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August 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – Wiring is thought to be the cause of a fire that displaced a family of five Tuesday evening in Worthington. The Worthington Fire Department responded to a fire call at 949 11th Street at approximately 5:04 p.m. that destroyed a home inhabited by three adults and two children.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the back of the home was already fully engulfed, and neighboring homes had to be evacuated.

With significant fire and smoke damage, Fire Chief Rick von Holdt did not feel the home would be salvageable. The American Red Cross was on hand to help the...


August 19 news

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BREWSTER – A search warrant executed in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue in Brewster last week has resulted in the arrest of five people. The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, conducting surveillance, first detained Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Ober after they were let into the residence by Susan Elizabeth Bales.

Bales admitted to having a meth pipe and Fitzpatrick was found to have a warrant for probation violation, so both were taken to the Nobles County Jail. In the meantime, messages were coming in on Bales’ phone from Michele King and Joshua James Kindel of Fulda, both of whom were...


August 18 news

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LAKEFIELD - A three-vehicle collision Friday evening at the intersection of Highway 86 and Jackson County Road 34 sent two people to the hospital.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 46-year-old Kern Storo of Burnsville was westbound on the county road and had stopped at the intersection. Troopers say he then pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Carol Patten of Spencer, who was northbound on Highway 86. A southbound pickup driven by 29-year-old Jeremy Sirovy of Sioux Falls came upon the scene and collided with the other two vehicles.

Storo was taken to Sanford...


August 15 news

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WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work continues along Omaha Avenue from Dover Street toward near Miller Street, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water service work, some pavement work and all turf restoration work remains.

Bituminous pavement restoration south of Clary Street was completed Wednesday, and the seal coat work throughout various locations in town was completed Thursday.

ADRIAN - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 91 from the Iowa state line into Adrian beginning Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21, weather...


August 14 news

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WORTHINGTON – The filing period for municipal and school open terms closed Tuesday at 5 p.m., but candidates have until 5 p.m. today to withdraw if they so choose. Already in the city of Worthington council race, one person has chosen to pull their name from the November ballot.

Darlene Vortherms has opted to withdraw from the Ward 2 race, leaving the field of candidates numbering four. Michael Harmon, Chad Cummings, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez will vie for the seat that is being vacated by Mike Kuhle.
Kuhle has chosen to toss his hat into the ring for the...


Highway 59 repairs begin today

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WORTHINGTON - Repairs on Highway 59 between Prairie Drive and 27th Street are scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Traffic will be allowed through the work area but may be briefly interrupted from time to time. Traffic lanes will be shifted as the work progresses.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.


August 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – Some last minute filers straggled in before the deadline Tuesday in Worthington for the upcoming city council positions that will open up at the end of the year. The terms ending this year include that of the mayor, and one seat each for Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Filings on Tuesday included that of Chris Dybevick for the position of mayor. Incumbent Alan Oberloh has filed for the position once more, as has Mike Kuhle, who currently holds a seat in Ward 2.

There were three filings in Ward 2 on Tuesday. Michael Harmon filed, as did Chad Cummings and Darlene Vortherms,...


Last minute filings for Worthington council positions

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WORTHINGTON – Some last minute filers straggled in before the deadline Tuesday in Worthington for the upcoming city council positions that will open up at the end of the year. The terms ending this year include that of the mayor, and one seat each for Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Filings on Tuesday included that of Chris Dybevick for the position of mayor. Incumbent Alan Oberloh has filed for the position once more, as has Mike Kuhle, who currently holds a seat in Ward 2.

There were three filings in Ward 2 on Tuesday. Michael Harmon filed, as did Chad Cummings and Darlene Vortherms,...


August 12 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a motion to move forward with the proposed sale of a premium lot in the Bioscience Industrial Park Addition to PurNet, a Worthington-based medical device and supply company.

A public hearing on the issue had been tabled from a previous meeting. During Monday night’s hearing, Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis explained PurNet had submitted a request to purchase 1.6 acres using the city’s established land acquisition policy, which allows for the actual sale price of the real estate to be reduced...


August 11 news

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WORTHINGTON – Tuesday is the annual Cruisin’ Downtown Worthington event on 10th Street. From 5 to 7 p.m., classic cars from the region will line the street. There will be live music by local group Daisy Chain, burgers from the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen’s Association, fresh produce from the Worthington Farmers Market and back-to-school deals from local businesses. For more information or to reserve a spot for the car show, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 372-2919.

WINDOM - Three people were injured in a two-vehicle accident on Highway 71 south of Windom on Saturday...