LAKE WILSON -- Seven years ago, 9-year-old Rachel Carlson of Lake Wilson sat on a stool in front of her classmates while listening to her mom, Twyla, talk to her friends. The kids were staring at her and she was kind of embarrassed. "Mom did most of the talking," Rachel explained recently. "She told them about shots, blood sugar and stuff like that.
WORTHINGTON -- More than 15,000 children are diagnosed with type I diabetes in the U.S. each year, which is more than 40 kids a day. A total of 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people ages 20 years or older in 2007. These figures come from the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), whose mission is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type I diabetes is an autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks and destroys the insulin-producing cells of the pancreas.
LUVERNE -- Five Rock County teens have been charged with burglary and theft after allegedly taking thousands of dollars worth of personal possessions from an unoccupied farm site in Beaver Creek. Eric Jon Kooistra, 19, of Beaver Creek, Shane Kevin Oehlerts, 19, of Luverne, and Chaiden Peter Kuehl, 18, of Beaver Creek, were each charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and three counts of theft, all felonies.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington woman who allegedly abused her son in January 2008 pleaded guilty in Nobles County District Court on Tuesday to malicious punishment of a child. Deborah Denise Brown, 25, of Worthington, used an Alford plea, telling Judge Timothy Connell there was "not much she could do under the circumstances." An Alford plea is one in which the defendant does not admit the act and asserts innocence, but admits sufficient evidence exists which would likely convince a jury to find the person guilty. As part of the plea agreement, a charge of third-degree assault with substantia
WORTHINGTON -- A 37-year-old Worthington man was struck by a Union Pacific (UP) train at approximately 7:40 a.m. Monday near the 12th Street and First Avenue intersection. The victim, identified in an incident report as Changkuoth Makel Chuol, was taken to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington by ambulance, and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, S.D. Worthington Police Sgt.
WORTHINGTON -- A 37-year old Worthington man was struck by a Union Pacific train at approximately 7:40 a.m. Monday near the 12th Street and First Avenue intersection. The victim was taken to Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington by ambulance, and later airlifted to Sioux Falls, S.D. Worthington Police Sgt. Jason Beckmann said the extent of the victim's injuries are unknown to law enforcement at this time. As of 12:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- A rural Worthington man is facing 32 misdemeanor counts of animal mistreatment after a Nobles County deputy responded to a call of sheep in the ditch and found carcasses, skulls and underweight sheep. Law enforcement records show there have been at least 14 reports of sheep in the roadway in the last six years near the residence of Douglas Donald Mathias, 48, who resides on U.S. 59 near 170th Street. The complaint states a deputy arrived at the Mathias property Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- A petition filed by convicted murderer Lisa Shane was denied Tuesday by the State of Minnesota Court of Appeals. Shane's third appeal asked the court to take another look at the post-conviction relief, which was requesting a reduction in Shane's sentence. Shane was convicted in April 2006 for second-degree murder through child neglect, which stemmed from the death of her infant daughter. She was sentenced to 15 years incarceration in a state facility after a lengthy investigation and eight days of testimony.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- The United States Attorney's Office of the Northern District of Iowa announced Monday that a Sibley man who pleaded guilty last week to the manufacture and distribution of methamphetamine bought the items used to make the meth in Worthington. Richard Peter Kress, 48, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to manufacture and distribute meth within 1,000 feet of a park, distribution of meth within 1,000 feet of a park, use of a telephone to facilitate the distribution of meth and interstate travel in aid of racketeering. The indictment, filed in July, states Kress manufactured and distr
WORTHINGTON -- Your bank has failed and the FDIC is taking control of its assets! After months of financial scandals, woes and terrors, the warning doesn't seem that far-fetched, but the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) issued an alert Monday regarding an e-mail scam that brings users to a fake Web site. "The FDIC has received numerous reports of fraudulent emails that have the appearance of being sent from the FDIC," the alert stated. The subject line of the e-mail asks recipients to check their Bank Deposit Insurance Coverage.