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Funeral arrangements set for Jan Pigman-Kruse


BREWSTER – Funeral arrangements were released Friday for Janette Pigman-Kruse, a 40-year-old woman who was the victim of a homicide in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster.

According to information released by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Pigman-Kruse was killed by a gunshot at approximately 2:40 a.m. Authorities were alerted by a 911 call from her husband, who told dispatchers someone had come into the home and shot his wife. As of mid-day Friday, there was no one was in custody for the homicide.

Sheriff Kent Wilkening says there is no immediate...

August 21 news


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public to beware of a fake Dish Network van. There have been reports of the vehicle’s occupants attempting to break into unoccupied houses.

The van is a 1970’s grey Chevy work van with no windows, a wooden ladder on the top, and Dish Network graphics. If you think you have seen this vehicle, please contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400.

WORTHINGTON – The Community Improvement Committee through the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is once again making available...

Brewster death ruled a homicide


WORTHINGTON – Janette Pigman-Kruse’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

Pigman-Kruse, age 40, was killed by a shotgun wound to the chest in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities were alerted to the situation when her husband called 911 at approximately 2:47 a.m. to report someone had come into their home and shot his wife.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance were dispatched to the scene, where they found Pigman-...

August 20 news


WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Worthington City Council decided to take another look at pushing the Grand Avenue extension through to Darling Drive, authorizing staff to take the steps needed to bring it to public hearing.

The council has gone back and forth on the idea for more than a year, originally looking at it, then opting to only extend Grand as far as would be needed to accommodate a possible housing development, petitioned for by enough property owners that only a simple majority was required. Extending all the way through, they decided, would...

UPDATE: Woman murdered in Brewster, no apparent threat to public


1:20 p.m. UPDATE
BREWSTER – Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening has updated information regarding a death investigation in the city of Brewster, but has not yet released the victim’s name.

According to the latest news release, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the circumstances surrounding the 40-year-old woman’s death, but have stated there does not appear to be any threat to the public at this time.

According to Wilkening, deputies responded to a 911 call at approximately 2:40 a.m. stating a woman...

August 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the hiring of a Social Worker for Community Services/Public Health utilizing Child Protection Allocation Grant funding.

According to Community Services Director Stacie Golombiecki, each county was allocated a grant based on the number of children residing in the county, the number of screened child protection reports and the number of open child protection management cases. So far is 2015, the agency has screened 217 cases, and approximately 86 were opened for service, Golombiecki said.

The base allocation for...

Auguest 18 news


WORTHINGTON – Thunderstorms are expected to move through the area this morning and continue into early afternoon, which may produce rainfall totals between 1 to 3 inches as they move through. This rainw ill fall on already saturated ground from Sunday and Monday’s rain.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible with stronger storms and will be capable of producing flash flooding in urban areas, as well as small stream and other poor drainage locations.

According to FEMA, six inches of water will reach the bottom of...

August 17 news


WORTHINGTON – James Lee Miller pleaded not guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in Nobles County District Court last week, and also to the lesser charges of reckless driving and careless driving. The charges stem from a fatal crash from Sept. 19, 2014 at the intersection of Nobles County 35 and Minnesota 264 that caused the death of Charles Luze, age 49, of Sioux Falls, S.D. and injured Luze’s son, Samuel.

Miller, age 67, of Cylinder, Iowa, was headed east on Nobles 35 in a semi and trailer loaded with corn when he allegedly ran the stop sign and...

August 14 news


WORTHINGTON - Bituminous overlay work on Nobles Street from near Ash Road to CSAH 5 has been scheduled to begin Monday, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Limited street and driveway access will be allowed. There will be traffic interruptions along with restricted driving lanes and restricted parking at various times. Driveway access interruptions of about fifteen minutes will occur mostly during the bituminous overlay placement and cooling time.

Through traffic should avoid the work area and use alternate routes until the work is completed....

August 13 news


WORTHINGTON –The Prairie View Long Range Planning Committee will recommend to the Worthington City Council that the 130-acre course be decommissioned and that the maximum water quality and best management practices be built throughout the site.

The committee, made up of two council members and six members of the general public, approved the motion to support the recommendation Wednesday morning on a 5 – 3 vote. A vote to add some best management practices while retaining a 9-hole course had just failed on a vote of 3 – 4, with council member Mike Harmon abstaining for no stated...