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Noble named interim high school principal

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WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board this morning unanimously approved naming current Prairie Elementary Principal Josh Noble as the interim principal at the Worthington High School and will move current elementary assistant principal Heidi Meyer into the interim principal position at the elementary school.

District Superintendent John Landgaard said the intent is that if both interim principals work out well, they will stay in their positions permanently.

There were 13 applicants for the high school principal position, but the school board members agreed moving the...


June 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Just a reminder, today is the All-American Blood Donor Worthington Community Blood Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ground Round at 1290 Ryans Road, sponsored by Radio Works, Daily Globe, Ground Round and Holiday Inn Express.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID. All who sign up to donate get a free t-shirt, and there is a special coupon gift to all who donate, compliments of Ground Round. Call 376-3043 for more information.

WORTHINGTON – Bigelow Mayor Brad...


June 23 news

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WORTHINGTON - The City of Worthington will be picking up tree debris related to the high winds that occurred on Monday. The pick-up will start on Tuesday. Please place only the storm related tree debris on the boulevard.

WORTHINGTON – After a lengthy public hearing, the Worthington City Council Monday night approved two resolutions ordering preparation of plans and specifications for the improvement of Grand Avenue and sidewalks, opting to go with concrete instead of bituminous. Council member Larry Janssen opposed each motion, having made clear during the last meeting that he...


Motorcycle crash near Jackson kills two from Iowa

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JACKSON – Two people were killed Monday evening when the motorcycle they were on crossed the center line in a construction zone and struck a minivan head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The driver of a westbound BMW motorcycle appeared to lose control and veered over the center line on Interstate 90 near Jackson at approximately 6:32 p.m. Monday. Richard Hadeen, age 67, of Davenport, Iowa, and his spouse, Francois Hadeen, 66, were both declared dead at the scene.

Sharon Rowlet, age 40, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was transported to Jackson Sanford Hospital with...


Worthington man charged with second-degree murder

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WORTHINGTON – Bail was set at $1 million Monday morning for Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, who is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault with substantial bodily harm in the death of 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy. The charges were also filed Monday in Nobles County District Court.

Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel released information Saturday stating a death investigation was underway as of Friday evening. The criminal complaint filed Monday states officers were dispatched to 1031 Oslo Street shortly before 6 p.m. to a report of a man bleeding from the...


June 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department made an arrest Friday as part of an on-going death investigation.

According to information released Saturday morning by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, police officers were called to 1031 Oslo Street at approximately 6 p.m. Friday in response to a report of an adult male who had been assaulted. The victim was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Worthington, where he died.

An arrest was made later in Worthington. More information will be made available as the investigation continues, according to Appel.

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Arrest made in death investigation in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department has made an arrest as part of an on-going death investigation.

According to information released Saturday morning by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, police officers were called to 1031 Oslo Street at approximately 6 p.m. Friday in response to a report of an adult male who had been assaulted. The victim was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Worthington, where he died.

An arrest was made later in Worthington.

More information will be made available as the investigation continues, according to Appel.


Minnesota's sex offender program ruled unconstitutional

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MINNESOTA - A federal judge ruled Wednesday that the Minnesota Sex Offender Treatment Program (MSOP) is unconstitutional.

U.S. District Judge Donovan Frank was highly critical of the program following the end of a six-week trial after a lawsuit against the state was filed by more than 700 people committed to MSOP facilities.

Residents of the facilities had argued the program is unconstitutional as few offenders – even those with low-level convictions – have been released from the high-security facilities they were committed to since the program began 20 years ago.

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June 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – Lewis & Clark Regional Water System Executive Director Troy Larson said Tuesday that the $19 million federal funding advance included in the $373 million bonding bill passed during the Minnesota special session Saturday, along with the $9 million in the FY15 federal funding is estimated to cover construction of several things.

Larson said the funding will allow the pipeline to Lincoln Pipestone Rural Water System’s connection three miles east of Adrian, a four million gallon ground storage reservoir four and a half miles southwest of Luverne and a booster pump...


Gyrox and Norman Surplus visit Worthington

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Norman Surplus of Larne, County Antrim in Northern Ireland dropped into Worthington on Friday.

Well, he didn’t actually drop in. He skillfully landed his bright yellow gyrocopter, affectionately known as Roxy, and taxied up to the hangar, where a small group of people were waiting to greet him.

Surplus is on the U.S. leg of an official Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) world record attempt to become the first person to fly an autogyro or gyrocopter around the world. He left Portland, Ore. June 1 and is heading for Portland, Maine.

He has crossed France,...