WORTHINGTON -- The average age of first-time alcohol use is 11 to 13 years old. By eighth grade, 41 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink, and almost 20 percent report having been drunk.
FULDA -- In the 1880s, it was described as sparkling and spring-fed. In the 1930s, local citizens swam, fished and canoed in it. Today, the water clarity is almost zero, and only undesirable fish survive. How did Fulda Lake go from one extreme to another in 125 years? Why this happened -- and what can be done to promote its long-term health -- will be addressed during a meeting at 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Charges were filed Wednesday against a Fulda man in connection with the theft of 33 hogs from a Nobles County finishing barn. Todd Douglas Kramer, 42, was arrested Monday at his home after a Nobles County deputy executed a search warrant and took him into custody. According to the criminal complaint, 33 hogs were stolen sometime during the night of Dec. 26, 2005, from a man who was custom feeding the pigs for ProPig.
WORTHINGTON -- According to a report from the Minnesota State Auditor's Office, more than $3 million was distributed to law enforcement agencies in 2005 from the gross sales of forfeited properties. Cash and properties may be seized by authorities from people convicted of a crime, and the property seized can be sold. In 2005, more than 200 law enforcement agencies reported incidents of property and cash seized subject to forfeiture.
WORTHINGTON -- Giggles, laughter, shouts of "Bingo!" and the sounds of "Macarena" drifted out the doorway and into the hall. Is it a party? A day at a senior center? Nope. It's math class at Prairie Elementary. Students from the Area Learning Center (ALC) math class visited Sandy Ahlberg's fifth-grade math class on Wednesday to play games and dance while teaching basic math skills.
WINDOM -- Charges have been filed against a Mountain Lake woman for attempted murder in the second degree and two counts of second-degree assault after she allegedly stabbed two people with a knife last week. Renna Kay Byrd, 34, was arrested March 13 when the Mountain Lake Police Department responded to a 911 call on Fifth Avenue and found two victims, a male and a female, had been stabbed. "It was just an argument that got out of hand," said Mountain Lake Police Officer Doug Bristol.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- The Lyon County Sheriff's Office is seeking a man who they believe was once married to Wilma June Nissen, the woman whose body was found 27 years ago and identified in February. Donald Wellington is believed to have been Wilma's first husband, although no documentation has been found to confirm the marriage. "Her original foster parents say she showed up saying she was married to him and was excited about it," Bloemendaal said. The Lyon County Sheriff's Office has made a lot of progress in finding out more about the life of Wilma, but has yet to discover how she got to
WORTHINGTON -- It is a question heard around the water cooler at work, during casual conversations at the grocery store and even in the high schools every March. "Have you filled out your bracket yet?" Everybody does it, right? But is it legal? According to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety (MDPS) Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division (AGED), bets made among a small, private group of people -- such as in an office -- are legal, as long as 100 percent of the wagers is paid back as prize money.
WORTHINGTON -- Traditionally, Irish-Americans eat corned beef and cabbage on St. Patrick's Day. Traditionally, Catholics consider it a sin to eat meat on Fridays during the Lenten season. A corned beef conundrum, indeed. From Archbishop Sean Patrick O'Malley in Boston to Cardinal Francis E.
JACKSON -- Voters in the City of Jackson overwhelmingly said yes to Sunday liquor sales on Tuesday, voting 383 to 85 to allow City Hall to issue permits enabling restaurants, hotels, bowling alleys and clubs with an existing liquor license to expand their sales to Sunday. "We had a good turnout," Assistant City Administrator Steve Walker said. "About 30 percent of our registered voters came out." The Jackson City Council will meet tonight to canvass the results and declare the vote passed. "They will likely adopt the ordinance right at the meeting," Walker said.