WORTHINGTON -- We are one month into the new year. How's that New Year's resolution going? For those who vowed to lose weight in 2006, you are not alone. According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), an estimated 50 million Americans will go on diets this year. The weight loss industry is huge, bringing in billions of dollars annually. Americans spend approximately $30 billion a year on all types of diet programs and products, the FDA says.
ELLSWORTH -- A Brandon, S.D., woman hired for a teaching position for the 2005-2006 school year at Ellsworth School District has been charged with three counts of aggravated forgery and two counts of forgery after an investigation by the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) found she had allegedly forged a teacher certificate. According to the criminal complaint, Kari Linn Hiller, aka Kari Linn Dahmen, applied for and was hired for a teaching position as an Early Childhood Special Education Teacher, the junior high volleyball coach and for a program called Smart Start Prescho
WORTHINGTON -- More than $217,000 in funds to purchase bulletproof vests was granted to Minnesota law enforcement agencies through the U.S. Department of Justice's Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP) program in January, including $850 for Cottonwood County, $4,500 for Nobles County, $2,800 for Windom and $3,423 for Worthington. The grant is to cover the cost of replacing vests with Zylon-containing body armor. Zylon is a man-made fiber used in the manufacturing of protective equipment such as ballistic resistant vests. On November 17, 2003, Attorney General John Ashcroft announced the U.S.
SLAYTON -- Murray County Auditor/Treasurer Gary Spaeth and his wife Sandy filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in District of Minnesota U.S. Bankruptcy Court in October 2005, leaving some Murray County residents wondering how a man in financial trouble can be in charge of the county's finances. "Their concerns are legitimate," Gary said. "I guess if I heard that about someone I would think that same thing.
SLAYTON -- An Avoca woman, arrested in August on methamphetamine charges, was sentenced in Murray County District Court earlier this month after pleading guilty to a third-degree controlled substance crime in December. Angel Van Meveren, 26, was sentenced to 22 months with the Minnesota Department of Corrections, with almost 15 months incarceration and the other seven on supervised release.
WORTHINGTON -- In one week's time, the Worthington Police Department was called to investigate four reports of counterfeit bills, three of which turned out to be funny money. The first call came in last week Monday morning from Arby's Restaurant. According to Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman, a customer came through the drive-thru and tendered the bill, but when an employee questioned the legitimacy of the bill the customer drove off. "We got somewhat of a description of the vehicle," Hoffman said.
JACKSON -- For the second year in a row, an intensive day of singing and camaraderie ended in a barbershop quartet concert at Jackson County Central. Young Men in Harmony is sponsored by the Windom Area Chordhustlers, who hope to instill a life-long love of singing in high school aged young men. Teenage boys from Comfrey, JCC, Red Rock Central, Martin County, Springfield, Windom, Westbrook-Walnut Grove and Worthington school districts started practicing together around 9 a.m. and by 4 p.m.
LUVERNE -- Giggles and laughter and food and games filled the Luverne High School gym on Saturday night during the 26th annual Music Boosters Winter Carnival. Children ran from booth to booth with parents and prizes trailing in their wake. Adults visited together, catching up on news while keeping an eye on the kids. After 25 years of the Winter Carnival, Luverne citizens and business owners know what to expect and are ready and eager to participate, according to Music Booster President Jennifer Engesser. "We get a lot of support from our town," Engesser said.
WORTHINGTON -- There were less accidents in 2005 than in 2004 in the City of Worthington, but "hot spots" still remain, according to Worthington Public Safety Director Mike Cumiskey. There were 490 crashes in 2005, 32 of which caused injuries, versus 503 in 2004 with 36 personal injuries and two fatalities. Each year, a large map of the city that hangs in the Law Enforcement Center starts out clean, but as each accident with more than $1,000 worth of damage occurs and a state report filed, a dot is placed -- red for property damage and blue for personal injury.
BINGHAM LAKE -- A routine run with a load of corn to Ethanol2000 in Bingham Lake turned into one big mess on Thursday morning when the trailer of the semi-truck carrying the load was hit by a train in front of the ethanol plant. The crash occured at about 10 a.m.