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September 24 news

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Worthington City Council took a hard look at the future of Prairie View Golf Links, bringing up the need for a comprehensive exit strategy in the event it becomes necessary, and the intriguing possibility of making some changes at the golf course so it could be adapted for the game of footgolf.


September 23 news

WORTHINGTON – Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel was officially named as the new Director of Public Safety Monday for the City of Worthington in a news release sent out by city administrator Craig Clark. Appel was pleased with the appointment. He said he was very excited to step into the new role of police chief.


Appel named as new Worthington Director of Public Safety

WORTHINGTON – Troy Appel was named the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Worthington on Monday, according to a news release issued by Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark.

Appel was hired as a part-time patrol officer with the Worthington Police Department in 1993 and moved to full-time in 1996. He served as the Emergency Response Unit team leader from 1998 to 1999 and became a narcotics investigator in 1999, reestablishing the position for the Worthington Police Department.


SUV driver transported after Minnesota 60/Armour Road crash

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WORTHINGTON – The driver of an SUV was transported by ambulance Monday morning after it crashed with a semi truck at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Armour Road in Worthington at approximately 10:22 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Worthington Fire and Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance.

The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff's Office also assisted with traffic control.

The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.


September 22 news

WORTHINGTON – There are two author presentations in Worthington this week, courtesy of the 40th anniversary of the Plum Creek Regional Library System.


UPDATE: Names released in Round Lake crash

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ROUND LAKE – A 49-year-old South Dakota man died Friday in a crash between two semi trucks near Round Lake, according to information released Saturday morning by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Charles Luze of Sioux Falls was killed when the 2005 Mack Truck he was driving northbound on Minnesota 264 struck a 1998 Freightliner semi that went through a stop sign on Nobles County Road 35. The Mack struck the right center of the Freightliner.

The driver of the Freightliner, 67-year-old James Miller of Cylinder, Iowa, suffered no apparent injury.


September 19 news

WORTHINGTON – Tickets for the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet at the Worthington Event Center went on sale this week.

Governor Mark Dayton will be in Worthington October 10 and 11 for the 2014 pheasant hunting opener, something that was announced during last year’s event in Madelia.


September 18 news

WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at BenLee’s so the public can meet the three final candidates for the position of the Worthington Public Safety Director/Police Chief.

Those three candidates, are the current interim chief Kevin Flynn, Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel and Paul Ver Meer, who is currently the Chief of Police in the city of Creston, Iowa.

The Civil Service Commission is scheduled to begin interviews with the three candidates on Friday and hopes to have a final decision made by the end of the month, if not sooner.


September 17 news

WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board approved a motion Tuesday to pursue a grant that will pay for all day pre-school for those who fall within 175 to 200 percent of the poverty level, which could translate to roughly $1.3 million for four years.

Approximately 10 new teachers would need to be hired, according to Superintendent John Landgaard, and about 11 more classrooms would be needed. In a district already busting at the seams, this will be no easy task.


September 16 news

LUVERNE – A Luverne man thought to be involved in multiple burglaries in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and Sioux Falls. South Dakota made his first court appearance in Rock County District Court Monday after being arrested September 11 when a search warrant was executed at his residence in Luverne.