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July 5 news

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WORTHINGTON – Pavement reconstruction on First Avenue Southwest is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, beginning east of the Prairie Elementary School entrance driveway to west of the intersection of Schaap Drive, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Park Avenue water main reconstruction from Oxford Street to West Clary Street continues.

IONA— Donations are being sought for the Todd and Deb Thraen family, rural Iona, who lost their home and belongings early Sunday morning to a fire. Clothing and toys are requested for Todd, Deb and their two sons, Riley...


Cleveland kidnapper found competent for trial

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CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial.

A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.

Authorities accuse him of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when...


July 3 news

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WORTHINGTON - Centennial Park will close at 2 p.m. on July 4th for firework setup, according to the Worthington Police Department. Nobody will be allowed inside the park and all that are there enjoying the day will have to pack up and leave.

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday scheduled a two hour work session regarding the proposed new library, hoping to keep the process moving forward. The work session was set for July 10 at 9 a.m. The meeting would be informational only, County Administrator Tom Johnson said, and no action would be taken. There will be some initial...


July 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – A Wilmont man suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday when his 1997 Chevy GMT 400 collided with a freight truck on I-90. Daniel Cowen, 53, of Wilmont was eastbound on the interstate when the two vehicles got involved in a sideswipe crash at approximately 1:40 p.m. just past the Worthington weigh station. Christopher Wyldes, 31, of Menno, SD, who was driving the freight truck, received no apparent injuries. Damage to the freight truck was minor, but the Chevy GMT was totaled. Cowen was brought to Sanford Worthington for treatment.

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Appellate court upholds conviction of Jackson man who fatally stabbed brother

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JACKSON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals today upheld the conviction of a Jackson man who fatally stabbed his brother at the Colonial Manor in Lakefield in 2010. Ty’ron Louis Collins, sentenced to 306 months in prison after being declared guilty of second-degree murder, appealed, contending statements he made to law enforcement should have been suppressed, that the prosecutor committed misconduct by asking Collins if other trial witnesses were lying and that the court abused its discretion in sentencing Collins to a term in the middle of the presumptive guideline.

Collins allegedly...


July 1 news

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WORTHINGTON - The City of Worthington and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the fireworks on the Fourth of July. The fireworks will be over Lake Okabena at dusk on Thursday, July 4th. In case of inclement weather, the rain date is July 5th.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – A 51-year-old Rock Rapids man is in jail after being apprehended Saturday for allegedly committing an assault and wielding a sword, according to the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office. Hiram Wilson Meadows was arrested at his home in the 400 block of Adams Street and charged with assault with a dangerous...


City of Worthington no longer under water ban

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Good news for the city of Worthington – according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the well level measurement taken today at the Lake Bella well field shows the static level at 21 feet 3 inches, achieving the target set by the Public Utilities Board. Hain said the level had gone up 2 feet 3 inches since last Friday’s measurement.

“Since the ban was imposed, we’ve been taking readings weekly and the Water & Light Board had set a target level,” Hain said. “In the past week, we saw some really significant recharge and achieved our target by seven inches.”

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June 28 news

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SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Iowa DNR officials say water samples taken following a wastewater discharge to Big Spirit Lake on Wednesday indicate that the impact to the water body appears to be minimal. DNR Environmental Specialist Bryon Whiting says the results from several e-coli samples have been examined, with some elevated levels near the storm sewer outlet, but he notes that those levels drop off rapidly about 200 feet away from the storm sewer outfall. Another sample from Orleans Beach near the spillway appears to be close to normal.

More test results are expected on Friday morning...


Area officers honored as DWI Enforcer All-Stars at Target Field

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ST. PAUL — Last year in Minnesota, drunk driving crashes accounted for 104 deaths — 26 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths. More than 28,000 motorists were arrested for DWI. Tonight during the Minnesota Twins pre-game festivities, the DWI Enforcer All-Stars will be recognized for outstanding service in enforcement and prosecution of drunk driving.

Included in this year’s All-Stars are two area officers, Josh MCuen of the Worthington Police Department and Louis Norell of the Windom Police Department, both of whom will be honored, along with 32 others, tonight at Target Field...


I-90 road construction scheduled to begin soon

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WORTHINGTON – According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, I-90 traffic from Worthington to Jackson County Road 5 will be restricted to two-way by mid-July as crews resurface the westbound lanes. Work will begin July 1 to build crossovers from westbound to east bound. I-90 motorists should expect reduced speeds and some delays until resurfacing in complete in mid-August.

The project also includes adding 10 miles of cable median guardrail along the same route. Installing the rail will take until mid-September to complete.

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