February 5 news

BEATRICE, Nebraska - A Worthington woman who admitted pouring carpet cleaner in the ice tea of her boyfriend's mother has been sent to jail in Nebraska.

Online court records say 26-year-old Amanda Nelson, of Worthington, was sentenced Wednesday in Gage County District Court to a year in jail, with credit for 60 days served. She'd pleaded guilty to felony assault.

Windom's PM Beef sold; to become pork processing plant

WINDOM – According to the Star Tribune, the PM Beef plant in Windom has been sold to former Comfrey native Glen Taylor, who, along with a partner, plans to convert the facility to a state-of-the-art pork processing facility.

Taylor said he is hopeful they can hire back a number of the employees who worked at PM Beef before the plant shut down in December. More than 260 people lost their jobs when the plant closed, with the former president citing deteriorating industry conditions and rising cattle prices as the reason for the closure.

Fraga guilty, sentenced to life with no release

MARSHALL – After 5 hours of deliberating, a jury of 12 found Josue Fraga guilty of three counts of first-degree and two counts of second-degree murder in Lyon County District County. The jury also found him guilty of all aggravating factors in the case, including Samantha’s vulnerability of age, Fraga’s position of authority over her, all of the injuries he inflicted upon her and his failure to seek prompt medical attention.

Fraga has now been convicted of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in Worthington in 2008 three separate times. Like the two previous times, he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of release.

Jury deliberating in Fraga trial

MARSHALL – The jury has begun deliberations in the trial of Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his niece Samantha in March of 2008.

Fraga, who is charged with three counts of first-degree and two counts of second-degree murder in the two-year-old child’s death, has been convicted of her murder twice before, but each time the conviction has been overturned. For the third trial, a change of venue was granted and the case moved to Lyon County, even though the murder happened in the city of Worthington.

February 3 news

WORTHINGTON – There will be a few changes around Worthington in the future – around the city limits, anyway. The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday heard the results of a speed study conducted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation on County State Aid Highways (CSAH) they had requested back in July of 2014.

On CSAH 5, a 45 mph speed limit will extend from CSAH 35 north for one-quarter mile, and then it will increase to 55 mph up to Nobles County 33. South of CSAH 35, the speed limit will be set at 45 mph south to the Worthington Cemetery.