WORTHINGTON — Students from Worthington High School (WHS) who are involved in the Nobles County Integration Collaborative are hosting a fundraiser to send care kits to families in Venezuela as part of the “Change Starts with You” project. They will have a Zumbathon fundraising event from 6 to 8 p.m. today in the St. Mary’s gymnasium, 1206 Eighth Ave.
WORTHINGTON - U.S. Senate candidate Chris Dahlberg stopped in Worthington Wednesday evening with his mobile front porch to campaign. A two-term St. Louis County Commissioner and Iraq war veteran from Duluth, Dahlberg is vying for the Republican endorsement at the party’s May 30 convention in Rochester. He faces five other Republicans in the race.
The winner of the Republican primary will go on to face incumbent DFLer Al Franken in November.
WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is in custody after allegedly robbing a victim at gunpoint in the early morning hours Sunday. According to the criminal complaint, Jose Manolo Arevalo Cortez, 32, faces charges of first- and second-degree aggravated robbery.
LUVERNE -- Just a week away from Memorial Day, Blue Mounds State Park has some bad news. There's E. coli bacteria in the water at Blue Mounds State Park, just north of Luverne.
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SIOUX FALLS, SD -- Police say a drunk driver may be to blame for hitting a semi-truck and damaging a traffic signal in Sioux Falls, overnight.
Just after 1:00 a.m. Police say the driver of a BMW ran a flashing red light at Cliff Avenue and Benson Road. They also say the driver slammed into the passenger side of a semi-truck. The driver of the BMW was hurt but not critically and was arrested for DWI. Two other people were passengers in that car. One of the passengers received medical treatment, the other refused it.
The driver of the semi-truck was not hurt.
Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed May 18-24 as Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) Awareness Week in an effort to draw attention to the destructive bug and encourage Minnesotans to not spread the pest around the state.
With nearly one billion ash trees, the most of any state in the nation, Minnesota could suffer a great loss from EAB. The insect is a major threat to the tourism and lumber industries, and the state's natural landscapes and recreational areas.
There's something simple Minnesotans can do to ensure they're not helping spread EAB. Don't move firewood. Here's why:
MINNESOTA STATE NEWS -- Today, the Minnesota House passed a bonding bill that includes $846 million in bonds and an additional bill that includes $200 million in further investments in infrastructure projects. In the House bill, money has been set aside to help finance the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System that will provide desperately needed water to several communities in southwestern Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON -- Detective Sgt. Kevin Flynn has been appointed interim director of public safety for the Worthington Police Department. The department’s current chief, Mike Cumiskey announced his retirement Monday. On Tuesday, the civil services commission gave the go-ahead for City Administrator Craig Clark to appoint Flynn to the interim position. Flynn, who has been with the Worthington Police Department for 23 years, will begin his new duties at 5:00pm on Friday.
JACKSON -- A fire erupted early Sunday morning at the AGCO manufacturing plant in Jackson, damaging some paint equipment but resulting in no injuries.
Eric Fisher, director of operations at AGCO Jackson, said the plant’s fire suppression systems performed just as designed and contained the damage to the origin of the fire. He also credited AGCO employees and local emergency responders for their swift response.
JACKSON -- After more than a month with no permanent staff, the Jackson County Extension office welcomes three new employees in May.
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey will retire at the end of May, he officially announced Monday. He began to let staff know Thursday and Friday of last week, and got all paperwork filed by the end of the week.
Cumiskey has been in law enforcement for 28 years, with almost 15 of those years in the city of Worthington.