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September 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – President Barack Obama directed Monday that flags be lowered to half-staff to pay tribute to the victims of "the senseless acts of violence" perpetrated at the Washington Navy Yard. Obama ordered that flags stay at half-staff until Friday at sunset.

A former Navy man launched an attack Monday morning inside a building at the Washington Navy Yard, spraying gunfire on office workers in the cafeteria and in the hallway at the heavily secured installation, authorities said. Thirteen people were killed, including the gunman. He was identified as 34-year-old Aaron Alexis of...


September 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – It took four and a half days, but a jury has been selected for the trial of Josue Fraga, 40, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March of 2008 in Worthington. Opening statements are set to begin today. Keep an eye on the kwoa.com website for trial updates and action.

This will be Fraga’s second time facing murder charges in Samantha’s death – the case originally went to trial in May of 2009, just 14 months after the little girl was brought into the emergency room by her aunt and uncle. She was cold and unresponsive, slightly damp and lifeless...


Ruby runs while Paycheck lollygags; heat one goes to Cuero in the Great Gobbler Gallop

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WORTHINGTON – Well. That didn’t quite go as planned. Once again, the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop ended up with a win for Ruby Begonia, the well-focused, straight-running, get-to-the-finish-line turkey from Cuero, Texas.

As for Worthington’s Paycheck… well, the focus was not quite so much. As Ruby crossed the finish line, Paycheck’s team was once again trying to pluck him out of the crowd. Apparently a very social bird, Paycheck has shown a disturbing tendency to leave 10th Street and head into the crowd of Great Gobbler Gallop attendees. More than one person was startled...


Open House to honor Bob Emary's 50 years of service to ISD #518

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WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday at the West Learning Center Community Education Office to honor Bob Emary’s 50 years of service to Independent School District 518. Emary started working for the district on Sept. 1, 1963 in the Science/Biology Departments at the Senior and Junior High. Bob was very involved with the Worthington Education Association in many different roles. After retiring from the classroom, Bob joined the staff at Community Education as an instructor, presenter, and assistant. Please stop by Monday to join us in honoring his 50 years of...


September 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day medallion has been found! It won’t be a surprise to anyone who has been following the clues to hear it was located in Olson Park. Deb Meyer, the lucky medallion finder, said she was out for an afternoon walk enjoying the beautiful day when she looked down and spotted the bronze coin resting up against a tree on the new walking trail, on the north side of Olson Park, near the shelter house and between the wooden bridge and Crailsheim Drive.

Rather than spoil the fun of others out looking for the medallion – and there were many at the park, she said...


September 12 news

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KTD Clue #4 – Remember to turn medallion in to Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to earn your prize!
Shelter, playground, benches and tables galore
Sit and admire the view from the shore.
When relaxing is all done
Don your sneakers for a Fun Run.

WORTHINGTON – It’s been slow going, but one at a time, jurors are being selected for the retrial of Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his 2-year-old niece Samantha in March of 2008 in Worthington. In a process that began Monday, prospective jurors are being questioned about their knowledge of the case,...


Sixteen year old Jackson County murder case affirmed by Minnesota Supreme Court

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JACKSON – The case has dragged out for 16 years, but today the Minnesota Supreme Court affirmed the conviction of Juan Humberto Castillo-Alvarez for his role in the 1997 slaying of Gregory Sky Erickson of Estherville, Iowa.

Fifteen-year-old Erickson was kidnapped in June of 1997 and was taken to an abandoned farmhouse in Jackson County where he was tortured and eventually murdered over a drug debt. Erickson was gagged and shot by a member of the drug gang, Luis Lua. The gun was then passed to a companion, Ryan Wedebrand who also shot Erickson. The gun was provided by Castillo-...


September 11 news

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KTD Clue #3 – Please bring medallion to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce on Third Avenue to claim your prize.

Out past the golf course & the Homestead
To find a place to park your bed.
Stop to rest, to picnic, or play
Bring your pole to fish all day.

WORTHINGTON – Just a quick reminder, all U.S. flags are to be flown at half-mast today in honor of the nearly three thousand innocent men, women, and children who lost their lives in attacks meant to terrorize our Nation. A proclamation from President Barack Obama states we can honor those we lost...


Previously classified documents to be released regarding a domestic surveillance programs

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CALIFORNIA — The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs.

In a court filing last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will turn over the documents to the Electronic Frontier Foundation by today. EFF officials said they'll receive the documents in disk form and it will take some hours for technicians to upload the documents to the civil liberty group's website.

The DOJ told a federal judge in California last week it was...


DNR releases pheasant index

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ST. PAUL — A long winter followed by a cold, wet spring has contributed to a significant decrease in Minnesota’s pheasant population.

The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota’s pheasant index declined 29 percent from 2012, reflecting trends seen in neighboring states. Minnesota’s 2013 pheasant index is 64 percent below the 10-year average and 72 percent below the long-term average. The DNR says habitat losses are the main reason for the long-term decline.

“Minnesota’s results reflect what we’re seeing in other states,” said Rachel Curtis, DNR wildlife research...