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"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...


UPDATE: Murray County hospital board approves interim CEO

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SLAYTON – The Murray County Hospital Board Wednesday morning unanimously approved a motion to offer the job of interim CEO of the Murray County Medical Center to John Osse of Casper, Wyoming, contingent on approval of the contract by legal advisors and completion of a background check.

According to Murray County Commissioner Bob Moline, the contract approval could come back sometime today. The background check could take up to a week.

An interview with Osse was conducted in an open meeting at the Murray County Government Center. His resume reflects a wealth of experience in...


Severe Weather Awareness in Iowa

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This week, Iowans are observing Severe Weather Awareness Week. In correspondence with this, TODAY the National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado drill. Sirens will sound and weather radios will be alerting people, beginning at 10 a.m. CST.

Officials say this drill is an opportunity for everyone in Iowa at work, school, or home to practice their own safety measures.

Again, this is a Iowa statewide tornado DRILL.


Unhappy crowd attends Murray County Medical Center community meeting

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SLAYTON – A passionate crowd filled the Murray Country Central auditorium Tuesday night to attend the Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) community meeting, moderated by Dr. Michael Rich of the Southwest Marketing Advisory Center (SMAC) of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. At the heart of the matter is how the community can resolve problems at the medical center, which has suffered from a loss of medical and support staff due to what they have termed a hostile working environment.

With the loss of several medical staff has come a loss of patients as they follow...