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WILMONT -- A Wilmont man was arrested Sunday for sale and possession of a controlled substance after a search warrant revealed marijuana plants growing in his basement. John David Bertrand, 31, is charged in Nobles County District Court with fifth-degree sale and attempted sale of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of a small amount of marijuana. According to the criminal complaint, a witness contacted law enforcement after seeing what was believed to be marijuana plants in the residence. A search warrant was executed, and deputies from the Nobles County
WORTHINGTON -- The first Parent Involvement Initiative meetings took place Tuesday at Prairie Elementary School in Worthington, based on a model developed by the Parent Institute for Quality Education (PIQE). Earlier this year, District 518 Community Education was awarded two grants to implement a new parent involvement program.
WORTHINGTON -- The most significant snowfall of the year came with a vengeance Sunday at a time when most people's thoughts had already turned to spring. A few days after people were seen running around without coats, winter gear was out again in force Sunday afternoon and Monday. The snow started late Sunday morning as if turned on by a switch, and it continued to fall throughout the day and into Monday. Reports of anywhere from four to eight inches of snow fell across southwest Minnesota and parts of Iowa and South Dakota, closing schools and businesses and canceling meetings and events.
WINDOM -- Josh Nerness is a 14-year-old boy who is into skateboarding, fishing and video games -- a typical teen-ager. What's not so typical about Nerness is his fight against a tumor the size of a tennis ball in his right frontal lobe behind his right eye. On Jan. 3, Nerness -- the focus of a fund-raiser Sunday at the Windom Eagles Club -- complained of a bad headache that continued to come and go for almost a week.
JACKSON -- For the first time in Assistant City Administrator Steve Walker's 12-year tenure with the City of Jackson, a referendum vote to decide whether to allow Sunday liquor sales in Jackson will take place at Jackson City Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday. The idea was originally brought before the city council months ago by business owner Pantaleon Mata, who plans to open an El Mariachi Mexican restaurant in Jackson in May.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Windom Economic Authority (EDA) Executive Director James King pleaded not guilty Wednesday in his first court appearance since being charged with 23 felony counts of theft by swindle in early January. The charges were amended to 107 counts in late February. King, 65, of Windom, and his attorney, Dan Birkholz of St. James, went before Judge Jeffrey L. Flynn in a Nobles County District courtroom, where all of the pre trial hearings will most likely take place.
JACKSON -- Three Jackson residents were arrested earlier this week in connection with a methamphetamine lab discovered in an apartment building in Jackson. Kelly James Coult, 29, and Sarah Marie Coult, 26, were arrested Sunday after a man from rural Jackson went to authorities on articles he found in his burn barrel. According to the criminal complaint, Robby Lee Blom, 23, came to the Jackson County Sheriff's Office Sunday morning to report suspicious drug activity.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington Public Utilities (WPU) General Manager Don Habicht announced his impending retirement Monday. "Using the Rule of 90, I plan to retire on or about July 20," Habicht said during Monday's Water and Light Commission meeting. "It has been really great to work for a commission that has been great to work for." Habicht praised the employees of the WPU and said for the 25 years he has been pleased to have been a part of many WPU projects. "But they aren't my projects," he said.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota and Iowa are among 18 states in the country with methamphetamine and amphetamine treatment admission rates higher than the national average. Minnesota went from eight per 100,000 population in 1993 to 100 per 100,000 in 2003, according to a report by the Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), part of the United States Department of Health and Human Services. Iowa went from 13 per 100,000 in 1993 to 213 in 2003. The national average of admittances per 100,000 is 56.
WORTHINGTON -- He drives around in a vehicle with a big flag on the front, is very visible in the schools and on the streets and is known by the kids and many parents as the D.A.R.E. officer. But Worthington Police Officer Bob Fritz spends a large amount of his day working on something that stays much quieter -- he spends much of his time on the job investigating child abuse and sexual assault cases and speaking with victims. He was recently named a CornerHouse Hero by CornerHouse, a Minneapolis-based non-profit interagency child abuse evaluation and training center.