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REGIONAL — Several southwest Minnesota counties will receive assistance to improve courthouse security through the Safe and Secure Courthouse Initiative. Nobles, Jackson, Murray and Cottonwood counties are among 57 grant recipients. Each county applied for the funds in March to get up to a 50 percent match in grant money for their projects.
WORTHINGTON — Cayden Olsen, Isaac Makarrall and Wyatt VandenBosch are the newest recipients of the AGCO scholarship, which will cover tuition costs and provide a job opportunity after completion of their studies. The three Minnesota West Community and Technical College students and their families visited AGCO Corporation in Jackson June 30 to receive their diplomas and learn more about the scholarship. Olsen, Makarrall and VandenBosch will start in the mechatronics program Aug. 1.
MARSHALL — The Minnesota Supreme Court denied on Wednesday Josue Fraga’s appeal to his first-degree murder conviction. The Worthington man was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole in 2016 for the murder of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha.
LAKE PARK — With almost 10,000 votes, Chad Hibma of Harris, Iowa was one of the three recipients of $10,000 in the Power to Do More contest sponsored by Resicore herbicide. Hibma and his family were excited to be holding the oversized check Monday afternoon at the Harris-Lake Park High School. The Harris-Lake Park chapter was the organization chosen by Harris to receive the donation.
WORTHINGTON — El Sistema students will bring The Lion King Kids, an adapted version of the popular Broadway show, to Worthington with performances slated for 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Thursday inside the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. All are welcome to attend.
WORTHINGTON — William Tanhoff, 32, of Montevideo, was sentenced Tuesday morning in Nobles County District Court on drug charges. Tanhoff initially faced three felony counts of fifth-degree drug possession and sale as well as a petty misdemeanor charge for possession of marijuana, however the petty misdemeanor charge was later dismissed. A jury found Tanhoff guilty of three felony charges during a trial that ended June 19.
PIPESTONE — Jaime Danneman, 37, of Currie, was found not guilty of second-degree murder in a jury trial that ended June 16 in Pipestone County. Danneman was initially charged with first-degree assault, but an amended complaint was filed on Sept. 4, 2015 that changed the charge to second-degree murder without intent and first-degree manslaughter.
HARDWICK — When the sun rises, David Lorenzen of Hardwick wakes up, puts his boots on and goes to the field. Lorenzen has dedicated countless hours of work to the farm that has been in his family since 1901.
WORTHINGTON — Jaime Danneman, 37, of Currie, is scheduled for a jury trial Thursday morning in Nobles County District Court on a second-degree murder charge.
WORTHINGTON — A motion hearing took place Wednesday afternoon in Nobles County District Court in the civil case involving Aaron Marthaler’s Yellow Company LLC and former Northland Mall property owner Brian Pellowski.