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September 18 news


WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at BenLee’s so the public can meet the three final candidates for the position of the Worthington Public Safety Director/Police Chief.

Those three candidates, are the current interim chief Kevin Flynn, Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel and Paul Ver Meer, who is currently the Chief of Police in the city of Creston, Iowa.

The Civil Service Commission is scheduled to begin interviews with the three candidates on Friday and hopes to have a final decision made by the end of the month, if not...

September 17 news


WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board approved a motion Tuesday to pursue a grant that will pay for all day pre-school for those who fall within 175 to 200 percent of the poverty level, which could translate to roughly $1.3 million for four years.

Approximately 10 new teachers would need to be hired, according to Superintendent John Landgaard, and about 11 more classrooms would be needed. In a district already busting at the seams, this will be no easy task.

Landgaard said the district would have to look out into the community for a building that would fit the needs of...

September 16 news


LUVERNE – A Luverne man thought to be involved in multiple burglaries in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and Sioux Falls. South Dakota made his first court appearance in Rock County District Court Monday after being arrested September 11 when a search warrant was executed at his residence in Luverne.

Bail for Travis Michael Hyatt, age 25, of Luverne, was set at $10,000 with conditions. He was granted a public defender. According to the criminal complaint, numerous items that could have been used in the burglaries were located at his residence, as were two laptop computers which...

September 15 news


FULDA – Two people were killed in a car crash just north of Fulda Sunday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The broadside crash happened at the intersection of Murray County Road 3 and U.S. 59 at approximately 3:23 p.m. A 2005 Chevrolet Impala was westbound on County Road 3 when it collided with a southbound Toyota RAV4. Both vehicles came to rest upside down in the ditch of the intersection.

Both drivers, 24-year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville, NC, and 38-year-old David Schultz of Worthington, were taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale in serious condition...

UPDATE: Names of both deceased released by Minnesota State Patrol


FULDA – The names of both victims killed Sunday in a two-car collision just north of Fulda have now been released by the Minnesota State Patrol. Kristen Boynton, age 24, of Perry, Georgia, was a passenger in one of the vehicles, and Kerry Schultz, age 34, of Worthington, was a passenger in the other. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of both vehicles, 24-year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville, N.C. and 38-year-old David Schultz of Worthington, were both taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale in serious condition.

Two children, ages 9 and 12, who were also...

Paycheck loses again - Ruby takes the first leg of Great Gobbler Gallop


WORTHINGTON – It was a clean race, it was a tight race, but in the end, Ruby Begonia ran away with the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop.

Saturday’s weather was sunny and bright, the breeze was refreshing and both the Worthington and Cuero turkey racing teams were ready to go. At stake – the Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph. Ruby Begonia has won the last two years, and the Worthington team was ready for a little triumph of their own.

But it was not to be. Both turkeys started out the course at a steady trot, faltering only a few times. With the crowd shouting...

Four suspicious characters nabbed for the KTD Arrest-A-Guest


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick arrested four suspicious looking characters this morning as they were parking a monstrous RV at the Perkins restaurant in Worthington. Their crime? Showing up in Worthington while Dybevick was out on the prowl for an Arrest-A-Guest, a yearly King Turkey Day event sponsored by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Convention and Visitor’s Bureau.

Bernie and Judy Mahowald and Lee and Jan Seurer of Savage and Prior Lake respectively, have been on the road for about a week, having recently visited Wyoming. They’ve been...

September 12 news


WORTHINGTON – Cure in place pipe work is scheduled to begin today on the Viking Road sanitary sewer main near Miles Drive, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Work on the internal lining of the existing clay pipe began Thursday on the Cynthia Avenue sanitary sewer near Tower Street.

Pavement restoration work began Monday near Okabena Street and was completed on Dover Street from Douglas Avenue to Clifton Avenue. Dover Street is to be reopened today.

Miles Drive sanitary sewer reconstruction from Johnson Lane to Viking Road began Wednesday.


KTD Medallion found under bench


WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to Daniel Versluis and his father Scott, this year’s master sleuths. They unraveled the clues to the King Turkey Day medallion hunt before any of the other searchers.

The medallion was hidden under a bench by the public parking lot where 10th Street comes to a T, which is mentioned in a clue. According to the Versluis men, paying attention to every little bit of the clues is what helped them find the medallion.

The interesting part of the story is what time they found it. They were up when their newspaper arrived on their doorstep at 3 a.m., and...

September 11 news


WORTHINGTON – Here we are at day four of the King Turkey Day medallion hunt, and here’s the fourth clue for all of you hunters out there:

Turn around from this spot, and you will be near a parking lot.
On the corner you may sit, and chances are, you’ll find it.

Now remember, that medallion will be in a place where hunters should not have to dig or climb to get it. Anyone who finds it should bring it to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to claim their prize!

WORTHINGTON - Worthington Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn requests the public’s cooperation in not...