Latest Area News Headlines

January 21 news

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LAKE WILSON – Once again, blowing snow and high winds caused whiteout conditions throughout the area on Monday, causing several vehicle crashes. On Highway 30 in Murray County, 19-year-old Alexis Esmay of Slayton was eastbound driving a 1999 Chevy Malibu at approximately 4 p.m. when she lost control and entered the ditch, rolling the vehicle. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to the Murray County Medical Center, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

LUVERNE – In Rock County at approximately 6:30 p.m., Kongpang Chomnirath, age 53, of Worthington, was...


January 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – Some volunteered, or was voluntold, in assistant principal Zach Dingman’s case, peer pressure got to others. Some crazy souls were simply eager to ‘jump’ on board. Whatever their reason, 42 people signed up to launch themselves into the 34 degree water of Lake Okabena to help raise more than $16,000 for the Wayne Klumper Heals fund as part of the 2014 Worthington Winterfest Deep Freeze Dip.

Even with a few weather issues, Winterfest was a fun-filled event this year. The medallion clues were solved by Kelly Nickel and CJ Nelson, who won $100 in Chamber Checks for their...


January 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – Yesterday’s weather caused a multitude of traffic crashes, which are still being documented through the Minnesota State Patrol and other area law enforcement entities. Major roads were closed in the early afternoon across southwest Minnesota and other areas due to low visibility.

There was a rollover on eastbound I-90 at 7:20 a.m. in Nobles County, and at 1 p.m., there was a multiple vehicle crash on I-90 in Rock County, but the details have not yet been released. At 2:42 p.m., a semi rear-ended a vehicle on westbound I-90 in Nobles County, again with no details yet...


Winterfest Medallion found in near blizzard conditions

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WORTHINGTON – The Winterfest Medallion has been found! CJ Nelson and his fiance Kelly Nickel found the medallion next to the sculpture at Sailboard Beach on Thursday afternoon around 5 p.m.

According to Kelly, the medallion was tucked along the leg of the sculpture, sticking out of the snow barely a quarter of an inch. Much more snow, she said, and it would have been buried.

Kelly is a special education paraprofessional at the middle school, while CJ works for the YMCA. She said it’s been hard to search for medallions in the past because of the school day, but this time the...


January 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – The long-standing Penney store in the Northland Mall is on the chopping block. A news release issued Wednesday states the Worthington store is slated to close in May, along with 32 other stores across the country, including one on Iowa.

JCPenney Co. states the closures are part of a turnaround effort to eliminate underperforming stores in order to focus its resources on the company’s highest potential growth areas. Approximately 20 employees from the Worthington store and 2,000 across the board will lose their jobs. Eligible employees will be provided separation...


January 15 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Freedom Veterans Memorial Park Board of Directors will hold their annual meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, January 20 at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

All members of Freedom Veterans Memorial Park are urged to attend. Membership, as defined in the by-laws, is such persons, natural or corporate, who contribute to and assist in the conduct of any of the promotional activities by this corporation.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington District 518 Community Education Department will offer a four-hour AARP Smart Driver Refresher class on Thursday. The class will...


January 14 news

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SIBLEY, Iowa – A few details have been released regarding the fatal crash Saturday morning that took the life of a Bigelow woman. Authorities said Monday that Karlee Gustaf, age 21, was northbound on Highway 60 about three-quarters of a mile south of the Iowa-Minnesota border around 6 a.m. when she hit the rumble strips and over-corrected. Her vehicle slid across the frost-covered road into the median and then rolled, coming to rest in the southbound lane.

The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office and the Iowa State Patrol were still investigating the crash as of Monday.

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January 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – On Thursday and Friday at the Casey’s gas station at the intersection of Oxford Street and McMillan, volunteers will be on hand to pump gas for tips from 5 to 8 p.m. to raise money for Rick and Dena Gustaf, who lost their daughter Karlee Mae Gustaf in a vehicle accident Saturday. Money raised will go toward funeral costs.

Karlee was 21 years old, a graduate of Worthington High School. She and her parents lived in Bigelow. She is the sister of Alyssa Clausen and Nate Gustaf.

LUVERNE – A rollover crash in Rock County Saturday resulted in non-life threatening...


Scam clarification

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WORTHINGTON - Melissa Brands of The Achievement Center would like to clarify that the cell phone scam reported Wednesday night regarding false messages from Wells Fargo and in some cases "the Achievement Center" had nothing do with the The Achievement Center in Worthington.

A look at the website CallerCenter.org shows the phone number was used earlier this week to ask people to call either Wells Fargo or “The Achievement Center.” In Some cases, it was called "The Achieve Department." One person reported they called the number and got a message stating the number had been shut off...


Can't we all just get along? Commissioners and city council meet to learn about trust and SCALE

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WORTHINGTON – Worthington Regional Economic Development Authority Manager Abraham Algadi on Friday spoke with Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members about a new initiative called “Nobles Home,” a multi-prong approach to encourage investment in all segments of the housing market within incorporated areas of Nobles County. According to Algadi, about 500 new housing units are needed to meet the expected demand in the area by 2020.

The initiative, still in its planning stages, needs cooperation from all of the Nobles County entities, Algadi said, because...