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Wetsch pleads guilty to robbing Brewster bank


BREWSTER - The Shakopee man who authorities claim was responsible for the “Man in Black” bank robberies across Minnesota pleaded guilty today to holding up Brewster’s Rolling Hills Bank in January 2012 during a hearing in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

Mark Wetsch still must face two back-to-back trials beginning June 3 on 12 other robberies. According to a federal indictment filed on Feb. 6, 2012, those robberies took place in...

April 22 news


WORTHINGTON — A total of $16.8 million dollars in damages for Nobles County was submitted to the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management during a Preliminary Damage Assessment following the snow, ice and freezing rain that hit the region earlier this month. Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs said the number could be significantly higher or lower based on actual costs that have not yet been determined.

Various agencies across the county — including power companies, cities, townships and school districts — were asked to relay their...

Nobles County EOC will have phone lines open this weekend


The Nobles County Emergency Operations Center will have their phone lines open on Saturday, April 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM and again on Sunday, April 21st from noon to 4 PM for phone calls only.

Groups or individuals in the community who are interested in volunteering to help with the clean-up effort or citizens who are physically unable to remove the debris from their property are asked to contact the Nobles County Emergency Operation Center at 507-295-5359. Joann Bartosh with Nobles County R.S.V.P. will be matching up volunteers who can help with those who need help. Volunteers...

April 19 news


BOSTON - Officials say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another. The manhunt is being focused in the Boston suburb of Watertown, MA. Officials say the two suspects shot and killed an MIT police officer at the college late Thursday night. They say the suspects then stole a car at gunpoint and did later release the car's owner unharmed.

Officials say soon after there was a shootout with police and the two suspects. The suspects threw explosives from their car as police followed, and during the exchange one of the...

NCE Power Restored


Nobles Cooperative Electric would like to report that all members should have electricity. All major lines have been restored. If you are a Nobles Cooperative Electric member without power, please call the cooperative immediately at 1-800-397-4592.

With the area forecast to get up to five to eight inches of snow, with winds increasing to 20 to 35 MPH through Friday, Nobles Cooperative Electric encourages members to keep the cooperative’s number handy in case outages occur: 1-800-397-4592.

Meanwhile, office personnel is compiling the costs from the ice storm for the Federal...

April 18 news


MILFORD, Iowa - The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office is investigating a double fatality motor vehicle crash that took place at approximately 7 p.m. Wednesday in the 1800 block of 310th Ave near Milford. Two vehicles were involved, one being a northbound semi tractor/trailer and the other a southbound passenger vehicle. The two occupants of the passenger vehicle were killed in the accident. The driver of the semi was unharmed. The names of the deceased have not yet been released pending notification of family.

WORTHINGTON — Exciting news came through the Radio Works lines this...

April 17 news


WASHINGTON (AP) - The U.S. Secret Service says it has intercepted a letter addressed to President Barack Obama that contained a "suspicious substance."

Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan says the letter was intercepted at a facility away from the White House Tuesday. This comes a day after lawmakers said a letter was mailed to Sen. Roger Wicker that tested positive for poisonous ricin. Another senator said police have a suspect in mind.

Tensions have been high in Washington and across the country since the deadly bombings Monday at the Boston Marathon that killed three...

April 16 news


WORTHINGTON – A tentative trial date for September 9 was set in Nobles County District Court for the re-trial of Josue Fraga, whose 2009 conviction for the murder of his two-year-old niece Samantha was vacated in August after new evidence was brought forth.

A request by Fraga’s defense attorney for a change of venue was denied by Judge David Christensen. The request, made by public defender Cecil Naatz, was based on a possible appearance of prejudice because the county attorney at the time of the original trial is now a judge chambered in Nobles County. Assistant Attorney General...

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Federated Rural Electric plans to have power restored to all customers today


Federated Rural Electric in Jackson is on the home stretch with outages remaining to about 75 members. At the peak of Federated’s ice storm last week it was as high as 2,200 in Jackson County.

“We are down from 290 co-op members without power from Sunday morning to about 75 as of this morning,” said Joe Marthaler, Federated’s operations manager. “We plan to have the power restored to all members today.”

Crews will be working today in the following areas:

  • Karian Peterson crews will be wrapping up the line rebuilding along the Alba-...