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May 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta, age 61, of Worthington, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a bail hearing in front of Judge Gordon Moore, who explained the charges and his rights. When asked by Moore if he understood the charges, Desta said the crimes he was being charged with and what he had done were not the same at all.

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Attempted murder charges filed in Worthington assault case

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WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta, age 61, of Worthington, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a bail hearing in front of Judge Gordon Moore, who, through the use of an interpreter, explained the charges and his rights. When asked by Moore if he understood the charges, Desta said the crimes he was being charged with and what he had done were not...


Jim Hagedorn declares candidacy for First Congressional District for 2016

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WORTHINGTON – Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn has once again announced his candidacy for Congress in Minnesota’s 1st District, seeking a rematch in 2016 against Democrat Tim Walz, who is currently serving his fifth term.

“I’m enthusiastically entering the race and will be working full-time to replace Tim Walz and bring a conservative, commonsense voice to Congress,” Hagedorn said. “My Minnesota farm roots and first-hand knowledge of how Washington D.C. functions and dysfunctions will help me faithfully represent the views and interests of southern Minnesotans.”

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May 12 news

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JASPER – Two women from Jasper were killed Monday morning when a fire broke out at a hog barn fire four miles east of the city, according to a news release issued by Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge.

The fire was reported to dispatch at approximately 9:23 a.m. Jasper Fire and Rescue responded to the call, along with other departments called in for mutual aid. The sheriff’s office was told two individuals were unaccounted for and believed to be inside the barn. According to the report, some employees were pressure washing inside the barn when the fire broke out.

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Two people killed in Jasper hog barn fire

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JASPER – Two women from Jasper were killed Monday morning when a fire broke out at a hog barn fire east of the city, according to a news release issued by Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge.

The fire was reported to dispatch at approximately 9:23 a.m. Jasper Fire and Rescue responded to the call, along with other departments called in for mutual aid. The sheriff’s office was told two individuals were unaccounted for and believed to be inside the barn. According to the report, some employees were pressure washing inside the barn when the fire broke out.

Sharla Drew, 50, and a...


May 11 news

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WORTHINGTON – There is still space for producers who want to sell items at the Worthington Farmers Market on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

The downtown Farmers Market begins June 23 and continues each Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. during the summer in the parking lot at 10th Street and Second Avenue. The Saturday market takes place in the Ace Hardware parking lot along Oxford Street and begins July 11.

Producers who would like to sell fresh produce, baked goods and handmade items at the Farmers Market can call the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919 or The Daily Apple at...


Friday evening crash injures four

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WORTHINGTON – One person was seriously injured and three other received non-life threatening injuries when two vehicles crashed south of Worthington Friday evening shortly before 7:30 p.m.

According to information released by the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2007 Toyota Yaris was southbound on Minnesota 59/6o, driven by Genaro Casas-Sanchez, age 57, of Sibley, Iowa, with three passengers. A 2013 Ford F-Series pick-up, driven by Travis Heidebrink, age 26, of Bigelow, was headed north and attempting to turn on Palm Avenue. Heidebrink crossed into the southbound lane and struck the Toyota...


May 8 news

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WORTHINGTON - Law enforcement program students from the Minnesota West Worthington campus will be at local boat landings beginning this weekend to educate boaters about how to avoid the spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS). The students will be present at selected Nobles County boat landings on weekends and holidays from the Minnesota fishing opener through Labor Day.

The students will provide boaters with information on how to avoid the spread of AIS plants, zebra mussels and Asian carp to Nobles County lakes. Their mission is educational. They will not be doing boat...


May 7 news

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ST. PAUL — Sen. Bill Weber of Luverne was appointed to the conference committee on House File (H.F.) 846, the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Bill, earlier this week. This committee will resolve the discrepancies between the two versions of the bill that passed the House and Senate.

Weber said he was honored to be working on the committee and would work to make the bill better for District 22 and greater Minnesota by advocating for certain Senate provisions to remain in the final bill, including agricultural funding for research and education, common sense...


Charges filed in armed robbery case

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WORTHINGTON – A 16-year-old Worthington boy is facing several charges in Nobles County District Court for allegedly committing an armed robbery at a small grocery store on Oxford Street in Worthington Tuesday. Simon Berihu Gebrehiwot is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a pistol after being convicted for a crime of violence.

In the state of Minnesota, if a juvenile who is 16 years or older is charged with a felony, the file becomes public record. According to the juvenile petition filed shortly before noon...