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New sign unveiled along US 59/Minnesota 60


WORTHINGTON – A bigger, bolder look has taken some time, but the results were well worth the effort. A new Worthington sign was unveiled Wednesday afternoon along US 59/Minnesota 60, and a group of city officials, committee members and local leaders were there to see the results.

Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle said the new signs – two brick pillars holding up a background that simply holds the word “Worthington” in a blue script – projects the image that Worthington is proud of who we are. It may have taken a while to get the project done, he said, but the best part about it is that...

September 9 news


WORTHINGTON - Due to construction, the south half of Marine Avenue will be closed on Thursday, September 17 and Friday, September 18. Please enter Marine Avenue from the North off Oxford Street to access the student parking lot and the High School.

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the Armory Re-Use Study Agreement with Falls Architecture Studio at a starting cost of $17,000, plus any other fees that may apply for any additional design work or hourly fees not covered under the master planning phase.

According to County Administrator Tom...

September 8 news


ADRIAN – A South Dakota man suffered non-life threatening injuries Monday night when he took a curve too fast on Interstate 90 and rolled, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Robert Brown, age, 53, of Yankton, SD, was eastbound on I-90 over Highway 91 in Adrian in a 2015 Kenworth when the incident took place at approximately 9:19 p.m. He was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The damage to his semi was severe. The troopers were assisted by the Adrian and Worthington Police Departments and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office.

WORTHINGTON — The public is invited to...

Danneman charged with second-degree murder in Edgerton death


PIPESTONE – Jamie Danneman, 34, of Currie, was taken into custody Saturday for second-degree murder without intent in the death of Steven Meyer. Danneman is currently being held in the Pipestone County Jail.

Meyer died August 23 at Avera McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, SD. He had been hospitalized since August 12 following an alleged fight with Danneman in Edgerton at Van Dyke Sanitation.

Danneman was originally charged with first-degree assault for causing great bodily harm to Meyer during the fight. He had already pleaded not guilty on that charge and was out of jail on...

Langseth attends press conference in Mankato; recognition for Good Samaritan


MANKATO - Paul Langseth was in Mankato today at the Minnesota State Patrol District Office to be formally recognized for his part in saving the life of truck driver Michael Junker during a crash Monday afternoon on Minnesota 60 near Heron Lake.

According to Lt. Tiffani Nielson, Junker never would have survived without the heroic actions of Langseth and Sgt. Ron Richards, who climbed inside the cab of a semi that was starting to burn and pulled the driver to safety before it became fully engulfed in flames.

In front a multitude of cameras, Richards described the scene,...

September 4 news


WORTHINGTON - In observance of Labor Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed and delivery routes will not be running. The Radio Works business office will be closed on Monday. The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will also be closed.

Financial institutions will be closed Monday, as will the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store. Schaap Sanitation will pick up the normal Monday routes on Tuesday.


Paul Langseth recognized as trooper's Good Samaritan in crash


WORTHINGTON – Since Monday afternoon, the Minnesota State Patrol has been looking for a man who helped a trooper pull a semi-truck driver out of a burning cab after a crash between two of the big rigs on Minnesota 60 between Wilder and Heron Lake. On Thursday, the man came forward when he learned the authorities were looking for him.

Paul Langseth said he and his wife were headed to the Twin Cities when they were stopped by a trooper for a funeral procession. The Langseths were the first vehicle in line. While waiting, they heard a crash, and looking in the rearview mirror, Langseth...

Northland Cinema 5 to close doors at end of month


WORTHINGTON – Northland Cinema 5 in the Northland Mall will close at the end of September, according to a press release issued Thursday by West Mall Theatres President Todd Frager. The final day of operation in Worthington will be September 27.

According to the release, demolition on the defunct mall is scheduled to begin soon, and the movie theater will be the last business to go dark inside the building. Frager said the last few years have been challenging, and the theater was severely affected by the well known negligence of the previous mall owner. They have had to deal will...

September 3 news


WORTHINGTON – During a budget meeting Wednesday morning, the Worthington City Council tentatively set a not-to-exceed levy increase for 2016 at 6.79 percent, which will be voted on at the September 14 meeting.

The original net budget presented at a meeting August 26 was for $3.6 million, but already some changes have been made to bring that number down to $3.4 million. Those cuts include reducing the Clean Water Partnership budget from $100,000 to $50,000; eliminating a proposed Grand Avenue project, saving the city $125,900; and reducing health insurance costs by decreasing the...

September 2 news


WORTHINGTON – A change of venue has been granted in the trial of Josue Robles Fraga, moving the case from Nobles to Lyon County District Court under the order of Judge Leland Bush.

The order comes as no surprise, as both Assistant Attorney General Bill Klumpp and Defense Attorney Cecil Naatz supported the move. During the first two trials, Naatz repeatedly requested a change of venues, which were denied.

This will be the third time Fraga will go to trial for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, who died in 2008. He has already been found guilty by two juries. The...