WINDOM --The Windom City Council made a unanimous decision to offer the job of city administrator, vacated this fall with the resignation of Dennis Nelson, to Steve Nasby, who officially accepted the position Thursday afternoon. There were originally 18 candidates for the position. The council narrowed it down to six, then three.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa -- After 27 years, the unidentified female body found in a Rock Rapids ditch has been identified, something former Lyon County Iowa Sheriff Craig Vinson said gives him some closure. Buried in a Rock Rapids cemetery under a small metal plaque that reads, "unidentified female," the body known as Jane Doe has been identified as Wilma June Nissen, born Oct.
PIPESTONE -- In what Pipestone County Sheriff Dan Delaney is calling an "unusual" case, a Pipestone man was arrested Monday on controlled substance charges for allegedly growing hallucinogenic mushrooms in his home. A search warrant was executed at the residence of Donald Carl Lowther, 51, shortly after 7 p.m. Monday, where law enforcement officials found mushrooms in various stages of growth in several rooms in the house. "We were investigating him for quite some time," Delaney said.
WORTHINGTON -- After more than a year of moving offices, classrooms and the bookstore, the maintenance staff of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus were presented with the 2005 Excellence in Facilities Management award from Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU). "Imagine for a moment you were faced with the loss of 52,000 square feet at your facility for 14 months," Director of Facilities Jeff Harms wrote on the nomination form.
SLAYTON -- The Murray County Commissioners voted Tuesday to approve a plan for county election equipment contingent on the approval of County Attorney Paul Malone, who has yet to read through the plan. The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) of 2002 is providing $29 million for the Minnesota Secretary of State to make grants to counties to purchase electronic voting systems equipped for individuals with disabilities and for certain operating expenses.
WORTHINGTON -- A public school board meeting on Monday night brought more than a hundred people to the Worthington High School (WHS) cafeteria to discuss possible answers to the School District 518's fiscal concerns for the 2006-2007 school year and beyond. John Landgaard, District 518 Superintendent, said he was pleased with the turnout for the evening, but noted the small amount of minority residents in the crowd. "Part of this process is understanding the difficulty of the decisions," he said as he watched small groups struggle with deciding which programs to cut, jobs to eliminate or fee
WORTHINGTON -- An order filed by Judge David E. Christensen reports several rulings regarding motions filed by the defense regarding the State of Minnesota versus Lisa Marie Shane case. Shane is charged with two counts of second-degree murder and one count of child neglect arising from the death of her infant daughter. In November 2005, defense attorneys James D.
WORTHINGTON -- After more than three hours of deliberation Friday, the jury in the latest Kenneth Shue trial came back with a verdict of not guilty for third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
WORTHINGTON -- Charges were filed Thursday against a Wilmont man for sale and possession of methamphetamine. Jamie William Balk, 34, was charged with third- and fourth-degree controlled substance crimes in Nobles County District Court after a confidential informant (CI) allegedly purchased meth from Balk. According to the criminal complaint, the CI told a law enforcement officer he had purchased meth from Balk in the past.
WORTHINGTON -- Kenneth Shue is back on trial in Nobles County District Court, this time facing charges of third-degree sexual conduct for a March 2004 incident. Shue, 40, of Rushmore, was found guilty in November 2005 of seven charges of criminal activity, including kidnapping, two counts of second-degree assault, a third- and fifth-degree assault count, terroristic threat and false imprisonment in connection with an October 2004 arrest in Rushmore.