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September 4 news


WORTHINGTON -- Alliant Energy on Tuesday announced agreements to sell its Minnesota electric and natural gas distribution businesses for $128 million.

Nobles Cooperative Electric and Federated Rural Electric joined with ten other electric distribution cooperatives serving Minnesota to form Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) as the single point of contact for the purchase of electric service territory in southern Minnesota from Alliant Energy. The transaction is contingent upon regulatory approval. Assuming the acquisition is approved by regulators, it is expected to close...

Former Nobles County Interim Adminstrator has died


WORTHINGTON - Former Clay County Administrator Vijay Sethi, who served as Nobles County Interim Administrator from May of 2012 to February of 2013, died Tuesday of lung disease complications at age 68.

Sethi’s immune system was weakened after years of fighting off the effects of pulmonary fibrosis. He became ill and was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where pneumonia claimed his life.

Sethi grew up in New Delhi, India, and moved to the United States in March 1970. Sethi retired as Clay County administrator in late 2010 but was asked to serve as interim chief...

August 29 news


WORTHINGTON – Once again the heat advisory from the National Weather Service continues until 7 p.m. tonight, with afternoon heat index values averaging in the mid 90s to 105 degrees.

Schools closing early due to heat include the Worthington Christian School, which will dismiss at noon today and Friday. Bus transportation will not be available as the district will remain in session. In Windom, Winfair students will dismiss at 1 p.m., middle and high school students at 1:15 p.m. At Jackson County Central, there will be no school today and Friday. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn Schools will...

Soldier sentenced to death in Fort Hood shootings


FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military court on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan....

Tainted fuel damages vehicles in St. Cloud


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


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


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


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


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


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...