April 22 news

WORTHINGTON — A total of $16.8 million dollars in damages for Nobles County was submitted to the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management during a Preliminary Damage Assessment following the snow, ice and freezing rain that hit the region earlier this month. Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs said the number could be significantly higher or lower based on actual costs that have not yet been determined.

Nobles County EOC will have phone lines open this weekend

The Nobles County Emergency Operations Center will have their phone lines open on Saturday, April 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM and again on Sunday, April 21st from noon to 4 PM for phone calls only.

April 19 news

BOSTON - Officials say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another. The manhunt is being focused in the Boston suburb of Watertown, MA. Officials say the two suspects shot and killed an MIT police officer at the college late Thursday night. They say the suspects then stole a car at gunpoint and did later release the car's owner unharmed.

NCE Power Restored

Nobles Cooperative Electric would like to report that all members should have electricity. All major lines have been restored. If you are a Nobles Cooperative Electric member without power, please call the cooperative immediately at 1-800-397-4592.

With the area forecast to get up to five to eight inches of snow, with winds increasing to 20 to 35 MPH through Friday, Nobles Cooperative Electric encourages members to keep the cooperative’s number handy in case outages occur: 1-800-397-4592.

April 18 news

MILFORD, Iowa - The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double fatality motor vehicle crash that took place at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of 310th Ave near Milford. Two vehicles were involved, one being a northbound semi tractor/trailer and the other a southbound passenger vehicle. The two occupants of the passenger vehicle were killed in the accident. The driver of the semi was unharmed. The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending notification of family.

April 17 news

WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House Tuesday. This comes a day after lawmakers said a letter was mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin. Another senator said police have a suspect in mind.

April 16 news

WORTHINGTON – A tentative trial date for September 9 was set in Nobles County District Court for the re-trial of Josue Fraga, whose 2009 conviction for the murder of his two-year-old niece Samantha was vacated in August after new evidence was brought forth.

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Federated Rural Electric plans to have power restored to all customers today

Federated Rural Electric in Jackson is on the home stretch with outages remaining to about 75 members. At the peak of Federated’s ice storm last week it was as high as 2,200 in Jackson County.

“We are down from 290 co-op members without power from Sunday morning to about 75 as of this morning,” said Joe Marthaler, Federated’s operations manager. “We plan to have the power restored to all members today.”

Crews will be working today in the following areas:

Update from Nobles County EOC

The Nobles County Emergency Operations Center will be open on Monday, April 15th from 8 am until 4:30 pm. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering to help with clean up or citizens who are in need of assistance with clean up should call 507-295-5359. Thank you to all who have already been working on clean up. To all of the residents who are still waiting for electricity - the power companies are working as quickly as they can replacing poles and lines to get power completely restored. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding.