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January 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, last weekend’s winter storm resulted in 76 vehicles left on the roadway in southwest Minnesota. A report issues Wednesday shows that over the three-day period of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there were four rollovers and six crashes in the area, and those are just the ones on state roads. Seventeen vehicles were reported stalled on the roads.

According to Sgt. Jacalyn Sticha of the state patrol, the numbers in southwest Minnesota were below the state average, because many motorists in the area are heeding the warnings put out by...


Franken talks propane shortage and Lewis and Clark

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WORTHINGTON – U.S. Senator Al Franken said Wednesday he’s been pressing the White House to address the issue of the propane shortage, which has reached a crisis point.

“Approximately 250,000 Minnesotans use propane to heat their homes,” Franken said, "with the average price of a gallon of propane costing $1.67 in October. Now that average price is $2.59, and in some places, much higher.”

Franken said this past year has become ‘the perfect storm’ for causing prices to rise. A wet fall that required farmers to dry a lot of corn, followed by a very cold winter; there have also...


January 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – A request to build a mini-storage facility along First Avenue Southwest will be sent to the Nobles County Board of Adjustments for review after a joint jurisdictional committee meeting Tuesday. The intended land is located outside city limits but within a half-mile of the city; requests for altered property uses therefore go before the joint jurisdictional committee.

Allen Drost of Worthington purchased the parcel just south of Prairie Elementary last fall to build a home and the 10,000 square-foot mini storage. Weeks before Drost closed on the property, he was...


January 28 news

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WORTHINGTON – As he enters his 16th year as Nobles County Sheriff, Kent Wilkening has announced his candidacy for the 2014 ballot, which he said will be his fifth term if elected.

Wilkening began his service in Nobles County in 1987 as a deputy, and in 1998 ran for the sheriff’s position. He took office in 1999.

Wilkening also talked about some upcoming changes being pondered by the county in courtroom security. The coded keypads that guard many of the doors in the building are being upgraded, and consideration to upgrading other security measures is underway as well.

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MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone visits Minnesota West

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WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chief executive officer Chancellor Steven Rosenstone visited the Minnesota West Community and Technical College Worthington Campus on Monday to ask students, staff and faculty what they were looking for in an interim and permanent president for the school. Current President Richard Shrubb announced his decision to retire about a month ago.

An interim president will be appointed to serve from July 2014 through June 2015, when a permanent president will be chosen. According to Rosenstone, the two positions cannot be filled by the...


Information released on Brewster snowmobile fatality

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BREWSTER – The Brewster man killed in a snowmobile crash in the early morning hours Sunday had rolled his sled and was ejected, according to Nobles County Sheriff’s Department Sgt. Jay Clark.

Dana Stenzel, age 29, formerly of Heron Lake,was snowmobiling just north of the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster when he hit a field approach, Clark said. Stenzel was ejected from the sled as it rolled, and his body hit a street sign, causing chest cavity trauma.

Stenzel was sledding with one other person, who was approximately a half-mile behind.
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January 27 news

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WORTHINGTON - Winds howling up to 60 miles per hour whipped up fresh snow Sunday, closing highways in southwest and central Minnesota and causing hundreds of school closings amid a new round of bone-chilling cold. More than one area lost electricity Sunday evening, due to the blizzard.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation and the State Patrol closed highways across the state, pulling plows and shutting traffic gates by 5:30 p.m. Hotels filled up quickly, prompting some towns to open shelters, including one in Brewster and another in Cottonwood County. As of 8 a.m., all roads...


Snowmobile crash in Brewster results in fatality

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BREWSTER – A snowmobile crash near the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant in Brewster resulted in a fatality early Sunday morning, according to reports. Killed in the crash was Dana Stenzel of Brewster, formerly of Heron Lake.

Incident reports show authorities and emergency response units were alerted at 12:13 a.m. about a crash with injuries. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance responded. Because of Sunday’s winter storm, law enforcement officials were not available to release more information at this time.


Roads closed, plows are pulled

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WORTHINGTON – According to MnDOT, all Minnesota highways in southwest and south central Minnesota are in the process of closing as of 5 p.m. Sunday. Snow plows are being pulled in, and gates are coming down. Full closure is expected by 5:30 p.m.


Drugs, cash and guns seized in Heron Lake

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HERON LAKE – Authorities seized four pounds of methamphetamines and five pounds of marijuana during a search early Friday morning at a residence in Heron Lake.

Assisted by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and the South Dakota Division of Criminal Investigation, The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office executed a search warrant at 12:30 a.m. Friday at 1422 Second Avenue in Heron Lake, owned by 51-year-old Esteban Chavez-Cruz. Besides the meth and marijuana, authorities found $50,000 in cash and seized five guns. The items were located in an upstairs bedroom in hidden...