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April 23 news

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SLAYTON – Interim CEO John Osse is already implementing changes at the Murray County Medical Center, but he stated during Tuesday’s Hospital Board meeting he sees no reason to change the management contract between the hospital and Sanford. Citizens have suggested, petitioned for and downright demanded the contract be allowed to expire and a new one be taken up with Avera, believing the four medical staff who left the hospital would return.

Osse said the contract is set to automatically renew May 1, and that is what will happen. He has not seen any breach of contract, he added....


UPDATE: Authorities investigate report of a stabbing

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department received a report of an injury to an adult male Tuesday in the 1100 block of Sixth Avenue at approximately 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The initial incident report stated a male reported he had been stabbed in the stomach by two Hispanic males.

After investigating, authorities have determined that the wound was self-inflicted and that no perpetrators were involved.


April 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – District 518 is one of 138 schools to receive a planning grant for the Safe Walk to School program, through the Minnesota Department of Transportation.
Planning grants provide funding to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify infrastructure and non-infrastructure solutions at K-8 schools.

Plans will be completed by the Southwest Regional Development Commission or a planning consultant hired by MnDOT.

The district was not given a dollar amount, because MnDOT pays all expenses related to planning grants, including time put in by...


April 21 news

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WORTHINGTON - The 10th Street Elevator at the Nobles County Government Center will be taken down for a rebuild on Tuesday. It is expected to be about a four week project. This will affect getting up to Public Health, Veterans Services and Administration offices and down to Extension and everything on the lower level. Staff and visitors will need to use the stairs.

Veterans who are unable to use the stairs may check in at the Recorder’s office and the Veteran’s Service Officer will meet with them in an office on the main floor.

WORTHINGTON - Water main and sanitary sewer...


Legislative Breakfast turns to listening session

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WORTHINGTON – Minnesota Sen. Bill Weber and Reps. Rod Hamilton and Joe Schomacker sat down Friday morning with constituents during a legislative breakfast to talk about the Legislative Session so far and what is yet to come after the Easter break.
Rather than have each legislator give a speech or report, attendees were encouraged to ask questions and make comments.

One of the subjects discussed was the passing of the minimum wage bill, which will raise the minimum wage to $9.50 by 2016. According to Sen. Weber, the only added provision that would exempt employees from the law...


April 18 news

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LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Fire Department’s annual open house, dance and raffle will take place Saturday, April 26. The open house runs from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the fire hall. The dance begins at 7:30 p.m. at the Lakefield VFW.

Firefighters will serve up a meal of pork burgers, chips, beans and all the fixings starting at 11 at the fire hall. Rides in a Lakefield fire truck will be provided to children, with all of the department’s firefighting equipment will be on display outside the fire hall as well. General raffle tickets available at the dance, special raffle tickets are...


April 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed earlier this week against a woman accused of selling drugs to confidential informants on two occasions last year. Desirae Ann Hotovec, age 26, is charged with three counts of third-degree controlled substance sale in Nobles County District Court.

According to the criminal complaint, Hotovec allegedly sold Oxycodone and a small amount of methamphetamine to a CI, making the exchange at a residence in Worthington on February of 2013. In July of 2013, she allegedly met another CI at Bibles For Missions and completed the sale of 2 grams of meth.

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April 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – With dry conditions and wind, fire departments in the area were kept busy Tuesday in southwest Minnesota. The Worthington Fire Department responded to two fires on opposite ends of a city block.

The first call came in at 10:32 a.m. to 617 Omaha Avenue. Neighbors noticed a shed on the property was on fire, which Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt suspects was started by a heat lamp.

A second fire was reported at 6 p.m. at 1609 Okabena Avenue, and involved a garage and house. American Red Cross volunteers responded to the fire, which left a family of four...


April 15 news

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WORTHINGTON – Long-awaited contact from the owner of Northland Mall seems to indicate Mike Kohen is willing to demolish the old K-mart section of the building and start addressing issues in the rest of the facility. Kohen said he plans to have a representative with his demolition company meet with the city soon, and will also begin fixing the roof one section at a time until it is repaired.

City leaders seem skeptical, but have tabled any discussion about moving forward with court procedures until Kohen’s claims can be investigated. The city has asked for names and contact...


Girl approached in Windom; police urge parents to talk about stranger danger

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The Windom Police Department is asking parents to remind their kids to never accept rides from strangers following an incident Sunday evening.

According to authorities, an investigation is underway after an 8-year-old girl was allegedly approached by an unknown male at approximately 7:38 p.m. Sunday.

The male spoke with the girl along the roadway near Winfair School and told the girl that he was asked by her mother to pick her up. The child refused the ride with the suspicious male, and the parents confirmed that they had not sent anyone to pick her up.

The male was...