JASPER (updated with corrections at 12:13 p.m.) - A minivan carrying eight people rolled Tuesday afternoon west of Jasper, with most of the occupants 15 or younger, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, Cecelia Kane, 15, of Dell Rapids, SD, was eastbound on Highway 269 when the vehicle drifted off the roadway onto the shoulder, over-corrected and rolled into the north ditch. Kane suffered non-life threatening injuries, as did passengers, Lee Dorian, no age given, 5-year-old Peter Gideon, 11-year-old Ian Benedict, 15-year-old Susannah Elizabeth and 9-year-old Elanor Beatrice.
WORTHINGTON – The trials and tribulations of Worthington’s Northland Mall continue, with a drug bust, possible squatters and now a notice from the City of Worthington that says the old Kmart facility is unsafe to occupy.
Signs at the front entrance to the old Kmart and what was once an auto repair section of the store bear a warning that bars entrance, stating the facility is unsafe to occupy. That warning does not extend to the main part of the mall that contains a small handful of businesses.
WORTHINGTON – Sanford Worthington has announced that Martin Fedko, MD has joined its team of health care providers as an emergency department (ED) physician. Dr Fedko began providing patient care at the Sanford Worthington Emergency Department July 1, 2013. As an employed physician he will also serve as the Emergency Department Medical Director.
LUVERNE– Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour should be removed during the week of July 22.
Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.
WORTHINGTON — “Christmas in July” will be the theme for Wednesday’s concert by the “Amazing” Worthington City Band in Chautauqua Park. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Master of ceremonies will be Bob Demuth Jr. Intermission entertainment will be by harpist Kathy Fransen.
Under the direction of Jon Loy, the band will perform holiday selections including “O Come, All Ye Faithful,” “Silent Night,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” and “Sleigh Ride.”
WORTHINGTON – ADA curb and ramp reconstruction is scheduled to begin Monday on 10th Street in downtown Worthington, according to Jeff Faragher of the City of Worthington. The work will begin at First Ave and progress toward E. 9th Ave. First Avenue SW pavement reconstruction began Monday and continues from east of the elementary school entrance driveway past Schaap Dr to near Pleasant Ave. Water main reconstruction continues on Park Ave from W. Oxford St to W. Clary St.
SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.
In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.
WORTHINGTON – Three people suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening during a crash on Highway 59/60, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. At 5:27 p.m., Georgia Blum, age 62, of South Sioux City, Neb., was traveling north and attempting to make a left-hand turn when her 2007 Lincoln was rear-ended by a 1995 Ford Windstar, driven by Karen Snider, 55, of Sheldon, Iowa. Snider’s passenger, Shirleen Earle, 45, of Spencer, Iowa, was taken to Sanford Worthington, along with the other two victims.
WORTHINGTON – A series of townhall meetings to inform Nobles County residents of library site options is scheduled for July 22 and 23 in Adrian and Worthington. Executive Director Julie Wellnitz is working with the architectural firm to produce a series of informational boards and a short presentation regarding site analysis to be used at the meetings and display during the Nobles County Fair.
Southwest Minnesota State University head women's and men's Cross Country & Track and Field coach Nate Wolf has announced 24 student-athletes have signed letters of intent to continue their academic and athletic careers at SMSU, and one of those include former Worthington Trojan Track and Cross Country standout O.J. Ojullu.