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July 15 news


SIBLEY, Iowa – A man found dead Monday after being hit by a train north of Sibley has been identified as Brandon Gould, age 29, of Pleasanton, California, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities were alerted to the presence of a body near the railroad tracks Monday after they received a report of suspicious items near the tracks. Upon further investigation, Gould was found deceased at the scene, having fallen from the train and been hit.

Gould appeared to have been riding the train as a transient, according to information released by the sheriff’s office...

No sanctuary in Worthington, according to city officials


WORTHINGTON – A recent article on WCCO named Worthington as a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. The article was in regards to a recent murder of a woman in San Francisco by an undocumented man.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel issued a statement Monday in response, refuting the claim that Worthington has policies that prohibit city and county employees from aiding immigration authorities with investigations or arrests.

Worthington is not now, nor has it ever been a sanctuary city, the response states.

July 14 news


WORTHINGTON – Preceding Monday night’s Worthington City Council meeting, the Economic Development Authority met to discuss several subjects, one of which was the approval of a proposal from Bedford Industries regarding a parcel of city-owned real estate on Rowe Avenue.

The EDA had recently obtained the property from the city and sent out a request for proposals for development, indicating that priority would be given to submittals articulating a plan for development and job opportunities.

The Bedford proposal offered to pay $120,000 for the property on which to build an...

Officials respond to allegations of Worthington as a sanctuary city


WORTHINGTON – A recent article on WCCO named Worthington as a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. The article was in regards to a recent murder of a woman in San Francisco by an undocumented man.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel have issued this statement in response:

WCCO Radio reporter Edgar Linares posted a story on July 9, 2015 to the station’s web site identifying Worthington as a sanctuary city with similar sanctuary policies as San Francisco. These policies basically prohibit city and county employees from aiding...

July 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Lake Okabena Improvement Association President Jason Vote has announced that Beach Bash ’15 raised just over $5,000 to go toward lake improvement projects, and he couldn’t be happier.

Whoever ordered the weather did a phenomenal job, he said, community support was unbelievable, Chris Hawkey tore up the stage and everything came together better then he would have every expected.

It all started with the vision and thought of Chad Cummings and the hard work of Ken Moser of Radio Works, Vote said, and the whole thing was a whirlwind. There were hundreds of...

July 10 news


WORTHINGTON - Storm sewer work on Church Avenue from Clary Street to Oxford Street is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, according to the of Worthington Engineering Department. Church Avenue will be closed to through traffic, but open to restricted local traffic for driveway access. Access will alternate from the Clary Street or Oxford Street ends of Church Avenue as construction progresses.

Please watch for changing traffic conditions and signing, reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.

Weather permitting and...

July 9 news


WORTHINGTON - The 7th annual MK 5K is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Run the MK5K and support those affected by domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds will stay local to help provide shelter through the Southwest Crisis Center’s safe housing program. The race starts at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration by August 3 saves $5! Go online to – the Southwest Crisis Center – to register. For more information contact Sara Wahl at the Southwest Crisis Center at (507) 376-4311 or...

July 8 news


WORTHINGTON – Vice-Chair Gene Metz took a turn at running the show during the absence of Chair Matt Widboom during a Nobles County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning that moved along fairly quickly.

Having recently acquired the Armory Business Center, formerly the National Guard Armory, for $225,000, the commissioners are now in search of blueprints for the building. Having exhausted most possibilities, they approved a proposal from Falls Architecture to create a set of blueprints for $13,400 if the last options do not come to fruition. According to County Administrator Tom...

KTD Board announces this year's theme as "Turkey Town Take Down"


WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced the theme for the 76th annual King Turkey Day as “Turkey Town Take Down.”

As previously announced, this years’ featured speaker is Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and US Olympic Head Coach - making the theme “Turkey Town Take Down” a natural fit.

The annual King Turkey Grand Parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 down 10th Street in Worthington. Parade entries are now being accepted for the parade. Anyone interested in entering a unit can...

July 7 news


LUVERNE – Two people from Florida received non-life threatening injuries Monday while traveling through Luverne on a motorcycle when they hit a dog in the roadway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry Neal, age 56, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson north on Highway 75 near the Luverne Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. when the motorcycle collided with the dog. Neal and his passenger, 72-year-old Madelaine Neal, also of Ormond Beach, Florida, were taken to the Luverne Hospital. The motorcycle sustained moderate damage. There was no word on the...