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First Minnesota West Nile case of 2013 reported in Murray County


SLAYTON - Health officials are reminding Minnesotans to use mosquito repellent after a report that the West Nile virus was found in a Murray County resident. The report is the first 2013 human case of the disease in Minnesota. Officials say the man became sick with West Nile fever earlier this month but is recovering.

According to the Minnesota Department of Health, the virus can be life threatening. Minnesotans are urged to use mosquito repellents to reduce the risk of a bite from a disease-carrying insect. David Neitzel with the MDH said in a statement that it is now high-risk...

NCSO says 'watch out for scams'


WORTHINGTON – This time of year, there are often companies that come into an area to offer services such as house or barn painting and driveway blacktopping. A friendly reminder from the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office says residents need to exercise caution with these companies, which can be scam artists. Not every company is out to rip people off, but there are a few bad ones out there.

In order to protect yourself, the sheriff’s office offers a few suggestions. Most importantly, never pay for work before it has been fully completed. Chances are an unscrupulous person or company...

July 23 news


SLAYTON – Now available is the book “Homely Girls and Pretty Babies: A History of the Murray County Fair.” Author Anita Talsma Gaul has compiled this very readable history book which contains a lot of interesting stories and anecdotes about the Murray County Fair. Gaul is a native of Murray County and grew up on a farm near Chandler. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History at the University of Iowa and currently teaches at Southwest Minnesota State University.

The cost of the history book is $5.00 and all proceeds will go to projects at the Murray County Fair....

The baby who would be king


ENGLAND - Just in case you haven’t been aware of the royal fervor, Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to the heir to the throne today. The little princeling was born at 8 pounds 6 ounces, which officially makes him a keeper. If you’ve been following the story all day long and waiting with anticipation, I’d just like to point out we live in the United States, don’t have a throne, and, just like the Goblin King, he has no power over us.

Library town hall meetings begin tonight, continue tomorrow


WORTHINGTON – Town hall meetings to provide information on possible Nobles County Library sites begin tonight in Adrian.

The public is invited from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight to the media center at the Adrian High School. The meeting will begin with a short presentation, then the public is invited to peruse boards that hold information on each separate site. Library staff and commissioners will be on hand to answer questions, and the public is invited to comment on whichever site they think would best suit Worthington.

There will be two meetings tomorrow – one directly after the...

Brewster crash victim identified


BREWSTER – The woman who died after a two-vehicle collision east of Brewster has been identified as PJ Kass, 66, of Eagan, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

A 1996 Ford F150 pickup driven by Kyle Jans, 22, of Fulda, was on Minnesota 60 pulling a small hay rack when he was rear-ended by a 1996 Accord, driven by Kass. According to Jans, both vehicles ended up in the ditch.

13-year-old Tyler Fahrendorf, a passenger in the Accord, suffered non-life threatening injuries, as did Jans.

Assisting at the scene was the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Brewster Fire and...

July 19 news


WORTHINGTON – Sewer spot repair in the 1600 block of South Shore Drive is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous paving began Thursday on First Avenue Southwest from east of the elementary school entrance driveway to near Pleasant Avenue, and coldmilling work is scheduled to begin Tuesday from west of Knollwood Drive to the elementary school entrance. Water main reconstruction continues on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street.

WORTHINGTON - The Governmental Affairs Committee of the...

More woes for Northland Mall site (update)


WORTHINGTON – The trials and tribulations of Worthington’s Northland Mall continue, with a drug bust, possible squatters and now a notice from the City of Worthington that says the old Kmart facility is unsafe to occupy.

Signs at the front entrance to the old Kmart and what was once an auto repair section of the store bear a warning that bars entrance, stating the facility is unsafe to occupy. That warning does not extend to the main part of the mall that contains a small handful of businesses.

According to city building official Armand Eshleman, the abandoned store is “not a...

Route County detour to end


LUVERNE– Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour should be removed during the week of July 22.

Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.

The Highway 23 project extended 17 miles from I-90 to Jasper and included removing the asphalt pavement and replacing with concrete. Some areas were graded to correct the subsurface. The $9.5 million project was awarded to PCI Roads, LLC. Motorist should now...

Pre-trial conference scheduled between Murray County Medical Center, Dan Woldt; documents filed


SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.

In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.

The medical center filed an...