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Danneman charged with second-degree murder in Edgerton death


PIPESTONE – Jamie Danneman, 34, of Currie, was taken into custody Saturday for second-degree murder without intent in the death of Steven Meyer. Danneman is currently being held in the Pipestone County Jail.

Meyer died August 23 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He had been hospitalized since August 12 following an alleged fight with Danneman in Edgerton at Van Dyke Sanitation.

Danneman was originally charged with first-degree assault for causing great bodily harm to Meyer during the fight. He had already pleaded not guilty on that charge and was out of jail on...

Langseth attends press conference in Mankato; recognition for Good Samaritan


MANKATO - Paul Langseth was in Mankato today at the Minnesota State Patrol District Office to be formally recognized for his part in saving the life of truck driver Michael Junker during a crash Monday afternoon on Minnesota 60 near Heron Lake.

According to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Junker never would have survived without the heroic actions of Langseth and Sgt. Ron Richards, who climbed inside the cab of a semi that was starting to burn and pulled the driver to safety before it became fully engulfed in flames.

In front a multitude of cameras, Richards described the scene,...

September 4 news


WORTHINGTON - In observance of Labor Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed and delivery routes will not be running. The Radio Works business office will be closed on Monday. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will also be closed.

Financial institutions will be closed Monday, as will the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store. Schaap Sanitation will pick up the normal Monday routes on Tuesday.


Paul Langseth recognized as trooper's Good Samaritan in crash


WORTHINGTON – Since Monday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol has been looking for a man who helped a trooper pull a semi-truck driver out of a burning cab after a crash between two of the big rigs on Minnesota 60 between Wilder and Heron Lake. On Thursday, the man came forward when he learned the authorities were looking for him.

Paul Langseth said he and his wife were headed to the Twin Cities when they were stopped by a trooper for a funeral procession. The Langseths were the first vehicle in line. While waiting, they heard a crash, and looking in the rearview mirror, Langseth...

Northland Cinema 5 to close doors at end of month


WORTHINGTON – Northland Cinema 5 in the Northland Mall will close at the end of September, according to a press release issued Thursday by West Mall Theatres President Todd Frager. The final day of operation in Worthington will be September 27.

According to the release, demolition on the defunct mall is scheduled to begin soon, and the movie theater will be the last business to go dark inside the building. Frager said the last few years have been challenging, and the theater was severely affected by the well known negligence of the previous mall owner. They have had to deal will...

September 3 news


WORTHINGTON – During a budget meeting Wednesday morning, the Worthington City Council tentatively set a not-to-exceed levy increase for 2016 at 6.79 percent, which will be voted on at the September 14 meeting.

The original net budget presented at a meeting August 26 was for $3.6 million, but already some changes have been made to bring that number down to $3.4 million. Those cuts include reducing the Clean Water Partnership budget from $100,000 to $50,000; eliminating a proposed Grand Avenue project, saving the city $125,900; and reducing health insurance costs by decreasing the...

September 2 news


WORTHINGTON – A change of venue has been granted in the trial of Josue Robles Fraga, moving the case from Nobles to Lyon County District Court under the order of Judge Leland Bush.

The order comes as no surprise, as both Assistant Attorney General Bill Klumpp and Defense Attorney Cecil Naatz supported the move. During the first two trials, Naatz repeatedly requested a change of venues, which were denied.

This will be the third time Fraga will go to trial for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, who died in 2008. He has already been found guilty by two juries. The...

September 1 news


WORTHINGTON - Bituminous overlay work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 2nd on Ninth Avenue from Tower Street to Winifred Street and Winifred Street from Lake Avenue thru Ninth Avenue.

Both streets will be closed during construction activities. Streets will be open to traffic when there is no construction activity, such as nights, nonworking days, and weekends. No parking will be allowed when construction work is in progress. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction...

August 31 news


WORTHINGTON - Milling and bituminous overlay work on Fourth Avenue from 12th Street to 14th Street has been scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 1st, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Fourth Avenue will be closed to traffic during construction activities. Fourth Avenue will be open to traffic when there is no construction activity, such as nights, nonworking days, and weekends. No parking will be allowed when construction work is in progress. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.

Please reduce...

August 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The complaints against the suspicious gray DISH Network van in the area have been resolved, according to the Worthington Police Department. The Minnesota State Patrol stopped the van and verified the credentials of the driver with his employer, according to Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn.

Since putting out the warning about the van, the department received many tips from concerned citizens, Flynn said, which they appreciate. People need to be good neighbors, he added, as they were in this case, and if things seem out of place, it is best to inform law...