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.

Trial: Josue Fraga

Roughly one month away from the beginning of the third trial of Josue Fraga, motions and discovery requests are being filed, hearings are taking place and the details are being handled before jury selection takes place in Lyon County presided over by Judge Leland Bush.

Fraga is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March 2008 in the city of Worthington. He has twice been convicted of the murder – declared guilty by a jury in Nobles County District Court. The trial is scheduled to begin January 19.

December 31 news

WORTHINGTON - In observance of New Year’s Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Friday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, delivery routes will not be running, and there will be no outgoing mail.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed, as will the Municipal Liquor Store. The Nobles County Library will be closed Friday, and will close at 5 p.m. today.

Trial: Chim LoVan

An order was filed Monday morning in Nobles County District Court continuing the jury trial of Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, who is facing second- and third-degree murder charges in the death of Blue Thyboualoy. LoVan also faces two charges of first-degree manslaughter for allegedly stabbing Thyboualoy, which led to his death.