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November 13 news


WORTHINGTON – The arrest of an alleged methamphetamine dealer through the use of a confidential informant led to charges being brought against four more meth users, all of whom were charged with felony drug possession Thursday afternoon in Nobles County District Court.

Tanya Kay Stern, age 40, of Round Lake, Ricky Ybarra, age 33, of Lakefield, Rose Kallemeyn, age 23, of Bigelow, and Brady Bern, age 24, of Worthington, were each charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession. All but Kallemeyn were also charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.

According to...

RiseFest 2016


RISE Ministries, the organization behind the Christian music festival RiseFest, is announcing the first artists on the 2016 lineup. Grammy-Nominated, Dove Award-winning Newsboys will be RiseFest 2016’s Friday night headliner. Returning after a record-setting performance last year, Newsboys are back to offer the same energetic show on the festival’s opening night. Up and coming singer/songwriter Jordan Feliz will make his RiseFest debut. His song, “The River,” recently reached No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot AC/CHR Chart.

“We couldn’t be more excited to have the Newsboys back and on Friday...

Worthington man charged with first-degree drug sale


WORTHINGTON – Ethan David Duffy, age 24, of Worthington, made an appearance Thursday morning in Nobles County District Court so bail could be set on a charge of first degree sale of methamphetamine. Judge Gordon Moore set bail at $50,000 with conditions that Duffy not leave the state, abstain from drug and alcohol use, submit to random testing and maintain contact with the courts.

Duffy was arrested November 9 by the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force after a series of drug buys using a confidential informant that took place from August 6 through September 24. Four meth buys took place,...

November 12 news


WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota West Community & Technical College Theater Department will present Evita on November 20 and 21 at 7:30 p.m. and on November 22 at 2:00 p.m. in the Fine Arts Theater on the Minnesota West, Worthington Campus.

The Fall Theater Production of Evita is directed by Eric E. Parrish with choreography by Sydney Place-Sallstrom. Tickets will be available at the door for $10 adults/$5 students.
In Evita, Argentina's controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic musical masterpiece. As an illegitimate fifteen year old, Eva escaped her dirt-poor...

November 11 news


WORTHINGTON - In observance of Veterans Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed today, 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, but outgoing mail will be sent.

All financial institutions will be closed, with the exception of the First State Bank Southwest Walmart location. All local grocery stores will maintain regular business hours.

The Radio Works business office will observe regular hours, as will...

November 10 news


WORTHINGTON – With the options of denying a first reading of a change of zoning on Stower Drive or approving a spot zoning request, the Worthington City Council on Monday instead chose a third path of tabling the request and sending it back to the Planning & Zoning Commission for a look at rezoning the entire area.

At issue is a piece of property at 500 Stower Drive owned by Lori Klooster where Living Life Adult Day Care Center is located. It is currently zoned M-2, General Manufacturing, and Klooster has applied to get the property redesignated as M-1, Light Manufacturing. The...

Trial date for LoVan cancelled; motion filed regarding victim statements


WORTHINGTON – An order was filed Monday morning in Nobles County District Court continuing the jury trial of Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, who is facing second- and third-degree murder charges in the death of Blue Thyboualoy. LoVan also faces two charges of first-degree manslaughter for allegedly stabbing Thyboualoy, which led to his death.

According to the order for continuance, defense counsel Michael Hansen made the request due to another jury trial in Tripp County scheduled for the same time as the LoVan trial, which was supposed to take place beginning January 11 and last...

November 9 news


WORTHINGTON -The Worthington Middle School Veterans Day Program is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Tuesday. Students have made posters, videos and written essays. Performances include the Festival Singers, Kay Williams Prunty Dance Academy dancers, and several band students playing “Taps.”

Worthington High School will host a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. Wednesday in the WHS gymnasium. Student speakers will present on the qualities of soldiers, and the responsibility of community and government to help veterans adjust after their service. The WHS music groups will perform, as well as...

November 6 news


WORTHINGTON — There will be a grand opening from 3:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at Rising Hope Ministries in the Armory Business Center at 225 Ninth St., Worthington. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place at 4:30 p.m. Refreshments will be served during the grand opening hours.

Rising Hope Ministries’ mission is to provide assistance in finding hope to disadvantaged and disenfranchised individuals, families and youths. Through counseling, education, social skills training, motivation and treatment of abnormal behaviors, Rising Hope aims to provide people with the necessary skills to...

November 5 news


WORTHINGTON – It took considerable discussion, but the Worthington City Council on Wednesday finally agreed on a 3-2 majority to ask staff to work toward a 5.5 percent budget levy for 2016. The current not to exceed amount is at 6.79 percent.

The two council members who would not budge were Larry Janssen, who said he would not go below 6 percent, and Scott Nelson, who would not go above 5 percent.

The special work session was planned last week to discuss the fate of Prairie View Golf Course, which in the preliminary budget has $219,470 earmarked for operation. After almost an...