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May 7 news

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ST. PAUL — Sen. Bill Weber of Luverne was appointed to the conference committee on House File (H.F.) 846, the Omnibus Environment and Natural Resources Appropriations Bill, earlier this week. This committee will resolve the discrepancies between the two versions of the bill that passed the House and Senate.

Weber said he was honored to be working on the committee and would work to make the bill better for District 22 and greater Minnesota by advocating for certain Senate provisions to remain in the final bill, including agricultural funding for research and education, common sense...


Charges filed in armed robbery case

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WORTHINGTON – A 16-year-old Worthington boy is facing several charges in Nobles County District Court for allegedly committing an armed robbery at a small grocery store on Oxford Street in Worthington Tuesday. Simon Berihu Gebrehiwot is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and possession of a pistol after being convicted for a crime of violence.

In the state of Minnesota, if a juvenile who is 16 years or older is charged with a felony, the file becomes public record. According to the juvenile petition filed shortly before noon...


May 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department arrested one adult male and one juvenile male Tuesday in connection with a report of an armed robbery at La Morenita, 1517 Oxford Street. According to a release issued by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, a 911 call was received at 11:35 a.m. Assisted by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, the two suspects were arrested at a residence on North Burlington Avenue.

Evidence from the crime was found in a laundry room in the 1400 block of North Burlington. Appel said...


Armed robbery reported in Worthington, two people arrested

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department responded to a report of an armed robbery Tuesday at La Morenita, 1517 Oxford Street. According to a release issued by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, a 911 call was received at 11:35 a.m. Assisted by the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota State Patrol, and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, one adult male and one juvenile male were arrested at a residence on North Burlington Avenue.

Evidence from the crime was found in a laundry room in the 1400 block of North Burlington. Appel said additional information will be...


Nobles County Commissioners approve Armory, tax forfeiture incentives, driveway

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday unanimously approved the purchase of the Armory Business Center for $225,000, an offer that had already been accepted prior to the meeting. The final cost, with closing costs and rental credits, has yet to be determined. The purchase includes the building at 225 Ninth Street, a garage and a vacant lot.

In the purchase agreement is a clause that states the contract for the gymnastic program through District 518 for the 2015-2016 school year will be honored, with an option for the 2016-2017 year. This had been a cause of concern...


May 5 news

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LUVERNE – An Adrian man received non-life threatening injuries when he rolled his 2001 Chevrolet K15 Monday on Interstate 90 shortly after 6 p.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. John Buckner, age 60, of Adrian, was westbound on I-90 at Highway 75 when the vehicle rolled, coming to rest on its roof. Buckner was taken to Sanford Luverne. Assisting at the scene was Rock County Fire, Ambulance and Sheriff’s Office.

WORTHINGTON — Sanford Worthington Medical Center will host a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. Thursday. All who donate will receive a reusable...


Charges filed in Balaton arson, murder case

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BALATON – Charges have been filed in Lyon County District Court against three men accused of burning down the house where Jim Hively, 75, and his wife, Cathy, 71 died Thursday. The complaint states the house was burglarized before the fire.

Charged are Derek Hexum, 20, of Balaton; Theodore Como, 18, of Marshall; and Kyle Wesselink, 21, of Tyler. All appeared in court and remain in custody.

Hexum and Como are each charged with second-degree murder, arson and armed burglary. Wesselink is charged with arson, burglary and receiving stolen property.

Hexum also is on...


May 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Windsurfing Regatta and Music Festival is just around the corner, and with the sailboards and breeze comes the music. This year, the event, which takes place June 12-14, will be singing a slightly different tune.

According to Ken Moser, the music is no longer ‘unvarnished’. Some bylaw changes have been made that will allow for more current or popular music.

Friday night is Country Night, featuring opening act Todd Hurst, followed by headliner Maiden Dixie. The YMCA’s UV Run will also finish up at Sailboard Beach that night.

Saturday afternoon starts...


May 1 news

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WORTHINGTON - Dr. David Mills, Minnesota West Community & Technical College Instructor, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant to go to Bashkir State University, located in Ufa, Russia during the 2016 academic year, announced by the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

Mills is one of approximately 800 American scholars and professionals per year sent to approximately 130 countries, where they lecture and/or conduct research in a wide variety of academic and professional fields.

Mills’ proposal spans spring...


April 30 news

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WORTHINGTON - During a special meeting Wednesday, the District 518 School Board approved a bid for a $5.5 million addition to the Worthington High School that includes the building addition, a parking lot with concrete paving, soil corrections to the building addition and heating, venting and air conditioning upgrades for the school.

The lone bidder was JB Driver Commercial Builders of Rose Creek. The next step will be to work with JB Driver to create a timeline for when the project can be completed before the school enters into a signed contract.

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