MN Apellate Court affirms Shue commitment

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.

Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.

September 29 news

WORTHINGTON – One count each of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular homicide causing substantial bodily harm, careless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign have been filed against James Miller, 67, of Cylinder, Iowa. He allegedly ran the stop sign on Nobles County 35 on Sept. 19 and caused a crash between two semis that left one man dead and another seriously injured.

District 518 School Board denies pre-school grant

WORTHINGTON – During an early morning meeting, the District 518 School Board today denied a federal grant offered through the Minnesota Department of Education that would have paid for all-day every day pre-school for 4-year-olds that fell into the 175 to 200 percent poverty level, stating the decision to go through with the grant needed to be made too quickly and that space to house the students was of primary concern. Each member felt better about the district expanding the program on their own, rather than rushing into the grant process without appropriate planning.

September 26 news

LUVERNE – For the first time since June of 2012, the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System on Thursday awarded a pipeline contract. The contract, which came in at two million dollars less than the engineers estimate, was for $16.5 million to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, and includes 18 miles of pipe that will run from the Minnesota/Iowa border to Luverne. When completed, Lewis & Clark will be able to deliver water to Luverne. The substantial completion deadline is November 2015.

Raffle tickets on sale for pheasant opener banquet

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WORTHINGTON – The organizers behind the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Worthington are working diligently to sell raffle tickets, the winners of which will be drawn at the banquet on October 10 at the Worthington Event Center.

According to Doug Tate, one of the organizers, the grand prize of the raffle is a 2014 John Deere Gator – a side by side with front and back seats. It hold s six adults, has a box with an electric lift and a removable top.

There are other prizes, and an auction at the banquet will wield additional treasures.

September 25 news

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — An Orange City man faces charges following a pursuit Tuesday through portions of Sioux and Lyon Counties.

Officials say it started around 8:45 a.m. when an Orange City Police Officer was pursuing a vehicle. The pursuit continued into Lyon County southeast of George, before heading north along the Minnesota border. Stop sticks were deployed, partially disabling the vehicle. The pusuit then went back south, ending five miles southeast of Rock Rapids.

September 24 news

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Worthington City Council took a hard look at the future of Prairie View Golf Links, bringing up the need for a comprehensive exit strategy in the event it becomes necessary, and the intriguing possibility of making some changes at the golf course so it could be adapted for the game of footgolf.

September 23 news

WORTHINGTON – Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel was officially named as the new Director of Public Safety Monday for the City of Worthington in a news release sent out by city administrator Craig Clark. Appel was pleased with the appointment. He said he was very excited to step into the new role of police chief.

Appel named as new Worthington Director of Public Safety

WORTHINGTON – Troy Appel was named the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Worthington on Monday, according to a news release issued by Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark.

Appel was hired as a part-time patrol officer with the Worthington Police Department in 1993 and moved to full-time in 1996. He served as the Emergency Response Unit team leader from 1998 to 1999 and became a narcotics investigator in 1999, reestablishing the position for the Worthington Police Department.

SUV driver transported after Minnesota 60/Armour Road crash

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WORTHINGTON – The driver of an SUV was transported by ambulance Monday morning after it crashed with a semi truck at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Armour Road in Worthington at approximately 10:22 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Worthington Fire and Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance.

The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff's Office also assisted with traffic control.

The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.