March 22 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday evening met for a work session to discuss the addition of a marina-type dock on Lake Okabena – one that would be privately owned by Brian Nielsen of Wheel Camping and Marine, who would then rent slips out to boat owners. While the council was generally in favor of such an endeavor, at issue were possible locations of such a structure, and whether the dock would be open to the public.

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County and Falls Architecture Studio will conduct a meeting regarding the Nobles County National Guard Armory Building master plan at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the Farmers Room in the Government Center.

March 21 news

WORTHINGTON — Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce members are looking for nominations for the organization’s first-ever Inspirational Woman Award.

According to Chamber Executive Director Darlene Macklin, the nominee can be any individual in the community or in Nobles County who has done well in their career or helped out in the community. The person does not have to be employed to be nominated.

March 18 news

MARSHALL - A Balaton man held in connection with the death of a Lyon County couple has pleaded guilty to first degree murder along with burglary and arson charges.

Derek Michael Hexum's public defender said his client wanted to take responsibility for his actions and save the family of Jim and Cathy Hiveley, and his own family, from having to go through a jury trial.

At a plea hearing Thursday, Hexum pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree murder, and one count each of first-degree burglary, and first and second-degree arson. Hexum and another man broke into the Hiveley's home during a burglary spree and fatally shot the couple, then returned the next day to destroy evidence by burning the house down. He will be sentenced on May 16th.

Two other men were also charged in the case. Theodore Como was convicted of two counts of 2nd degree murder and burglary. Como will be sentenced in August to 278 months in prison. 22-year-old Kyle Wesselink pleaded down to a single charge of aiding an offender.

March 17 news

WORTHINGTON - 46-year-old Chim LoVan appeared Wednesday afternoon in Nobles County District Court for a motion hearing in his second-degree murder case. LoVan of Worthington, is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy last June. LoVan is charged with second-degree murder, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter, all felonies. The case is set to go to a jury trial in June.

WINDOM - At this week’s Windom city council meeting, the council set a special meeting for March 22nd to discuss funding for the proposed Emergency Services Facility.

The council agreed that it is crucial to set up a specific funding plan, in the event that the city does not receive state bonding for the proposed $4.5 million project. The council would need to fill a $2.2 million funding gap if the bonding dollars are not available.

March 16 news

The District 518 school board approved Tuesday the purchase of 157 acres of land to construct a proposed high school.

The property, located along the west side of North Crailsheim Road, was purchased from Walter and Norman Vogt for $3 million at $19,108 per acre. The board also approved a request for bids to surface the playgrounds at Prairie Elementary. Three playgrounds at the school are fenced off because the flooring is unsafe for the students.

20-year-old Dawson White of Adrian appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday morning to face one count of financial transaction card fraud use-no consent, a felony.

According to court documents, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office received a report last November of fraudulent use of a debit card from a Lismore resident. The victim’s bank informed her there had been a number of questionable charges on her account including purchases from Amazon, McDonald’s and other local places. The woman told law enforcement she’d last used her debit card at a gas station in Adrian the day before and had been unable to find it since