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.

March 3 news

WORTHINGTON – A 69-year-old Worthington man is accused of using fear and coercion in an attempt to sexually molest the woman who cleans his residence.

Ramon Luna Modesto Sr. is charged with second- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and fifth-degree assault. He was arrested in the early morning hours of March 1.

March 2 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a plan to move forward with adding eight interactive speed signs and two LED stop signs around the county, using part of a plan that was originally proposed in Sheriff Kent Wilkening’s 2016 budget. On Tuesday’s agenda, Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder asked for a discussion on where signs should be installed, who would move them if they were portable and whether it would be better to go with the sheriff’s original intent of having permanent signs.

Wilkening had asked for solar-powered permanent signs similar to those by the Worthington Middle School, to be placed by several of the small town in Nobles County. Schnieder last month had asked for several portable signs that could be moved by the sheriff’s office to various places. After discussion Tuesday, it was decided the county would look into the purchase of eight interactive signs, and check with the smaller cities to see if they could be hard-wired if they were willing to take on the cost of the electricity.

Area caucus sites

WORTHINGTON - It's Super Tuesday - time to get out and caucus. If you're wondering where to go in your area, we've got the answer for you. Here's a look at area caucus sites:

March 1 news

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals has reversed a decision made in Nobles County District Court by Judge Gordon Moore to dismiss two drug-related offenses against Jose Martin Lugo Jr. of Worthington.

Lugo was charged with second-degree controlled substance possession and possession of drug paraphernalia in February 2015 after he was seen leaving a known drug house. When his vehicle was stopped, the inside was in disarray, Lugo changed his story about who the vehicle belonged to, and he also had a past history of having drug-related arrests. A K-9 was brought to do a sniff around the vehicle, and 13.4 grams of methamphetamine was found, along with a glass pipe.