Latest Area News Headlines

October 2 news

(0)

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Sgt. Nate Grimmius has been named the new commander of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the task force board met Wednesday morning and appointed Grimmius to the position.

Technically, Troy Appel is still the commander, but he will move into the position of the Worthington Director of Public Safety/Police Chief next week. Grimmius, who has been with the Worthington Police Department for 10 years and the drug task force for seven, will then move into the position as commander.

Grimmius was...


Minnesota Supreme Court Justices visit with more than 1,000 students at WHS

(1)

WORTHINGTON – To the more than 1,000 high school students who attended the Minnesota Supreme Court oral arguments Wednesday morning at the Worthington High School it may have seemed more like an argument about grammar or semantics, but they listened attentively as attorneys for the defendant and for the state argued the difference between the words ‘take’ and ‘taking’ and discussed the legal meaning of ‘pursuing.’

The case before the Supreme Court was one from Stearns County and revolved around a man who had been cited for hunting deer without a license. He was found guilty by a...


October 1 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON — According to city officials in Austin, Craig Clark, the current Worthington City Administrator, has been named a finalist for the vacant Austin city administrator position. Clark is scheduled to interview for the position in Austin on October 3 and 4.

City officials say a decision could be made on who will fill the vacant post over the weekend. Kandis Hanson and Steve Wilke are also candidates for the position, and have already interviewed with Austin’s city council. Wilke has been the city manager of Lake Mills, Wis., and Hanson is the city manager in Mound.

...


Entenza's think tank is shutting down

(1)

MINNESOTA - Minnesota 2020, a think tank founded by former DFL legislator Matt Entenza seven years ago, is shutting down.

Stuart Alger, a Minneapolis attorney and Minnesota 2020 board chairman, confirmed Monday that the board will close its doors. Alger said six to eight full-time employees would be laid off — primarily writers and researchers.

Alger said the funding just hasn’t been there as it was in the past. The organization is a 501c3 nonprofit, and Alger said it relied on private support, including donations from labor organizations and foundations.

The St. Paul-...


September 30 news

(0)

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.

Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.

Shue argued that the district court failed to prove he meets the criteria for commitment, with which the appellate court disagreed. The district court found that expert...


MN Apellate Court affirms Shue commitment

(1)

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.

Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.

Shue argued that the district court violated his marital privilege by relying on information from his wife’s statements and past testimony. The marital statute provides a spouse...


September 29 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON – One count each of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular homicide causing substantial bodily harm, careless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign have been filed against James Miller, 67, of Cylinder, Iowa. He allegedly ran the stop sign on Nobles County 35 on Sept. 19 and caused a crash between two semis that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

When officers arrived at the scene, they found the deceased, Charles Luze, 49, of Sioux Falls, SD, still in the cab of a semi, which had been severely damaged. In the ditch, bystanders were providing...


District 518 School Board denies pre-school grant

(1)

WORTHINGTON – During an early morning meeting, the District 518 School Board today denied a federal grant offered through the Minnesota Department of Education that would have paid for all-day every day pre-school for 4-year-olds that fell into the 175 to 200 percent poverty level, stating the decision to go through with the grant needed to be made too quickly and that space to house the students was of primary concern. Each member felt better about the district expanding the program on their own, rather than rushing into the grant process without appropriate planning.

Community...


September 26 news

(1)

LUVERNE – For the first time since June of 2012, the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System on Thursday awarded a pipeline contract. The contract, which came in at two million dollars less than the engineers estimate, was for $16.5 million to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, and includes 18 miles of pipe that will run from the Minnesota/Iowa border to Luverne. When completed, Lewis & Clark will be able to deliver water to Luverne. The substantial completion deadline is November 2015.

Roughly two-thirds of the funds for this project are being provided by the State of...


Raffle tickets on sale for pheasant opener banquet

(2)

WORTHINGTON – The organizers behind the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Worthington are working diligently to sell raffle tickets, the winners of which will be drawn at the banquet on October 10 at the Worthington Event Center.

According to Doug Tate, one of the organizers, the grand prize of the raffle is a 2014 John Deere Gator – a side by side with front and back seats. It hold s six adults, has a box with an electric lift and a removable top.

There are other prizes, and an auction at the banquet will wield additional treasures.
Only 300 tickets will be sold...