May 19 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis or RTA report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington and Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area.

12 Princess Kay Finalists Selected

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.

The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:

May 18 news

WORTHINGTON - The 2015 racing season at the Nobles County Speedway is set to begin Tuesday, June 2.

This Tuesday, a Test n Tune event will be the first opportunity for racing fans to see what the track has to offer. On the official opening night the theme will be Salute to Ag and admission will be free. The lineup will be IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

This year, with a few exceptions, most of the weekly race nights will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.

Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

May 15 news

WORTHINGTON – A broadside crash Thursday morning on Minnesota 60 and Nobles Street resulted in non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The report states Andrew Boneschans, age 25, of Bigelow, was northbound on 60 in a 1987 Dodge Ram pickup, while Bobbi Becker, age 44, of Worthington, was westbound on Nobles Street. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Both were taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center by ambulance.

May 14 news

WORTHINGTON - Applications are now available for youth sports and recreation groups to request funds from The Wayne Klumper Heals Fund. These funds were raised by local individuals participating in the Radio Works/SW Minnesota Fishing Club’s Deep Freeze Dip during Worthington’s Winterfest Celebrations 2014 and 2015.

The money will go to youth programs for Nobles County kids to get out and participate in, much like Wayne Klumper did with children of Nobles County in all of his years as Program Director at the Worthington Area YMCA.

May 13 news

WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta, age 61, of Worthington, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a bail hearing in front of Judge Gordon Moore, who explained the charges and his rights. When asked by Moore if he understood the charges, Desta said the crimes he was being charged with and what he had done were not the same at all.

Attempted murder charges filed in Worthington assault case

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WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Jim Hagedorn declares candidacy for First Congressional District for 2016

WORTHINGTON – Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn has once again announced his candidacy for Congress in Minnesota’s 1st District, seeking a rematch in 2016 against Democrat Tim Walz, who is currently serving his fifth term.

“I’m enthusiastically entering the race and will be working full-time to replace Tim Walz and bring a conservative, commonsense voice to Congress,” Hagedorn said. “My Minnesota farm roots and first-hand knowledge of how Washington D.C. functions and dysfunctions will help me faithfully represent the views and interests of southern Minnesotans.”