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October 22 news


WILMONT – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Wilmont attorney Dennis Rutgers is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law, with no right to petition for reinstatement for at least one year.

The ruling comes after disciplinary action was filed in October of 2014 through the Appellate Court system. According to the court documents, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that Rutgers committed professional misconduct and the matter was referred to a referee.

It was found Rutgers...

October 21 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved three conditional use permits. The first was for expansion of an existing feedlot to over 1,000 animal units in grand Prairie Township for Curt Schilling of Ellsworth. The existing facility, plus the new project will have a total maximum capacity of 4,800 finishing hogs, which equals 1,440 animal units.

The second permit approved was also for expansion for an existing feedlot to over 1,000 animal units. This feedlot is in Lismore Township and owned by Chris Wieneke of Adrian. Joe and Chris Wieneke currently operate...

October 20 news


WORTHINGTON – Residential water usage has declined, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain. During a meeting Monday with the Water and Light Board, Hain said usage in the residential sector is down 2.3 percent in the month of September from where it was a year ago, and has been declining in the past eight to ten years. Industrial use, however, is up, he said.

In the Lake Bella wellfield, the time for a fall recharge is running out, and there was no significant recharge this spring. Right now, he said, wells are right above 70 percent of the historic average and...

October 19 news


WORTHINGTON — The American Cancer Society will offer its “Look Good … Feel Better” program from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26 at Sanford Health Cancer Center, 1018 Sixth Avenue, Worthington.

Guided by a volunteer cosmetologist, female cancer patients who participate in the class will learn how to use makeup and skincare techniques to overcome the appearance-related effects of chemotherapy and radiation.

“Look Good … Feel Better” is offered through a partnership of the ACS, the Cosmetic, Toiletry and Fragrance Association and the National Cosmetology Association. Classes and materials...

October 16 news


WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is accused of cutting another man with a fillet knife during an altercation last weekend. Javier Antonio Orellana-Lopez, age 26, is charged in Nobles County District Court with first-degree burglary and two counts of second-degree assault.

The complaint states authorities responded to a report of assault shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday morning and found three men, two of whom were bleeding. The third had a ripped shirt. Orellana-Lopez had a cut on his finger, another had a four-inch laceration on his forearm. The victim said he had left his house earlier...

October 15 news


WORTHINGTON – A lawsuit filed against Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening and his staff by the American Civil Liberties Union of Minnesota for allegedly violating Jose Lopez Orellana’s Fourth and 14th Amendment constitutional rights asks that the courts order the sheriff’s office to stop honoring Immigrations and Customs Enforcement detainers.

According to the ACLU-MN, Nobles County denied Lopez Orellana’s right to post a bail set by a Minnesota court and held him unlawfully for an additional 10 days on the basis of an immigration detainer after he was arrested in 2014 for driving...

October 14 news


WORTHINGTON – The Haunted Ghost Town Halloween party at the Nobles County Library will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m., noon to 1:30 p.m. and 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday and noon to 1:30 and 2 to 3:30 Friday.

Please call to register for a time at 295-5340. Children are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes.

WORTHINGTON — Project Morning Star is having a MEA Weekend Rummage Sale at Lakeside Church. Donations are still needed and may be dropped off at the church Thursday morning. The sale will take place from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Thursday and Friday and from 9 a.m. to noon on...

Arrest made in Fairmont terroristic threat case


FAIRMONT - An anonymous threat via an internet application called Yik Yak has resulted in the arrest of a 17-year-old male from Cottonwood County, according to the Fairmont Police Department.

Fairmont schools had extra security Monday after a terroristic threat was received Saturday. The non-specific threat did not reference a specific school or community, but was toward a school and said it would take place Monday.

Yik Yak, which is effectively an anonymous bulletin board, is based on proximity, and allows people anonymously to create and view "Yaks" within a 5-mile radius...

October 13 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council on Monday voted unanimously to deny a proposal from American Reformed Church, which had offered to sell a portion of their property for the sole purpose of establishing a new neighborhood park. The Park and Recreation Advisory Board had voted to move forward with the acquisition of the parcel, but the council rejected the idea.

Council member Rod Sankey stated immediately he would vote against anything that had to do with the property. The parcel in question would be subject to assessment from the proposed Grand Avenue and Darling Drive...

PM Beef to close in Windom


WINDOM – PM Beef in Windom is closing its facility, according to a letter sent to city officials.

The Cottonwood Citizen Online stated Monday afternoon an official request for correspondence to the City of Windom resulted in obtaining a letter addressed to Windom Mayor Corey Maricle stating PM Beef will be closing the facility located at 2850 Minnesota 60 in Windom as of December 11, 2015. The action, the letter states, is expected to be permanent.

The plant currently employs more than 260 workers.