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December 31 News


WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Safe Cab program, a partnership between local law enforcement and business sponsors, will give free rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers on Tuesday night.

The Safe Cab will operate from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; people need to call the Worthington Taxi Service, 372-4300, to secure a ride. The service will operate from party points around the city, including private residences, but is not intended as a shuttle between venues.

Off-duty law enforcement officers will be behind the wheel of the Safe Cabs to ensure people get home safely.


Safe Cabs on New Year's Eve


The Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Worthington Taxi Service and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, are going to provide taxi service from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Local law enforcement is going to provide drivers for the cabs in addition to the taxi drivers.

To request a ride, simply call the Worthington Taxi Service at 507-372-4300. Please note this Safe Cab program will give you a ride home, but not to the next bar. If you are looking at bar hopping, designate a driver.

Stay safe, and...

December 27 news


ST. PAUL -- Influenza is back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.

More Minnesotans were hospitalized with flu a year ago at this time - 173 new hospitalizations were reported during the comparable week in 2012. Health department spokesman Doug Schultz says...

Stoneray Wind Project hearing to take place in Lake Wilson


LAKE WILSON – Citizens interested in finding our more about the Stoneray Wind Project should attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. January 14 at the Lake Wilson American Legion building on Broadway Avenue.

The proposed project includes up to 62 wind turbines on 29,500 acres in Murray and Pipestone Counties. The turbines will range from 1.7 to 3.2 MW, up to a total of 105 MW. Associated facilities would include transmission lines, a project substation, access roads, meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance building.

At the public hearing, attendees will have an...

December 26 news


LUVERNE – Two South Dakota residents suffered non-life threatening injuries in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 6 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Matthew Gappa, age 33, of Dell Rapids, lost control on the icy highway, entered the median and rolled. Gappa and his wife, 34-year-old Nicole Anderson-Gappa, were taken to Sanford Luverne for medical treatment.

PIPESTONE – Five people received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon in a two-vehicle crash in...

MN West ad hoc athletic committee releases findings


WORTHINGTON – The ad hoc committee that evaluated the football and other athletic programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College released its report earlier this month, which President Richard Shrubb has now released to Radio Works. According to Shrubb, he and his staff need to review the report with the MnSCU System’s Office for possible revision prior to implementation, so the recommendations have not yet been adopted by the college.

The committee observed in its report that football and the other athletic programs are a vital part of the college community, and...

December 24 news


WORTHINGTON— In observance of the holidays, some local businesses will close early today for Christmas Eve and most will be closed Christmas Day. All financial institutions will be closed Christmas Day, and will vary hours today. Worthington Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Hills Bank, the Fulda Area Credit Union and United Prairie will close at noon today, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m., and First State Bank Southwest at 3 p.m.

Worthington city offices and Nobles County offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and will be closed on Christmas Day. The...

December 23 news


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Arraignment has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused of killing a Jackson woman. Arraignment for 21-year-old Tailer Handsaker is set for 9:30 a.m. December 30th in Dickinson County District Court.

Handsaker was charged with 1st degree murder in the death of 36-year-old Sarah Renee Grimmius of Jackson. The Dickinson County Sheriff's Office says Grimmius was deceased when deputies arrived at 1 28th Street of rural Spirit Lake around 10:30 p.m. December 8th. Court documents say the death may have occurred already a couple of days prior to the discovery of Grimmius...

December 20 news


WORTHINGTON – According to information released Thursday evening, Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Richard Shrubb will retire in July, which is when his contract is complete. Shrubb is currently in his sixth year as president at Minnesota West.

Shrubb said with the college on sound footing and prepared to meet the needs of the region and state, the timing is good for him to pursue new professional challenges.

Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor, said he intends to begin the process of naming Shrubb’s successor by...

December 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is investigating a burglary that took place in the overnight hours Tuesday night and was reported Wednesday at BenLee’s Café. The theft was discovered at approximately 7:20 a.m. Wednesday morning. According to Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey, about $170 is missing. Anyone with information about the burglary is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 295-5400. The investigation continues.

WORTHINGTON – A former Worthington man with an extensive criminal history was sentenced Wednesday to 92 months in prison, stayed...