WINDOM -- Doris Holmen sat in her chair and followed instructions as the Telehealth unit asked her to attach an oxymeter to her finger to check her blood oxygen level. She had already stood on the nearby scale when prompted to do so, then slipped on the attached blood pressure cuff and allowed the machine to record her vital measurements. "This would have been an office visit and a billing," said US. Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- A 27-year-old woman who has been charged in the past with writing bad checks, forgery, theft, burglary and assault in several counties is now accused of theft and falsely reporting a crime in Nobles County. Gretchen Marie DeGuara, who is scheduled to go on trial later this month for check forgery, possession of stolen checks and theft by check, was charged Wednesday with theft over $500 with a prior conviction and falsely reporting a crime. The complaint states authorities were called by a man who manages an apartment building on College Way and shares a residence with DeGuara
JACKSON -- Bail was set at $80,000 Wednesday for a Round Lake man charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct against a victim younger than age 13. Sergio Macias Ramos, 18, was arrested Monday after a social worker contacted authorities after interviewing a 12-year-old girl. In the interview, the victim said Ramos had moved near her approximately two years ago and had allegedly been touching her inappropriately for a year or two. According to the victim's mother, Ramos had moved to the area from Colorado.
WORTHINGTON -- A deaf man who spent several months in jail in 2006 has reportedly signed a settlement agreement between himself and both the Nobles County and Martin County jails for a total of $50,000. The civil suit accused both facilities of discrimination and of refusing to provide him with interpreters and communication devices to accommodate his impairment. The suit was filed earlier this year by Latell Chaney of Ames, Iowa, claiming violations of the Americans with Disabilities Act, but a statement from Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore Tuesday on behalf of Nobles County denied any
SLAYTON -- Three Slayton men are facing multiple felonies in Murray County after getting involved in an altercation with passengers aboard a party bus and allegedly pulling a knife on one man, who is facing his own felony charges in an unrelated case. Charges were filed Monday against Dominic Ford, 29, Nicholas Mulso, 20, and Joshua Mulso, 22, who each face a count of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, second-degree riot, terroristic threat, fifth-degree assault and disorderly conduct.
WORTHINGTON -- Off work at 2 a.m.? Up at 11 p.m.? Wide awake at midnight or taking a break at noon? Now those with chaotic schedules and late night hours will find it easier to fit an exercise regime into their day with Anytime Fitness. Just as the name implies, the new fitness center on Ryan's Road is open 24/7 and every day of the year, beginning around Oct. 3, according to manager Liz Albright. Anytime Fitness was founded in 2002 by Jeff Klinger and Chuck Runyon, with the first club opening its doors in Cambridge.
WORTHINGTON -- For the fifth year in a row, a member of the Nobles County Jail staff was recognized by the Minnesota Sherriffs' Association during the 27th annual Jail Administrators Conference in Deerwood. Adam Bohrer was awarded the title of Correctional Officer of the Year after being nominated by Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening and Jail Administrator Monette Berkevich. "It is an honor just to be nominated," Bohrer said.
WORTHINGTON -- It started as a small idea, grew into a reality and blossomed into something even the organizers didn't expect. "I honestly thought there would be about 20 vendors and a couple hundred people a week," said Amanda Walljasper, a member of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee and volunteer coordinator of the Downtown Worthington Farmers Market.
PIPESTONE -- A Pipestone man in custody on an unrelated charge allegedly admitted Monday to burglarizing the Keepers of the Sacred Tradition building and the Pipestone National Monument. Lenny Dean White, 23, is charged with one count of second- and two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of theft in conjunction with the burglaries, which occurred Sept. 5, 6 and 13. White told authorities he kicked in the front door of the Keepers and entered the building on Sept. 5 and 6, taking a variety of items.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington School District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard said Wednesday there have been no confirmed cases of H1N1 in the district at this point, but that could change. "It is inevitable across the country," he said. "It's a flu bug, and it's going to travel.