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ND Judge Issues Injuction to WOTUS Rule

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Late Thursday night, a federal judge in North Dakota issued a preliminary injunction, blocking the Obama administration's controversial Waters of the U.S. rule which was set to take effect Friday the 28th of August. Federal District Court Judge Ralph Erickson agreed granted the injuction, as requested by North Dakota, along with Alaska, Arizona, Arkansas, Colorado, Idaho, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, South Dakota, and Wyoming, citing the potential irreparable harm it would cause the states if the rule were to go into effect August 28, 2015.

“On balance, the harms...

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August 28 news

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WORTHINGTON – The complaints against the suspicious gray DISH Network van in the area have been resolved, according to the Worthington Police Department. The Minnesota State Patrol stopped the van and verified the credentials of the driver with his employer, according to Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn.

Since putting out the warning about the van, the department received many tips from concerned citizens, Flynn said, which they appreciate. People need to be good neighbors, he added, as they were in this case, and if things seem out of place, it is best to inform law...

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August 27 news

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MITCHELL, SD – A Worthington man arrested in South Dakota is facing 14 counts of criminal activity, including aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, grand theft and possession of a loaded firearm.

29-year-old Nicholas Speckmeier of Worthington and 29-year-old Samantha Lane of Sioux Falls, SD, were arrested after a chase that involved two states and an exchange of gunfire. The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a deputy attempted a traffic stop outside of Bonesteel. A pursuit ensued, and as Speckmeier and Lane neared the Nebraska state line, one of their...

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August 26 news

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WORTHINGTON – Three months after allegedly attacking his wife and adult daughter with a hammer, a Worthington man entered pleas of not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree attempted murder and assault with great bodily harm in Nobles County District Court during an arraignment hearing earlier this week.

Dessalegne F. Desta, age 61, allegedly struck both women on the head with the hammer during an argument over his wife’s decision to visit Ethiopia. Both women received skull fractures.

The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has asked for an upward departure on several of...

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Worthington City Council to pursue leasing Prairie View Golf Links

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WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington needs to be out of the golf course business, according to a statement made by Mayor Mike Kuhle on Tuesday evening during a city council work session. Following a recommendation made in early August by the Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee, the Worthington City Council on Tuesday evening gathered for the special meeting to discuss decommissioning Prairie View Golf Links.

While no final decision was made, the council gave staff instructions to pursue looking into options leasing the 130 acre course and facility in the short-...

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Auguest 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – No new information is available in the investigation into the homicide of Jan Pigman-Kruse, who was shot to death in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but have said there is no threat to public safety.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said she understands the community wants answers, which they are continuing to work on finding, but they cannot give out more details of an active investigation.

The funeral for Pigman-Kruse is at 10:30 a.m. today at First...

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MNSP Changes

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Starting Monday the 24th, Minnesota Soybean Processors will require all bean loads originating from elevators to have a paper bill of landing (they will also accept a copy of the scale ticket from the origin elevator so long as it states the party that is selling the beans to MnSP).

Please advise trucks to use the staplers provided to staple the bill of lading with a copy of the MnSP ticket that is printed at receiving and place the stapled documents in the drop box at receiving.

Any questions, contact MnSP at 507-842-6677.

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August 24 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force on Friday assisted in the arrest of a fugitive from Garland, Texas, wanted as the suspect in a murder case.

According to information released by task force commander Nate Grimmius, Garland investigators were in Pipestone County attempting to locate Adrian Jimenez Regalado, who was suspected of killing a man in Garland. The investigator’s sought the task force for assistance in locating Regalado, who had been residing in Pipestone and working on a nearby farm.

They learned Regalado received a ride to Worthington the night of...

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Funeral arrangements set for Jan Pigman-Kruse

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BREWSTER – Funeral arrangements were released Friday for Janette Pigman-Kruse, a 40-year-old woman who was the victim of a homicide in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster.

According to information released by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Pigman-Kruse was killed by a gunshot at approximately 2:40 a.m. Authorities were alerted by a 911 call from her husband, who told dispatchers someone had come into the home and shot his wife. As of mid-day Friday, there was no one was in custody for the homicide.

Sheriff Kent Wilkening says there is no immediate...

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