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August 5 news

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WORTHINGTON – The roof repairs to Olson Arena will not be done in time for the Nobles County Fair, but it sounds like other arrangements are well in hand, according to information relayed to the Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday by Fair Board President Ron McCarvel and Regional Extension Educator Kia Harries.

During a report to the commissioners, the two, along with County 4-H Program Coordinator Katie Klosterbuer, said that alternate plans are in place for livestock shows and events that would normally take place inside the arena during the county fair, which is rapidly...


Power to Push: Freedom Chair donated to Chandler teen during transcontinental run

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WORTHINGTON – It started as blinking lights and a pink dot off in the distance, but the small crowd waiting at the Worthington Country Club Tuesday afternoon spotted it right away and sprung into action, pulling out signs bearing messages of welcome.

Moving along at a steady clip of about nine miles per hour, Shaun Evans and his 9-year-old-son Shamus headed east on Highway 35, escorted by a member of the Worthington Police Department and the flashing lights of a squad car. Shaun was running and pushing Shamus in a Freedom Chair, a specially designed mobile running stroller.

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August 4 news

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WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Worthington Campus will be hosting a Fall Student Kickoff Day on Wednesday, September 2 for all students on the Worthington Campus. Area businesses and organizations are invited to have a free booth on campus from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. during the kickoff. This day is designed as a day to connect students to campus resources and introduce them to the resources, businesses and amenities in the Worthington area. To reserve your free booth or for more information, please contact Marie Johnson by email at...


August 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – Marathon runner Shaun Evans and his 9-year-old son Shamus will stop at the Worthington Country Club Tuesday during their transcontinental journey to bring families in 15 states a device called a Freedom Chair.

Shamus has cerebral palsy, which limits the use of his legs. In 2013, he was the beneficiary of nonprofit Ainsley’s Angels, who granted the gift of mobility to his family by providing them with a Freedom Chair, a mobile running stroller.

Tori Van Peursem, an 18-year-old of Chandler who is similarly faced with cerebral palsy and has been restricted to a...


Minnesota West nursing program receives donation of SimMan patient simulator

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WORTHINGTON – There’s a new manikin in town, and this guy is no dummy. He blinks, groans, talks, has a pulse and when the occasion calls for it, even throws up. Surprisingly, that’s a good thing.

The SimMan Essential is a wireless patient simulator that the nursing program instructors at Minnesota West Community & Technical College Worthington Campus are learning to use so they will be prepared when the students start school in four weeks. The manikin, which costs about $60,000 was purchased with funds contributed by the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, Minnesota...


July 30 news

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RUSHMORE – Kimberly Zwart, age 49, of Chatfield, was seriously injured when her 1983 Honda motorcycle hit a deer on Interstate 90 Wednesday evening. According to the Minnesota state Patrol, Zwart was westbound on I-90 near milepost 32 between Rushmore and Adrian at approximately 10:45 p.m. when the deer crossed the highway and the motorcycle collided with the animal.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Rushmore Fire, Adrian Ambulance and Worthington Ambulance assisted at the scene.

LUVERNE – Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith visited Luverne on Wednesday to speak with...


July 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – Motorists on Oxford Street will no longer need to stop at the intersection with Omaha Avenue after Aug. 13. However, cross traffic, or motorists on Omaha Avenue, will need to comply with a stop sign before entering the intersection when it is clear.

The evaluation and potential removal of the signal is to improve traffic flow and safety. Current and forecasted traffic at the intersection is not high enough to warrant the signal that has been in place since 1981.

Replacing the signal with a two-way stop is expected to reduce the frequency and severity of...


July 28 news

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WORTHINGTON – Seven people were recognized by Police Chief Troy Appel Monday night during the Worthington City Council meeting – three were presented with Worthington Police Department Citizen Awards and four with Civilian Life Saving Awards.

Chad Nixon was given a Citizen Award for his efforts in helping Officer Jake Walker subdue a wanted felon who had run into the Burger King restaurant on June 26. With a lunch-time crowd standing by, the suspect was able to get to his feet with Walker on his back after the officer had taken him to the ground. Nixon came to Walker’s aid, coming...


UPDATE: Pilot, passengers identified in Pipestone plane crash

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11:55 UPDATE
HOLLAND – Pipestone County Sheriff Keith Vreeman identified the pilot of the airplane that crashed in rural Holland as Steven Christensen, age 59, of rural Pipestone. The two passengers aboard the plane were Marcos Favela, age 18, of Torreon, Mexico, and a 13-year-old female from Guadalajara, Mexico. All three were killed when the plane crashed Monday evening in Grange Township.

The small fixed-wing aircraft went down in a field south of Holland, 10 miles northeast of Pipestone, according to information released by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office. Reports...


Names released in fatal Cottonwood County crash

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MOUNTAIN LAKE – The names of two people killed in a two-vehicle crash in Cottonwood County over the weekend were released Monday by the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the report, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 21-year-old Brian Hagberg of Sanborn, was eastbound on Highway 30 when it collided with a 2000 Volkswagen Passat traveling southbound on Cottonwood County Road 1. The crash happened just after 4 p.m.

The driver of the Passat, 54-year-old Prakasith Souksavath of Jackson, was killed in the crash, as was one of his passengers, Keo Kaysonphet, age 47, of...