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SLAYTON -- A woman's body was discovered by a snowplow driver Monday morning, according to a press release from the Murray County Sheriff's Office. The release, issued by Murray County Chief Deputy Randy Donahue, states a deceased female, 69-year-old Loa Jean Jenson of Garvin, was found around 10:49 a.m. by a man driving a township plow on 211th Street, just east of U.S. 59 near Lake Sarah. During an on-scene investigation, deputies located Jensen's vehicle, a 1992 Chevrolet Suburban, which had run off the road near the intersection of 211th Street and 170th Avenue.
WORTHINGTON -- Four people charged with burglary were brought under suspicion by an observant teen and a Wii Mii -- a profile created and stored on a Nintendo Wii for an individual player. Three juveniles and an adult are accused of burglarizing a home and stealing the Nintendo and some cash. The complaint states a man clearing snow for a family who was out of town noticed Sunday afternoon a basement door of the home had been broken. He entered the residence, noticed a Nintendo Wii was missing and contacted authorities. He said he did not notice shoe prints or melted snow inside the house.
WINDOM -- Less than a month before he was scheduled to go to trial for premeditated murder, Gerard Irving Holt pleaded guilty Monday in Cottonwood County District Court to intentional murder in the second-degree. Holt, also known as Ivan Lopez and Latin, was arrested in November 2007 for the murder of Alberto Samilpa Jr., along with several other people. According to the criminal complaint, Holt, Samilpa and others were involved in burglarizing a home in Blue Earth County near Mankato Nov. 17.
LISMORE -- A head-on collision just north of Lismore injured two Chandler residents Monday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Henry De Kruif, 79, of Chandler, and his wife, Adriann, 77, were both taken to Sanford Hospital Luverne in critical condition after their 2006 Chevrolet Impala struck a 2000 Peterbilt semi-truck, driven by Derek Krosschell, 20, of Chandler. Krosschell was not injured. The crash took place at approximately 9:44 a.m. one-half mile north of Lismore on Minnesota 91.
WORTHINGTON -- What started out as a rocky year regarding funding ended as a successful year of arrests for the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force (BRDTF). Task Force Commander Troy Appel has not yet released 2009 numbers, but said he is very pleased with the number of drug-related arrests and investigations in the past year.
WORTHINGTON -- On the Minnesota Department of Corrections Web site, he has an admittance date of May 18, 2009, and an expiration date of May 13, 2108. The sentence is listed as "life without parole." Josue Robles Fraga, 36, is at the beginning of a life sentence, convicted of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha by a Nobles County jury. Selecting the jury took more than four days, the trial lasted seven days, and deliberation on the jury's part took less than five hours. Shortly after 9 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- According to Worthington Police Det. Sgt. Kevin Flynn, reports of check cashing fraud in neighboring cities and states are at all all-time high, and recent activity indicates several businesses in Worthington have also been stung. In a recent email alert, Flynn stated if a business' primary purpose isn't cashing checks, or unless they personally know the individual presenting a check to be cashed, payroll checks should not be cashed.
WORTHINGTON -- A list of Minnesota winter storms compiled by the Minnesota Climatology Work Group dates back to 1835 and chronicles drastic temperature drops, high winds, blinding snow and lives lost. According to the list, a severe storm in 1835 caused 19 shipwrecks on the Great Lakes, killing 254 sailors. In 1870, the first winter storm warning was issued by the U.S. Army Signal Corps. A March storm in 1870 swept through northern Iowa and southwest Minnesota, dropping 16 inches on snow and documenting the first use of the word "blizzard" in an Estherville, Iowa, newspaper.
WORTHINGTON -- As area law enforcement officials prepared for the anticipated blizzard, putting contingency plans in place and getting ready for the worst, several were surprised to receive calls from Santa Claus or his representatives, who were preparing contingency plans as well. Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge reported a call from Mr.
WORTHINGTON -- The warnings began days ago. Ice. Heavy snow. High winds. Some meteorologists have referred to the expected bad weather as "the blizzard of the century" and "the worst storm in 25 years." "This thing has been predicted as one of the biggest storms we've had in a long time, and it was predicted a long way out," said Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening. "People should pay attention." Wilkening said he'd rather be too cautious than underestimate the storm's power and is recommending no travel at all.