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September 27 news


WORTHINGTON – Here’s a look at our weekly construction update from the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Tower Street storm sewer work from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley is tentatively scheduled to begin as early as Monday.

WORTHINGTON — An informational session for the public to learn more about the Minnesota Dream Act will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus commons.
The MN Dream Act passed by the 2013 legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton provides certain benefits for undocumented students who meet...

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.

Harder was...

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.

Fraga faced counts of first-degree murder while committing criminal sexual conduct with force, first-degree murder while committing child abuse, first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse, second-degree murder while...

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.

Fraga’s retrial began...

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.

Before the jury was brought in Monday, Christensen denied a request from the defense to keep Samantha’s father Samuel off the stand. Samuel is expected today and will likely tell the jury...

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.

Fraga said after his first conviction that he was innocent, and would never have hurt a child. Since that conviction, his only daughter has testified that her father had been raping her for years and killed Samantha the night she first fought back. Fraga’s defense this time...

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.

WORTHINGTON – Over at Nobles County District Court in Worthington, testimony continues in the retrial of Josua Fraga, accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008. It was an emotional day in court on Thursday, as the jury heard from Fraga’s two...

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.

This is the second time Fraga has gone on trial for Samantha’s murder. His first conviction was vacated when new evidence involving his son Josue David came to light. Since then, new evidence was also introduced when his daughter alleged he had been raping her since she was a small child...

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.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction workers and equipment, and drive carefully near the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned,...

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.

A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. He was identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of...