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August 13 news

WORTHINGTON – During Monday night’s meeting of the Worthington City Council, members declared the former Kmart building as hazardous and will order the owner to repair or demolish the structure. Failure to comply with the order would allow the city to obtain legal right through the courts to step in and demolish or repair the hazardous building.


Aug WASDE Report

Projected U.S. wheat supplies for 2013/14 are raised slightly this month as small increases for Soft Red Winter wheat and Durum are mostly offset by decreases for White, Hard Red Spring and Hard Red Winter wheat. U.S. wheat exports for 2013/14 are raised 25 million bushels reflecting continued strong early season sales and an increased outlook for China imports. Despite larger expected crops in several major exporting countries, strong early season demand and higher projected world imports and consumption also boost prospects for U.S. shipments.


WWI-era posters found in Primghar Public Library

PRIMGHAR, Iowa - A northwest Iowa library is displaying what staff believe are original World War I-era posters hidden for decades in the building's attic. Kay Geerdes and Kathy Luedke, board members for the Primghar Public Library, ventured into the forgotten space this spring in search of artifacts to display or sell for the town's 125th birthday this summer.


August 12 news

LAKEFIELD - The Lakefield Police Department is informing the community according to Minnesota Statutes about a Level 3 predatory offender that has moved to Lakefield. This predatory offender is not wanted by the police and has served a sentence that was imposed on him by the court.


Currie man sentenced to a year for stolen property, will be out in 3 months

SLAYTON – A Currie man charged with six felonies in Murray County District Court was recently sentenced to a year in county jail after pleading guilty to a count of receiving stolen property. Counts against Brian John Hames, 41, of first-degree burglary, controlled substance possession and possession of burglary tools were dropped as part of a plea agreement.


Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour Starts Soon

Starting Aug. 20, The Mosaic Company will begin a 10-day tour across the Corn Belt -- coined The Road to Higher Yields Farm Tour -- and travel by branded bus to visit six farms in six states to spotlight the crop nutrition programs and experiences of the Pursuit of 300 Farmers as they push for higher yields.


August 9 news

WORTHINGTON – Here’s our weekly look at construction updates from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Weather permitting, the city is anticipating the completion of the ADA ramp work on 10th Street by Friday and the Park Avenue water main reconstruction from Oxford to West Clary Street on Wednesday, August 14th. The First Avenue SW improvements from west of Knollwood Drive to Pleasant Avenue should be complete as of Wednesday of this week, but we’re not out of the woods yet.


An alert from the Minnesota BCA

DULUTH - A man wearing a black masked forced a teenage girl into a SUV while wielding a baton late Wednesday afternoon and authorities are seeking the public's help, according to a release from the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.

A black Ford Expedition with white rims pulled up to the girl at about 5:30 p.m. near Lincoln Park in southwestern Duluth, according to eyewitness accounts.

The suspect is described as an American Indian male, 5 feet 11 inches with black hair in a braid wearing a long-sleeved black shirt with a Chicago Bulls logo on it.


August 8 news

WORTHINGTON – During a pre-trial hearing Wednesday in Nobles County District Court, a change of venue request made by Josue Fraga’s defense team was denied. Fraga, accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008, is scheduled to go on trial in September. He was convicted of first-degree murder in May of 2009, but that conviction was vacated in 2012 when new evidence was discovered. Jury selection is scheduled to begin September 9.


Radatz Named New MFBF Executive Director

(MFBF News Release) -- Chris Radatz, a 37-year employee of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF), has been named as the organization’s executive director and will manage and coordinate all activities of the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation and Affiliated companies effective August 1.

Radatz has served as MFBF’s director of Public Policy since 1994, where he has represented Farm Bureau members on a day-to-day basis on state and national legislative and regulatory issues.