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May 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid for $420,095 from Schwickert’s Tecta America LLC of Mankato, to replace the HVAC and heating system in the War Memorial Library Building. According to Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson, the bids came in significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate, which was approximately $350,000.

Johnson said they spoke to 18 different companies, and believes they don’t think they can do better by waiting. Commissioner Marv Zylstra said for the last three years the system has gone down for at least a week each...


May 19 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis or RTA report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington and Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area.

The RTA program also reveals what types of retail businesses might be beneficial to residents. Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator in Community Economics, will present the results of the 2013 Worthington RTA report from 5:30...


May 18 news

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WORTHINGTON - The 2015 racing season at the Nobles County Speedway is set to begin Tuesday, June 2.

This Tuesday, a Test n Tune event will be the first opportunity for racing fans to see what the track has to offer. On the official opening night the theme will be Salute to Ag and admission will be free. The lineup will be IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

This year, with a few exceptions, most of the weekly race nights will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the track and full schedule, visit...


Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.

At Friday’s bail...


Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

Since March 5, 2015, nearly 90 Minnesota farms have been impacted by H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The purpose of the Board’s directive is to minimize the risk of potential further spread of the virus. The risk to the public related to H5N2 HPAI is...


May 15 news

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WORTHINGTON – A broadside crash Thursday morning on Minnesota 60 and Nobles Street resulted in non-life threatening injuries, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The report states Andrew Boneschans, age 25, of Bigelow, was northbound on 60 in a 1987 Dodge Ram pickup, while Bobbi Becker, age 44, of Worthington, was westbound on Nobles Street. The vehicles collided in the intersection. Both were taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center by ambulance.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra (WASO) will perform its 5th Anniversary Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at...


May 14 news

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WORTHINGTON - Applications are now available for youth sports and recreation groups to request funds from The Wayne Klumper Heals Fund. These funds were raised by local individuals participating in the Radio Works/SW Minnesota Fishing Club’s Deep Freeze Dip during Worthington’s Winterfest Celebrations 2014 and 2015.

The money will go to youth programs for Nobles County kids to get out and participate in, much like Wayne Klumper did with children of Nobles County in all of his years as Program Director at the Worthington Area YMCA.

Applications are to be turned in by the...


May 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta, age 61, of Worthington, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a bail hearing in front of Judge Gordon Moore, who explained the charges and his rights. When asked by Moore if he understood the charges, Desta said the crimes he was being charged with and what he had done were not the same at all.

The...


Attempted murder charges filed in Worthington assault case

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WORTHINGTON – A man who allegedly attacked his wife and adult daughter with a hammer Sunday evening was charged Tuesday with two counts of first-degree attempted murder and two counts of first-degree assault with a dangerous weapon.

Dessalegne Fissiha Desta, age 61, of Worthington, appeared in Nobles County District Court Tuesday for a bail hearing in front of Judge Gordon Moore, who, through the use of an interpreter, explained the charges and his rights. When asked by Moore if he understood the charges, Desta said the crimes he was being charged with and what he had done were not...


Jim Hagedorn declares candidacy for First Congressional District for 2016

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WORTHINGTON – Blue Earth resident Jim Hagedorn has once again announced his candidacy for Congress in Minnesota’s 1st District, seeking a rematch in 2016 against Democrat Tim Walz, who is currently serving his fifth term.

“I’m enthusiastically entering the race and will be working full-time to replace Tim Walz and bring a conservative, commonsense voice to Congress,” Hagedorn said. “My Minnesota farm roots and first-hand knowledge of how Washington D.C. functions and dysfunctions will help me faithfully represent the views and interests of southern Minnesotans.”

Hagedorn...