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July 20 news

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WORTHINGTON — A farewell picnic for the Crailsheim-Worthington exchange students will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the Community Room at the Atrium High Rise, 819 10th St.

Vanessa Pazurek, who has spent the last year in Worthington, will return to Worthington’s sister city of Crailsheim, Germany, accompanied by Skyla Rautenkranz, who was chosen to be Worthington’s student ambassador to Crailsheim for the coming year.

Following the picnic, the girls will speak about their experiences during the “Amazing” Worthington City Band concert beginning at 7:30 p.m. at Chautauqua Park....


Change of venue motion filed in Fraga case, defense offers no objection

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WORTHINGTON – The State of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has filed for a change of venue in the Josue Fraga murder trial, and on Friday afternoon, public defender Cecil Naatz said he has no objection to that motion. It will now be up to Judge Leland Bush to decide where that trial will take place.

Fraga has already been convicted of the murder twice. A jury handed back a guilty verdict during a trial in 2009, but that was overturned when new evidence was introduced several years later. During a second trial, he was again convicted by a jury, but the Minnesota Supreme Court...


July 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – The State of Minnesota Attorney General’s Office has filed a document stating its intention to file a motion for a change of venue in the case against Josue Fraga, who is accused of murdering his two-year-old niece Samantha in Worthington in 2008.

Fraga has already been convicted of the murder twice. A jury handed back a guilty verdict during a trial in 2009, but that was overturned when new evidence was introduced several years later. During a second trial, he was again convicted by a jury, but the Minnesota Supreme Court recently overturned that conviction based on...


July 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – During a joint meeting between the Worthington City Council and Nobles County Commissioners on Wednesday, information was shared and ideas exchanged, but collaboration was on everyone’s minds.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson reported that a new maintenance agreement between the two entities for streets and roads is being addressed, something that has not been updated in quite some time. Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said they work from a logistical and safety standpoint, often looking at things through the prospective of...


2016 Adrian Legion Post Raffle

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Join in on the fun and enter the 2016 Adrian Legion Post raffle! Anyone 18+ is eligible to purchase (and win!) raffle tickets (calendars) priced at $25 apiece. Raffle prizes are printed on the back of the calendar, and a complete list of all prizes is available upon request.

Calendars are available at the Adrian Glass, Adrian Hardware, Big Orv's, Kunkel's Auto Repair, Rustic Razor, Voss Lumber, Worthington Ace Hardware, Nickel & Associates Insurance Agency, Wilmont Hardware, Wilmont Oil Company, the Lake Benton Legion, and at the Valley Springs Bar. Contact any Adrian Legion...


July 15 news

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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

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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.
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July 14 news

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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

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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

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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...