April 5 News

WORTHINGTON - A report of stolen towels from a hotel led to the arrest of three individuals for possession and sale of methamphetamine in Worthington. Maricella Garcia, 34, Gabriel Ocana, 41, and Robert Ybarra, 34, all of Beeville, Texas, were charged this week with multiple counts of controlled substance sale and possession after a hotel employee called authorities to report a man entering and leaving a hotel room was one she recognized as a previous guest who had stolen towels.

When authorities arrived, they found three people in the room who seemed very nervous. Thy claimed to be in Worthington to visit relatives, yet could not state who those relatives were. After arresting Ybarra for giving a false name, the officers received permission to search the room and found marijuana, syringes and drug paraphernalia that contained meth residue. During the search, the officers also found small baggies containing meth, approximately 19 grams in total. Ybarra allegedly admitted he and Ocana had been involved in selling the meth out of the hotel room, detailing some specific sales.

After the three were taken into custody, the hotel staff again contacted authorities, stating the had found more items in the room while cleaning. The staff turned over more needles and another baggie of meth.

All three are being held at the Nobles County Jail on bail amounts ranging from $25,000 to $100,000 and are expected to make court appearances later this month.

WORTHINGTON - The National Weather Service, Nobles County Emergency Management and the Worthington Fire Department will present Nobles County Regional Weather Spotter Training on Monday, April 29 at 7 p.m. at the Fine Arts Building on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The class will last around 2 hours and includes a multimedia presentation. Training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters, but is open to the public and is free of charge. For more information, please call Nobles County Emergency Management at (507) 295‐5212.

CURRIE — At 7 p.m. Sunday, Pioneer Public Television will feature End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum, Currie, on Postcards, a program that features stories about Minnesota art, history and cultural heritage. The episode, “Steam Threshing & Trains,” features the annual Western Minnesota Steam Threshers Reunion held every Labor Day weekend since 1954 in Rollag. It then moves on to the extensive and well-preservered End-O-Line Park and Museum. The episode will be rebroadcast at 1:30 p.m. Monday and at 7 p.m. Thursday on Pioneer Public Television.
It will also be available online Monday at www.pioneer.org/postcards.

WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson and all five county commissioners met Thursday in a retreat aimed at identifying goals for the future and building relationships with each other and county staff. Facilitated by education director for the Association of Minnesota Counties Toni Smith, the board pinpointed six areas of focus Those that include building an efficient and effective government, infrastructure planning (space and technology), addressing the county’s diverse population, engaging citizens in government, realistic budgeting and continued work on communications. Those focus areas will be brought before the county’s management team during an April 29 session with Smith.

JACKSON - The Jackson City Council this week committed nearly $1.3 million to street reconstruction, signed off on around $157,000 for a new roof on the city water plant, pledged more than $10,000 to riverbank restoration and around $750 for liquor store signage and considered spending another $20,000 on a five-minute TV segment promoting Jackson.

The council also endorsed a proposed multi-unit housing project being planned in conjunction with the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership, a move that requires an as-yet-unspecified city contribution. The 48-unit project would be located just north of the Wedgewood Apartments.

WINDOM - The 30-man Windom Area Chordhustlers will perform two shows Saturday at the BARC (Business Arts and Recreation Center) in Windom. This year's theme is “I Have a Song to Sing.”

Special Guest Barbershop Quartet is The Bottom Line from the Twin Cities and Fargo Areas. Also appearing will be Chapter Quartet Original Blend and Harmony Shots (formerly known as The Lakefield Quartet). Video Highlights of this year’s Youth in Harmony Festival featuring area high school singers will be shown after intermission.

Show times are a 2:30 p.m. matinee and a 7 p.m. evening show and afterglow. Advance tickets are available from chorus members or by calling 507-831-3382 or you can reserve them by email. jerbauer@windomnet.com

Matinee tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door for students and seniors, adults $9 advance and $10 at the door. Evening show and afterglow tickets are $10 advance, $12 at the door. All seats are general admission.

ARNOLD'S PARK, Iowa - The Spencer and Iowa Great Lakes Area Chambers of Commerce will hold their final legislative forums of the session this Saturday. The final Eggs and Issues forum of the season, put on by the Spencer Chamber, will begin at 9:00 a.m. Saturday in the council chambers at Spencer City Hall.

The final forum sponsored by the Iowa Great Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday in the Hedberg Theatre at the Iowa Great Lakes Maritime Museum Building in Arnolds Park.

Area lawmakers will be on hand at both events giving updates and answering questions.

IOWA - The Iowa Department of Natural Resources is out with its latest drought assessment, which shows conditions across most of the state improved over the past month, with a small part of southeast Iowa actually free of drought conditions.

The report says groundwater levels across north-central, southeast and northeast Iowa have improved substantially over the last month. It’s a different story though here in northwest Iowa, where very little improvement has occurred. The report says Sioux, O’Brien and Osceola counties are especially being affected by drought and low groundwater levels. It says shallow groundwater levels throughout most of northwest Iowa, including Dickinson and Clay counties, are at or near historic lows.

As far as drought conditions go, the report shows extreme drought conditions continue in portions of Kossuth, Emmet and Clay counties. Extreme drought conditions continues to affect all of Palo Alto, Pocahontas, Buena Vista, Lyon, Sioux, and Plymouth counties. The northwestern part of Clay county and pretty much all of Dickinson, Osceola and O’Brien counties are classified as being in severe drought.

Several creeks in the Rock Valley area of Sioux county, the report states, have completely dried up.

MINNESOTA - State Senator Sean Nienow wants plans to construct the new Vikings stadium put on hold until there is a better way to pay for it. Electronic pulltabs were supposed to fund the state’s $384 million contribution for the stadium. However, the expectation of e-pulltabs generating $35 million a year was vastly overrated, as only $1.7 million was generated in the first year.
The failure forced the state to quickly come up with new fundraising methods, including electronic bingo.

With groundbreaking for the new stadium set for this fall, Sen. Nienow is leading new legislation to delay the sale of stadium bonds until the state can raise enough money to make annual payments for the stadium.

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Funny

I find it funny, come on, hotel towels? Not something that is worth it. LOL - Dr. Hicham Riba

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