Fire at Graham Tire under investigation

WORTHINGTON – The cause of a fire in an outdoor storage area at Graham Tire of Worthington that caused an estimated $11,000 in damages is under investigation.

Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt says Nobles County dispatch received several calls regarding a fire in a fenced in area behind the store on Oxford Street. Approximately a dozen small tractor tires were destroyed in the blaze.

Based on evidence found at the scene, Von Holdt says arson is suspected. Von Holdt is also the manager at the Worthington branch of Graham Tire.

Criminal complaint filed against former Plum Creek Library Director

WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.

Langseth attends press conference in Mankato; recognition for Good Samaritan

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MANKATO - Paul Langseth was in Mankato today at the Minnesota State Patrol District Office to be formally recognized for his part in saving the life of truck driver Michael Junker during a crash Monday afternoon on Minnesota 60 near Heron Lake.

According to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Junker never would have survived without the heroic actions of Langseth and Sgt. Ron Richards, who climbed inside the cab of a semi that was starting to burn and pulled the driver to safety before it became fully engulfed in flames.

ND Judge Issues Injuction to WOTUS Rule

Late Thursday night, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. rule which was set to take effect Friday the 28th of August. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed granted the injuction, as requested by North Dakota, along with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, citing the potential irreparable harm it would cause the states if the rule were to go into effect August 28, 2015.

Love INC receives WRHCF grant

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WORTHINGTON – For the second year, Love INC has received a grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation to help support their Clearing House Helpline.

Love In the Name of Christ of Worthington, or Love INC, is an affiliation of local churches, networked to provide coordinated help to neighbors in need. The Clearing House Helpline is a number people can call for assistance with a wide variety of needs. The caller is sometimes referred to a resource that already exists, or sometimes the staff at Love INC has to get creative to solve a problem.

Worthington City Council to pursue leasing Prairie View Golf Links

WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington needs to be out of the golf course business, according to a statement made by Mayor Mike Kuhle on Tuesday evening during a city council work session. Following a recommendation made in early August by the Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee, the Worthington City Council on Tuesday evening gathered for the special meeting to discuss decommissioning Prairie View Golf Links.

Brewster death ruled a homicide

WORTHINGTON – Janette Pigman-Kruse’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

Pigman-Kruse, age 40, was killed by a shotgun wound to the chest in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities were alerted to the situation when her husband called 911 at approximately 2:47 a.m. to report someone had come into their home and shot his wife.

Long range committee approves recomendation to decommission Prairie View Golf Course

WORTHINGTON - The Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee approved a motion Wednesday morning to recommend to the Worthington City Council that the course be decommissioned and that maximum water quality construction get underway to remove Total Suspended Solids and Total Phosphorus.

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Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presents check to District 518 for golf teams

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WORTHINGTON – During the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament in July, two member of the Worthington High School Boys’ Golf Team stationed themselves at Hole 6 and offered each golfer a chance a bit of an advantage. For a small fee, Will Mulder or Ben Koepsel would tee off for them from a better location. The foundation then matched the money that was raised.

On Monday morning, foundation executive director Jeff Rotert presented District 518 Athletic Director Josh Dale with a check for $1,290 to go to the boys’ and girls’ golf teams.