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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.

According to the information that has been released so far, Brock Jacobs, 25, of Adrian, was driving a 2008 Ford Super Duty and pulling a trailer loaded with a Skid Steer. He was stopped east bound on Nobles 6, preparing to turn north onto Highway 91. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by the as yet unidentified deceased, was west bound and collided with the...

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.

According to the information released, two pickups met at the intersection of Highway 91 and Nobles County Road 6 at approximately 5:39 p.m. Monday. Brock Jacobs, 25, of Adrian, was driving a 2008 Ford Super Duty and pulling a trailer loaded with a Skid Steer. He was stopped east bound on Nobles 6, preparing to turn north onto Highway 91. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Hup, was west...

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.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library and The Friends of the Library present Brian Freeman at the...

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.

Age classes are K - 4th grade, 5th - 8th, 9th - 12th and College Students. Art, poems and...

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.

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...