ST. PAUL – In the wake of numerous high-profile instances of illegal poaching activity in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed significant reforms to Minnesota’s poaching laws this session. As a life-long hunter and angler, Dayton is pushing hard to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state’s hunting and fishing laws. By enacting more severe consequences for these crimes, Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hope to deter illegal poaching, and ensure these criminal acts are properly and thoroughly punished.
WORTHINGTON – A Worthington woman is facing seven felony forgery counts after allegedly paying $1,000 for another person’s identity and using it to work and register a vehicle.
WORTHINGTON – Two people accused of methamphetamine possession are scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court next week after allegedly being caught with the illegal substance in their vehicle earlier this month.
According to the criminal complaints, John Mounsamrouath, age 33, of Jackson, and Nicole Ruffcorn, age 32, of Rushmore, are both charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Ruffcorn is also charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia.
WORTHINGTON – During the Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday, Terri Janssen, Community Health Services Administrator and Health Supervisor, explained a new grant the Des Moines Valley and Nobles County Public Health SHIP Team has been selected to receive through the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. The grant, which is referred to as the 1422 grant, is for over $300,000 annually for four years, for a total of $1.2 million and will focus on improving health in the areas of preventing and better managing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.
The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council understands that international markets play a crucial role in providing value to Minnesota soybeans. With more than half of Minnesota’s annual soybean crop exported each year, the MSR&PC invests soybean checkoff money to grow markets and build relationships with international customers.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved the most recent draft of an employment contract between the city and new city administrator Steve Robinson. The draft was prepared by Robinson and Dr. Richard Fursman of Brimeyer Fursman, the employment firm hired to find the new administrator.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Spirit Lake Police Department arrested 24-year-old Quentin Karlyle of Spirit Lake on Monday after he allegedly drove a 2002 Dodge Durango into an apartment building in the early morning hours.
WORTHINGTON – Fareway in Worthington will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon today in observance of the Darrell Jansma funeral. Fareway apologizes for any inconvenience.
WORTHINGTON – Gone Country will celebrate 10 years at the Worthington Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center Saturday with two “The Best of Gone Country” shows – one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. In between, there will be a burger feed fundraiser from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby, with the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen grilling burgers.
WORTHINGTON – This week, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force made its 1,000th arrest since it was formed in 2005, taking another seven ounces of methamphetamine off the streets along with $23,000 in cash. The meth has a street value of more than $10,000, according to Task Force Commander Nate Grimmius.
On March 19, as part of a joint investigation, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Ninth Street in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON - Jose Leonel Pineda, age 19, of Worthington, has been charged with one count of theft of a vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of driving after suspension after allegedly stealing a Volkswagen Beetle in Jackson County the day after being released from jail.