June 20 news

WORTHINGTON - Jury Selection begins today in the trial of Chim LoVan, who  is accused of the murder of Blue Thyboualoy. LoVan, of Worthington, is charged in Nobles County District Court with second-degree murder, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, third-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter.

In June 2015, Thyboualoy died on the operating table while being treated for a stab wound in the abdomen. He had allegedly told law enforcement personnel earlier that he was stabbed by Monkey, a known alias of LoVan. He did not seek medical care for the wound until hours after the assault.

The trial is scheduled to last all of this week.

WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Historical Society will be hosting a new series of monthly noontime sessions called “Lunch at the Museum.” Beginning Thursday, the public is invited to bring a lunch to the lower level of the Nobles County Library and listen to a guest speaker from the area.

The first guest speaker is Meredith Vaselaar, librarian of the Adrian Branch Library. Her presentation is titled “So Many Ancestors, So Little Time!” and will focus on searching genealogy through free online websites. In addition to explaining how to use free websites, she will share several helpful ones to try.

After her 30-minute presentation, attendees will be able to ask Vaselaar questions — specifically about what to do when the search for a relative reaches a standstill.

The free event will be held from 12 to 1 p.m. at the Nobles County Historical Society.

ROUND LAKE — Round Lake Vineyards and Winery has chosen Samantha Rucker of Lincoln, Neb., as the new event planner.

Rucker earned a bachelor’s degree in hospitality from University of Nebraska, Lincoln, with minors in both business and leadership.

Details include more than her personal attention to scheduling activities in the winery’s Event Center or production room. Depending on the event requirements, Rucker can recommend hotels, florists and photographers, will help arrange transportation and can even help with publication necessities, including invitations, announcements and media releases.

Round Lake Vineyards and Winery has the ability to host reunions and receptions of up to 300 guests, complete with lakeside and vineyard settings, such as for outdoor weddings.

MINNESOTA - Minnesota-based GNP Company is recalling more than 27 tons of chicken after contaminants were detected.

The company sells products under the Just BARE and Gold'n Plump brands. But it says the only affected product in grocery stores is the Just BARE whole chicken in 4-pound poly-bags, with a use-by date of June 26.That item bears code P-322 inside the USDA mark of inspection and UPC 024105594057.

The company says the rest of the recalled meat was bulk and custom items sold through foodservice and institutional outlets.

No illnesses have been reported.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service issued the recall Saturday. The company says the affected products are linked to an isolated tampering incident at its Cold Spring plant this month. The incident is under investigation.

People who bought the chicken are urged to discard it or return it to where it was purchased for a refund.

MINNESOTA - A religious sect leader has been extradited from Brazil to face charges that he sexually abused girls in rural Minnesota.

The 54-year-old Victor Barnard was booked into the Pine County Jail on Saturday afternoon. The jail's online roster lists Barnard as an inmate.

Barnard was arrested in Brazil last year after being on the most-wanted list of the U.S. Marshals Service. He was charged in April 2014 in Pine County with 59 counts of criminal sexual conduct for allegedly having sexual relationships with two girls he had inducted into his "Maidens Group" at the River Road Fellowship's secluded compound near Finlayson.

Defense attorney Marsh Halberg said last month that one condition of the Brazilian court was that any potential sentence for Barnard in the U.S. not exceed 30 years.


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