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Former Plum Creek Library Director charged for using business credit card for personal use


WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed today in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System.

The complaint alleges that Ranum used the business card issued to him by the Plum Creek Library System for personal use. He allegedly used the card multiple times at a variety of locations from April through August of 2014. He has reimbursed Plum Creek for the charges made on the credit card, but the complaint alleges the use of the card to make personal purchases was a violation of Minnesota law that prohibits a public officer or employee...

October 2 news


WORTHINGTON — OboeBass!, the duo of Carrie Vecchione (oboe/English horn) and Rolf Erdahl (double bass), will perform in a recital at 7 p.m. Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

The Worthington performances are part of a series of concerts and educational programs OboeBass! presents across Minnesota in 2015-16 with support from an Arts Tour Minnesota grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. Other recent recognition includes Arts Learning grants from the Minnesota State Arts Board and Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, and selection as 2014 Artists in Residence...

October 1 news


WORTHINGTON – Chim LoVan of Worthington was arraigned Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, pleading not guilty to second-degree murder and second-degree assault in the stabbing death of Blue Thyboualoy.

Thyboualoy died in June while undergoing surgery for a knife wound to his abdomen. According to the criminal complaint, he had waited more than a day to seek medical care after being stabbed, but identified his assailant as Monkey, an alias LoVan has been known by for years.

During the court hearing Wednesday, a trial date was tentatively set for January 2016. Nobles...

September 30 news


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County officials and some members of a core group that has been studying uses for the Armory Business Center gathered with interested members of the public Tuesday evening to discuss what other ideas might be for the building. Jeff Nelson of Falls Architecture facilitated the meeting, asking the public for their thoughts.

Nelson said he was looking for any potential uses that would benefit the county and its people, then would develop drawings so they could talk about the pros and cons. There are over 25,000 square feet when the basement, first and second floor...

UPDATE: Windom roads shut down by law enforcement now reopened to all traffic


WINDOM – According to a recent Nixle alert from the Windom Police Department, Sixth Street from Miller Avenue to Drake Avenue in Windom has now been reopened to all traffic.

A standoff situation in the area was resolved shortly before noon.

WINDOM – According to the Windom Police Department, Sixth Street from Miller Avenue to Drake Avenue in Windom is closed down until further notice from law enforcement.

Officials are not offering details at this time as to why, other than stating they are handling “a situation in that area.”

A Nixle notice was...

September 29 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday authorized the preparation of two development agreements for the Promenade on Oxford project, which will enable both the council and developer Brian Pellowski to consider which option is the most beneficial for both the tax payers and PBK Investments.

Option 1 is to provide a general obligation bond, where an amount for tax increment funding is agreed upon prior to the start of construction, then paid out as work progresses, according to City Administrator Steve Robinson. Some of the things eligible for the TIF would be site...

September 28 news


WORTHINGTON – It’s Active Aging Week, and to keep things moving along at the Center for Active Living, Director Kris Hohensee has planned special activities for each day.

Today at 10:30 is Technology Demonstration Day – see what’s new and learn how to use the smartphone you already have. At 12:30, iDeas Computers will be at the Center to talk about the difference between tablets, laptops and desktops.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. is the Groucho Marx show at the Memorial Auditorium. Contact the box office at 376-9101 to purchase tickets and mention you’re a CAL member for a discount....

Flower Power


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce through the Community Improvement Committee is sponsoring a “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” This week’s recipient is Brian & Marty Powers, 503 Miles Drive.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a residence or a business as a candidate for the “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” Nominations can be made by calling the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 372-2919.

Speaker Boehner to resign his seat at the end of October


Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his...

September 25 news


WORTHINGTON – A car and a semi traveling north on US 59 Thursday collided, causing non-life threatening injuries for both drivers, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Joyce Soderholm, age 63, of Worthington, was driving a 2010 Lincoln, and Larry Spear, age 44, of Calumet City, Illinois, was driving a 2007 Freightliner. Both were northbound on US 59 at 200th Street near mile marker 17 when the collision took place shortly after 11 a.m.

Soderholm was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center by ambulance. Damage to her vehicle was severe. No hospital is on record for...