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Tainted fuel damages vehicles in St. Cloud

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ST. CLOUD - Police are investigating hundreds of thousands of gallons of contaminated diesel fuel at two St. Cloud area gas stations that caused damage to several vehicles.

Investigators believe the tainted gas at First Fuel Bank locations on Lincoln Avenue SE in St. Cloud and Waite Park in mid-August was intentional.

Nearly 60 customers, including city workers driving recycling and fire trucks, pumped the bad diesel between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23. Many noticed problems with their vehicles within hours of leaving the gas stations.

Gerald Kaeter, assistant director of...


August 28 news

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WORTHINGTON – The heat advisory is once again in place in our listening area until 7 p.m. this evening. High temperatures in the 90s combined with dew points in the upper 60s to mid 70s will again result in afternoon heat index values averaging in the upper 90s to around 105 degrees. Take precautions when working outside.

Windom Schools will again release early today, with Winfair students dismissing at 1 p.m. and Middle and High school at 1:15p.m. Jackson County Central will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.

WORTHINGTON - Pavement...


UPDATE: Equal Employment Opportunity Commission files federal lawsuit against Davis Typewriter of Worthington

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WORTHINGTON – A federal lawsuit was filed today by the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) against the Davis Typewriter Company of Worthington, alleging the company failed to take action against a manager who used the store’s surveillance equipment to sexually harass an employee.

According to the complaint filed today, a former employee of Davis Typewriter filed a charge of discrimination with the EEOC, alleging Davis Typewriter operations manager Stanley Alm subjected the employee to pervasive sexual harassment. The employee alleges Alm manipulated the...


August 27 news

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WORTHINGTON – A heat advisory continues in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa until 7 p.m. today. High temperatures in the 90s combined with dew points in the upper 60s to mid 70s will result in heat index values averaging in the upper 90s to around 105 degrees.

Students in several schools are being dismissed early because of sweltering heat and lack of adequate air conditioning. Worthington Christian School will dismiss at noon. Jackson County Central schools are closing at 12:30 p.m. Windom schools will also release early, with Winfair students being dismissed at 1 p.m. and...


August 26 news

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MINNESOTA - The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory which went into effect Sunday for northwest Iowa and a large portion of southern Minnesota, as well as parts of South Dakota.

Forecasters suggest those who work or spend time outdoors reschedule strenuous activities to early morning or evening hours. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends scheduling frequent rest breaks for those who work outdoors. Additionally, they suggest wearing light-weight and loose-fitting clothing, and drink plenty of water.

The Weather Service advises...


Former Murray County resident violates probation; is court ordered against joining volunteer fire departments

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SLAYTON – A former Avoca resident who was convicted of receiving stolen property back in 2009 is now told he can not apply to be a member of any fire departments in Minnesota. Joshua DeGuara, age 36, of Winona, was recently convicted of probation violation in Murray County District Court. In 2008, he was charged with receiving stolen property after stealing thousands of dollars worth of equipment, fuel and turnout gear from the Avoca Fire Department. He was sentenced to a year in jail, and after serving his sentence moved to Winona.

He attempted to become a member of the Stockton...


August 23 news

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LUVERNE. – Interstate 90 travelers heading east between Luverne and Magnolia should be aware of lane restrictions and possible delays beginning Sept. 3, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Traffic will be managed with one lane in each direction in the westbound lanes.The Minnesota Department of Transportation has scheduled a project that includes resurfacing 8 miles of I-90 eastbound and constructing approach panels, new railing and new surface to the Rock County Road 3 Bridge. The project is expected to be complete in early November.

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Mediacom customers without service

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WORTHINGTON – Mediacom customers in several areas including Worthington are experiencing problems with video, internet and phone, according to a recording at their local phone number. The recording states their expected time of repair is approximately 2 p.m. today and there is nothing customers need to do at this time.


August 22 news

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WORTHINGTON - A special session for storm relief is set for September 9th at the State Capitol. Lawmakers presumably will approve state matching money for federal assistance granted to 18 counties following June's severe storms and flash flooding. Governor Dayton wants two additional counties in the mix:

“I would hope to include Nobles and Rock County, the southwestern counties who suffered their own disaster last winter with the ice storm,” Dayton said.

He added the state just received a letter last week indicating that local expenditures in Rock and Nobles counties...


A new wrinkle in the library-pool site saga

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday voted to pursue the former pool site as their first choice for a location for a potential new library. During the meeting, Chairman Bob Demuth Jr. stated that knowing what he did of the E.O. Olson Trust, which deeded the land to the city in 1945, the county might face obstacles in attaining the property from the city. During a follow-up interview this morning, Demuth reiterated, stating there was language in the trust that if the city was to sell the property to someone else, certain restrictions exist. During some research into the...