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June 27 news

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WORTHINGTON – According to the courts, part of the mall can be demolished. Judge Gordon Moore said Thursday in Nobles County District Court that the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall appears hazardous and seems to have essentially been abandoned, granting the city the right to demolish the structure.

Worthington City Attorney Mark Shepherd, who represents the city in this matter, said he made attempts to contact someone from Northland Mall Realty LLC in this matter, but to no avail.

Northland Mall Realty LLC now has an opportunity to demolish the building itself until...


Rock Valley, Iowa looking for volunteers over the weekend

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ROCK VALLEY, Iowa— Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 712-451-HELP.

“We have made great strides over the last several days. This weekend we are hoping to help residents clear items from their yards from things they have taken out of their...


June 26 news

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WINDOM – A Windom man is facing second-degree attempted murder charges after allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and threatening her with a knife. Nickson Otema, age 25, is also charged with second- and third-degree assault.

The criminal complaint states he was arrested Sunday when the Windom Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 600 block of 13th Street at approximately 5:52 p.m.

The victim stated she and her husband live in the apartment with Otema. She showed them a knife on the bed, which had blood on the blade, and showed them a cut on her hand. She...


Kate's story: Keeping up the Kourage

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WESTBROOK - Westbrook Fun Days have always been exciting, but this year there is a little bit of extra fun in the air. A special event has been added to the usual line-up that has even the most seasoned festival-goer raising their eyebrows a bit.

On Saturday night, former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and Santana will perform at a benefit concert at the Westbrook ball diamond in an event called Keeping up the Kourage for Kate.

Kate Jorgenson was 11 years old last summer when she was involved in an ATV accident that resulted in the loss of her arm. A year later, she is...


Sen. Franken discusses flood damage

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WORTHINGTON - US Senator Al Franken has floods on his mind. During a call to Radio Works Headquarters Wednesday morning, he explained his recent travels around the state of Minnesota, viewing flood damage.

Over the weekend he put on plenty of miles, from Luverne to Pipestone to Albert Lea to International Falls and several points in between.

Franken said in his recent travels he has seen some of the best of Minnesota. He talked with some of the 400 volunteers sandbagging in International Falls, spoke with farmers in the southwest who have lost all of their acreage to hail and...


June 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
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• Women ages 50-74 should...


Radio Works 2014 Summer BBQ Bonanza

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The Radio Works Backyard BBQ Bonanza is back and has drawn our grand prize package winner: congratulations to SARAH JOENS of Wilmont!

Throughout the month of September, people could sign up to win our grand prize package, which includes everything you need to host your very own ultimate backyard BBQ cook-out (Details further below). Sarah won the following items:

Ultimate Summer BBQ Bonanza Giveaway

  • 5-piece patio set
  • Weber charcoal grill
  • FIre pit
  • ...

June 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council approved the authorization to reject all bids and re-advertise for the Okabena Street water main extension project during their Monday night meeting. Three bids on the project were rejected due to confusion on a reimbursement form attached to the bid. All three bidders have been informed and will be given the opportunity to re-bid the project.

The council did approve a bid for the Taxiway B joint and crack repairs project at the Worthington Municipal Airport, subject to receipt of a federal grant to fund 90 percent of the project cost....


Iowa Marine killed in Afghanistan

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Iowa Marine is one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said today.

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, military officials said.

The Department of Defense identified the other fallen Marines as Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., and Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.

They were all assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force,...


June 23 news

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WORTHINGTON - Concrete pavement joint work on Oxford Street from Diagonal Road to McMillan Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Oxford Street will be open to through traffic, however, driving lanes will be restricted and there will be brief intermittent traffic interruptions.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, the work should be completed and normal traffic restored in one week.

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