Alyssa joined The Globe in July 2017 and covers education and crime beats. The Nebraska native earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Nebraska at Kearney. In her own sarcastic tone, her blog, Aimlessly Navigating, recounts the reality, pitfalls and triumphs of a young 20-something navigating to maturity. Follow her on Twitter: @alyssasobotka
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WORTHINGTON — Independent School District 518 is seeking dismissal with prejudice for a civil lawsuit active in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota. In a recently published answer to the litigation filed by former employee, Karen Abbott, the district denies a vast majority of Abbott’s claims, including that her employee rights were violated and that she was treated unfairly while she served as an Area Learning Center special education teacher.
BIGELOW — A Saturday crash involving farm equipment in Bigelow Township resulted in non-life threatening injuries. Pedro O. Ortiz-Zarate, 32, of Sibley, Iowa was transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center just after 7 p.m. Saturday after his pickup collided with a tractor at the Minnesota 60 and Minnesota 59 interchange. The driver of the 1965 Case 930 tractor, Christopher A. Amundson, 58, of Bigelow sustained no injuries.
WORTHINGTON -- A Worthington woman was convicted Tuesday of giving a peace officer a false name last August after being suspected of aggravated forgery and identity theft. According to court documents, Lesvia L. Combara Santos, 35, received a statutory stay of imposition in relation to the gross misdemeanor offense.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington teen accused of burglarizing a Worthington home last year and unlawful possession of a firearm appeared Wednesday in Nobles County District Court.
WORTHINGTON — Three Worthington teens allegedly involved in the pursuit of drugs and cash in a Redwood County city are facing a string of burglary-related charges that were filed as a result of an investigation surrounding a similar armed burglary in Worthington.
LAKEFIELD — A Round Lake farmer revved up on a new life outlook and geared for a different, faster pace is hoping to revive local interest in and opportunities for motocross racing. If repurposing an abandoned gravel pit stays on track, Dale Ackermann will host his first motocross race on his new dirt bike track and campground south of Lakefield in late summer or early fall.
PIPESTONE — A Woodstock man accused of assaulting a Pipestone County Deputy while incarcerated at the county jail is facing additional criminal charges in Pipestone County District Court. Aren F. Hatton, 37, faces charges of felony fourth-degree assault of a peace officer and disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor, after allegedly hitting a deputy’s face with his forearm. A fourth-degree assault of a peace officer conviction has a maximum penalty of three years imprisonment, a $6,000 fine or both.
PRINCETON, N.J. — A Worthington native and graduate invested in post-secondary education is about to embark on a new journey at one of the nation’s most prestigious higher education institutions.
LAKEFIELD — “Fun for all ages” will lead to a sweet time for Lakefield-area residents and visitors alike, as this Jackson County community welcomes all for its annual Lakefield Summerfest celebration this week and weekend. “It’s fun for the whole family — from very small to old,” Lakefield Summerfest Committee Secretary Heather Reasoner said of the week-long celebration, which kicked off Monday.
WORTHINGTON — A Worthington man arrested Sunday after allegedly assaulting a man in an alleyway while impaired now faces criminal charges in Nobles County District Court.