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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.


Merle Haggard and Meghan Trainor added to Minnesota State Fair 2015 Grandstand Concert Series

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ST. PAUL – The Minnesota State Fair 2015 Grandstand Concert Series is filling up with some pretty big names these days, and two more were confirmed to the line-up this week. Meghan Trainor with special guests Charlie Puth and Life of Dillon will perform Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 7:30 p.m. The legendary Merle Haggard will perform on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7 at 7:30 p.m., with a special guest to be announced at a later date. Tickets for each show are $35 with all reserved seating.

Tickets for both shows are on sale and available via etix.com or by calling 800-514-3849. In addition,...


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...


Happy Together Tour

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The Happy Together Tour 2015 heads to the Minnesota State Fair for another year on Monday, August 31st at 8 p.m.! Tickets start at just $21. You can purchase tickets online via Etix.com and through this link. Be watching and listening for ways to win tickets with KWOA!

The Happy Together tour features The Turtles with Flo & Eddie...


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,...


June 16 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Manna Food Pantry will be closed Wednesday to honor the memory of volunteer and board member Sandy Nelson. The pantry apologizes for any inconvenience. Normal hours will resume Friday.

WORTHINGTON – Producers from around the area will be selling locally grown food starting June 23 at Worthington Farmers Market in downtown Worthington. The Saturday Worthington Farmers Market will begin July 11 in the parking lot at Ace Hardware along Oxford Street.

People are invited to shop at the market and enjoy a wide variety of locally produced products including fruits...