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Appel named as new Worthington Director of Public Safety

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WORTHINGTON – Troy Appel was named the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Worthington on Monday, according to a news release issued by Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark.

Appel was hired as a part-time patrol officer with the Worthington Police Department in 1993 and moved to full-time in 1996. He served as the Emergency Response Unit team leader from 1998 to 1999 and became a narcotics investigator in 1999, reestablishing the position for the Worthington Police Department.

In that position, he acted in an undercover capacity, recruiting confidential...


SUV driver transported after Minnesota 60/Armour Road crash

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WORTHINGTON – The driver of an SUV was transported by ambulance Monday morning after it crashed with a semi truck at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Armour Road in Worthington at approximately 10:22 a.m. The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted at the scene by the Worthington Fire and Rescue and the Worthington Ambulance.

The Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff's Office also assisted with traffic control.

The extent of the injuries are unknown at this time.


September 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – There are two author presentations in Worthington this week, courtesy of the 40th anniversary of the Plum Creek Regional Library System.

At noon Wednesday, Waseca native Rachael Hanel will offer an informal brown bag lunch presentation in the Nobles County Historical Museum, located in the lower level of the Nobles County Library. Hanel has received critical praise for her book “We’ll Be the Last Ones to Let You Down: Memoir of a Gravedigger’s Daughter,” which was published in 2013 by the University of Minnesota Press. She has also authored more than 20 non-fiction...


UPDATE: Names released in Round Lake crash

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ROUND LAKE – A 49-year-old South Dakota man died Friday in a crash between two semi trucks near Round Lake, according to information released Saturday morning by the Minnesota State Patrol.

Charles Luze of Sioux Falls was killed when the 2005 Mack Truck he was driving northbound on Minnesota 264 struck a 1998 Freightliner semi that went through a stop sign on Nobles County Road 35. The Mack struck the right center of the Freightliner.

The driver of the Freightliner, 67-year-old James Miller of Cylinder, Iowa, suffered no apparent injury.

According to the Minnesota...


September 19 news

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WORTHINGTON – Tickets for the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener Banquet at the Worthington Event Center went on sale this week.

Governor Mark Dayton will be in Worthington October 10 and 11 for the 2014 pheasant hunting opener, something that was announced during last year’s event in Madelia.

The Friday night banquet, which is open to the public, begins with a social hour at 6 p.m. and the meal at 7 p.m. The meal is sponsored by JBS. Tickets are $35 each or $50 per couple. After the meal, there will be a live auction and presentations. Only 250 tickets for the banquet will...


September 18 news

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WORTHINGTON – There will be an open house from 5 to 6:30 p.m. tonight at BenLee’s so the public can meet the three final candidates for the position of the Worthington Public Safety Director/Police Chief.

Those three candidates, are the current interim chief Kevin Flynn, Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force Commander Troy Appel and Paul Ver Meer, who is currently the Chief of Police in the city of Creston, Iowa.

The Civil Service Commission is scheduled to begin interviews with the three candidates on Friday and hopes to have a final decision made by the end of the month, if not...


September 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board approved a motion Tuesday to pursue a grant that will pay for all day pre-school for those who fall within 175 to 200 percent of the poverty level, which could translate to roughly $1.3 million for four years.

Approximately 10 new teachers would need to be hired, according to Superintendent John Landgaard, and about 11 more classrooms would be needed. In a district already busting at the seams, this will be no easy task.

Landgaard said the district would have to look out into the community for a building that would fit the needs of...


September 16 news

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LUVERNE – A Luverne man thought to be involved in multiple burglaries in southwest Minnesota, northwest Iowa and Sioux Falls. South Dakota made his first court appearance in Rock County District Court Monday after being arrested September 11 when a search warrant was executed at his residence in Luverne.

Bail for Travis Michael Hyatt, age 25, of Luverne, was set at $10,000 with conditions. He was granted a public defender. According to the criminal complaint, numerous items that could have been used in the burglaries were located at his residence, as were two laptop computers which...


September 15 news

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FULDA – Two people were killed in a car crash just north of Fulda Sunday afternoon, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.

The broadside crash happened at the intersection of Murray County Road 3 and U.S. 59 at approximately 3:23 p.m. A 2005 Chevrolet Impala was westbound on County Road 3 when it collided with a southbound Toyota RAV4. Both vehicles came to rest upside down in the ditch of the intersection.

Both drivers, 24-year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville, NC, and 38-year-old David Schultz of Worthington, were taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale in serious condition...


UPDATE: Names of both deceased released by Minnesota State Patrol

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FULDA – The names of both victims killed Sunday in a two-car collision just north of Fulda have now been released by the Minnesota State Patrol. Kristen Boynton, age 24, of Perry, Georgia, was a passenger in one of the vehicles, and Kerry Schultz, age 34, of Worthington, was a passenger in the other. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.

The drivers of both vehicles, 24-year-old Charles Goode of Lewisville, N.C. and 38-year-old David Schultz of Worthington, were both taken to North Memorial in Robbinsdale in serious condition.

Two children, ages 9 and 12, who were also...