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Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force makes 1,000th arrest


WORTHINGTON – This week, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force made its 1,000th arrest since it was formed in 2005, taking another seven ounces of methamphetamine off the streets along with $23,000 in cash. The meth has a street value of more than $10,000, according to Task Force Commander Nate Grimmius.

On March 19, as part of a joint investigation, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant at a residence in the 600 block of Ninth Street in Worthington.

Taken into custody was Daniel Alberto Sanchez-Gonzalez,...

March 20 news


WORTHINGTON - Jose Leonel Pineda, age 19, of Worthington, has been charged with one count of theft of a vehicle, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of driving after suspension after allegedly stealing a Volkswagen Beetle in Jackson County the day after being released from jail.

The Worthington Police Department received a report Tuesday from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office of a stolen 2012 gray Volkswagen Beetle. That same day at approximately 5 p.m., a Worthington officer observed a vehicle matching the description of the Beetle traveling southwest on...

Pierre to replace Boardwalk for special Monopoly edition, Minneapolis the new Park Place


PIERRE, S.D. — The plastic red hotel will still ruin you, but instead of advancing to Boardwalk to face your demise, you'll just miss passing “Go” to land in Pierre.

Pierre, the tiny South Dakota capital, will hold the top spot in a new version of Monopoly featuring U.S. cities coming out this fall. It will pair with Minneapolis — the new Park Place — to bankrupt opponents unlucky to spend a night at one of their swanky hotels. Waconia replaces Mediterranean Avenue.

Pierre and 21 other cities will replace the properties in original 1935 game that named after places in...

March 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met in special session Wednesday morning to discuss the sustainability of the Worthington Rediscovered program. Since the new council took office at the beginning at the year, they have met for work sessions or special meetings approximately twice a month to familiarize themselves with various programs, discussing the best way to utilize or fund them or how to make sure the public is aware of the opportunities the programs provide.

The Worthington Rediscovered program was originally funded almost a decade ago with $100,000 from the city’s...

March 18 news


WORTHINGTON - The District 518 school board Tuesday approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent John Landgaard beginning with the 2015-16 school year with a base salary of $152,000. That will rise in increments to $157,000 in 2017-18. Landgaard will also receive one extra vacation day, bringing the total to 36.

The board also discussed the purchase of iPads for students in kindergarten through second grade for the 2015-16 school year. The projected enrollments for kindergarten, first and second grades are 275, 270 and 250, respectively. The plan also calls for 15 extra...

March 17 news


WORTHINGTON - Worthington District 518 has a shortage of substitute teachers. In an effort to recruit additional substitute teachers, District 518 will be offering a one-session orientation on Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Elementary. The training will cover the role and duties of a substitute teacher, information about obtaining a substitute teacher license in Minnesota, and how to apply to be a substitute teacher in Worthington. Individuals with a 4-year degree in any field are invited to participate in this workshop to find out if substitute teaching is a match to their...

Buddy Holly


Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story is at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, March 25th! Tickets are on sale, ranging from $42.35 to $68 and are available online or at the Box Office.

Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when 'That'll Be The Day'’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day The Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including ‘That’ll Be The...

March 16 news


WORTHINGTON - Oliver Wolyniec of Worthington High School was named the 2015 statewide Class AA male recipient of the Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” award at the 27th annual awards banquet in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Heidi Bau of Murray County Central was selected as the 2015 Class A female Triple “A” recipient, becoming the first MCC student in the program’s history to achieve the state title.

Each student received a medal, trophy and a $4,000 college scholarship, and was publicly recognized at the Target Center during halftime of the televised Class AA state...

Railway safety improvement funded in governor's proposal include four in Pipestone


ST. PAUL – Seventy-five railway safety projects at Minnesota’s most dangerous and congested rail crossings – four in Pipestone - would be completed statewide, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton is passed this session. Governor Dayton today revealed a comprehensive list of those specific projects, which were compiled by experts at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and chosen based on their levels of danger and congestion.

Governor Dayton’s railway safety proposal would invest $330 million over the next ten years in the construction of safer railroad crossings across...

Smith Avenue house damaged in overnight fire


WORTHINGTON – A house that suffered significant damage during an overnight fire is most likely repairable, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holt. The Worthington Fire Department was paged at 12:50 a.m. this morning to 1304 Smith Avenue for a report of a house fire.

According to von Holt, smoke was coming out of the roof vents when firefighters arrived at the scene. All of the residents had gotten out of the house at that time. Von Holt said the upstairs level of the home has a bedroom and a storage area, and that a lit cigarette in the room started the fire. It was...