Worthington man arrested on murder charges

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WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is in being held in the Nobles County Jail for first and second-degree murder, assault and fugitive from justice from another state – in this case, South Dakota

According to reports, Thursday at 4:49 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 1908 East Rice Street in Sioux Falls, SD. Investigation showed a 19-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man had been stabbed. Both were transported by ambulance to receive medical attention. The woman was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

October 30 news

WORTHINGTON – Those who attended Thursday night’s meeting regarding the use of the Nobles County National Guard Armory Building still don’t know what the county will do with the building, but have learned a little more about what it is not suited for. It won’t work to be a library, which Jeff Nelson of Falls Architecture pointed out in September, and even though it is serving that need at the moment, it isn’t very well suited for gymnastics.

Help out the Worthington FFA!

What was supposed to be a great trip for some of our local Worthington FFA members, turned into a nightmare of a trip yesterday. The Worthington FFA Market Plan team had earned their spot in competition at the National FFA Convention in Louisville this week. The team left with advisor Deb Martin Monday after school, drove quite a ways and stopped to spend the night, they drove some more and stopped to eat in Indianapolis. While inside eating, their van was broken into. Stolen from the van were 3 laptops containing their presentation materials they have been working on since last April.

October 29 news

WORTHINGTON – With about six weeks before final certification, the Worthington City Council met Wednesday morning for a work session to take a closer look at the budgets of several departments, including the liquor store, airport, storm water, street lights and streets.

Stating he had a couple of recommendations already in mind to cut the current 6.79 percent increase in the proposed 2016 levy, City Administrator Steve Robinson asked the council if they had a target number they wanted to achieve. Every $32,622 equals a 1 percent levy impact.

October 28 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington YMCA will host a Halloween Family Fun Night from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday. Families are invited to enjoy carnival games, inflatables in the gym and treats. There will also be open swim, crafts, face painting and family Halloween photos.

Helping out: A kiss for cancer

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often the gym teacher has to take a break out of his busy day at the Worthington Middle School to kiss a pig, but when it helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, Ben DeRynck took it like the good sport he teaches his students to be.

With a laugh, he dropped to his knees, scratched Peanut the pig under her neck for a moment, shut his eyes and dropped a long kiss on her pink snout.

Jirele heading to Jackson County

JACKSON – Bob Jirele has been hired as the new court services director for Jackson County, effective November 2, 2015.

As court services director, Jirele will oversee all probation services in Jackson County, including investigations, assessments, evaluations, bail studies and pre-trial monitoring. He will also develop and implement standards of client supervision, with the goal of protecting public safety, reducing recidivism, maintaining accountability, and utilizing correctional evidence-based practices.

Council work session regarding mall development ends with mention of lawsuits

WORTHINGTON – During a Worthington City Council special meeting work session held Monday at the request of developer Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments and 7&41 LLC, the ultimate message delivered by his attorney Dan Schleck by the end of the meeting was that if an agreement wasn't reached soon regarding financing, there would likely be lawsuits regarding the Promenade on Oxford development.

Scarecrow contest winners chosen

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Congratulations to Ace Hardware, winners of the 2015 Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Radio Works.

The Ace Hardware entry was creative and had a lot of fun stuff going on, according to the judges. Second place went to Farm Bureau Insurance, and third place went to Sanford Orthopedics.

You can see most of the scarecrows on any of the Radio Works Facebook pages.

October 26 news

WORTHINGTON — The Living Life Adult Day Center is continuing operations at 500 Stower Drive. According to owner Lori Klooster, R.N., although the building is currently for sale, she continues to offer day center care and respite services for the community’s elderly population at the site.

Klooster said the day center will remain open during the sale of the property and continue to be open as they relocate into their new facility in Worthington. The move is anticipated to take place by year’s end.