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Rural Jackson man killed in Monday night motorcycle crash

JACKSON – A 32-year-old rural Jackson man was killed Monday when he crashed his motorcycle on CSAH 4 in Round Lake Township.

According to information released by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Clair Libengood was operating a 600 Yamaha on CSAH 4 near the intersection of State Highway 264 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. He entered the south ditch, struck a sign and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Libengood was transported to Sanford Worthington Hospital, where he died from his injuries.


May 14 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council is hoping to get some answers this afternoon when they meet with FEMA and Homeland Security Emergency Management officials regarding tree trimming and reimbursement from the April storms. During a meeting last night, the council discussed how the trees broken in the storm are being trimmed. Public Works Director Jim Euhlberg said his office is getting multiple phone calls each day from citizens concerned about how the trees look.


Vorwald signs with Dakota Wesleyan

On Monday, Worthington Trojan Senior Jon Vorwald signed a letter of commitment to continue his basketball career at Dakota Wesleyan University in Mitchell, South Dakota.

Vorwald, who has played on the varsity level since his sophomore season and a 2-year starter for the Trojans, averaged 9.5 points and 4 assists and drew 11 charges in 18 games his senior season. He also earned All-Conference honors in the Southwest Conference this season.


Same sex marriage bill passes Senate

MINNESOTA – In a 37-30 vote, the same-sex marriage bill was passed today by the Minnesota Senate after more than four hours of debate. District 22 Sen. Bill Weber voted against the bill. Gov. Mark Dayton has already vowed to sign the measure if it made it past both the House and Senate. The House passed the measure Thursday on a 75 to 59 vote.


Supreme Court Rules 9-0 in Bowman v Monsanto

In a unanimous ruling delivered today, the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed its support for protecting U.S. innovations that are a critical part of supporting the world's growing needs. The case, Bowman v. Monsanto, centered on the protection of intellectual property and its outcome was crucial for innovations that deliver benefits to millions of Americans.


MPCA releases analysis on 50 lakes; DEET, cocaine found

Man-made chemicals, from cocaine to DEET to pharmaceuticals, are finding their way into Minnesota lakes in ways that no one understands, according to an analysis released today from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Fifty lakes analyzed last year by state scientists contained at least some of 125 different chemicals. DEET, the insect repellent, was the most common, found in 76 percent of them.

Only three of the 50 lakes were chemical-free.


May 13 news

WORTHINGTON — The finishing touches are being put on the Worthington Event Center and by the Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, the center will finished, marking the end of a long process. The building is 14,153 square feet and will come in at a cost around $3.75 million.


McBreen named to GPAC All-Conference Honorable Mention Squad

Former Southwestern United Baseball standout Kirk McBreen, now a senior second baseman for the Dakota Wesleyan Tigers, has been named to the 2013 Great Plains Athletic Conference's All-Conference honorable mention baseball team.

McBreen, a Heron Lake native and 2009 graduate from Southwest Star Concept high school in Okabena, started all 49 games this season for the Tigers, hitting for a .289 batting average with 5 doubles and 16 RBI's. He also led the team in stolen bases with 14 and had a stellar fielding percentage of .950


May 10 news

WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has scheduled Public Assistance applicant briefings May 13-15 for the five counties designated as part of the presidential disaster declaration. FEMA’s Public Assistance program is not designed to assist individual residents. It is open to representatives from state and local governments and certain private, nonprofit organizations. The briefings are held to help those representatives apply for federal disaster assistance following the ice storm of April 9-11, 2013.


Same-sex marriage bill passes Minnesota House

The Minnesota House has passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote was 75 to 59.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which will take up the issue Monday.

Debate in the House got underway in the early afternoon, as thousands of supporters and opponents gathered outside the chamber. House Democratic leaders and the bill's supporters were confident it would pass. If it passes Monday in the Senate, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be signing it into law by early next week and make Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.