Latest Area News Headlines

August 26 news


WORTHINGTON – Three months after allegedly attacking his wife and adult daughter with a hammer, a Worthington man entered pleas of not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree attempted murder and assault with great bodily harm in Nobles County District Court during an arraignment hearing earlier this week.

Dessalegne F. Desta, age 61, allegedly struck both women on the head with the hammer during an argument over his wife’s decision to visit Ethiopia. Both women received skull fractures.

The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has asked for an upward departure on several of...

Worthington City Council to pursue leasing Prairie View Golf Links


WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington needs to be out of the golf course business, according to a statement made by Mayor Mike Kuhle on Tuesday evening during a city council work session. Following a recommendation made in early August by the Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee, the Worthington City Council on Tuesday evening gathered for the special meeting to discuss decommissioning Prairie View Golf Links.

While no final decision was made, the council gave staff instructions to pursue looking into options leasing the 130 acre course and facility in the short-...

Auguest 25 news


WORTHINGTON – No new information is available in the investigation into the homicide of Jan Pigman-Kruse, who was shot to death in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but have said there is no threat to public safety.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said she understands the community wants answers, which they are continuing to work on finding, but they cannot give out more details of an active investigation.

The funeral for Pigman-Kruse is at 10:30 a.m. today at First...

August 24 news


WORTHINGTON - The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force on Friday assisted in the arrest of a fugitive from Garland, Texas, wanted as the suspect in a murder case.

According to information released by task force commander Nate Grimmius, Garland investigators were in Pipestone County attempting to locate Adrian Jimenez Regalado, who was suspected of killing a man in Garland. The investigator’s sought the task force for assistance in locating Regalado, who had been residing in Pipestone and working on a nearby farm.

They learned Regalado received a ride to Worthington the night of...

Funeral arrangements set for Jan Pigman-Kruse


BREWSTER – Funeral arrangements were released Friday for Janette Pigman-Kruse, a 40-year-old woman who was the victim of a homicide in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster.

According to information released by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Pigman-Kruse was killed by a gunshot at approximately 2:40 a.m. Authorities were alerted by a 911 call from her husband, who told dispatchers someone had come into the home and shot his wife. As of mid-day Friday, there was no one was in custody for the homicide.

Sheriff Kent Wilkening says there is no immediate...

August 21 news


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff’s Office are asking the public to beware of a fake Dish Network van. There have been reports of the vehicle’s occupants attempting to break into unoccupied houses.

The van is a 1970’s grey Chevy work van with no windows, a wooden ladder on the top, and Dish Network graphics. If you think you have seen this vehicle, please contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400.

WORTHINGTON – The Community Improvement Committee through the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce is once again making available...

Brewster death ruled a homicide


WORTHINGTON – Janette Pigman-Kruse’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening.

Pigman-Kruse, age 40, was killed by a shotgun wound to the chest in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities were alerted to the situation when her husband called 911 at approximately 2:47 a.m. to report someone had come into their home and shot his wife.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance were dispatched to the scene, where they found Pigman-...

August 20 news


WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Wednesday morning, the Worthington City Council decided to take another look at pushing the Grand Avenue extension through to Darling Drive, authorizing staff to take the steps needed to bring it to public hearing.

The council has gone back and forth on the idea for more than a year, originally looking at it, then opting to only extend Grand as far as would be needed to accommodate a possible housing development, petitioned for by enough property owners that only a simple majority was required. Extending all the way through, they decided, would...

UPDATE: Woman murdered in Brewster, no apparent threat to public


1:20 p.m. UPDATE
BREWSTER – Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening has updated information regarding a death investigation in the city of Brewster, but has not yet released the victim’s name.

According to the latest news release, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are investigating the circumstances surrounding the 40-year-old woman’s death, but have stated there does not appear to be any threat to the public at this time.

According to Wilkening, deputies responded to a 911 call at approximately 2:40 a.m. stating a woman...

August 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the hiring of a Social Worker for Community Services/Public Health utilizing Child Protection Allocation Grant funding.

According to Community Services Director Stacie Golombiecki, each county was allocated a grant based on the number of children residing in the county, the number of screened child protection reports and the number of open child protection management cases. So far is 2015, the agency has screened 217 cases, and approximately 86 were opened for service, Golombiecki said.

The base allocation for...