February 19 news

WORTHINGTON - State Reps. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne and Bob Gunther, R-Fairmont, invite parents and child care providers to attend a listening session from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 29 at the Worthington Fire Hall in Worthington, 830 Second Ave., to discuss the challenges of accessing child care in Greater Minnesota.

Rep. Mary Franson, R-Alexandria, chairs the newly formed Select Committee on Affordable Childcare and will also be at the meeting.

February 18 news

PIPESTONE – The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday arrested a Minneapolis man wanted on a warrant for felony first-degree criminal sexual conduct out of Hennepin County.

According to Pipestone County Sheriff Keith Vreeman, their office received a call from Minneapolis authorities stating Never William Hall, age 46, of Minneapolis, was possibly in a trailer in Pipestone. Deputies went to the location and found Hall at a different trailer and arrested him. He is currently being held at the Pipestone County Jail.

February 17 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday offered their support and approval of a community garden project in the city of Worthington on a tax-forfeited parcel on Eighth Avenue after hearing a report from SNAP Ed Educator Leticia Rodriguez from the University Extension Office and SHIP coordinator Cecilia Bofah.

Bofah said a community garden would provide social interaction between people while providing nutritional foods, improve the quality of life for people and get them outside. There would also be income opportunities in the future if they could sell some of what they grow at farmer’s markets, she said.

Reports of new text message regarding United Prairie Bank

WORTHINGTON – The same type of text message scam that made the rounds Monday in the area regarding the Fulda Area Credit Union surfaced for the United Prairie Bank on Tuesday. The text message states it has important information regarding the cell phone owner’s account, and contains a link, which brings the customer to a fake website that mimics that of United Prairie.

Like Monday’s scam, the website asks for information designed to scam the user into giving out what is needed to give the bad guys access to the customer’s account.

February 16 news

WORTHINGTON – It certainly wasn’t new, but it has never hit this close to home before. The text scam that hit the area Monday seemed to ring through many phones simultaneously, alerting people that there was a security issue with their Fulda Area Credit Union account. The problem? Many of those who received the text didn’t have a credit union account.

At Radio Works, a call came in from Nobles County Dispatch, asking us to alert the public. Even though they hadn’t clicked on the link themselves, they wanted people to know it was likely a scam. Advice from the law enforcement was to simply delete the text message.