April 25 news

WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work began this week on Nobles Street from Minnesota 60 to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Motorists are asked to watch for traffic issues and workers in the construction zones.

WORTHINGTON - Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast® at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus on May 9, 2014.

The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including Worthington, Minnesota This year’s speaker lineup includes:

Andy Stanley, Leadership author and communicator
Archbishop Desmond Tutu, Nobel laureate & human rights activist live from Cape Town, South Africa
Malcolm Gladwell, Journalist and best-selling author of The Tipping Point and Outliers
Randall Wallace, Screenwriter, director, producer & songwriter (Braveheart, Secretariat)
Bill McDermott, CEO of SAP
Laura Schroff, Former ad sale executive and best-selling author of An Invisible Thread
Dr. Henry Cloud, Clinical psychologist and leadership consultant
Simon Sinek, Best-selling author of Start with Why and leadership expert
Laura Bush, First Lady of the United States (2001-2009) via exclusive video interview

Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 15th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

Leadercast exists to positively change the way the world thinks about leadership. This year’s theme—Beyond You—challenges leaders to focus outward rather than inward. Experience Leadercast and discover what it means to be a leader worth following.

ELLSWORTH - Ellsworth head boys basketball coach and physical education/health teacher John D. Roberts is charged with stalking with the intent to injure and assault in the fifth degree after allegedly sending a school board member threatening text messages when the school board voted to not renew his contract.

According to the criminal complaint, the Nobles County Sheriff’s office responded to a call at approximately 7:56 p.m. Monday at Ellsworth Public School for a report of threats. Deputies spoke with school board member Michael Werner, who told officials Roberts left the meeting after hearing the news about the termination of his contract. When the meeting concluded, Werner said, he received a text message from Roberts stating, “I’m coming after you.”

According to court documents, Werner immediately went to his residence to warn his family of the threats. He then met with the other school board members and the school attorney, who advised the board to suspend Roberts for the rest of the year without pay.
Officials contacted Roberts to retrieve the key to the school, and he was informed he could not come back. Roberts allegedly admitted to police he sent the text message to Werner because he meant to go after him. He also stated he would harm Werner, according to court documents, and yelled threats to the board members. His actions prompted authorities to arrest him.

Once booked into the Nobles County Jail, Roberts allegedly made troubling comments to family members during a recorded phone call at the jail. Since all calls are recorded, the jailer notified Nobles County deputies that Roberts said he would “settle the dust” and “have the last laugh.”

Roberts posted his $3,000 bail bond with conditions, and was released from jail Wednesday. He makes his initial court appearance early next month.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone National Monument has scheduled a prescribed burn during the period of May 5 – May 30, 2014. When appropriate wind, temperature, and humidity conditions exist between these dates, approximately 200-250 acres of the tall grass prairie will be burned. When the above conditions are forecast for a specific date additional information will be provided to park neighbors and the media.

The Monument has been conducting controlled burns of the tall grass prairie since 1971. Because of management efforts such as the use of prescribed fire, the hand removal of exotic vegetation, and the broadcast of native prairie seed, long-term monitoring data indicates a decrease in non-native exotic vegetation, along with an increase in native tall grass prairie at the Monument.

SPENCER, Iowa - A Spencer man has been charged with sexual abuse following an incident that allegedly involved a juvenile female who authorities say is more than four years younger than him.

The Clay County Sheriff's Office says 19-year-old Challer Wadsley was arrested around 5 p.m. Wednesday and charged with sexual abuse in the 3rd degree...a class "D" felony.

Wadsley was being held in the Clay county jail pending an initial court appearance.

MINNESOTA - A bill to place new restrictions on payday lenders has passed the Minnesota House.

The DFL-controlled House approved the bill on a vote of 73-58 Thursday. Support for the legislation was split almost entirely along party lines. Payday loans are small, short-term loans made by institutions other than banks or credit unions, usually at high interest rates that can top 300 percent annually.

The bill would limit lenders to four payday loans per borrower, per year. Additional loans would be allowed under certain circumstances, and then only at a limited interest rate.
The bill would also prevent lenders from giving payday loans to anyone who already owes more than 41 percent of their income to other debts and obligations – like housing.
It requires lenders to determine if a borrower can repay them, before issuing the loans.

The Senate is expected to vote on a companion bill next week.

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