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.

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.

January 4 news

WORTHINGTON – It may seem like it took a long time for winter to show up this year, but now that it finally has, Winterfest is right around the corner. With Winterfest comes the big medallion hunt, crowning of the Winterfest Queen, Princess and new this year, a Winterfest Prince, pond hockey, the SW MN Ice Fishing Tournament and of course, the 2016 Winterfest Chili Cook-Off.

Now in its third year, the chili cook-off is the Friday evening of Winterfest, January 22, and will be at the Worthington Event Center this year. It is the kick-off to the opening ceremonies for Winterfest, and open to anyone.