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January 23 news

WORTHINGTON – Local law enforcement is working hard on conquering social media, hoping to use a variety of ways to get the word out when the public needs to be alerted or when law enforcement needs their help. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office has maintained a Facebook page since February of last year, and according to Worthington Police Sgt. Brett Wiltrout, the department is in the process of creating a Facebook page of their own, which is expected to be up in February or March.


MnDOT update

MANKATO - The Minnesota Department of Transportation continues to advise no travel in southwestern Minnesota this evening, due to blizzard conditions with near zero visibility.

Highway 71 from Windom to Sanborn in Cottonwood County has been closed since just before noon due to white-out conditions and will likely remain closed into the night. Travel in Jackson County is also extremely difficult due to reduced visibility.


Law enforcement uses social media to connect with public

WORTHINGTON – Local law enforcement is working hard on conquering social media, hoping to use a variety of ways to get the word out when the public needs to be alerted or when law enforcement needs their help. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office has maintained a Facebook page since February of last year, and according to Worthington Police Sgt. Brett Wiltrout, the department is in the process of creating a Facebook page of their own, which is expected to be up in February or March.


MnDOT advises no travel in southwest Minnesota

MINNESOTA - As of 11 a.m., the Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in southwestern Minnesota, due to blowing snow and near zero visibility. Officials do not anticipate any interstate or highway closures at this time; however, motorists may encounter brief lane and road closures where crashes occur.


January 22 news

WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed this week in Nobles County District Court against a Worthington man who allegedly stabbed a friend over a video game Friday night. Daniel Bockenstedt, age 25, was charged with first-degree assault -great bodily harm and four counts of second-degree assault.


January 21 news

LAKE WILSON – Once again, blowing snow and high winds caused whiteout conditions throughout the area on Monday, causing several vehicle crashes. On Highway 30 in Murray County, 19-year-old Alexis Esmay of Slayton was eastbound driving a 1999 Chevy Malibu at approximately 4 p.m. when she lost control and entered the ditch, rolling the vehicle. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Murray County Medical Center, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.


January 20 news

WORTHINGTON – Some volunteered, or was voluntold, in assistant principal Zach Dingman’s case, peer pressure got to others. Some crazy souls were simply eager to ‘jump’ on board. Whatever their reason, 42 people signed up to launch themselves into the 34 degree water of Lake Okabena to help raise more than $16,000 for the Wayne Klumper Heals fund as part of the 2014 Worthington Winterfest Deep Freeze Dip.


January 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Yesterday’s weather caused a multitude of traffic crashes, which are still being documented through the Minnesota State Patrol and other area law enforcement entities. Major roads were closed in the early afternoon across southwest Minnesota and other areas due to low visibility.


Winterfest Medallion found in near blizzard conditions

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WORTHINGTON – The Winterfest Medallion has been found! CJ Nelson and his fiance Kelly Nickel found the medallion next to the sculpture at Sailboard Beach on Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m.

According to Kelly, the medallion was tucked along the leg of the sculpture, sticking out of the snow barely a quarter of an inch. Much more snow, she said, and it would have been buried.


January 16 news

WORTHINGTON – The long-standing Penney store in the Northland Mall is on the chopping block. A news release issued Wednesday states the Worthington store is slated to close in May, along with 32 other stores across the country, including one on Iowa.