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Gov. Dayton cancels all Minnesota schools for Monday


MINNESOTA - With temperatures across Minnesota to stay well below zero on for the next few days, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken the unusual step of cancelling schools statewide for Monday.

Dayton said in a news release Friday the safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority.

“I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday,” he stated. “I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”

Although the state is used to frigid winters, the...

January 3 news


WORTHINGTON – After the spring ice storms of 2013, Nobles Cooperative Electric in Worthington and Federated Rural Electric of Jackson received $3.5 million in federal grants to help fund repairs, but more than $1.7 million in reconstruction costs were denied through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA says the additional funding was denied based on the cooperatives’ failure to have a written, formally adopted and applied code of standard in place.

Rick Burud, general manager of the two cooperatives, said they were notified by FEMA in late July of the rule that made a...

January 2 news


TRACY – Benjamin Alberg, 17, of Milroy, received non-life threatening injuries when his 2000 Ford pickup ran off the roadway Wednesday morning on Highway 14, a mile and a half east of Tracy. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Alberg was northbound on Aspen Avenue at 6:55 a.m. when he ran off the road at the Highway 14 intersection. He was taken to the Tracy Hospital for medical attention. The pickup received moderate damage.

HERON LAKE - Two people were injured in a three vehicle rear-end accident around 1:40 Tuesday afternoon on Highway 60 at Heron Lake. Involved was a 2007...

Luverne man in fatal car accident


According to a press release from the Rock County Sheriff's Department, at approximately 8:00 am, on Tuesday, December 31, 2013, The Rock County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Rock County Ambulance, Luverne Fire Department and the Minnesota State Patrol, were contacted about a rollover crash on 110th Ave, ½ mile south of County Road 8.

The driver, Dale Pick, 59, of Luverne, was traveling northbound on 110th Ave. Pick drove through a snow drift on the gravel road, causing him to lose control of his Propane truck, which is owned by Eastern Farmers Union of Brandon, SD and the...

December 31 News


WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Safe Cab program, a partnership between local law enforcement and business sponsors, will give free rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers on Tuesday night.

The Safe Cab will operate from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; people need to call the Worthington Taxi Service, 372-4300, to secure a ride. The service will operate from party points around the city, including private residences, but is not intended as a shuttle between venues.

Off-duty law enforcement officers will be behind the wheel of the Safe Cabs to ensure people get home safely.


Safe Cabs on New Year's Eve


The Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Worthington Taxi Service and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, are going to provide taxi service from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Local law enforcement is going to provide drivers for the cabs in addition to the taxi drivers.

To request a ride, simply call the Worthington Taxi Service at 507-372-4300. Please note this Safe Cab program will give you a ride home, but not to the next bar. If you are looking at bar hopping, designate a driver.

Stay safe, and...

December 27 news


ST. PAUL -- Influenza is back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.

More Minnesotans were hospitalized with flu a year ago at this time - 173 new hospitalizations were reported during the comparable week in 2012. Health department spokesman Doug Schultz says...

Stoneray Wind Project hearing to take place in Lake Wilson


LAKE WILSON – Citizens interested in finding our more about the Stoneray Wind Project should attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. January 14 at the Lake Wilson American Legion building on Broadway Avenue.

The proposed project includes up to 62 wind turbines on 29,500 acres in Murray and Pipestone Counties. The turbines will range from 1.7 to 3.2 MW, up to a total of 105 MW. Associated facilities would include transmission lines, a project substation, access roads, meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance building.

At the public hearing, attendees will have an...

December 26 news


LUVERNE – Two South Dakota residents suffered non-life threatening injuries in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 6 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Matthew Gappa, age 33, of Dell Rapids, lost control on the icy highway, entered the median and rolled. Gappa and his wife, 34-year-old Nicole Anderson-Gappa, were taken to Sanford Luverne for medical treatment.

PIPESTONE – Five people received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in...

MN West ad hoc athletic committee releases findings


WORTHINGTON – The ad hoc committee that evaluated the football and other athletic programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College released its report earlier this month, which President Richard Shrubb has now released to Radio Works. According to Shrubb, he and his staff need to review the report with the MnSCU System’s Office for possible revision prior to implementation, so the recommendations have not yet been adopted by the college.

The committee observed in its report that football and the other athletic programs are a vital part of the college community, and...