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June 26 news


WINDOM - Steve Nasby, administrator for the City of Windom, was elected Thursday as the president of the League of Minnesota Cities for 2015-2016. The election took place at the League’s Annual Conference in Duluth.

Nasby has worked as the Windom city administrator since March of 2006. Prior to that, he was employed for 13 years in planning and community development in Iowa City, Iowa. Nasby has served as a member of the League’s Board of Directors since 2010, and as First Vice President in 2014-2015.

Nasby holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and government from...

Promenade on Oxford investor could be ready to name retailers within months


WORTHINGTON – Brian Pellowski isn’t quite ready to start naming names, but said this week that in the next 60 days, there will be announcements of retail tenants for Promenade on Oxford that will be “very big for the city of Worthington.”

Pellowski, owner of PBK Investments, is the developer who finally coaxed the former Northland Mall out of Mike Kohen’s neglectful clutches after he saw the potential more than two years ago in the area and in the city of Worthington.

Recently he held a contest to rename the complex and chose Promenade on Oxford, explaining that the word...

June 25 news


SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - A collision Tuesday night in Spirit Lake involving a car and a bicycle claimed the life of the bicyclist. Authorities haven't released the victim's name, pending notification of relatives.

The Iowa State Patrol says the driver of the car, 23-year-old Dustin Abbas of Milford, wasn't injured.

The collision took place shortly before midnight at the intersection of Highway 71 and 34th Street. Authorities say Abbas was southbound in the outside lane of the highway when he collided with the rear of the bike, which was also southbound in the same lane of traffic...

Charges filed: Worthington prostitution sting nets six arrests


WORTHINGTON – Six men were allegedly caught in a prostitution sting after the Worthington Police Department and other local jurisdictions placed an advertisement in the adult entertainment section of the website

Charged this week with gross misdemeanor level hiring of a prostitute are Willie James Noel Jr, age 45, of Lafayette, Louisiana, Todd Alan Nelson, age 55, of Garvin, Derrik Dean Lusk, age 21, of Jackson, Thomas Aaron Kuhl, age 25, of Fulda, Harold John Krogman, age 62, of Sibley, Iowa, and Wayne Allan Muller, age 59, of Windom. Muller is also charged with one...

Noble named interim high school principal


WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board this morning unanimously approved naming current Prairie Elementary Principal Josh Noble as the interim principal at the Worthington High School and will move current elementary assistant principal Heidi Meyer into the interim principal position at the elementary school.

District Superintendent John Landgaard said the intent is that if both interim principals work out well, they will stay in their positions permanently.

There were 13 applicants for the high school principal position, but the school board members agreed moving the...

June 24 news


WORTHINGTON – Just a reminder, today is the All-American Blood Donor Worthington Community Blood Drive, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Ground Round at 1290 Ryans Road, sponsored by Radio Works, Daily Globe, Ground Round and Holiday Inn Express.

Donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 pounds or more and be in good health the day of the donation. Please bring an ID. All who sign up to donate get a free t-shirt, and there is a special coupon gift to all who donate, compliments of Ground Round. Call 376-3043 for more information.

WORTHINGTON – Bigelow Mayor Brad...

June 23 news


WORTHINGTON - The City of Worthington will be picking up tree debris related to the high winds that occurred on Monday. The pick-up will start on Tuesday. Please place only the storm related tree debris on the boulevard.

WORTHINGTON – After a lengthy public hearing, the Worthington City Council Monday night approved two resolutions ordering preparation of plans and specifications for the improvement of Grand Avenue and sidewalks, opting to go with concrete instead of bituminous. Council member Larry Janssen opposed each motion, having made clear during the last meeting that he...

Motorcycle crash near Jackson kills two from Iowa


JACKSON – Two people were killed Monday evening when the motorcycle they were on crossed the center line in a construction zone and struck a minivan head-on, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The driver of a westbound BMW motorcycle appeared to lose control and veered over the center line on Interstate 90 near Jackson at approximately 6:32 p.m. Monday. Richard Hadeen, age 67, of Davenport, Iowa, and his spouse, Francois Hadeen, 66, were both declared dead at the scene.

Sharon Rowlet, age 40, of West Des Moines, Iowa, was transported to Jackson Sanford Hospital with...

Worthington man charged with second-degree murder


WORTHINGTON – Bail was set at $1 million Monday morning for Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, who is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault with substantial bodily harm in the death of 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy. The charges were also filed Monday in Nobles County District Court.

Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel released information Saturday stating a death investigation was underway as of Friday evening. The criminal complaint filed Monday states officers were dispatched to 1031 Oslo Street shortly before 6 p.m. to a report of a man bleeding from the...

June 22 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department made an arrest Friday as part of an on-going death investigation.

According to information released Saturday morning by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, police officers were called to 1031 Oslo Street at approximately 6 p.m. Friday in response to a report of an adult male who had been assaulted. The victim was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Worthington, where he died.

An arrest was made later in Worthington. More information will be made available as the investigation continues, according to Appel.