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August 9 news

WORTHINGTON – Here’s our weekly look at construction updates from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Weather permitting, the city is anticipating the completion of the ADA ramp work on 10th Street by Friday and the Park Avenue water main reconstruction from Oxford to West Clary Street on Wednesday, August 14th. The First Avenue SW improvements from west of Knollwood Drive to Pleasant Avenue should be complete as of Wednesday of this week, but we’re not out of the woods yet.


An alert from the Minnesota BCA

DULUTH - A man wearing a black masked forced a teenage girl into a SUV while wielding a baton late Wednesday afternoon and authorities are seeking the public's help, according to a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

A black Ford Expedition with white rims pulled up to the girl at about 5:30 p.m. near Lincoln Park in southwestern Duluth, according to eyewitness accounts.

The suspect is described as an American Indian male, 5 feet 11 inches with black hair in a braid wearing a long-sleeved black shirt with a Chicago Bulls logo on it.


August 8 news

WORTHINGTON – During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, a change of venue request made by Josue Fraga’s defense team was denied. Fraga, accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008, is scheduled to go on trial in September. He was convicted of first-degree murder in May of 2009, but that conviction was vacated in 2012 when new evidence was discovered. Jury selection is scheduled to begin September 9.


Radatz Named New MFBF Executive Director

(MFBF News Release) -- Chris Radatz, a 37-year employee of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), has been named as the organization’s executive director and will manage and coordinate all activities of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated companies effective August 1.

Radatz has served as MFBF’s director of Public Policy since 1994, where he has represented Farm Bureau members on a day-to-day basis on state and national legislative and regulatory issues.


August 7 news

WORTHINGTON – Southwest Crisis Center Director Sara Wahl on Tuesday met with the Nobles County Commissioners, updating them on the latest statistics that include assisting more than 160 victims of domestic assault since Oct. 1, 2012. Wahl said just in the past three months in Nobles County, they have assisted 37 domestic assault victims, nine of whom are children, and four victims of sexual assault. More than 30 people were safe-housed..


BCA completes active investigation into Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker

ST. PAUL — The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension (BCA) and the Stearns County Sheriff’s Office have completed the active portion of the investigation of the November 29, 2012 murder of Cold Spring Police Officer Tom Decker. As new information emerges, the investigation will continue. In discussions with the Stearns County Attorney, the BCA and Stearns County Sheriff’s Office have been advised to leave the case open.


IGHSAU All-State and All-District Softball Teams

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union has released their 2013 All-State and All-District Softball teams.

In Class 1A, Harris-Lake Park junior Noreen Morrow was named a Class 1A All-State Honorable Mention selection. Morrow was also chosen to the Class 1A Northwest All-District Team.


Hostikka selected as new Minnesota West Baseball Coach

Minnesota West Community and Technical College is pleased to announce TD Hostikka has accepted the position of Head men’s Baseball Coach.

Hostikka has served as the Head Coach of the Worthington VFW team for the past four seasons. He has also served as Head Varsity Baseball Coach at Nicolett High School and as an assistant basketball coach at the high school level.

A native of Washington State, Hostikka said, “I am looking forward to the challenge of building a complete program that competes year after year.”


August 6 news

WORTHINGTON - Even though the non-essential watering ban has been lifted, the odd-even watering is still in effect. Those with even numbered addresses can water on even numbered days and those with odd numbers can use water on odd numbered days. According to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, there’s a $95 fine for watering on the wrong day, and it is being enforced.


Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive Tuesday

WORTHINGTON – Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department / EMS will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the summer blood supply for the community in the 8th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. All donors will receive a free Subway meal at the time of donation and a t-shirt.