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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...

Fraga guilty on all five counts; sentenced to life in prison without possibility of parole


WORTHINGTON – A jury late Wednesday night came out of five and a half hours of deliberation to declare Josue Fraga guilty on all five charges against him in the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha. The verdict was delivered at approximately 8:16 p.m. and Fraga was sentenced by Judge David Christensen to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Fraga faced counts of first-degree murder while committing criminal sexual conduct with force, first-degree murder while committing child abuse, first-degree murder while committing domestic abuse, second-degree murder while...

September 25 news


WORTHINGTON – It took less than 10 minutes for the defense team in the Josue Fraga trial to state their case Tuesday, which is about 20 minutes less than the argument they posed back in 2009. Closing statements will begin this morning in Nobles County District Court, and the case should be handed over to the jury for deliberation by mid-day.

Fraga, accused of killing his 2-year-old niece Samantha in 2008, opted not to testify on his own behalf, leaving his entire defense to rest on the brief recall testimony of Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman.

Fraga’s retrial began...

September 24 news


WORTHINGTON – Testimony proceeded slowly Monday during the Josue Fraga trial in Nobles County District Court, to the point that Judge David Christensen reminded the attorneys to keep things moving along. Fraga is facing first-degree murder in the death of his niece, 2-year-old Samantha. He was convicted of her murder in 2009, but that conviction was later vacated when new evidence was discovered.

Before the jury was brought in Monday, Christensen denied a request from the defense to keep Samantha’s father Samuel off the stand. Samuel is expected today and will likely tell the jury...