Officials respond to allegations of Worthington as a sanctuary city

WORTHINGTON – A recent article on WCCO named Worthington as a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. The article was in regards to a recent murder of a woman in San Francisco by an undocumented man.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel have issued this statement in response:

KTD Board announces this year's theme as "Turkey Town Take Down"

WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced the theme for the 76th annual King Turkey Day as “Turkey Town Take Down.”

As previously announced, this years’ featured speaker is Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and US Olympic Head Coach - making the theme “Turkey Town Take Down” a natural fit.

KTD Inc. announces country music duo Love & Theft for King Turkey Day celebration

WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day, Inc. has announced country music duo Love &Theft will play will play at this year’s King Turkey Day celebration on Saturday, September 19 at the Worthington Hockey Arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Love & Theft first impressed fans in 2009 with a top 10 hit “Runaway” from debut album World Wide Open. Love & Theft’s second album included “Angel Eyes,” “Running out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

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LoVan makes brief court appearance

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WORTHINGTON – Chim LoVan, who is accused of stabbing 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy June 19 in Worthington, made his first appearance in Nobles County District Court Tuesday with his public defender Louis Kuchera.

LoVan, age 46, was charged June 22 with second-degree murder and second-degree assault. Thyboualoy, who was stabbed shortly after 3 a.m., did not seek medical attention at the time of the alleged assault. Authorities were alerted to a man who had been assaulted at approximately 6 p.m. that evening, and Thyboualoy named “Monkey,” LoVan’s alias, as his attacker.

Carol Hieronimus chosen as Sanford Network Employee of the Year

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t nice to tell a fib, but sometimes the end does justify the means. Especially when it’s the only way to surprise someone in a really great way.

That is exactly what happened to Carol Hieronimus Monday – she had the day off work, but was unexpectedly called in to Sanford Clinic, where she has worked as a nurse since 2008. She had taken the day off because she had family in town and was planning to go out to lunch with them.

Renowned wrestler Dan Gable to speak at King Turkey Day

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WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced Dan Gable as the featured speaker for the 76th annual King Turkey Day celebration.

Gable will speak at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, September 19th, on the corner of Fourth Avenue and Tenth Street.

Worthington man charged with second-degree murder

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WORTHINGTON – Bail was set at $1 million Monday morning for Chim LoVan, age 46, of Worthington, who is charged with second-degree murder and second-degree assault with substantial bodily harm in the death of 19-year-old Blue Thyboualoy. The charges were also filed Monday in Nobles County District Court.

Arrest made in death investigation in Worthington

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department has made an arrest as part of an on-going death investigation.

According to information released Saturday morning by Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel, police officers were called to 1031 Oslo Street at approximately 6 p.m. Friday in response to a report of an adult male who had been assaulted. The victim was transported to Sanford Medical Center in Worthington, where he died.

An arrest was made later in Worthington.

More information will be made available as the investigation continues, according to Appel.

Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.