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Animal adoption event on Saturday in Worthington


WORTHINGTON – Have you been looking for a furry companion? Now is the perfect chance to find that special pet!

The Tracy Area Animal Rescue is having an adoption event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Worthington Tractor Supply. Stop in to meet cats and dogs available for adoption. Tracy Area Animal Rescue is a 501(c)3 organization.

Songwriter, poetry and art contest in conjunction with Michael Martin Murphey concert


WORTHINGTON – In association with the upcoming Michael Martin Murphey concert, the Worthington Memorial Auditorium is sponsoring a Cowboy Songwriting, Poetry and Art Contest.

Murphey will be performing April 11 at the Auditorium, and the winners of the poetry and songwriting contest will perform their pieces during the show. The winners of the art concert will have their pieces displayed in the lobby. All winners will be invited to a VIP session with Murphey the day of the concert.

Age classes are K - 4th grade, 5th - 8th, 9th - 12th and College Students. Art, poems and...

Gov. Dayton hopes to crack down on illegal poaching


ST. PAUL – In the wake of numerous high-profile instances of illegal poaching activity in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed significant reforms to Minnesota’s poaching laws this session. As a life-long hunter and angler, Dayton is pushing hard to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state’s hunting and fishing laws. By enacting more severe consequences for these crimes, Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hope to deter illegal poaching, and ensure these criminal acts are properly and thoroughly punished.


March 27 news


WORTHINGTON – A Worthington woman is facing seven felony forgery counts after allegedly paying $1,000 for another person’s identity and using it to work and register a vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County District Court, the victim contacted the Worthington Police Department after applying for a job through a employment company and being told that her name was already in use. The company had a social security number, birth certificate, address and phone number on file. The woman called the phone number and talked to someone who said she had purchased...

March 26 news


WORTHINGTON – Two people accused of methamphetamine possession are scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court next week after allegedly being caught with the illegal substance in their vehicle earlier this month.

According to the criminal complaints, John Mounsamrouath, age 33, of Jackson, and Nicole Ruffcorn, age 32, of Rushmore, are both charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Ruffcorn is also charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia.

The complaint states a K-9 officer with the Worthington Police...

March 25 news


WORTHINGTON – During the Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday, Terri Janssen, Community Health Services Administrator and Health Supervisor, explained a new grant the Des Moines Valley and Nobles County Public Health SHIP Team has been selected to receive through the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. The grant, which is referred to as the 1422 grant, is for over $300,000 annually for four years, for a total of $1.2 million and will focus on improving health in the areas of preventing and better managing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke....

March 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved the most recent draft of an employment contract between the city and new city administrator Steve Robinson. The draft was prepared by Robinson and Dr. Richard Fursman of Brimeyer Fursman, the employment firm hired to find the new administrator.

The start date on the contract, which was originally set for April 13, has now been moved to today. Performance evaluations will occur six months and one year after Robinson’s start date, and annually thereafter. Even thought he has only worked for the city for six months, Robinson...

Spirit Lake man arrested after driving through building


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Spirit Lake Police Department arrested 24-year-old Quentin Karlyle of Spirit Lake on Monday after he allegedly drove a 2002 Dodge Durango into an apartment building in the early morning hours.

According to information released by the police department, authorities were dispatched to 2302 Sunner Avenue at 1 a.m. Monday in reference to a vehicle that had driven into a building. At the scene, officers found the Durango inside apartments No. 4 and 5. The Durango had entered the south end of the building and traveled north through the building, causing an...

March 23 news


WORTHINGTON – Fareway in Worthington will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon today in observance of the Darrell Jansma funeral. Fareway apologizes for any inconvenience.

WORTHINGTON – Gone Country will celebrate 10 years at the Worthington Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center Saturday with two “The Best of Gone Country” shows – one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. In between, there will be a burger feed fundraiser from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby, with the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen grilling burgers.

Tickets for either the 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. shows may be purchased at...

Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force makes 1,000th arrest


WORTHINGTON – This week, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force made its 1,000th arrest since it was formed in 2005, taking another seven ounces of methamphetamine off the streets along with $23,000 in cash. The meth has a street value of more than $10,000, according to Task Force Commander Nate Grimmius.

On March 19, as part of a joint investigation, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Ninth Street in Worthington.

Taken into custody was Daniel Alberto Sanchez-Gonzalez,...