WORTHINGTON – Sewer spot repair in the 1600 block of South Shore Drive is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous paving began Thursday on First Avenue Southwest from east of the elementary school entrance driveway to near Pleasant Avenue, and coldmilling work is scheduled to begin Tuesday from west of Knollwood Drive to the elementary school entrance. Water main reconstruction continues on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street.
WORTHINGTON – The trials and tribulations of Worthington’s Northland Mall continue, with a drug bust, possible squatters and now a notice from the City of Worthington that says the old Kmart facility is unsafe to occupy.
Signs at the front entrance to the old Kmart and what was once an auto repair section of the store bear a warning that bars entrance, stating the facility is unsafe to occupy. That warning does not extend to the main part of the mall that contains a small handful of businesses.
LUVERNE– Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour should be removed during the week of July 22.
Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.
SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.
In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met Monday night and awarded a bid of $41,034 for stump grinding and seeding to Prairie Landscaping, owned by Allen Drost. The difference between Prairie Landscaping and the next lowest bid was almost $30,000. According to Director of Public Works Jim Eulberg, there are just under 800 stumps in the city that need grinding as a result of the April ice storm. Topsoil and seeding is part of the bid price, with the city providing the seed.
STORM LAKE, Iowa — The body of an Ireton, Iowa man was found Sunday after a search that began on the fourth of July. At about 4 p.m. Thursday, the Buena Vista County 911 Center received a call reporting a capsized boat with two occupants on Storm Lake. 36-year-old Abel Troncoso of Granville, was rescued by another boat in the immediate area. The other occupant of the boat, 28-year-old Jaime Vazquez of Ireton slipped beneath the water. Vazquez was reportedly not wearing a life vest at the time the boat capsized.
WINDOM – The Windom Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating three riding lawnmowers stolen from the Runnings store in Windom last night or early this morning. The stolen mowers include a 50 inch Cub Cadet in near new condition, an MTD 42 inch in near new condition and a Poulan 42 inch approximately two years old. A trailer may have been used to take the mowers or multiple trips with a pick-up were made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windom Police Department at 507-831-6134.
WORTHINGTON – This week’s Cop on Top event raised more than $6,600 for Special Olympics Minnesota, according to Worthington Police Officer Jacki Bomgaars.
The 24-hour fundraiser began Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Bomgaars raised to the top of the Hy-Vee Food Store by the Worthington Fire Department aerial truck. For the next 24 hours, Bomgaars and other officer worked in 4 hour shifts, laughingly heckling shoppers into donating for a great cause.
Burgers were served, t-shirts sold and donations grew.
Winners for the prize drawings are as follows:
WORTHINGTON – Pavement reconstruction on First Avenue Southwest is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, beginning east of the Prairie Elementary School entrance driveway to west of the intersection of Schaap Drive, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Park Avenue water main reconstruction from Oxford Street to West Clary Street continues.
CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial.
A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.
Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.