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April 15 news


WORTHINGTON – Long-awaited contact from the owner of Northland Mall seems to indicate Mike Kohen is willing to demolish the old K-mart section of the building and start addressing issues in the rest of the facility. Kohen said he plans to have a representative with his demolition company meet with the city soon, and will also begin fixing the roof one section at a time until it is repaired.

City leaders seem skeptical, but have tabled any discussion about moving forward with court procedures until Kohen’s claims can be investigated. The city has asked for names and contact...

Girl approached in Windom; police urge parents to talk about stranger danger


The Windom Police Department is asking parents to remind their kids to never accept rides from strangers following an incident Sunday evening.

According to authorities, an investigation is underway after an 8-year-old girl was allegedly approached by an unknown male at approximately 7:38 p.m. Sunday.

The male spoke with the girl along the roadway near Winfair School and told the girl that he was asked by her mother to pick her up. The child refused the ride with the suspicious male, and the parents confirmed that they had not sent anyone to pick her up.

The male was...

April 14 news


ADRIAN - – Interstate 90 motorists in southwestern Minnesota are advised of day-time lane closures this week as crews build crossovers for bridge work in the area of Adrian and Jackson this summer. Later in April traffic will be reduced to two lanes, two-way with reduced speeds until mid-September.

The project includes work on four bridges at Adrian and four more at Jackson. Crews will repair decks, rails, approach panels, drainage and paint the steel to keep them in good condition and improve the ride for the motorists. Guardrail improvements will also be made.


10-year-old girl dies in bale fire


ADRIAN – A state fire marshal was on the scene Thursday night in rural Adrian after a 10-year-old girl’s body was found dead among round bales that had been burning. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, while Adrian firefighters were battling a blaze among round hay bales at 25773 Ahlers Avenue, Perri Heideman had been reported missing.

“They did a search of the farm place and turned up nothing,” Wilkening said. “Once the fire was put out by the department, they started tearing apart bales to search further and stop flare-ups, and they found her.”

The Adrian...

April 11 news


WORTHINGTON – Tina Smith, candidate for Lt. Gov for Mark Dayton, stopped in Worthington Thursday to visit with constituents and tout Dayton’s cause, talking with other Democrats about health care, infrastructure, roads and water. Smith, who is currently Dayton’s Chief of Staff, said she and her family moved to Minnesota 30 years ago, where she worked for General Mills before becoming involved in politics.

She told the group of 20 or so people she was pleased to be out campaigning while the governor was stuck back at the State Capitol.

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota West...

Jim Schettler wins 40 acres of soybeans from Radio Works


Farm 40 on Us winner Jim Schettler of Wilmont, pictured here with Radio Works General Manager/Owner Chad Cummings, Trent Palm of Winfield/Croplan, Denny Weber of New Vision and Jim Resch of Winfield/Croplan. Schettler won everything he needs to farm 40 acres of soybeans.

Anita Elness wins 40 acres of corn from Radio Works


Farm 40 on Us winner Anita Elness of Windom, pictured here with Radio Works General Manager/Owner Chad Cummings, Trent Palm of Winfield/Croplan, Denny Weber of New Vision and Jim Resch of Winfield/Croplan. Elness won everything she needs to farm 40 acres of corn.

Farm 40 on Us winners!


WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to Anita Elness of Windom and Jim Schettler of Wilmont, the two winners of the Radio Works Farm 40 on Us!

More than 30 finalists gathered Thursday night at the Travelodge in Worthington, hoping for a chance to win everything they need to plant 40 acres of corn or soybeans. New Vision, Croplan and Winfield will give them the seed, nutrients and field monitoring to farm 40 acres – Elness of corn and Schettler of beans. The sponsors will also help them put a plan together so they can come with optimum yield.

All of the finalists were chosen from...

Trojan Tech to debut Saturday at ISD#518


WORTHINGTON – A student-led technology conference will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Worthington Middle School. Trojan Tech is open to parents, siblings and the general public – anyone who is interested in what’s going on at Independent School District 518 technology-wise. And even those who just want to learn how some of this crazy technology works!

Students from grades 3 through 8 will offer short classes in blogging, Twitter, PDF Annotation, Schoology, digital citizenship and more. They will explain how documents are shared, how online book clubs operate, how to...

April ice storm anniversary - a look back


WORTHINGTON – On the one-year anniversary of the ice storm of April 2013, Radio Works has put together a look back at the first few days of the crazy weather that stopped parts of the upper Midwest in its tracks.

Included are audio clips from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh and other local officials. Also included are a few memories from various Radio Works staff such as Matt Widboom, Barry Roberts, Jared Rademacher and Jaime Salinas.