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November 6 news


WORTHINGTON — There will be a grand opening from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rising Hope Ministries in the Armory Business Center at 225 Ninth St., Worthington. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the grand opening hours.

Rising Hope Ministries’ mission is to provide assistance in finding hope to disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals, families and youths. Through counseling, education, social skills training, motivation and treatment of abnormal behaviors, Rising Hope aims to provide people with the necessary skills to...

November 5 news


WORTHINGTON – It took considerable discussion, but the Worthington City Council on Wednesday finally agreed on a 3-2 majority to ask staff to work toward a 5.5 percent budget levy for 2016. The current not to exceed amount is at 6.79 percent.

The two council members who would not budge were Larry Janssen, who said he would not go below 6 percent, and Scott Nelson, who would not go above 5 percent.

The special work session was planned last week to discuss the fate of Prairie View Golf Course, which in the preliminary budget has $219,470 earmarked for operation. After almost an...

November 4 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department, Minnesota State Patrol and Union Pacific are continuing investigations into a car versus train crash that caused the death of two people and injured one more Sunday in Worthington.

The crash occurred Sunday at the Flower Lane crossing at First Avenue SW and Gateway Drive. Backseat passenger Moses Vela was declared dead at the scene, while front seat passenger Nancy Elvira Estrada-Miramontes, age 23, was transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center, where she died from her injuries.

The driver, 22-year-old Alejandro Vela-...

Take the Dip for Project Lifesaver; the Deep Freeze Dip joins Nobles County Sheriff's Office efforts to sustain SAR project


WORTHINGTON – For several years, Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening has talked about implementing an electronic search and rescue program, known as an SAR. He’s talked with the Worthington Police Department, done research into the programs, and told the rest of his office it was a priority.

All of that talk is only a step away from becoming a reality. Tuesday morning, the Nobles County Commissioners approved a grant agreement from the Minnesota Department of Public Safety for a $4,000 grant for the equipment and some start-up costs to join Project Lifesaver, an SAR to protect...

November 3 news


WORTHINGTON – The criminal complaint against Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, has been amended to include a charge of third-degree murder and two counts of first-degree manslaughter in the June 19 death of Blue Thyboualoy.

LoVan was charged in June with two counts of second-degree murder and is accused of stabbing Thyboualoy, who was 19 at the time of his death. Authorities were called to the victim’s residence shortly before 6 p.m. to a report of a man bleeding from the mouth. Thyboualoy reported he had been stabbed by “Monkey,” a well-known alias for LoVan, at about 3 a.m. that...

November 2 news


WORTHINGTON – Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson is addressing rumors that the city is obstructing progress preventing redevelopment of the mall site in a letter sent to Radio Works meant for the general public. The letter in its entirety can be read on any of the Radio Works websites.

Robinson asks what possible motive the city could have to obstruct redevelopment and rid the city of an eyesore, going on to list out some of the history behind the relationship between the city and developer Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments. The letter speaks of the recent meeting in...

A letter from Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson regarding the mall site


The talk is out there again. Worthington's elected officials and City Staff are obstructing progress by preventing redevelopment of the mall site.

Before I address this, ask yourself one question – What possible motivation could we have to obstruct redevelopment and rid ourselves of an eyesore? None of us want to continue watching the mall deteriorate.

Brian Pellowski asked for and received the opportunity to appear before the City Council and present an update on the project. Mr. Pellowski, his attorney and local representatives spoke for an hour and 45 minutes which...

UPDATE: Victims identified in Worthington car/train crash


WORTHINGTON - According to the Worthington Police Department, the person who died at the scene of the car/train crash Sunday afternoon was Moses Vela, age unknown. The second victim who died later at Sanford Worthington Medical Center was his daughter-in-law, Nancy Elvira Estrada-Miramontes, age 23.

Both were passengers in the vehicle that crashed with the Union Pacific train at approximately 3:21 p.m. Sunday at the Flower Lane crossing at SW First Avenue and Gateway Drive.

The vehicle was driven by 22-year-old Alejandro Vela-Perez, age 22. He was transported to...

Worthington man arrested on murder charges


WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is in being held in the Nobles County Jail for first and second-degree murder, assault and fugitive from justice from another state – in this case, South Dakota

According to reports, Thursday at 4:49 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 1908 East Rice Street in Sioux Falls, SD. Investigation showed a 19-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man had been stabbed. Both were transported by ambulance to receive medical attention. The woman was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Sioux Falls news stations are reporting the suspect as 31-year-...

October 30 news


WORTHINGTON – Those who attended Thursday night’s meeting regarding the use of the Nobles County National Guard Armory Building still don’t know what the county will do with the building, but have learned a little more about what it is not suited for. It won’t work to be a library, which Jeff Nelson of Falls Architecture pointed out in September, and even though it is serving that need at the moment, it isn’t very well suited for gymnastics.

The gymnastics program once again topped the list of subjects under discussion during the second meeting regarding the future purpose of the...