Ag Commissioner confirms avian influenza in Nobles County

WORTHINGTON – During his visit to Worthington Thursday, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson confirmed that a fourth case of pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock had been confirmed in Minnesota. According to Frederickson, the H5N2 was confirmed in Nobles County after the farmer noticed the increase in death loss on one of his barns.

April 2 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Fire Department battled two house fires simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon as the high winds caused the flames at 709 Pershing Blvd to spread quickly to the house next door, 713 Pershing. According to fire chief Rick von Holdt, the first house was already too far gone to save when firefighters arrived on scene, so they concentrated their efforts on the second home.

April 1 news

WORTHINGTON - Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

March 31 news

ELLSWORTH – The Minnesota State Patrol has not yet released the name of a person killed in a broadside crash between two pickup trucks near Ellsworth Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 91 and Nobles County Road 6.

UPDATE: Name released in fatal crash near Ellsworth

UPDATE: 12:12 p.m.
ELLSWORTH – The driver of a pickup killed in a broadside crash Monday near Ellsworth was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 59-year-old Steven Hup of Luverne.

March 30 news

WORTHINGTON – The Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk is happening at American Reformed Church in Worthington on Wednesday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. During the day, please stop by the office before beginning the prayer walk, so the office staff can prepare the walk for you. If you come in the evening, please come in the south door by the gym to begin. The event is open to the public and is recommended for 5th grade students to adults.

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.

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.

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.