January 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioner Gene Metz was elected as Board Chair Tuesday during the first meeting of 2016, with Commissioner Don Linssen being voted in as Vice Chair.

Along with taking care of normal first meeting business such as fee schedules, board appointments and meeting dates, the commissioners approved the demolition of the old Adrian Pool Hall with a quote from Henning Construction of $64,800. The building is on one of the tax-forfeited properties that did not sell at auction, and county staff has been working on the problem of the abandoned, unsafe building for quite some time.

January 5 news

WORTHINGTON – A group of people gathered at Worthington City Hall Monday to witness the swearing in of two new Worthington Police officers – one new face and one that is familiar to many.

Jacob Refsland and Dustin Roemeling were sworn in and had badges pinned on by family members. Roemeling is badge number #110 and Refsland #126.

Trial: Josue Fraga

Roughly one month away from the beginning of the third trial of Josue Fraga, motions and discovery requests are being filed, hearings are taking place and the details are being handled before jury selection takes place in Lyon County presided over by Judge Leland Bush.

Fraga is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March 2008 in the city of Worthington. He has twice been convicted of the murder – declared guilty by a jury in Nobles County District Court. The trial is scheduled to begin January 19.

Death Investigation: Janette Pigman-Kruse

Janette Pigman-Kruse’s death has been ruled a homicide by the Ramsey County Medical Examiner, according to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening. A Go Fund Me page has been started to help the family. It can be found at gofundme.com under Jan Pigman-Kruse Memorial Fund.

Death Investigation: Travis Svalland

Wednesday afternoon at 3:38 p.m., Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to a report of a deceased male at 46306 County Road 3, seven miles north of Windom and about three miles west of Highway 71. The Ramsey County medical examiner has determined the victim as 43-year-old Travis Stanly Svalland of Windom.

An autopsy determined that Svalland died of homicide due to a gunshot wound.