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April 16 news

WORTHINGTON – With dry conditions and wind, fire departments in the area were kept busy Tuesday in southwest Minnesota. The Worthington Fire Department responded to two fires on opposite ends of a city block.

The first call came in at 10:32 a.m. to 617 Omaha Avenue. Neighbors noticed a shed on the property was on fire, which Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt suspects was started by a heat lamp.


April 15 news

WORTHINGTON – Long-awaited contact from the owner of Northland Mall seems to indicate Mike Kohen is willing to demolish the old K-mart section of the building and start addressing issues in the rest of the facility. Kohen said he plans to have a representative with his demolition company meet with the city soon, and will also begin fixing the roof one section at a time until it is repaired.


Girl approached in Windom; police urge parents to talk about stranger danger

The Windom Police Department is asking parents to remind their kids to never accept rides from strangers following an incident Sunday evening.

According to authorities, an investigation is underway after an 8-year-old girl was allegedly approached by an unknown male at approximately 7:38 p.m. Sunday.

The male spoke with the girl along the roadway near Winfair School and told the girl that he was asked by her mother to pick her up. The child refused the ride with the suspicious male, and the parents confirmed that they had not sent anyone to pick her up.


April 14 news

ADRIAN - – Interstate 90 motorists in southwestern Minnesota are advised of day-time lane closures this week as crews build crossovers for bridge work in the area of Adrian and Jackson this summer. Later in April traffic will be reduced to two lanes, two-way with reduced speeds until mid-September.

The project includes work on four bridges at Adrian and four more at Jackson. Crews will repair decks, rails, approach panels, drainage and paint the steel to keep them in good condition and improve the ride for the motorists. Guardrail improvements will also be made.


10-year-old girl dies in bale fire

ADRIAN – A state fire marshal was on the scene Thursday night in rural Adrian after a 10-year-old girl’s body was found dead among round bales that had been burning. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, while Adrian firefighters were battling a blaze among round hay bales at 25773 Ahlers Avenue, Perri Heideman had been reported missing.

“They did a search of the farm place and turned up nothing,” Wilkening said. “Once the fire was put out by the department, they started tearing apart bales to search further and stop flare-ups, and they found her.”


April 11 news

WORTHINGTON – Tina Smith, candidate for Lt. Gov for Mark Dayton, stopped in Worthington Thursday to visit with constituents and tout Dayton’s cause, talking with other Democrats about health care, infrastructure, roads and water. Smith, who is currently Dayton’s Chief of Staff, said she and her family moved to Minnesota 30 years ago, where she worked for General Mills before becoming involved in politics.

She told the group of 20 or so people she was pleased to be out campaigning while the governor was stuck back at the State Capitol.


Farm 40 on Us winners!

WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to Anita Elness of Windom and Jim Schettler of Wilmont, the two winners of the Radio Works Farm 40 on Us!

More than 30 finalists gathered Thursday night at the Travelodge in Worthington, hoping for a chance to win everything they need to plant 40 acres of corn or soybeans. New Vision, Croplan and Winfield will give them the seed, nutrients and field monitoring to farm 40 acres – Elness of corn and Schettler of beans. The sponsors will also help them put a plan together so they can come with optimum yield.


Trojan Tech to debut Saturday at ISD#518

WORTHINGTON – A student-led technology conference will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Worthington Middle School. Trojan Tech is open to parents, siblings and the general public – anyone who is interested in what’s going on at Independent School District 518 technology-wise. And even those who just want to learn how some of this crazy technology works!


April ice storm anniversary - a look back

WORTHINGTON – On the one-year anniversary of the ice storm of April 2013, Radio Works has put together a look back at the first few days of the crazy weather that stopped parts of the upper Midwest in its tracks.

Included are audio clips from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh and other local officials. Also included are a few memories from various Radio Works staff such as Matt Widboom, Barry Roberts, Jared Rademacher and Jaime Salinas.


Worthington City Council approves park/library ballot question

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Thursday morning approved a ballot question for the November election that would ask citizens to okay the transfer of the old pool site from the city to Nobles County for use as a new library site. The land was gifted to the city by the E.O Olson Trust.

Because of city charter restrictions, any use of the land other than for park use must go to a public vote.

The property transfer would include the existing fish rearing ponds because of impervious surface restrictions, but the ponds would still be protected.