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December 22 news


ST. PAUL — For his third term in the Minnesota House, District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker of Luverne has been appointed to a number of new House committees.

Along with being named chairman of the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee, Schomacker will also serve on the Health and Human Services Finance, Health and Human Services Reform, and Agriculture Policy committees.

Schomacker said he is very pleased with these committee assignments. Agriculture and rural healthcare are two of the top priorities for southwestern Minnesotans, and he said he looks forward...

MCC Frozen parody involves students, staff and silly


SLAYTON – These days parodies are as plentiful as snowflakes, but getting a chance to see your high school home economics teacher chase her students out of the classroom with a broom while choir teacher Eli Johnson croons a tune lamenting the fact that Christmas break hasn’t started yet? Not quite as common.

Kristin St. John, who teaches English at Murray County Central, has a hit on her hands. On Thursday, she posted a parody on YouTube that she and some others created. “Let Them Go: A Frozen Parody” features staff from MCC and the PBIS students.

“I filmed last Thursday and...

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December 19 news


WORTHINGTON - The Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Daily Globe and Worthington Public Utilities have announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest, with first place this year going to Matt and Cheri Oleske at 1118 Grand Avenue. The Oleskes will receive $100 in Chamber checks and $100 off their December utility bill. Second place went to Les and Deb Froderman at 1424 Eckerson Drive, and third place to Allan Henderscheidt at 1038 Wilbur Street. They will receive $75 and $50 in Chamber Checks respectively, with the same amount off their...

December 18 news


WORTHINGTON – With the 2015 Legislative session just around the corner, Senator Bill Weber of Luverne and Representative Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake took the opportunity Wednesday to sit down with a group of constituents for a listening session, asking questions about what concerns the people have.

The first subject to be addressed was the possibility of a gas tax, which Weber said he would have a hard time supporting. Hamilton said he believed transportation would be one of the top issues of the session, but they would have to fight tooth and nail to get any money allocated to...

December 17 news


WORTHINGTON – While this weather may not be conducive to thinking about baseball, that isn’t stopping the Minnesota Twins from putting some planning into the annual Caravan. Reliever Brian Duensing, second baseman Brian Dozier and broadcasters Jack Morris and Dick Bremer will make a stop in Worthington at 9 a.m. January 20 at the YMCA. All are invited to join us.

WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board passed a resolution Tuesday to enter into a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. The grant will allow Prairie Elementary,...

7,500 turkeys lost in fire in Lorain Township


WORTHINGTON – Approximately 7,500 5-week-old turkeys were killed during a fire that started overnight at the Meyer Turkey Farm at 2679 Town Avenue, according to Round Lake Fire Chief Mike Smith.

The Round Lake Fire Department was called out at 12:54 a.m. for a turkey barn fire in the early morning hours Tuesday in Lorain Township. When they arrived on the scene, they found the barn fully engulfed and flames shooting out the top, Smith said. They called out for mutual aid from the Worthington, Bigelow and Brewster Fire Department at 1:25 a.m. Smith thought there were approximately...

December 16 news


WORTHINGTON – The Round Lake Fire Department was called out to a turkey barn fire at 12:54 a.m. Tuesday at 2679 Town Avenue. They called out for mutual aid from the Worthington and Brewster Fire Department at 1:25 a.m. As of 5 a.m., the firefighters were still on the scene. We’ll bring you more on that story as is becomes available.

ADRIAN – A Fulda woman received non-life threatening injuries Monday afternoon when her vehicle rolled down an embankment off of Interstate 90.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Stacy Grothe, age 32, of Fulda, was eastbound on I-90 near...

December 15 news


MADELIA — A 16-year-old boy from Butterfield was killed Saturday when he was ejected from a vehicle during a rollover that took place at 10:10 p.m. near mile marker 80 on Minnesota 60 in Watonwan County.

A 17-year-old male from Butterfield, as yet unnamed by the Minnesota State Patrol, was driving a 2003 Chrysler PT Cruiser westbound when the vehicle entered the center median and the vehicle rolled multiple times. Two people were ejected from the vehicle, which came to rest upside down.

The deceased passenger was identified as Ross Blomgren, 16, of Butterfield. The driver...

MSP releases names of two injured in Fulda crash


FULDA – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of two people injured mid-day Friday in a crash just outside of Fulda.

According to the report, two vehicles were traveling southbound on U.S. 59 when a 2006 Chevrolet Malibu driven by Rory Hoium, age 23, of Albert Lea, was rear-ended by a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer driven by Gerlad Ossefoort, age 64, of Fulda. Both Ossefoort and Hoium received non-life threatening injuries.

The crash took place at 12:24 p.m. The Murray County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.