WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the salaries of all county elected officials, just shortly after accepting the resignation of County Assessor Joe Udermann. The commissioners also approved a 2 percent increase in their own salary, on a 3 - 2 vote. Commissioners Marv Zylstra and Matt Widboom voted against the increase, both mentioning that the timing of the vote was not appropriate. Both said it should have been brought up much sooner in the budget process, rather than waiting until last minute.
On Monday, December 16th, U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) told the top U.S. trade negotiator and the Secretary of Agriculture that a high priority in our nation's trade policy must be ending unfair foreign trade practices that prevent Minnesota pork producers from expanding exports.
In a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman, Sen. Franken urged them to push hard to remove unfair tariffs and other barriers, including during negotiations of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, a massive, multi-country trade deal.
JACKSON – A Buick LaSabre collided with a road grader Monday morning on Highway 71 in Jackson County, causing non-life threatening injuries to the passenger in the vehicle. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Pamilyn Tracey, age 62, of Jackson was passing the road grader when it made a left-hand turn and the two collided. Gregory Ahrens, age 57, of Jackson, who was driving the road grader, was uninjured. Samuel Tracey, age 61, of Jackson, received non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Jackson Sanford.
WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Supreme Court today upheld the conviction of David Dale Spies of Dundee, who pleaded guilty in November 2011 to fifth-degree controlled substance sale.
WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to a community forum Tuesday regarding the health needs of the Worthington area. Sponsored by the Open Door Health Center, the forums will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. and 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Area Learning Center on 11 Avenue.
BREWSTER – A one-vehicle rollover Thursday morning left a Brewster man with non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Carlos Garcia Mendez, 32, of Brewster was westbound on Highway 60 near Nobles County Road 1 around 6:20 a.m. when he lost control on the frosty street and rolled his 2009 Suzuki Equator. Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance were called to the scene, while Mendez climbed from the vehicle and waited in the semi cab of a passerby. He was wearing his seatbelt at the time of the crash. Mendez was taken to Sanford Worthington for treatment.
The winners of the 4th Annual South Dakota Soybean Yield & Quality Contest were announced on December 11th at the SDSA and SDRPC recognition banquet. Close to 300 entries were submitted, varying throughout ten categories. Congratulations to the following:
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration Wednesday is implementing a plan to help phase out the use of medically important antimicrobials in food animals for food production purposes, such as to enhance growth or improve feed efficiency. The plan would also phase in veterinary oversight of the remaining appropriate therapeutic uses of such drugs.
WORTHINGTON – Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court celebrated their first graduation Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, commemorating the moment with smiles, laughter and even a few tears.
Several years ago, a similar graduation in another part of the state had Judge Timothy Connell wondering why southwest Minnesota was the only area that didn’t have a drug court. He worked tirelessly to get the Cornerstone Drug Court up and running, continuing to put things together even as he edged toward retirement.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department is investigating a burglary at Jaycox Powersports on Oxford Street. Stolen in the burglary was a 2014 Can-Am Outlander Max 650 ATV in Vista Camo with two aftermarket racks. Anybody with any information regarding this crime is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400.