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April 2 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has filed charges against Joan Mary Moore of rural Reading relating to the 15 dead horses discovered on her property. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office investigated after receiving an anonymous tip last week, and found the dead animals in various states of decay. According to Sheriff Kent Wilkening, it was readily apparent the animals had died of malnourishment.


"Man in Black" appeal thrown out

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.


April 1 news

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.


March 31 News

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.


Dead horses discovered in rural Reading

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.


March 28 news

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.


March 27 news

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.


Red Rock Central superintendent John Brennan dead at age 65

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.


Severe Weather Awareness in Iowa

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.