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More woes for Northland Mall site (update)


WORTHINGTON – The trials and tribulations of Worthington’s Northland Mall continue, with a drug bust, possible squatters and now a notice from the City of Worthington that says the old Kmart facility is unsafe to occupy.

Signs at the front entrance to the old Kmart and what was once an auto repair section of the store bear a warning that bars entrance, stating the facility is unsafe to occupy. That warning does not extend to the main part of the mall that contains a small handful of businesses.

According to city building official Armand Eshleman, the abandoned store is “not a...

Route County detour to end


LUVERNE– Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour should be removed during the week of July 22.

Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.

The Highway 23 project extended 17 miles from I-90 to Jasper and included removing the asphalt pavement and replacing with concrete. Some areas were graded to correct the subsurface. The $9.5 million project was awarded to PCI Roads, LLC. Motorist should now...

Pre-trial conference scheduled between Murray County Medical Center, Dan Woldt; documents filed


SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.

In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.

The medical center filed an...

July 9 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met Monday night and awarded a bid of $41,034 for stump grinding and seeding to Prairie Landscaping, owned by Allen Drost. The difference between Prairie Landscaping and the next lowest bid was almost $30,000. According to Director of Public Works Jim Eulberg, there are just under 800 stumps in the city that need grinding as a result of the April ice storm. Topsoil and seeding is part of the bid price, with the city providing the seed.

The city has spent approximately $2.1 million in cleanup and restoration efforts since the storm hit, and...

July 8 news


STORM LAKE, Iowa — The body of an Ireton, Iowa man was found Sunday after a search that began on the fourth of July. At about 4 p.m. Thursday, the Buena Vista County 911 Center received a call reporting a capsized boat with two occupants on Storm Lake. 36-year-old Abel Troncoso of Granville, was rescued by another boat in the immediate area. The other occupant of the boat, 28-year-old Jaime Vazquez of Ireton slipped beneath the water. Vazquez was reportedly not wearing a life vest at the time the boat capsized. Authorities immediately started a search, which was greatly hampered by high...

Three riding mowers stolen in Windom, police asking for assistance


WINDOM – The Windom Police Department is asking for the public’s assistance in locating three riding lawnmowers stolen from the Runnings store in Windom last night or early this morning. The stolen mowers include a 50 inch Cub Cadet in near new condition, an MTD 42 inch in near new condition and a Poulan 42 inch approximately two years old. A trailer may have been used to take the mowers or multiple trips with a pick-up were made. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Windom Police Department at 507-831-6134.

Cop on Top totals, drawing winners announced


WORTHINGTON – This week’s Cop on Top event raised more than $6,600 for Special Olympics Minnesota, according to Worthington Police Officer Jacki Bomgaars.

The 24-hour fundraiser began Tuesday at 6 p.m. with Bomgaars raised to the top of the Hy-Vee Food Store by the Worthington Fire Department aerial truck. For the next 24 hours, Bomgaars and other officer worked in 4 hour shifts, laughingly heckling shoppers into donating for a great cause.

Burgers were served, t-shirts sold and donations grew.

Winners for the prize drawings are as follows:
MOA & MN Zoo...

July 5 news


WORTHINGTON – Pavement reconstruction on First Avenue Southwest is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, beginning east of the Prairie Elementary School entrance driveway to west of the intersection of Schaap Drive, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Park Avenue water main reconstruction from Oxford Street to West Clary Street continues.

IONA— Donations are being sought for the Todd and Deb Thraen family, rural Iona, who lost their home and belongings early Sunday morning to a fire. Clothing and toys are requested for Todd, Deb and their two sons, Riley...

Cleveland kidnapper found competent for trial


CLEVELAND (AP) — A man charged with holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade and raping them has been found competent to stand trial.

A Cuyahoga County judge said during a hearing Wednesday that an examination found that 52-year-old Ariel Castro is mentally able to understand the charges and assist attorneys in his defense.

Castro has pleaded not guilty to a 329 count indictment that includes multiple kidnapping and rape charges. He's being held on an $8 million bond.

Authorities accuse him of kidnapping the women between 2002 and 2004 when...

July 3 news


WORTHINGTON - Centennial Park will close at 2 p.m. on July 4th for firework setup, according to the Worthington Police Department. Nobody will be allowed inside the park and all that are there enjoying the day will have to pack up and leave.

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday scheduled a two hour work session regarding the proposed new library, hoping to keep the process moving forward. The work session was set for July 10 at 9 a.m. The meeting would be informational only, County Administrator Tom Johnson said, and no action would be taken. There will be some initial...