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Learning to swim


Justine stopped by the YMCA this afternoon to watch second grade students from Prairie Elementary learn to swim, courtesy of the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim Fund. The students, in three different groups, will head over the to Y every day for the next week to take more lessons. They're learning to swim, and if the smiles and laughter are any indication, are having plenty of fun in the process!

April 3 news


WORTHINGTON – Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster Tuesday informed Nobles County Commissioners that the glitch that caused property tax statements to be misnamed last week is being addressed. Thousands of the statements were correct, she said, but the ones that had the wrong names on the property descriptions will be resent with the correct information. That this happened the first time her department used Forum Communications to process the tax statements was simply a fluke, Balster said.

The commissioners approved an analysis to be performed to see if the Public Works building on...

April 2 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) has hired Abraham Algadi, as its new manager. Most recently the city administrator in Pine Island, Algadi officially accepted the position on Monday. He brings experience in the biosciences, city planning and loan fund administration. Algadi is expected to begin his duties May 1.

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington Cancer Center has hired two new providers — hematologist and oncologist Dr. Liangping Weng, and certified nurse practitioner Robin Uithoven — and together with the team already in place, the Sanford...

April 1 news


DOON, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours of Saturday received a tip about a large party in Doon, Iowa. At approximately 2 a.m., officers arrived at 204 South Fourth Street in Doon and observed several people running away from the residence. After a short foot pursuit, three subjects were apprehended. Morgan Groeneweg, age 18, Devin Groeneweg, age 20, and Brittany Laman, age 19, all of Rock Valley, were arrested and charged with interference of official acts and minor in possession. The home owner, Chad VandenTop, age 22, of Doon was charged with supplying...

Slayton man killed in motorcycle crash after eluding authorities


WINDOM – A Slayton man was killed in a motorcycle crash Saturday evening after eluding authorities, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Chad Danneman, age 33, had fled from Cottonwood and Murray County deputies after being reported armed with a knife. He was driving a 1998 Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Each pursuit was terminated by authorities. At approximately 6:30 p.m. Saturday, a state trooper was travelling east on Cottonwood County 10 when he saw Danneman stopped ahead. The trooper activated his emergency lights and stopped his squad car. According to the report, Danneman then...

Body of sister located who jumped in the falls to save brother is recovered


SIOUX FALLS, SD – Authorities today located the bodies of one of two people missing in Sioux Falls after jumping into the water at Falls Park to save a 6-year-old child.

According to Sioux Falls Police Chief Doug Barthow, 16-year-old Madison Leigh Wallace of Vermillion jumped in to save her young brother, Garrett Martin Wallace, who had gotten lost in the foam created by the falls. Bystander Lyle Frances Eagletail, 28, of Sioux Falls, also jumped in to assist. The child made it back to shore, but the other two disappeared from sight and were not located until this afternoon.

School board contemplates property purchase


WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board went into closed session this morning during a 7 a.m. meeting to discuss making an offer on a piece of property for the purpose of building a new school.

Superintendent John Landgaard presented the board with several projection estimates that vary dependent on whether or not a site would be in an area that qualified for a percentage of federal funding. Under discussion was the possibility of a new grades 3 through 5 intermediate school at the Prairie Elementary site for an estimate of $37.6 million, or a new high school on a new site for $...

BCA releases 2012 permit to carry report


WORTHINGTON - The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension today (Friday) released the 2012 Permit to Carry Report, an annual report summarizing data collected from Minnesota law enforcement agencies regarding applications made for handgun carry permits as well as data about permit holders.

Minnesota sheriffs reported to the BCA that 33,816 permits were applied for and that they issued 31,657 permits in 2012, up significantly from recent years - more than 10,000 more than in 2011. Statewide, 9 permits were suspended, 6 voided and 285 denied in 2012.

In Nobles County, 71 people applied...

Ready for roundabouts?


WORTHINGTON – Citizens who are nervous about navigating the new roundabouts in Worthington can take an online tutorial, courtesy of the Minnesota Department of Transportation. Videos on roundabouts and how to use them are available at

The first Worthington roundabout opened today on Highway 60 after a long period of construction. The last chunk of detour around the UP bridge was removed, and the highway will be smooth sailing until spring, when the last...

Boy killed, three in critical condition after I-90 crash


WORTHINGTON – A 6-year-old boy died Saturday evening in a car crash on I-90 west of Worthington, and three others are in critical condition, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report states a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by James Fisher, age 30 of Luverne was westbound when it went out of control and went through the median into the eastbound lanes, where it was struck broadside by a 2012 Nissan Versa. The driver of the Nissan, Kevin Bakker age 44 of Spirit Lake, Iowa, was listed in critical condition as of Sunday morning, as was infant Fisher Bakker and 27-year-old Michelle...