violating Jose Lopez Orellana’s Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights asks that the courts order the sheriff’s office to stop honoring Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainers.

October 14 news

WORTHINGTON – The Haunted Ghost Town Halloween party at the Nobles County Library will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and noon to 1:30 and 2 to 3:30 Friday.

Please call to register for a time at 295-5340. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

WORTHINGTON — Project Morning Star is having a MEA Weekend Rummage Sale at Lakeside Church. Donations are still needed and may be dropped off at the church Thursday morning. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday.

Arrest made in Fairmont terroristic threat case

FAIRMONT - An anonymous threat via an internet application called Yik Yak has resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male from Cottonwood County, according to the Fairmont Police Department.

Fairmont schools had extra security Monday after a terroristic threat was received Saturday. The non-specific threat did not reference a specific school or community, but was toward a school and said it would take place Monday.

October 13 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council on Monday voted unanimously to deny a proposal from American Reformed Church, which had offered to sell a portion of their property for the sole purpose of establishing a new neighborhood park. The Park and Recreation Advisory Board had voted to move forward with the acquisition of the parcel, but the council rejected the idea.