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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...


September 10 news

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KTD Clue #2 – Anyone who finds the medallion is asked to turn it in to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to claim their prize!

The clues are written to unveil
And set you on the proper trail.
So down a trail you will go,
to find a treasure, as you know.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Board has identified what could be a possible non-essential water ban date as November 1 if the water levels are still below average.

The commission also said it could take action sooner than that if water issues become more severe...


2013 King Turkey Days

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2013 King Turkey Days

Welcome to your guide the 2013 King Turkey Days! This year is chockful of great events to help celebrate the festivals with daily activities! 

A reminder that the Worthington Police Department asks parade-goers not to place chairs along the parade route until...


September 9 news

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WORTHINGTON – All of the fun of King Turkey Day kicks off tonight with the King Turkey Day Mixer, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Village. A King Turkey Day button is all that is needed to enter, and the mixer includes a free meal featuring hot turkey sandwiches and potato salad. A small beer garden will be set up on site, and picnic tables will provide seating in and around the big barn on the village grounds. There will be a short program to introduce the 2013 KTD parade marshals and announce this year’s honorary turkey.

WORTHINGTON -The Sanford Worthington Medical Center Relay For...