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March 10 news


WORTHINGTON – The King’s Wok Chinese Restaurant is facing an estimated $150,000 in damages after a fire that was reported just before 3 a.m. Saturday morning. The Worthington Fire Department was called to the scene after a witness reported seeing smoke coming from the roof.

When firefighters arrived on the scene, flames were already coming through the roof of the building.

Worthington Fire Department Second Assistant Chief Chris Cummings believes the blaze may have started near the women’s restroom or a small meeting room.

Firefighters worked from the basement to the...

Sen. Weber to introduce Lewis and Clark bill Monday


MINNESOTA – According to Sen. Bill Weber, a bill will be formally introduced to the
Minnesota Legislation Monday requesting $69 million in bonding money for completion of the Minnesota portion of the Lewis and Clark Rural Water Pipeline. This money is necessary due to the failure of the federal government to carry through on its commitment to this project, Weber said. Future appropriations from the federal government would go to pay the state back for these funds. Weber said he has bipartisan co-signers on this bill and Representatives Rod Hamilton and Joe Schomacker are handling the...

March 7 news


WORTHINGTON – A New Ulm woman suffered non-life threatening injuries this morning shortly before 8 a.m. when her 2003 Oldsmobile Alero rolled. Jessica Zupfer, age 33, of New Ulm was southbound on Minnesota 60 when she lost control on the icy road and entered the ditch, rolling the vehicle. Zupfer was brought to Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital to be treated for her injuries. The Worthington Ambulance, Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and Brewster Rescue assisted at the scene.

East of Luverne, a Worthington man rolled his Chrysler Concorde at 5:30 p.m. on I-90. The Minnesota State...

NOAA predicts El Nino


Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that's good news for a weather-weary United States.

The warming, an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.

Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration...

Slippery roads lead to crashes


Roads are slippery this morning, and blowing snow is causing dangerous spots throughout the area. On Minnesota 60 near the Nobles County 36 intersection, this truck flipped after the driver lost control.

Please be careful out there!

March 6 news


WORTHINGTON - A couple from Rushmore both received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 31. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Norman Engelson, 71, was driving a Chevy Silverado westbound when he lost control on the icy road, hit the median and rolled. He and his wife Mary Engelson, 76, were taken to Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital for treatment.

WORTHINGTON – The annual Student Art Show at the Nobles County Arts Center will be open Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through...

March 5 news


WORTHINGTON – A roomful of people burst into applause Tuesday when the Nobles County Commissioners officially approved the concept of the Nobles Home Initiative, a tax abatement program that would provide 100 percent tax abatement for new residential construction for a period of five years from the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

Representatives from local businesses, banks and real estate offices, along with other area officials, gathered in the Board Room at the Nobles County Government Center to hear the presentation and offer their thoughts. To a person, they all...

March 4 news


WORTHINGTON – 41-year-old Jose Bonilla pleaded guilty in Nobles County District Court Monday to one charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, entering into a plea agreement that had three other charges dismissed.

The agreement calls for a stay of execution of the state guidelines with the condition that Bonilla serve one year in the Nobles County Jail, and up to 15 years probation. He is to submit to a sex offender assessment and follow any recommendations. If deported, his probation would be unsupervised, but if in the United States, it would be supervised.


March 3 news


WORTHINGTON — The 2014-2015 Worthington High School exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany was announced Sunday during the Worthington-Crailsheim International Banquet. Jessica Velasquez-Herrera, a WHS sophomore, will leave for Worthington’s Sister City in July with current Crailsheim exchange student Lars Opaczek, where she will study for one year.

Velasquez-Herreras will join a long list of Worthington High School alumni to participate in the Worthington-Crailsheim Exchange Program. The exchange began in 1947, and is believed to be the oldest sister city relationship still in...