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WORTHINGTON — Joe Reith understands what it’s like to be on both ends of an emergency response call. His first step toward his current career began in 1999 when he became a part-time emergency medical technician volunteer for the Fulda Ambulance Service. Little did he know at the time that nearly a decade later, he’d be the first line of contact for a person in dire need. In June, Reith joined the Worthington Police Department Dispatch Center.
WORTHINGTON — For the first time, Worthington High School students will have the opportunity to begin exploring a potential career in education. A collaboration between Minnesota West Community and Technical College and District 518, the three-credit concurrent enrollment Introduction to Education course will be offered to WHS 11th- and 12th-graders beginning this spring.
WORTHINGTON -- An Oregon woman was arrested last week after methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia were allegedly discovered in her vehicle. Cassandra Stellings, 24, of Baker City, Ore. has been charged with felony fifth-degree possession of drugs — not a small amount; misdemeanor possession of hypodermic syringes/needles; misdemeanor driving without a valid license; and possession of drug paraphernalia, a petty misdemeanor. The charges stem from a Dec. 7 traffic stop in Worthington.
WINDOM — A variety of holiday activities are on tap this week in Windom for children and adults alike. A living nativity will kick off the events this evening. Hosted by the American Lutheran Church of Windom, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., guests can view the live nativity, hop on the horse-drawn carriage or pet animals both indoors and outdoors.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington man arrested in early December faces assault and drug charges in Nobles County District Court. Rounoubon Sittisak, 28, is charged with felony second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon; and felony fifth-degree possession of drugs, not a small amount. The charges stem from a Worthington Police officer’s response to a Dec. 4 complaint.
WORTHINGTON — A Slayton man pleaded not guilty Tuesday in a string of domestic assault-related cases in Nobles County District Court. Sidney Jones, 43, and his defense attorney, Louis Kuchera, demanded speedy trials be set on four cases filed within the year in Nobles County District Court.
WINDOM — In a collaborative effort between multiple law enforcement agencies, the discovery of nearly 100 pounds of marijuana led to two arrests Wednesday near Windom. Maily Her, 49, of Stockton, Calif. and Thong Vang, 39, of St. Paul were arrested in what appears to be a drug trafficking crime.
WORTHINGTON — In the event of an emergency, first responders are now just a text message away. “Text-to-911” is now live across Minnesota, allowing individuals with hearing loss or in a situation where speaking would be dangerous to send out a plea for help, state authorities announced Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON — Twenty years have come and gone, but some things have not changed for two District 518 school board members. When Joel Lorenz and Steve Schnieder were elected to the District 518 board of education in fall 1997, the board was preparing for a bond referendum for a new elementary school to solve overcrowding in the schools. The longtime board members began their 20 years of board service by helping Prairie Elementary come to fruition.
WORTHINGTON — Independent School District 518 residents will have multiple opportunities to ask the district specific questions related to its upcoming bond proposal between now and the Feb. 13, 2018 referendum. The district’s first public open house is scheduled for Monday, nearly two months before residents will be asked to vote on a proposed $68.5 million new high school. Another open house is planned Jan. 23.