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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UPDATE: Victims identified in Worthington car/train crash

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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.

Worthington man arrested on murder charges

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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.

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.

Help out the Worthington FFA!

What was supposed to be a great trip for some of our local Worthington FFA members, turned into a nightmare of a trip yesterday. The Worthington FFA Market Plan team had earned their spot in competition at the National FFA Convention in Louisville this week. The team left with advisor Deb Martin Monday after school, drove quite a ways and stopped to spend the night, they drove some more and stopped to eat in Indianapolis. While inside eating, their van was broken into. Stolen from the van were 3 laptops containing their presentation materials they have been working on since last April.