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September 26 news

WORTHINGTON - Elaine Harder, of Jackson, who represented Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood Counties in the Minnesota House of Representatives for nearly a decade, died Tuesday in Minneapolis. She was 65.

Funeral services are pending in Jackson.

She represented House District 22B in the Minnesota Legislature from 1995 to 2004. In her time in the Legislature, the five-term Republican served on several committees, chairing the committee on agriculture and rural development finance and the subcommittee on sales and income tax. She also authored several bills.


Fraga guilty on all five counts; sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole

WORTHINGTON – A jury late Wednesday night came out of five and a half hours of deliberation to declare Josue Fraga guilty on all five charges against him in the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha. The verdict was delivered at approximately 8:16 p.m. and Fraga was sentenced by Judge David Christensen to life in prison without the possibility of parole.


September 25 news

WORTHINGTON – It took less than 10 minutes for the defense team in the Josue Fraga trial to state their case Tuesday, which is about 20 minutes less than the argument they posed back in 2009. Closing statements will begin this morning in Nobles County District Court, and the case should be handed over to the jury for deliberation by mid-day.

Fraga, accused of killing his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008, opted not to testify on his own behalf, leaving his entire defense to rest on the brief recall testimony of Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman.


September 24 news

WORTHINGTON – Testimony proceeded slowly Monday during the Josue Fraga trial in Nobles County District Court, to the point that Judge David Christensen reminded the attorneys to keep things moving along. Fraga is facing first-degree murder in the death of his niece, 2-year-old Samantha. He was convicted of her murder in 2009, but that conviction was later vacated when new evidence was discovered.


September 23 news

WORTHINGTON – Testimony for the state should conclude early this week in the retrial of Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008. Fraga was convicted of Samantha’s death in 2009, but evidence that came to light afterward allowed him to apply for a relief of that conviction.


September 20 news

WORTHINGTON – Today is Friday, which means we have a construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous overlay on East Ninth Avenue from 11 Street to Clary Street and 13th Street from East Ninth to Eighth Avenue was completed on Thursday. Minor topsoil and turf work remains at the ADA ramps.


September 19 news

WORTHINGTON – Josue Fraga’s two oldest children are expected to testify today during the retrial for his alleged murder of 2-year-old Samantha in 2008 in Worthington. Testimony Wednesday included that of Fraga’s ex-wife and two youngest sons – a busy day that also included testimony from 10 people.


September 18 news

WORTHINGTON - We have a notice from the City of Worthington Engineering Department: Bituminous overlay work is scheduled to begin today on East Ninth Avenue from Eleventh Street to Clary Street and 13th Street from west of E. Ninth Avenue to Eighth Avenue. Both streets will be closed during construction activities. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.


September 17 news

WORTHINGTON – President Barack Obama directed Monday that flags be lowered to half-staff to pay tribute to the victims of "the senseless acts of violence" perpetrated at the Washington Navy Yard. Obama ordered that flags stay at half-staff until Friday at sunset.


September 16 news

WORTHINGTON – It took four and a half days, but a jury has been selected for the trial of Josue Fraga, 40, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March of 2008 in Worthington. Opening statements are set to begin today. Keep an eye on the kwoa.com website for trial updates and action.

This will be Fraga’s second time facing murder charges in Samantha’s death – the case originally went to trial in May of 2009, just 14 months after the little girl was brought into the emergency room by her aunt and uncle. She was cold and unresponsive, slightly damp and lifeless.