Jami Jam Poker Run to support Camp High Hopes

OKOBOJI, Iowa – The fourth annual Jami Jam Poker Run will be on Saturday, August 22, in its charitable support of mental health and disability causes. Organizer Jeremy Thielen has selected Camp High Hopes in Sioux City, Iowa as the recipient of the funds raised. Camp High Hopes offers traditional camp experiences to intellectually and physically disabled.

Thielen started the Jami Jam Poker Run in honor of his sister Jami, who began experiencing symptoms of mental illness her sophomore year of high school and passed away in 2012.


Long range committee approves recomendation to decommission Prairie View Golf Course

WORTHINGTON - The Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee approved a motion Wednesday morning to recommend to the Worthington City Council that the course be decommissioned and that maximum water quality construction get underway to remove Total Suspended Solids and Total Phosphorus.

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Christensen Farms Responds to Video Release in Official Statement

SLEEPY EYE, MINN. – Christensen Farms & Feedlots, Inc. announced last week that it had suspended seven employees after allegations of possible improper animal care at one of its hog farms located near Luverne, Minnesota. Today LCA, a Los Angeles-based group, released a video depicting animal mistreatment from that farm.


Meghan Trainor cancels remainder of tour due to medical concerns

ST. PAUL - Meghan Trainor has canceled the remainder of her tour, including the Sept. 1 appearance at the Minnesota State Fair Grandstand due to ongoing medical concerns. Trainor's Instagram account detailed the news this morning citing a vocal cord hemorrhage.

"I am devastated, scared, and so sorry," she said.

Ticket sales have been suspended and refunds will be issued from the point of purchase. Refund details:

• Tickets purchased with a credit card will be automatically refunded.


Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presents check to District 518 for golf teams

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WORTHINGTON – During the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament in July, two member of the Worthington High School Boys’ Golf Team stationed themselves at Hole 6 and offered each golfer a chance a bit of an advantage. For a small fee, Will Mulder or Ben Koepsel would tee off for them from a better location. The foundation then matched the money that was raised.

On Monday morning, foundation executive director Jeff Rotert presented District 518 Athletic Director Josh Dale with a check for $1,290 to go to the boys’ and girls’ golf teams.


UPDATE: Semi rolls at roundabout

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WORTHINGTON - A semi truck and trailer headed north on US 60 rolled at the Nobles County 35 roundabout this morning at approximately 8 a.m., according to the Minnesota State Patrol. The driver, 37-year-old Bezpyatko Lyubov of Schiller Park, Illinois, was not hurt in the crash, but her passenger, 35-year-old Hromyak Ihor, also of Schiller Park, suffered non-life threatening injuries and was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

The state patrol report says Lyubov lost control of the 2012 Volvo semi and rolled. The semi was totaled.


Power to Push: Freedom Chair donated to Chandler teen during transcontinental run

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WORTHINGTON – It started as blinking lights and a pink dot off in the distance, but the small crowd waiting at the Worthington Country Club Tuesday afternoon spotted it right away and sprung into action, pulling out signs bearing messages of welcome.

Moving along at a steady clip of about nine miles per hour, Shaun Evans and his 9-year-old-son Shamus headed east on Highway 35, escorted by a member of the Worthington Police Department and the flashing lights of a squad car. Shaun was running and pushing Shamus in a Freedom Chair, a specially designed mobile running stroller.


UPDATE: Pilot, passengers identified in Pipestone plane crash

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HOLLAND – Pipestone County Sheriff Keith Vreeman identified the pilot of the airplane that crashed in rural Holland as Steven Christensen, age 59, of rural Pipestone. The two passengers aboard the plane were Marcos Favela, age 18, of Torreon, Mexico, and a 13-year-old female from Guadalajara, Mexico. All three were killed when the plane crashed Monday evening in Grange Township.


Names released in fatal Cottonwood County crash

MOUNTAIN LAKE – The names of two people killed in a two-vehicle crash in Cottonwood County over the weekend were released Monday by the Minnesota State Patrol.

According to the report, a 2008 Chevrolet Silverado pickup, driven by 21-year-old Brian Hagberg of Sanborn, was eastbound on Highway 30 when it collided with a 2000 Volkswagen Passat traveling southbound on Cottonwood County Road 1. The crash happened just after 4 p.m.