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May 1 news


WORTHINGTON - Dr. David Mills, Minnesota West Community & Technical College Instructor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to go to Bashkir State University, located in Ufa, Russia during the 2016 academic year, announced by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Mills is one of approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year sent to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Mills’ proposal spans spring...

April 30 news


WORTHINGTON - During a special meeting Wednesday, the District 518 School Board approved a bid for a $5.5 million addition to the Worthington High School that includes the building addition, a parking lot with concrete paving, soil corrections to the building addition and heating, venting and air conditioning upgrades for the school.

The lone bidder was JB Driver Commercial Builders of Rose Creek. The next step will be to work with JB Driver to create a timeline for when the project can be completed before the school enters into a signed contract.


April 29 news


WORTHINGTON – A 37-year-old Worthington man is facing three felony assault charges after allegedly attacking two people and hitting one with a hammer. Anthony Kali Adams was arrested Sunday after authorities were summoned to the emergency room to speak to a victim who said he had been assaulted by Adams.

According to the victim, he went to Adams’ apartment to get some of his clothes, but when he got there he was hit in the neck with a hammer and punched in the face.
Adams was allegedly fighting with his wife, and the victim said he saw the woman come out of the bedroom with a...

April 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday let a motion to move the Fourth of July fireworks to July 3rd die for a lack of a second, then made a motion to deny a request to move the Fourth of July fireworks to July 3rd just to make certain it was official.

During a council meeting two weeks ago, a request was made by Radio Works owner and General Manager Chad Cummings to move the fireworks to July 3 in conjunction with a fundraiser being planned for the Lake Okabena Improvement Association which would include a free concert that evening, plus family activities throughout...

April 27 news


PIPESTONE – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the Pipestone man killed in a crash at approximately 6:20 a.m. Friday as Maynard Wogen, age 66. According to the report, Wogen was eastbound on Minnesota 30 when a 2012 International semi truck driven by Bryan Brazeal, age 41, of Gordo, Alabama, ran a stop sign on Pipestone County Road 18 and struck Wogen’s 2001 Audi broadside.

The Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, Pipestone Fire Department, Hardwick Fire Department and Pipestone Ambulance assisted at the scene.

WORTHINGTON — The West Area Labor Council/AFL-...

April 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The man who is reportedly within 30 days of acquiring and closing on the Northland Mall has decided it needs a new identity, and he’d like the community’s help finding one.

Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments is the man behind the development that will take over the mall area, and he is offering a $500 award to the person that comes up with the new name for the complex. He wants the community involved in the decision, so he opted to hold a contest. He will choose the winner, and the prize money will come from his pocket.

The contest starts today and runs through...

April 23 news


WORTHINGTON – The E.O. Olson Trust Board of Directors has designated funds toward water quality of Lake Okabena, putting aside $9,000 toward making a positive impact on the lake.

A third of the money will be spent on purchasing floating islands for Sunset Bay. The islands are made from recycled materials and serve as a base for grasses, sedges and flowers that feed off of nutrients in the water. In turn, fish feed off the underwater roots of the plants.

The additional funds will be used to build floating islands of their own, purchase additional Bioverse AquaSpheres as part...

MN Supreme Court reverses Fraga conviction, remands back for new trial


WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Supreme Court has reversed the Josue Fraga conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias, according to documents released today.

In March of 2008, 2-year-old Samantha Fraga was brought to the emergency room of the Worthington Hospital by her aunt and uncle, that uncle being Josue Fraga. The child had a body core temperature of 84 degrees, and the autopsy later showed she had been dead for several hours by the time she was brought in. The toddler had traumatic head injuries, a...

April 22 news


WORTHINGTON – Water restrictions have taken a next step in the city of Worthington following this week’s meeting of the Water and Light Board. Residents were already prohibited from watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but the commission has now banned the use of water within the city of Worthington for unattended irrigation of lawns and gardens. This includes the use of automatic systems and hose sprinklers that deliver water without a constant physical presence.

Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain said this is only stage one in a three stage water use...

Meet the Chmielewskis!


WORTHINGTON - If you didn't get a chance to listen to today's Talk of the Town on AM 730 KWOA with Florian and Patty Chmielewski, here's your chance!

Click on the link below to learn about their upcoming festival in Hinckley, how Patty made her big debut at age 9 on the Lawrence Welk show, what Florian thinks of legislators these days after spending 26 years as a Minnesota Senator and how Justine met up with this accordion-playing, polka-performing, music-loving bunch in the first place! (Hint: It actually was an accident of fate that happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far...