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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.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County District Court, the victim contacted the Worthington Police Department after applying for a job through a employment company and being told that her name was already in use. The company had a social security number, birth certificate, address and phone number on file. The woman called the phone number and talked to someone who said she had purchased...

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.

The complaint states a K-9 officer with the Worthington Police...

March 25 news


WORTHINGTON – During the Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday, Terri Janssen, Community Health Services Administrator and Health Supervisor, explained a new grant the Des Moines Valley and Nobles County Public Health SHIP Team has been selected to receive through the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. The grant, which is referred to as the 1422 grant, is for over $300,000 annually for four years, for a total of $1.2 million and will focus on improving health in the areas of preventing and better managing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke....

March 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved the most recent draft of an employment contract between the city and new city administrator Steve Robinson. The draft was prepared by Robinson and Dr. Richard Fursman of Brimeyer Fursman, the employment firm hired to find the new administrator.

The start date on the contract, which was originally set for April 13, has now been moved to today. Performance evaluations will occur six months and one year after Robinson’s start date, and annually thereafter. Even thought he has only worked for the city for six months, Robinson...

Spirit Lake man arrested after driving through building


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa – The Spirit Lake Police Department arrested 24-year-old Quentin Karlyle of Spirit Lake on Monday after he allegedly drove a 2002 Dodge Durango into an apartment building in the early morning hours.

According to information released by the police department, authorities were dispatched to 2302 Sunner Avenue at 1 a.m. Monday in reference to a vehicle that had driven into a building. At the scene, officers found the Durango inside apartments No. 4 and 5. The Durango had entered the south end of the building and traveled north through the building, causing an...

March 23 news


WORTHINGTON – Fareway in Worthington will be closed from 10 a.m. to noon today in observance of the Darrell Jansma funeral. Fareway apologizes for any inconvenience.

WORTHINGTON – Gone Country will celebrate 10 years at the Worthington Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center Saturday with two “The Best of Gone Country” shows – one at 2 p.m. and one at 7:30 p.m. In between, there will be a burger feed fundraiser from 4 to 7:30 p.m. in the auditorium lobby, with the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen grilling burgers.

Tickets for either the 2 p.m. or 7:30 p.m. shows may be purchased at...

Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force makes 1,000th arrest


WORTHINGTON – This week, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force made its 1,000th arrest since it was formed in 2005, taking another seven ounces of methamphetamine off the streets along with $23,000 in cash. The meth has a street value of more than $10,000, according to Task Force Commander Nate Grimmius.

On March 19, as part of a joint investigation, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Ninth Street in Worthington.

Taken into custody was Daniel Alberto Sanchez-Gonzalez,...

March 20 news


WORTHINGTON - Jose Leonel Pineda, age 19, of Worthington, has been charged with one count of theft of a vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of driving after suspension after allegedly stealing a Volkswagen Beetle in Jackson County the day after being released from jail.

The Worthington Police Department received a report Tuesday from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen 2012 gray Volkswagen Beetle. That same day at approximately 5 p.m., a Worthington officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the Beetle traveling southwest on...

Pierre to replace Boardwalk for special Monopoly edition, Minneapolis the new Park Place


PIERRE, S.D. — The plastic red hotel will still ruin you, but instead of advancing to Boardwalk to face your demise, you'll just miss passing “Go” to land in Pierre.

Pierre, the tiny South Dakota capital, will hold the top spot in a new version of Monopoly featuring U.S. cities coming out this fall. It will pair with Minneapolis — the new Park Place — to bankrupt opponents unlucky to spend a night at one of their swanky hotels. Waconia replaces Mediterranean Avenue.

Pierre and 21 other cities will replace the properties in original 1935 game that named after places in...

March 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met in special session Wednesday morning to discuss the sustainability of the Worthington Rediscovered program. Since the new council took office at the beginning at the year, they have met for work sessions or special meetings approximately twice a month to familiarize themselves with various programs, discussing the best way to utilize or fund them or how to make sure the public is aware of the opportunities the programs provide.

The Worthington Rediscovered program was originally funded almost a decade ago with $100,000 from the city’s...