March 10 news

WORTHINGTON - Former Plum Creek Library System director Mark Luther Ranum, age 52, made an appearance in Nobles County District Court Wednesday, asking for dismissal due to lack of cause on the charges against him that were filed last spring. Ranum is charged with six counts of theft and eight counts of permitting false claims against the government.

Defense attorney Robert Gjorvad contends Ranum’s actions do not meet state statute regarding theft. Ranum used the PCLS credit card to make personal purchases for years, always reimbursing immediately. Gjorvad said it was only after a new chair was appointed after Jan. 1, 2015, that charges were asked to be filed against Ranum.

March 9 news

WORTHINGTON – The Prairie Elementary School Science Fair is open to the public from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Thursday in the gymnasium, with the awards at 5 p.m. All are invited on Thursday afternoon to come see what the young scientists have stirred up.

WORTHINGTON — Prairie View Golf Links superintendent Kevin Black was given the Lifetime Award at the Golf Course Superintendent Association of South Dakota’s Annual Turf Conference on March 1 for his 21-year tenure at Prairie View.

March 8 news

ADRIAN - Community Blood Bank will host a community blood drive on Monday, March 14 from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm and 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Adrian Ambulance Garage.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. or more and be in good general health. Please bring an ID with you. Walk-ins are always welcome.

The need for blood remains consistent throughout the spring months. Community Blood Bank requires 550 pints of blood each week to meet the needs of 34 hospitals in the local area including Sanford Worthington and Luverne.

March 7 news

WORTHINGTON — Worthington High School sophomore Dominic Burns was chosen Sunday as the next student ambassador in the Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc exchange program during the organization’s annual banquet.

Burns is the son of Scott and Karen Burns. He will travel to Worthington’s sister city late next summer.

Johanna Andrejew of Crailsheim was recently announced as the German nominee to spend 2016-17 in Worthington. She will travel to Worthington in early August.

March 4 news

MINNESOTA - Mathletes--123 of them--from schools across the state are preparing for the 2016 Minnesota MATHCOUNTS state meet.

The middle school-age students, who have earned their state berths by winning regional competitions, will gather at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and Conference Center in Plymouth on March 11-12.

From the southwest region in the individual competition will be eighth-grader Tyler Fick from Hills-Beaver Creek High School. Tyler placed third overall in the Southwest MN region competition at SMSU in Marshall on Feb 4th to earn a spot in the state competition. He also placed third in the Countdown Round competition and was part of the Hills-Beaver Creek team that placed second.