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June 26 news

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WINDOM – A Windom man is facing second-degree attempted murder charges after allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and threatening her with a knife. Nickson Otema, age 25, is also charged with second- and third-degree assault.

The criminal complaint states he was arrested Sunday when the Windom Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 600 block of 13th Street at approximately 5:52 p.m.

The victim stated she and her husband live in the apartment with Otema. She showed them a knife on the bed, which had blood on the blade, and showed them a cut on her hand. She...


Kate's story: Keeping up the Kourage

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WESTBROOK - Westbrook Fun Days have always been exciting, but this year there is a little bit of extra fun in the air. A special event has been added to the usual line-up that has even the most seasoned festival-goer raising their eyebrows a bit.

On Saturday night, former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and Santana will perform at a benefit concert at the Westbrook ball diamond in an event called Keeping up the Kourage for Kate.

Kate Jorgenson was 11 years old last summer when she was involved in an ATV accident that resulted in the loss of her arm. A year later, she is...


Sen. Franken discusses flood damage

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WORTHINGTON - US Senator Al Franken has floods on his mind. During a call to Radio Works Headquarters Wednesday morning, he explained his recent travels around the state of Minnesota, viewing flood damage.

Over the weekend he put on plenty of miles, from Luverne to Pipestone to Albert Lea to International Falls and several points in between.

Franken said in his recent travels he has seen some of the best of Minnesota. He talked with some of the 400 volunteers sandbagging in International Falls, spoke with farmers in the southwest who have lost all of their acreage to hail and...


June 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
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• Women ages 50-74 should...


June 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council approved the authorization to reject all bids and re-advertise for the Okabena Street water main extension project during their Monday night meeting. Three bids on the project were rejected due to confusion on a reimbursement form attached to the bid. All three bidders have been informed and will be given the opportunity to re-bid the project.

The council did approve a bid for the Taxiway B joint and crack repairs project at the Worthington Municipal Airport, subject to receipt of a federal grant to fund 90 percent of the project cost....


Iowa Marine killed in Afghanistan

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CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Iowa Marine is one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said today.

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, military officials said.

The Department of Defense identified the other fallen Marines as Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., and Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.

They were all assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force,...


June 23 news

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WORTHINGTON - Concrete pavement joint work on Oxford Street from Diagonal Road to McMillan Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Oxford Street will be open to through traffic, however, driving lanes will be restricted and there will be brief intermittent traffic interruptions.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, the work should be completed and normal traffic restored in one week.

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June 20 news

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WORTHINGTON - The American Red Cross will be hosting two annual chapter board meetings, for the Prairie Winds and Southwest Minnesota chapters.

The Prairie Winds Annual Board Meeting is Tuesday at the Marshall Library Community Room at 201 C Street, with the board meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public at 7 pm for a short presentation and volunteer recognition awards. Refreshments will be served.

The Southwest Minnesota Annual Board Meeting will take place on Thursday, at the chapter office at 716 Oxford Street, #2, in Worthington. The board meeting will be...


June 19 news

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The travel ban put in place by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week has been lifted. All major highways in Lyon County are now open. There may be some problems on blacktops in the Doon area, according to an advisory on the sheriff’s office website.

Caution is also advised on gravel roads, especially those with bridges. There are still wash-outs and culverts out of place. Again, the travel ban has been lifted, but caution is still advised.

LUVERNE – According to Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretson, the park is closed until July...


Blue Mounds State Park to close for a few weeks

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LUVERNE – According to Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretson, the park will be closed until July 14 due to flood damage.

As of Wednesday, the hiking trails, campgrounds and roads will be closed to the public due to the flooding and damages caused, Ingebretson said. The park will be closed at least through July 13, and he is hopeful things can be re-opened July 14. By then, he said, he and his staff should have time to secure areas that are unsafe, and get plans together for what needs to be done.

Early Sunday morning, the dam at Blue Mounds Lake was compromised,...