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LUVERNE -- Three cases of H1N1 have been confirmed at the Luverne School District, something most officials believe was inevitable. The school district sent an e-mail out to parents on Tuesday confirming the cases and asking parents to monitor their children's health and keep them home if they display any flu-like symptoms. The school said it is taking basic precautions, such as asking students to wash their hands several times a day and providing disinfectant for use in classrooms. The email states computer labs and the media center have also been supplied with sanitizer and disinfectant w
WORTHINGTON -- The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force executed two search warrants simultaneously last week, arresting two men in two different locations for possession of methamphetamine. Paul E. Vehle, 50, and Nicolas Guadalupe Iracheta, 34, both of Worthington, are each charged with fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and meth-related crimes involving children or vulnerable adults. Both charges are felonies and carry a maximum combined sentence of 10 years incarceration and/or $20,000 in fines. Shortly after 7 p.m.
Thomas, wanted in Cottonwood Co. incident, caught in Massachusetts WINDOM -- A man wanted for attempted murder in Cottonwood County has opted not to waive extradition during an initial court appearance in Massachusetts, according to Cottonwood County Sheriff Jason Purrington. The suspect, Brandt Michael Roger Thomas, 23, of Marlborough, Mass., is an active-duty member of the U.S. Army. He was arrested over Labor Day weekend for first-degree attempted murder and second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, Purrington said.
WORTHINGTON -- In what may have been one of the closest races in the history of King Turkey Day, Worthington's Paycheck ran away with the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop, striding down the approximately 150-yard course in 35.17 seconds. Ruby Begonia, the Cuero, Texas, bird, completed the run in 39.60 seconds, crossing the finish line a scant 4.43 seconds behind Paycheck. Even the Cuero team's latest secret weapon, bright green running shoes (for the team members, not Ruby) couldn't gain the Texans the extra boost needed to outrun Paycheck and the Worthington crew. Worthington team mem
WORTHINGTON -- King Turkey Day 2009 has drawn to a close, but the memories of the entertaining and successful celebration will linger. From the mixer on Thursday night to the church service on Sunday morning, the various events were well attended and brought crowds of people to Worthington. Paycheck triumphed over Ruby Begonia during the Great Gobbler Gallop on Saturday afternoon, much to the crowd's delight. The weather could not have been more perfect if it had been custom ordered.
PIPESTONE -- A Pipestone man accused of making counterfeit currency is scheduled to make his initial court appearance with an attorney Tuesday after a request for a public defender was approved earlier this month. Timothy Donald Holt, 44, was charged Sept.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- A single engine aircraft crashed shortly before 2 p.m. Friday after apparently overshooting the runway at the Sibley Airport in Iowa. Pilot and former Sibley resident Linda Davidson was the only person in the aircraft at the time of the crash. She was reportedly out of the plane and walking around when responders and emergency service arrived at the scene. She was taken to the Osceola Community Hospital as a precautionary measure. The plane, a Piper Archer, received extensive damage after crash-landing into the median on Iowa 60.
SLAYTON -- Sixteen men and women raised their right hands on Thursday and swore to support and defend the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America. On this same date 222 years ago, 39 men, including George Washington, Alexander Hamilton and Benjamin Franklin took pen in hand and signed the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- The smell of hamburgers wafted through the air while poodle skirts whirled and jean-clad gentlemen chatted with friends -- all of which contributed to the success of the first Southwest Crisis Center (SCC) Nobles County Face of Hope recognition celebration Saturday evening at Westminster Presbyterian Church. According to SCC Director Jan Johnson Ojinnaka, the purpose of the Face of Hope recognition is to honor someone who has provided assistance to the agency and to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the first recipient was Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore.
WORTHINGTON -- Artist Terry Beutler believes there is celebration to be found in the process of creating art, and that art has the power to change people. Beutler, born and raised in Worthington, is the featured artist for an exhibition which begins Tuesday at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Fine Arts Gallery. The exhibition opens Tuesday with an artist reception from 7 to 8 p.m. Beutler's art will remain on display until Oct.