Crime coverage accounts for 50% of The Globe's most viewed stories in 2022

Including coverage from Nobles, Murray, Jackson, Pipestone, Rock, Cottonwood, and Dickinson counties, The Globe reported on a variety of crime-related stories in 2022.

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WORTHINGTON — The Globe’s crime coverage accounted for half of the top read stories in 2022 from across six Minnesota counties — and a few cases out of Iowa.

Mason Buhl pleaded nolo contendere to one count of simple domestic assault, dismissing rape charges. Further hearings regarding the reopened 2015 Harrisburg shooting case are scheduled for next week.
If convicted, Connell faces a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine, and a mandatory minimum of 144 months, on each of the first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges.
Rocky Hayes, 47, of Sioux Falls, was charged Jan. 20 with three counts of possessing child pornography, each a Class 4 felony.

Within the last month, two separate murder cases reported on by The Globe reached significant milestones. The 2020 Lake Park, Iowa murder of Angel Bastman, 25, resulted in convictions for two individuals, one of whom was sentenced to life in prison without parole for first-degree murder.

Following a fatal shooting in Milford, Iowa, Christian Goyne-Yarns was convicted by a Buena Vista County jury in early December. His sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2023.

Coverage of a tragic traffic collision that injured seven people and killed a local teenager turned to crime reporting when the driver of one of the vehicles was charged with second-degree manslaughter and vehicular homicide.

While several shoplifting charges also cracked the top 50, those weren’t the only business-related crime stories featured in 2022. A Department of Labor investigation into child labor claims at multiple meat-packing facilities that employ sanitation company Packer’s Sanitation Services Inc. made local and national headlines. In October, Worthington’s JBS was identified as a target in a $9 million meat-packing theft ring .


Including stories related to criminal sexual conduct, domestic assault and drug-related crimes, The Globe’s crime coverage accounted for half of the top 50 most-viewed stories. Below are the top 10 crime stories from 2022.

  1. Fights delay Learning Center graduation as law enforcement, school officials struggle to contain the violence
  2. Lakefield pet salon owner charged with five counts of animal cruelty after reported death of multiple pets
  3. Nobles County deputy reportedly assaulted, brought to Sanford Worthington
  4. Pipestone youth group leader charged with criminal sexual conduct
  5. Pair reportedly found with over 1,000 oxycodone pills during Worthington traffic stop
  6. Worthington's JBS among targets of $9 million meat packing theft ring
  7. Worthington woman charged after reported wrongful obtainment of over $10,000 in benefits
  8. Slayton man charged with 13 felonies made 'alarming' mass shooting comments
  9. Suspect at large after Worthington traffic stop
  10. Slayton farmer sentenced to prison for USDA farm loan fraud
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of no more than five years in prison, a $10,000 fine, or both for each of the charges against him.
If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine, or both.
Minnesota’s Historic Tax credit had an 11-year run before ending in 2022. Now, advocates of the program are attempting to bring it back.
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Doyle is scheduled to make her initial court appearance Jan. 31.
The Center for Active Living's racquetball courts were also discussed. They will be repaired, with one of the courts to be retrofitted to better serve CAL members.
May is scheduled to make his initial court appearance on Jan. 23.
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“We are in the throes of an important struggle in this country,” McLemore said to students, faculty, and community members Tuesday. “...This battle is around the right to vote.”
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Emma McNamee joined The Globe team in October 2021 as a reporter covering Crime & Courts, Politics, and the City beats. Born and raised in Duluth, Minn., McNamee left her hometown to attend school in Chicago at Columbia College. She graduated in 2021 with a degree in Multimedia Journalism, with a concentration in News & Feature Writing and a minor in Creative Writing.
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