Jim Hagedorn declares candidacy for First Congressional District for 2016

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.”

Two people killed in Jasper hog barn fire

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.

Friday evening crash injures four

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.

Charges filed in armed robbery case

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.

Armed robbery reported in Worthington, two people arrested

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery Tuesday at La Morenita, 1517 Oxford Street. According to a release issued by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, a 911 call was received at 11:35 a.m. Assisted by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, one adult male and one juvenile male were arrested at a residence on North Burlington Avenue.

Nobles County Commissioners approve Armory, tax forfeiture incentives, driveway

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of the Armory Business Center for $225,000, an offer that had already been accepted prior to the meeting. The final cost, with closing costs and rental credits, has yet to be determined. The purchase includes the building at 225 Ninth Street, a garage and a vacant lot.

Charges filed in Balaton arson, murder case

BALATON – Charges have been filed in Lyon County District Court against three men accused of burning down the house where Jim Hively, 75, and his wife, Cathy, 71 died Thursday. The complaint states the house was burglarized before the fire.

Charged are Derek Hexum, 20, of Balaton; Theodore Como, 18, of Marshall; and Kyle Wesselink, 21, of Tyler. All appeared in court and remain in custody.

Hexum and Como are each charged with second-degree murder, arson and armed burglary. Wesselink is charged with arson, burglary and receiving stolen property.

Area FFA Members Take Home Top Honors

During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, Career Development Event (CDE) winners were named, allowing the top chapters throughout the state to advance to the national competition in Louisville, Kentucky, October 28-31.

Congratulations to area competitors!

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New MN State FFA Officers Selected

SAINT PAUL – During the final session of the 86th Minnesota State FFA Convention, six FFA members from across Minnesota were elected to serve as the 2015-2016 Minnesota FFA Officers. These six members will spend the next year representing Minnesota throughout the state and nation, advocating for the agriculture industry.

MN Supreme Court reverses Fraga conviction, remands back for new trial

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the Josue Fraga conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias, according to documents released today.