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August 4 news


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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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...

July 27 news


MOUNTAIN LAKE – Two people were killed Sunday afternoon when two vehicles crashed in Mountain Lake. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 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 driver of the Passat was killed, as was a passenger. Both passengers of the Passat, from Bloomington, were seriously injured. Hagberg received non-life threatening injuries.

SIOUX FALLS, SD – An Amber Alert ended with the child being...

July 24 news


WORTHINGTON – All across the nation, neighbors and law enforcement will join together on August 4 and get to know each other a little better during Night to Unite, an evening designated to heightening awareness of crime and drug prevention efforts and strengthening police and community partnerships.

From 5 to 7 p.m. on that Tuesday evening at Pioneer Village, the Worthington Police Department will host a local Night to Unite event that is free and open to the public. There will be food, a bouncy house, face painting by the Southwest Crisis Center, lots of door prizes, free children’...