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WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man accused of sexually molesting two girls he babysat more than five years ago is facing charges in Nobles County District Court.
REGIONAL — Keeping a full roster at many volunteer fire departments around the area is getting increasingly difficult, departments that serve a variety of sized cities agree. Whether a department’s roster is considered full at 20 members or topped out at 40, rural departments are battling a similar cycle of struggling to find enough new blood to replace aging members who retire.
HILLS — What started as horse lover Marie LaRock’s self-professed “simple idea” of providing an opportunity for kids to spend time in nature with horses is quickly transforming her family’s Hills ranch into a destination where students develop skills far beyond cinching up a saddle. Using horses as her main teaching tool, LaRock teaches Rock Ranch students a strong work ethic, confidence, courage, patience, responsibility, social/emotional wellbeing and many other traits from atop a horse’s back.
WINDOM — A wood-burning stove and over-heated chimney seem to be the cause of a minor fire that broke out Tuesday afternoon at Wooden Pallets in the middle of Windom. According to Windom Fire Chief Dan Ortmann, employees reported the shop area’s roof had caught fire on the northeast corner of the building at 130 16th St. at around 3:30 p.m. When firefighters arrived on scene, a “little bit of fire” could be observed coming through the roof area, Ortmann said.
WORTHINGTON — Although he couldn’t remember ever burglarizing two downtown Worthington businesses, a Worthington man that appeared Tuesday in Nobles County District Court couldn’t argue that he didn’t. Virgilio Cerda, 22, submitted a Norgaard Plea in relation to an incident two years ago in which The Cow’s Outside (Buffalo Billfold) and Adorn 1024 were burglarized.
SLAYTON — Two Tracy individuals will serve two years of supervised probation and write apology letters to the subjects of a sexually explicit photo the duo snapped of while the other two had sex in an ice house on Lake Shetek near Slayton.
ASHTON, Iowa — With little warning, a neon “open” sign recently began flashing in the window of a historic building along Ashton’s main street. Despite its discreet “grand-opening,” Charlie’s is quickly becoming the town’s hangout location where community members can reconnect with one another over food and drinks. The eatery and bar is located at 3020 Third St. in the building that served as the Ashton State Bank from its its construction in 1913 to 1969.
WINDOM — A Stockton, Calif. woman will serve 180 days in jail or be placed on an electronic home monitoring system for possessing nearly 100 pounds of marijuana that a Minnesota State trooper discovered in her vehicle more than a year ago.
WORTHINGTON — Parker Sandhurst has spent a significant amount of his 25 years within Independent School District 518. The 2012 Worthington High School graduate recently returned to the place he says has had a huge influence on his life. Sandhurst started last week as the district’s new communication coordinator — a position recently revived for the first time since being cut nearly two decades ago.
RUSHMORE — Charges were filed late last week against three out-of-state individuals — two of which were wanted on active warrants — after drugs, drug paraphernalia and ammunition were allegedly found in their vehicle. According to court documents, on Jan. 17, a Minnesota state trooper performed a traffic stop on Interstate 90 near Rushmore of a vehicle driven by Anita Parra, 36, of Sioux Falls, S.D. The vehicle was described in the criminal complaint as having a “lived-in” look.