WORTHINGTON— In observance of the holidays, some local businesses will close early today for Christmas Eve and most will be closed Christmas Day. All financial institutions will be closed Christmas Day, and will vary hours today. Worthington Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Hills Bank, the Fulda Area Credit Union and United Prairie will close at noon today, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m., and First State Bank Southwest at 3 p.m.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Arraignment has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused of killing a Jackson woman. Arraignment for 21-year-old Tailer Handsaker is set for 9:30 a.m. December 30th in Dickinson County District Court.
WORTHINGTON – According to information released Thursday evening, Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Richard Shrubb will retire in July, which is when his contract is complete. Shrubb is currently in his sixth year as president at Minnesota West.
Shrubb said with the college on sound footing and prepared to meet the needs of the region and state, the timing is good for him to pursue new professional challenges.
ALBUQUERQUE)---Attorney General Gary King is suing the Valley Meat horse slaughter plant in Roswell to prevent the company from killing and butchering horses for food.
At a news conference this morning AG King announced that he has filed a lawsuit that asks for a temporary restraining order to stop the plant from opening. Valley Meat is reportedly planning to begin slaughtering horses for human food within two weeks.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place in the overnight hours Tuesday night and was reported Wednesday at BenLee’s Café. The theft was discovered at approximately 7:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey, about $170 is missing. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400. The investigation continues.
ST. PAUL, Minn. – Three Minnesota agriculture research and promotion councils are holding elections for their board members. Positions are open on the board of directors for the Corn, Barley and Soybean Research and Promotion Councils. Board members will be selected through mail ballot elections, which will be mailed March 18, 2014. Farmers who voted last year will receive ballots by mail. Those who did not vote last year can request a ballot from their respective commodity council offices or www.mda.state.mn.us/ballots by February 6, 2014.
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.