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Several new laws kick in Thursday

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MINNESOTA - Much has been made of a new law that legalizes same-sex marriage in Minnesota, effective Aug. 1. But eight lesser-known laws also take effect on Thursday.

Among them is a new law that adds adult children, spouses, parents, grandparents and step-parents to the family members an employee can take paid sick days to care for. It applies to companies with 21 or more workers.

Another law aims to help Minnesotans struggling to make mortgage payments by offering homeowners new leverage under tighter foreclosure rules.

Yet another law targets pranksters who dial 911...


July 31 news

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Former Lyon County Deputy Christopher Wayne Lincecum was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.

In late June 2013, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of sexual assault involving a 15 year old female and Lincecum. Upon discovery of these allegations, the Sheriff's Office and Lyon County Attorney's Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) take over and conduct an impartial investigation.

A Special Agent from DCI interviewed Lincecum and the victim, as well as...


Round Lake Cemetery vandalized by three young boys

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ROUND LAKE – The cemetery in Round Lake was a very busy place today as word got out about the vandalism that took place yesterday. People stopped by to check on the resting place of their loved ones, making sure nothing was cracked, dumped or destroyed.

Some headstones and graves were not touched. Others were not as lucky.

“They just destroyed everything,” said Holle Spessard, standing by the resting place of her infant son. “But they left us some of their own toys.”

She gestured toward the ground, where a toy sword and tape-wrapped squirt gun were lying in the grass....


July 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – A request for an abatement plan regarding the Northland Mall was not returned within the 30 days allowed, according to Brad Chapulis, Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development.

In late June, two people were arrested for possession of methamphetamine in the former Kmart section of the mall. During the investigation, authorities were made aware of the unsafe conditions that exist in that part of the mall, prompting them to contact city building officials. Signs declaring that portion unsafe to enter were posted, and the city contacted owner Mike Kohan of...


DNR cuts wolf quota by almost half

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MINNESOTA - Minnesota wildlife officials have cut the quota for the state's second wolf season by nearly half. Minnesota’s statewide target harvest of wolves will be 220 this fall -- 180 fewer than last season, the Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

A smaller Minnesota wolf population means fewer hunting and trapping licenses will be available when the wolf season opens Nov. 9.

Starting Thursday, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,000 early-season and 1,300 late-season licenses. That’s a reduction from 3,600 early-season and 2,400 late-season licenses in 2012...


FBI announces rescue of 105 child prostitution victims nationwide through Operation Cross Country

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Washington DC -- In a major crackdown on child exploitation, the FBI announced Monday that 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution have been rescued nationwide through Operation Cross Country. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.

The ages of the children involved ranged from 13 to 17.

Authorities said the operation, which took investigators to race tracks and truck stops, also targeted the use of social media sites for child prostitution activity.

The roundup took place in 76 cities and involved 230 law enforcement...


Worthington man killed Sunday in rollover crash

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WILMONT — A Worthington man died in the early-morning hours Sunday after a rollover crash in rural Nobles County. Agapito Vallejo Jr., 44, was driving on McCall Avenue between 130th and 140th when his vehicle rolled after hitting a field approach. The report from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office states the vehicle was southbound and entered the west ditch, travelling almost sideways when it hit the approach. A report to authorities at 2:24 a.m. states the male in the vehicle was unresponsive. The Wilmont Rescue team was dispatched to the scene, as was the Fulda Ambulance. An on-call...


July 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, Well 26 at the Bella Well Field, which has been used to gauge average well levels for the city, dropped seven inches in the past week to 24 feet 4 inches. Hain said the latest drop was better than the previous week’s drop of just over a foot, or the week before, when the level dropped one foot 7 inches, but still isn’t very encouraging. At this point, there has been no move to put the non-essential watering ban back into place.

DES MOINES - The possible presence of blue-green algae has resulted in an...


2014 Adrian Legion Post 32 Calendar Raffle

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Join in on the fun and enter the 2014 Adrian Legion Post raffle! Anyone 18+ is eligible to purchase (and win!) raffle tickets (calendars) priced at $25 apiece. Raffle prizes are printed on the back of the calendar, and a complete list of all prizes is available upon request.

Calendars are available at the Worthington Ace Hardware, Adrian County Seed Inc., Adrian Kum & Go, Big Orv's of Adrian, Worthington Rall Financial, Worthington Nickel & Associates, Adrian Rustic Razor, Adrian Hardware, Adrian Voss Lumbar, the Luverne Star Herald, and Wilmont Oil. Winners...


First Minnesota West Nile case of 2013 reported in Murray County

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SLAYTON - Health officials are reminding Minnesotans to use mosquito repellent after a report that the West Nile virus was found in a Murray County resident. The report is the first 2013 human case of the disease in Minnesota. Officials say the man became sick with West Nile fever earlier this month but is recovering.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the virus can be life threatening. Minnesotans are urged to use mosquito repellents to reduce the risk of a bite from a disease-carrying insect. David Neitzel with the MDH said in a statement that it is now high-risk...