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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...

September 1 news


WORTHINGTON - Bituminous overlay work is scheduled to begin Wednesday, September 2nd on Ninth Avenue from Tower Street to Winifred Street and Winifred Street from Lake Avenue thru Ninth Avenue.

Both streets will be closed during construction activities. Streets will be open to traffic when there is no construction activity, such as nights, nonworking days, and weekends. No parking will be allowed when construction work is in progress. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction...

August 31 news


WORTHINGTON - Milling and bituminous overlay work on Fourth Avenue from 12th Street to 14th Street has been scheduled to begin Tuesday, September 1st, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Fourth Avenue will be closed to traffic during construction activities. Fourth Avenue will be open to traffic when there is no construction activity, such as nights, nonworking days, and weekends. No parking will be allowed when construction work is in progress. Paved areas will be reopened as soon as the new bituminous surface has adequately cooled.

Please reduce...

August 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The complaints against the suspicious gray DISH Network van in the area have been resolved, according to the Worthington Police Department. The Minnesota State Patrol stopped the van and verified the credentials of the driver with his employer, according to Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn.

Since putting out the warning about the van, the department received many tips from concerned citizens, Flynn said, which they appreciate. People need to be good neighbors, he added, as they were in this case, and if things seem out of place, it is best to inform law...

Love INC receives WRHCF grant


WORTHINGTON – For the second year, Love INC has received a grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation to help support their Clearing House Helpline.

Love In the Name of Christ of Worthington, or Love INC, is an affiliation of local churches, networked to provide coordinated help to neighbors in need. The Clearing House Helpline is a number people can call for assistance with a wide variety of needs. The caller is sometimes referred to a resource that already exists, or sometimes the staff at Love INC has to get creative to solve a problem.

That’s where the...

August 27 news


MITCHELL, SD – A Worthington man arrested in South Dakota is facing 14 counts of criminal activity, including aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer, grand theft and possession of a loaded firearm.

29-year-old Nicholas Speckmeier of Worthington and 29-year-old Samantha Lane of Sioux Falls, SD, were arrested after a chase that involved two states and an exchange of gunfire. The incident began around 12:30 a.m. Saturday when a deputy attempted a traffic stop outside of Bonesteel. A pursuit ensued, and as Speckmeier and Lane neared the Nebraska state line, one of their...

August 26 news


WORTHINGTON – Three months after allegedly attacking his wife and adult daughter with a hammer, a Worthington man entered pleas of not guilty to multiple counts of first-degree attempted murder and assault with great bodily harm in Nobles County District Court during an arraignment hearing earlier this week.

Dessalegne F. Desta, age 61, allegedly struck both women on the head with the hammer during an argument over his wife’s decision to visit Ethiopia. Both women received skull fractures.

The Nobles County Attorney’s Office has asked for an upward departure on several of...

Worthington City Council to pursue leasing Prairie View Golf Links


WORTHINGTON – The City of Worthington needs to be out of the golf course business, according to a statement made by Mayor Mike Kuhle on Tuesday evening during a city council work session. Following a recommendation made in early August by the Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee, the Worthington City Council on Tuesday evening gathered for the special meeting to discuss decommissioning Prairie View Golf Links.

While no final decision was made, the council gave staff instructions to pursue looking into options leasing the 130 acre course and facility in the short-...

Auguest 25 news


WORTHINGTON – No new information is available in the investigation into the homicide of Jan Pigman-Kruse, who was shot to death in the early morning hours Wednesday at her home in Brewster. Authorities have not made an arrest in the case, but have said there is no threat to public safety.

A spokesperson for the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension said she understands the community wants answers, which they are continuing to work on finding, but they cannot give out more details of an active investigation.

The funeral for Pigman-Kruse is at 10:30 a.m. today at First...

August 24 news


WORTHINGTON - The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force on Friday assisted in the arrest of a fugitive from Garland, Texas, wanted as the suspect in a murder case.

According to information released by task force commander Nate Grimmius, Garland investigators were in Pipestone County attempting to locate Adrian Jimenez Regalado, who was suspected of killing a man in Garland. The investigator’s sought the task force for assistance in locating Regalado, who had been residing in Pipestone and working on a nearby farm.

They learned Regalado received a ride to Worthington the night of...