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April 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – Flames outside of a house in the 400 block of Eighth Avenue were reported by a newspaper carrier shortly after 6 a.m. Thursday morning, and the Worthington Fire Department called out. A Worthington Police Officer responding at the scene reported the fire was in an exterior doghouse, caused by a heating lamp. One truck was dispatched to the scene and was there for only a short time.

WORTHINGTON – Eleven felony and nine misdemeanor animal neglect charges have been filed in Nobles County District Court against Joan Mary Moore of rural Reading in the malnutrition death of...


Davis Typewriter, EEOC reach settlement in sexual harassment suit

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WORTHINGTON – A settlement between Davis Typewriter, The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and the employee involved in an emotional distress damage suit was reached Tuesday, according to the EEOC.

The former employee will receive $11,000 in damages, and the decree establishes an injunction prohibiting Davis Typewriter from permitting the creation of a sexually hostile work environment. Davis is required to take prompt corrective action when notified of sexual harassment complaints.

Additionally, the injunction requires training on employee rights as well as...


April 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Joan Mary Moore of rural Reading relating to the 15 dead horses discovered on her property. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office investigated after receiving an anonymous tip last week, and found the dead animals in various states of decay. According to Sheriff Kent Wilkening, it was readily apparent the animals had died of malnourishment.

Moore faces 11 counts of felony animal neglect, with each count of the complaint addressing a separate animal. Each count alleges she neglected a horse and the animal died...


"Man in Black" appeal thrown out

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A federal appeals court has thrown out a move by the "Man in Black" to halt his sentencing for bank robbery.

Last week, the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals dismissed an appeal by Sheikh Bilaal Muhammad Arafat to back out of a plea bargain he made with federal prosecutors last year.

Arafat, born Mark Edward Wetsch, admitted he held up 31 Minnesota banks over an eight-month period that ended with his January 2012 arrest after robbing the Brewster Bank. He and prosecutors struck a deal in which he would be sentenced for six robberies.

But at his sentencing in...


April 1 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department Emergency Response Unit has received an OSHA grant for $8,500 to be used for protective gear – vests and a ballistic shield.

These vests are high-powered and can sustain rifle shots. The ballistic shield, also called a bunker, is for the team to take cover behind for protection while searching for suspects. The new equipment should arrive within six weeks.

FULDA – A Worthington man suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday when he ran his vehicle off the road just south of Fulda at approximately 7:37 a.m. According to the...


March 31 News

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WORTHINGTON, Minnesota -- The Osceola County Sherriff’s Office reports that 26-year-old Luis Pol Gonzalez of Worthington was arrested on Saturday for allegedly Operating While Intoxicated 2nd (Aggravated Misdemeanor), and for having No DL (Simple Misdemeanor). He is being held at the Osceola County Jail on $2300 cash bond. The arrested stemmed from a traffic stop in Sibley after a caller reported him driving badly.

SIBLEY, Iowa — Several unsolved theft cases may soon be resolved, once an investigation is completed by the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Earlier this week,...


Dead horses discovered in rural Reading

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WORTHINGTON – The remains of 15 horses in various stages of decay were discovered on a farm in rural Reading last week, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening. A veterinarian was brought out to assist deputies with the investigation. Although exact causes of death cannot be determined, Wilkening said it was readily apparent the animals had suffered from malnourishment.

The farm, located at 26188 210th Street, still has other livestock at the site, but Wilkening said they have food and water, and are healthy. After investigating the owner, formal reports have been sent to...


March 28 news

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SIBLEY, IA – A farm in Osceola County, Iowa is at the center of an investigation into stolen farm equipment. Earlier this week, authorities called property owners out to a farm near Sibley to retrieve their belongings.

The property is owned by former Osceola County Deputy Mike Block, who stepped down in 2000 after an investigation into money missing from the sheriff’s office.
According to one news report, one of the businesses that received a phone call this week was O'Brien County Implement in Sheldon. Employees confirmed that in October of last year, a baler disappeared from...


March 27 news

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JACKSON - Todd Luke, District Manager of the US Fish and Wildlife Service in Windom petitioned the Jackson County Commissioners Tuesday about a partial abandonment of Judicial Ditch 33 for a wetlands restoration/flood storage project in Christiania Township. A public hearing on the matter is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 22 at the Jackson County Commissioner Room.

PIPESTONE -The Pipestone County Economic Development Authority (PCEDA) Board has decided to dissolve the organization. The board directed Sharon Hanson, Pipestone County administrator, to consult with Jim O’Neill...


Red Rock Central superintendent John Brennan dead at age 65

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LAMBERTON - Dr. John Brennan, who had served as superintendent at the Red Rock Central school district for the past 15 years, died overnight Tuesday at his home in Lamberton. He was 65 years old.

The cause of his death has not yet been determined.

Brennan began serving as RRC's superintendent in 1999 year after previously serving as a superintendent in Nebraska.

Under Brennan's leadership, the RRC school district has achieved consistently high academic rankings and has been ranked as one of the top schools in the nation by U.S. News and World Report for several years...