WORTHINGTON – A request for an abatement plan regarding the Northland Mall was not returned within the 30 days allowed, according to Brad Chapulis, Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota wildlife officials have cut the quota for the state's second wolf season by nearly half. Minnesota’s statewide target harvest of wolves will be 220 this fall -- 180 fewer than last season, the Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.
A smaller Minnesota wolf population means fewer hunting and trapping licenses will be available when the wolf season opens Nov. 9.
Washington DC -- In a major crackdown on child exploitation, the FBI announced Monday that 105 children who were being victimized through prostitution have been rescued nationwide through Operation Cross Country. Additionally, 150 pimps were arrested on state and federal charges.
The ages of the children involved ranged from 13 to 17.
Authorities said the operation, which took investigators to race tracks and truck stops, also targeted the use of social media sites for child prostitution activity.
WILMONT — A Worthington man died in the early-morning hours Sunday after a rollover crash in rural Nobles County. Agapito Vallejo Jr., 44, was driving on McCall Avenue between 130th and 140th when his vehicle rolled after hitting a field approach. The report from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office states the vehicle was southbound and entered the west ditch, travelling almost sideways when it hit the approach. A report to authorities at 2:24 a.m. states the male in the vehicle was unresponsive. The Wilmont Rescue team was dispatched to the scene, as was the Fulda Ambulance.
WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, Well 26 at the Bella Well Field, which has been used to gauge average well levels for the city, dropped seven inches in the past week to 24 feet 4 inches. Hain said the latest drop was better than the previous week’s drop of just over a foot, or the week before, when the level dropped one foot 7 inches, but still isn’t very encouraging. At this point, there has been no move to put the non-essential watering ban back into place.
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SLAYTON - Health officials are reminding Minnesotans to use mosquito repellent after a report that the West Nile virus was found in a Murray County resident. The report is the first 2013 human case of the disease in Minnesota. Officials say the man became sick with West Nile fever earlier this month but is recovering.
WORTHINGTON – This time of year, there are often companies that come into an area to offer services such as house or barn painting and driveway blacktopping. A friendly reminder from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office says residents need to exercise caution with these companies, which can be scam artists. Not every company is out to rip people off, but there are a few bad ones out there.
SLAYTON – Now available is the book “Homely Girls and Pretty Babies: A History of the Murray County Fair.” Author Anita Talsma Gaul has compiled this very readable history book which contains a lot of interesting stories and anecdotes about the Murray County Fair. Gaul is a native of Murray County and grew up on a farm near Chandler. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History at the University of Iowa and currently teaches at Southwest Minnesota State University.
ENGLAND - Just in case you haven’t been aware of the royal fervor, Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to the heir to the throne today. The little princeling was born at 8 pounds 6 ounces, which officially makes him a keeper. If you’ve been following the story all day long and waiting with anticipation, I’d just like to point out we live in the United States, don’t have a throne, and, just like the Goblin King, he has no power over us.