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October 2 news


WORTHINGTON – It’s been a long summer of detours in Worthington, but the target date for the Highway 59 project opening is October 11. According to City Engineer Dwayne Haffield, the hope was to have the detour gone by the end of this week, but delays in the work complicated the process.

When the project is done, a new culvert will be in place, there will be full turn lanes from the north and south on Bioscience Drive, and infrastructure will be in place on the west side of the highway for future growth. Bioscience Drive will be extended to the west to make it available for more...

Pipestone National Monument closed; staff furloughed


PIPESTONE – The Pipestone National Monument is one of the victims of the Federal Government shutdown that began today. According to an email from the monument’s Administrative Officer Mary Schwebach, the monument is not open to visitors, unable to receive mail and cannot accept deliveries until further notice.

Because of the shutdown, staff at the monument has been furloughed. According to a recording at the monument’s main phone line, staff cannot check phone messages until the government re-opens.

October 1 news


DUNDEE – A fire in rural Dundee Monday destroyed two hog barns, but a third that had been burning was saved. The Fulda Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday to 34700 130th Street. At 3:01 p.m., mutual aid from Brewster was requested. There were no hogs in the barns, but the two barns that were a complete loss had machinery and some round bales inside. The third also held machinery.

According to Fulda Fire Department First Assistant Chief David Baumhoefner, the two barns were fully engulfed when they arrived and had already begun to collapse. The third...

Name released in fatal crash near Reading


READING – Authorities have released the name of the woman killed Saturday during a two-vehicle crash just south of Reading. Joann Christine Hegwer, age 83, of Worthington, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The crash took place Saturday afternoon at approximately 1:07 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 266 and McCall Avenue. Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening said a 2012 Honda Accord driven by Mary Margaret Vold of Mason City, Iowa collided with a 2013 GMC Yukon Denali, driven by Candice Jean Rust, 51, of Magnolia. Hegwer was a passenger in Vold’s Honda. Rust also had a passenger...

Tri-State Band Festival results


LUVERNE – Adrian High School Band, followed by Murray County Central, finished first and second Saturday in the Class A-1 Parade Division Saturday at the Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. Class A winners were Lennox High School of South Dakota and Sibley-Ocheyedan High School of Iowa in first and second place. Positions one and two in Class AA went to West Central High School, S.D. and Pipestone Area High School, while in Class AAA, first and second place went to Brandon Valley High School, S.D. and Worthington High School.

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September 30 news


SLAYTON —The Lake Shetek Chapter of Let’s Go Fishing will have its annual Grain Drive Fund Raiser this fall. Since organizing in 2009, the Lake Shetek Chapter has averaged more than 20 outings each summer, which means 250 to 300 area residents have enjoyed free fishing and boating excursions. The handicap-accessible pontoon travels to Fulda, Worthington and Balaton for outings in those communities. At Lake Shetek, residents from Marshall, Tracy, Tyler and Walnut Grove have all been able to enjoy time on the pontoon.

The grain drive is one of the fund raisers the chapter depends on...

Fatal car crash reported in Reading


READING – A fatal car crash took place Saturday afternoon at approximately 1:07 p.m. at the intersection of Highway 266 and McCall Avenue. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office is not yet releasing the name of the victim, pending notification of family.

According to an incident report released by authorities, Wilmont Rescue, Reading Responders and Sanford Ambulance responded to the call.

Warrant issued for mall owner's arrest


WORTHINGTON – Northland Mall owner Mike Kohan is behind on his taxes in the city of Worthington, portions of his mall have been declared hazardous by the city and he has not responded to any communications from the city. He owns malls in several states, many of which have been neglected, abandoned or foreclosed on. Now, there is a warrant out for his arrest.

But even that is problematic. The warrant is only issued locally, because law enforcement has virtually no information on the man from New York. There is no description of Kohan. They do, however, know one thing – his real name...

September 27 news


WORTHINGTON – Here’s a look at our weekly construction update from the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Tower Street storm sewer work from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley is tentatively scheduled to begin as early as Monday.

WORTHINGTON — An informational session for the public to learn more about the Minnesota Dream Act will be from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus commons.
The MN Dream Act passed by the 2013 legislature and signed into law by Gov. Dayton provides certain benefits for undocumented students who meet...

September 26 news


WORTHINGTON - Elaine Harder, of Jackson, who represented Nobles, Jackson and Cottonwood Counties in the Minnesota House of Representatives for nearly a decade, died Tuesday in Minneapolis. She was 65.

Funeral services are pending in Jackson.

She represented House District 22B in the Minnesota Legislature from 1995 to 2004. In her time in the Legislature, the five-term Republican served on several committees, chairing the committee on agriculture and rural development finance and the subcommittee on sales and income tax. She also authored several bills.

Harder was...