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November 25 news


WORTHINGTON - In observance of Thanksgiving Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Thursday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, delivery routes will not be running, and there will be no outgoing mail.

All financial institutions will be closed, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed and the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store will also be closed. Fareway will be closed, and Hy-Vee will close at 2 p.m.

Schaap Sanitation will pick up Thursday paper recycling routes on Wednesday and Thursday garbage routes on Friday.

All city and county offices will remain closed Friday, as will the library and the chamber of commerce. All financial institutions, the liquor store and the grocery stores will resume regular business hours.

At Radio Works, our business office will be closed for the holiday Thursday and Friday, but beginning Thursday at midnight, we’re here to help you stay in the holiday spirit. For the second year, FM 104.3 The Party will become The Christmas Party, with 24/7 Christmas music through Christmas Day. Tune in to FM 104.3 The Christmas Party for holiday classics, contemporaries and everything in between, and we’ll see you back in our offices on Monday.

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Radio Works!

WORTHINGTON - The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will get under way Friday in Worthington, and volunteer bell ringers are still needed. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is seeking volunteers to help ring bells and raise funds to help the less fortunate in Nobles County.

Money raised is used to help people in need, whether providing them shelter from the cold, a hot meal or a one-way bus ticket to reach family. Joanne Bartosh, volunteer coordinator for A.C.E., said this year’s fundraising goal is $15,000. She is encouraging church groups, community service organizations and businesses to get into the holiday spirit by volunteering to ring the bells for the Salvation Army kettles.

Bell ringers must be age 18 or older (if younger, they must be supervised by a responsible adult) and are needed at Hy-Vee, Shopko, Runnings and Fareway in Worthington starting Friday. Bell ringers are needed each day, except Sundays, between Friday and Christmas Eve.

To volunteer, contact Bartosh at 295-5262 or sign up at the service desk at either Hy-Vee or Shopko. Volunteer coordinators are in place at Fareway and Runnings.

Each of the four stores provide space inside their business for the bell ringers, so Bartosh said people don’t need to worry about standing outside in the cold. Bell ringing shifts are set up for two- or three-hour intervals, but Bartosh said anyone willing to give even just an hour or two of their time is appreciated.

Anyone who volunteers to assist with bell ringing will be counted for volunteer hours logged, which A.C.E. tracks for reporting to RSVP.

WORTHINGTON – Ojulu Omot Omot, age 21, of Worthington, was sentenced Tuesday in Nobles County District Court to 166 hours of community service and a stayed sentence of 28 months for simple robbery after entering into a plea agreement last month. Eight other counts against Omot were dismissed as part of the agreement.

The counts stemmed from an incident that occurred in late July when Omot and two other men robbed a man in his apartment in what was originally described as a theft of money. It came out later that the three men went to but marijuana from the victim, but instead hit him on the head and stole it from him.

Omot will have to perform 166 hours of community service in lieu of paying a $1,000 fine. He has five years of probation in which to fulfill his service obligation. He has already served 85 days in jail after his arrest.

Judge Gordon Moore lectures Omot about his actions, telling him it is time to get a job and grow up, and if he has a problem with drugs, he needs to figure that out. Omot already has convictions of theft, counterfeiting, possession of stolen property and assault.

Moore said if he violates probation, Omot is looking at going to prison, and robbing a guy for a small amount of marijuana is a foolish reason to do so.

WINDOM - The Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Action Corporation will meet at noon Monday, December 7 at River City Eatery, 344 10th Street, Windom MN. The items on the Agenda are election of officers and a Presentation by MN/DOT on current and upcoming projects. Lunch will be provided for a fee. Please RSVP to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919 or email

WINDOM - The Windom Area Chordhustlers will have their annual Food Shelf Benefit at 4 p.m. this Sunday, November 29th at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. The Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus will be joining them for this annual holiday concert. Admission is something for the food shelf. Refreshments will be served following the performance.

JACKSON - The annual Pioneerland Gun show is this weekend at the National Guard Armory in Jackson, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 with concessions available. There will be over 100 tables. All federal regulations apply to the sale of firearms.

SLAYTON - Professor Lloyd Peterson will present on “The Great Depression” on Thursday, December 3 at noon for the Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series. This presentation will be in the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds.

October 29, 1929 came to be known as Black Tuesday, when the stock market crashed, losing $14 billion dollars in two days and ushering in a decade of economic hardships. On top of that, farmers had to deal with drought and falling commodity prices throughout the Dirty Thirties. Professor Peterson will lecture on this unprecedented time in American History.

Lloyd Petersen spent 24 years as a history and government teacher at Marshall High School, starting in 1970. He also coached the Tiger football team for 22 years. Petersen moved to Southwest Minnesota State University in 2005, where he was an associate professor of education and a licensure officer. He works part-time at SMSU today as a supervisor for student teaching. He teaches American History classes for SMSU's Senior College.

The Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series is held on the first Thursday of the month through April. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. There is a $3 fee. Murray County Historical Society members are free. For more information contact or call 507-836-6533.

November 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington YMCA hosted its 71st annual meeting Monday night, approving new board members, recognizing past members and passing out numerous awards.

Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Executive Director Jeff Rotert presented a check for the Double Down on Kids Campaign 2015 in the amount of $120,987.50. The total raised by individuals and business for the Strong Kids Campaign through the foundation totaled $70,987.50 and the foundation matched dollar for dollar up to $50,000. The intent was to use the money matched by the foundation to help eliminate barriers for kids to participate in Y programming. Barriers could include such things as financial, transportation, language and more.

According to YMCA Executive Director and CEO Andy Johnson, the money will be used through 2016.

The Volunteer of the Year Award, presented by CJ Nelson, went to Rachel Ponto, while the Ethel Wigersma Memorial Swim Team Award was given to Cameron Jenson.
The Wayne Klumper Sportsmanship Awards went to Jake Brandner and Kory Nickel, while the Program Volunteer Recognition/Appreciation recipients were Tina Nickel and Neil Kruse.

The Mark Shepherd Teen Leadership Award was given to Syndney Ponto, the Greg DeGroot Teen Leadership Award went to Olivia Peterson, and the Youth Development Recognition went to the Worthington Health Care Foundation. Healthy Living Recognition went to Ann Schieck, Social Responsibility Recognition was given to Matt Widboom and the Y Active Older Adult Award went to Karen Jenkins.

Other recipients included: H. Marvell Tripp Award/Volleyball – Karissa Maxwell; E.O. Olson Award/Volleyball – Brooklyn Scheitel; Harry Rickers Award/Basketball – Isiah Noble; Shirl Held Award/Basketball – Luke Gordon; Bob Rayl Award/Track – Alec Langerud; John Troth Award/Swim Team – Jacob Mills; George Zeise Award/Soccer – Adan Hinojosa; V.M. Vance Award/Softball – Nayseth Muniz

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji will be holding a Native Thanksgiving Hike on Wednesday at the Wildwood Nature Preserve in Spirit Lake.
Those interested are encouraged to meet at the Dickinson County Nature Center in Okoboji at 3pm Wednesday and caravan to the site with naturalist Charles Vigdal, who will lead the hike through the area off Big Spirit Lake.

Vigdal will begin the program with some history about the Wildwood Nature Preserve and then participants will have the opportunity to explore the area to learn more about the historic Sioux Indian culture.

Stations along the hike will allow all ages to learn about American Indian food, their relationship with animals, their tools and how they made them and the connection between the American Indian culture and nature.

The Dickinson County Nature Center’s Art & Nature series also continues this fall with a Recycled Christmas workshop at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Anyone interested is encouraged to call 712-336-6352 and pre-register by 4 p.m. the day before as a minimum of five students is needed for the workshop to be held.

For more information about the Art & Nature series, the Native Thanksgiving Hike or the Winter Survival hike scheduled for 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 23, you can go online at or you can also keep up with what’s happening at the nature center on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

SHELDON, Iowa — The Sheldon Fire Company was called to fight a snowmobile on fire Sunday afternoon while it was parked inside a building at Heartland Steel. According to Fire Chief Jerry Meyer, the Department was paged to 710 Second Avenue at approximately 1 p.m. and arrived to find smoke pouring out of the overhead door of the building.

Using water and foam, firefighters had control of the blaze within five minutes of their initial attack, Meyer said, and no injuries were reported. The snowmobile received heavy damage, and the building had light charring and smoke damage on the ceiling above.

Meyer says the fire started while a person was working on the snowmobile. He says the Fire Company responded with about 12 firefighters and was on scene for about a half hour.

Worthington City Council approves defunding, closing Prairie View Golf Links


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday unanimously approved a motion to discontinue the funding for Prairie View Golf Links, close the course, and move forward with plans to sell or auction off equipment. The motion also included putting together a committee that included council members to determine the best usage of the course, with emphasis on water quality.

During a special meeting work session in late October, the council decided not to appropriate funds for Prairie View Golf Links for the fiscal year 2016, but no formal action was taken. Monday night, city staff requested formal action take place so that funds would not be budgeted or appropriated for 2016.

The motion was made by council member Scott Nelson, who said countless hours had been spent on studying and discussing the course.

When asked if there was a timeline on the motion, Nelson said that the course should close immediately, and the equipment be sold off at the city’s discretion. Some of the equipment, he said, could be used in the parks department.

Council member Rod Sankey, after clarifying several points, seconded the motion. Mayor Mike Kuhle, mentioning that it was a big decision, said the motion would defund the golf course, but decisions still needed to be made on what to do with the course. Nelson replied that was what the committee would do.

In other council business, West Mall Theatres Inc. President Todd Frager, a last minute addition to the agenda, addressed the council to ask what their intentions are when it comes to doing business with Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments.

Pellowski is the developer who purchased the Northland Mall site with a $1.2 million loan from the city of Worthington. Currently, an initial appraisal has been done with the limited information Pellowski has given the county, so that Tax Increment Financing agreements can be established for a retail and housing development called Promenade on Oxford, but which kind of TIF has not yet been set. The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. recently told the Nobles County Commissioners an independent appraiser has been hired to deliver a more complete appraisal, with a target date of February 1.

Frager asked the council if they plan on doing business with Pellowski, after explaining that he has been working with him on planning a new theater for over two years. He said he is out tens of thousands of dollars after paying the bills to keep the mall alive.

Kuhle said the city is still engaged with PBK Investments and has offered him two TIF options, but approval of the appraisal has to come from the county, not the city. It then has to pass the city’s bond counsel and attorneys. Kuhle also stated that the mall hasn’t changed on the inside, and it was Pellowski that closed it, not the city.

Frager told the council he was going to be making an important decision next week, because this was all costing him money. He then stated he has an important meeting on Tuesday, and after that it may be time for him to pack up and ship out. He said the council had told him that all of this has cost the city money, but he hasn’t received a check and he has real dollars going out the door.

Sankey stated that the ball is in PBK Investment’s court, and the city can’t do anything until Pellowki puts something together.

November 23 news


WORTHINGTON – Sanford Worthington Medical Center has recently hired three new therapists in the rehab department - Kyle Rockwell, physical therapist, Kayla White, speech therapist and Kaylee Koob, occupational therapist.

Rockwell earned his doctorate of physical therapy in 2014 at Youngstown State University, Youngstown, Ohio. He has had clinical experiences in several settings, is originally from Salem, Ohio, and moved to Minnesota after graduating in 2014. He currently resides in Spirit Lake, Iowa, with his fiancé.

White earned her master’s degree in speech language pathology at University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D. She is from Hartford, S.D. In her free time she enjoys traveling and most outdoor activities.

Koob earned her doctor of occupational therapy in 2014 from Creighton University, Omaha, Neb. She has had clinical experiences in several settings. She is also LSVT-BIG certified, which is a Parkinson’s rehabilitation program. Koob is originally from Worthington. She currently resides in Brandon, S.D., with her husband, Josh, and one dog.

WORTHINGTON - Shopping at Runnings the day before Thanksgiving will help feed those in need this Thanksgiving and throughout the Holiday season. The Runnings “Give N’ Take” promotion will take place in all 39 Runnings stores this Wednesday. Customers can bring in at least one non-perishable item to any Runnings. All items will then be donated to a food shelf in the area.

Runnings customers who donate at least one item will receive a scratch-off ticket worth a chance to win a variety of prizes including Runnings gift cards and discounts to use this holiday season.

According to Runnings owner Dennis Reed, hunger takes a toll on certain members of most communities, and this was a way they could do something special to help support the food shelves that are so very important in aiding people who are in need. In addition to the donations from Runnings customers, Runnings and its staff will also make food donations.

WORTHINGTON – Just a reminder, the annual Holiday Parade scheduled for this past Friday night in downtown Worthington was postponed due to our first bout of winter weather. The parade will now take place at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 1.

FULDA — There is a second public meeting tonight in Fulda regarding the upcoming operating referendum vote. Voters in Fulda School District 505 will head to the polls Dec. 1 to decide whether to approve a 10-year, $2,300 per pupil operating referendum.
The meeting will be at 7 p.m. in the Fulda High School Library, and offers a chance for voters to ask questions about the tax implications, the operating funds and what a failed referendum what mean to the district.

Ballots were mailed to registered voters in the district, and they are encouraged to fill them out and mail them back as soon as possible. Mailed ballots must be received by the district by Dec. 1, or they become null and void. Voters also have the option of voting at the polls between 5 and 8 p.m. Dec. 1 inside the west lobby of the Fulda High School.

LARCHWOOD, Iowa – A payloader hit an illegally parked car in Larchwood on Saturday afternoon, according to the to Lyon County Sheriff’s Office.

At about 12:50 p.m., Nancy VanOtterloo, age 55, of Inwood, was parked at the intersection of Beech Avenue and 140th Street in a 2011 Ford Explorer. Benjamin Dieters, age 29, of Larchwood, was operating a 2006 Caterpillar payloader northbound on Beech Avenue. As he approached the stop sign at the intersection, he failed to see the vehicle that was illegally parked on the traveled portion of the road. Dieters vehicle struck VanOtterloo's vehicle, causing approximately $3,500 in damage.

MINNESOTA – Gov. Mark Dayton on Saturday announced plans to hold a water quality summit in February, hoping to address the many challenges facing Minnesota’s water supply.

Dayton announced the summit Saturday at annual meetings of the Minnesota Farm Bureau and the Minnesota Farmers Union. The governor's office says the summit is designed to focus attention on challenges facing Minnesota's water supplies - in both rural and urban areas of the state - and how to meet those challenges.

In a statement, Dayton cited his father Bruce Dayton's belief that "stewardship is a profound responsibility of each of us."

The summit will include water quality experts, farmers, legislators, regulators, the business community, members of the public, local leaders and others.

IOWA - Regulators are suspending review of a proposed 500-mile, $2 billion transmission line that would take electricity produced by wind turbines in northwest Iowa to customers in Illinois.

Rock Island Clean Line LLC said Thursday it asked the Iowa Utilities Board to pause a technical review of the project while it assesses how to move forward. The board has granted the request.

The project faces opposition from rural landowners. It was dealt a setback in February, when the board said it would decide whether to approve the project and whether to grant imminent domain in the same hearing. The developer had asked to separate those issues.

The company says the ruling means it must spend millions of dollars to acquire property while running the risk the project will ultimately be rejected.

Aberdeen Location Selected for New Soybean Processing Facility


Omaha, NE (November 20, 2015) – Ag Processing Inc a cooperative (AGP) announced today the selection of Aberdeen, South Dakota as the location for a new soybean processing plant. The new facility will be the tenth soybean processing plant for the Company and its first in South Dakota.

“Our selection of the Aberdeen, South Dakota site for a new AGP soybean processing facility is the result of extensive analysis and negotiation,” said Keith Spackler, Chief Executive Officer. “Aberdeen and the surrounding region have the strategic attributes necessary for a successful soybean processing plant ‐ a plentiful soybean supply, stable workforce, solid infrastructure, and transportation capabilities. We look forward to a great future there.”

“AGP has a large market presence in the area through its member‐owner cooperatives in South Dakota,” said Cal Meyer, Chief Operating Officer and Group Vice President. “The growth in soybean production in the Dakotas region provides the bushels to support our new facility. The soybean meal produced from this plant will enhance opportunities for AGP’s marketing efforts through our export terminal at the Port of Grays Harbor in the state of Washington. Area livestock production will also benefit from a competitive supply of local soybean meal from this facility.” Meyer added that once operational, the plant will create approximately 50 jobs with excellent compensation and benefits.

“We continue to be pleased with the support from our members for this exciting expansion,” stated Brad Davis, Chairman of the AGP Board of Directors. “The Aberdeen facility will lead to new opportunities and improved markets for AGP member cooperatives and their farmer‐owners in the region.”

Company officials noted that final construction decisions are contingent on completion of agreements with state and local officials.

AGP ( is a leading agribusiness with primary operations as a major U.S. soybean
processor/refiner producing and marketing soybean meal, refined soybean oil, and biodiesel. AGP businesses also include agricultural product trading in domestic and international markets and numerous U.S. grain elevator operations. AGP is owned by local and regional cooperatives representing farmer‐producers across the United States. Corporate headquarters are located in Omaha, Nebraska.

November 20 news


WORTHINGTON – District 518 Superintendent Jon Landgaard met with the Nobles County Commissioners this week to talk about the future. With him he brought a list of needs the school district has, and front and center on that list was the need for a new high school, because right now, each school in the district is bursting at the seams.

Each school – Prairie Elementary, the Middle School, the High School and the ALC – is near or over its intended capacity. They are trying to keep class sizes down, Landgaard said, but pretty soon that will be an impossibility, simply because they will be out of physical space to put students. Enrollment right now is at 3,094. By 2025, the enrollment is predicted to be 3,824.

A new high school complex could take up to 80 to 100 acres, according to recommendations from the experts, because another thing on the list is a sports complex. There is a possibility the district will be ready to take a referendum to the ballot by the November 2016 election. At this point, he asked that the commissioners be supportive and collaborative in the district’s efforts.

WORTHINGTON – Minnesota West Community & Technical College Dean of Nursing Dr. Dawn Gordon has been accepted into the 2016 Executive Leadership in Nursing Education and Practice Program, which is part of the NLN Leadership Institute in the Center for Transformational Leadership. The program focuses on leadership development for nurse educators who wish to be re-energized and want to reframe how they think about leadership and themselves as leaders. The year-long program will provide an opportunity for Gordon to be engaged with peers and experts to examine issues related to leadership concepts and organizational systems.

Gordon received a grant to support the tuition for the program from the MN Associate Degree and Practical Nursing Directors Group. As part of the program, she will attend the 2016 NLN Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, the Intensive Leadership Forum in Washington D.C. and the NLN Education Summit in Orlando, Florida.

SLAYTON – A meeting regarding an organizational study originally scheduled to take place in Slayton Nov. 9 will now be held at 1 p.m. Dec. 1, according to Murray County Coordinator Aurora Heard.

In August, the Murray County Board of Commissioners approved having an organizational review conducted to examine the county’s management structure, with the firm of David Drown Associates retained to conduct the study. The underlying reason for examining the structure was concern that the county employs nearly 20 department head positions, which is not typical for an entity of its size.

Department heads were invited to the special meeting, but an inquiry from the public about open meeting law and proper posting caused the meeting to be postponed. It was later determined by Murray County Attorney Travis Smith that the meeting had been properly posted.

The final report contains positive and negative remarks made by the 30 people interviewed for the review, as well as observations and recommendations and their financial impact on the county.

One observation is that the organizational structure is significantly flawed, that department heads feel commissioners are too involved in management. Another is that commissioners feel department heads do not always respect their authority.

One recommendation is that the county sell Sunrise Terrace, a congregate living center attached to the Murray County Medical Center, that has depleted reserves and will realize losses of nearly $100,000 per year, according to the report. Other recommendation include that the county evaluate multi-county dispatch and options for contracting recycling services to a private vendor

The entire report is available at the Murray County website at

WORTHINGTON — The Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota will lead a free workshop Saturday to assist individuals interested in becoming a U.S. citizen. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m., with the workshop to start at 9 a.m., at West Learning Center, 117 11th Ave., Worthington.

During the workshop, individuals will receive information about how legal permanent residents can apply for citizenship and the local resources available to help them prepare for the citizenship test.

There are an estimated 80,000 Minnesotans who are legal permanent residents eligible to apply for citizenship. Those eligible to apply must be at least 18 years old, have a green card for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen), have been in the U.S. for at least five years (three years if married to a U.S. citizen), have basic English skills and be able to demonstrate good moral character. Becoming a U.S. citizen has many benefits, including the right to vote.

The workshop is sponsored by the Immigrant Law Center of Minnesota, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Familias Juntas, Manos Unidas, Nobles County Integration Collaborative, District 518 Community Education and UFCW Local 1161.

SLAYTON - The Murray County Christmas Project is again planning to provide toys and gifts to eligible children in Murray County. Donated items needed are toys and gifts for children 0 to 12 years of age. Also needed are nonperishable food products. Please make sure the food does not have an expired “use by” date. Donations can be taken to the Slayton Shoe Repair in Slayton or contact 507-530-1292 and they will schedule a time to pick up your donation.

JACKSON - For over 13-years, Ruby’s Pantry has been helping families in Minnesota be more thankful by helping to “stretch their grocery dollar” by bringing surplus food directly to them. Ruby’s Pantry will be distributing food at the Jackson National Guard Armory at 108 County Road 51 in Jackson on Tuesday, November 24th starting at 4:30 p.m. Don’t forget to bring a box or clothes basket to carry your food home with you. For more information, visit

CANTON, SD - The man found guilty for the 2013 murder of a 2-year-old Sioux Falls boy was sentenced to life in prison Thursday in Lincoln County, South Dakota.
Joseph Patterson addressed the court before his sentencing. He did not ask for forgiveness from Tyrese's family, because he says he's not guilty.

Judge Bradley Zell sentenced Joseph Patterson only on his 2nd degree murder conviction. No sentence was imposed for 1st degree manslaughter. Patterson is not eligible for parole.

In September, Patterson was found guilty of killing Tyrese Ruffin, the son of Ashley Doohen and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson.

Patterson's defense argued that Tyrese choked on a fruit snack. A doctor who testified for the defense said autopsy photos indicate injuries consistent with a child being given CPR after choking.

Prosecutors argued Patterson assaulted Tyrese while they were alone in an apartment.

November 19 news


FULDA – Seven people, including five children, sustained non-life threatening injuries Wednesday evening when one vehicle rear-ended another on U.S. 59 near Fulda, according to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol.

The report states two vehicles were southbound at approximately 5:42 p.m. when Jacob Nolt, age 28, of Slayton, in a 2007 Honda Civic, rear-ended Melvi Garcia Escalante, age 28, of Fulda, who was driving a 2003 Buick Rendezvous. Both received non-life threatening injuries. Nolt was taken to the Murray County Medical Center, Escalante to Worthington. Inside the Rendezvous were five children ranging in ages 2 to 10, all of whom received non-life threatening injuries. All were taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

The state patrol was assisted by the Murray County Sheriff’s Office, Murray County Ambulance and Fulda Ambulance.

LUVERNE - Blue Mounds State Park will be holding a youth firearms deer hunt on November 19 and 20. For the safety of visitors, the park will be closed to everyone except registered hunters starting at sunset on November 18 and will be remained closed through the weekend. Please start visiting the park again at 8am on November 21.

Also, new this year, a vehicle permit will not be required to visit the park on the day after Thanksgiving Day.

LUVERNE — Luverne will host a De-Light-Ful 5K Nov. 28, with a 6 p.m. start from the Luverne Area Aquatics Fitness Center on North Blue Mound Avenue.

A post-race awards party and meal will immediately follow the race at the Blue Mound Banquet Center.

Online registration is open at, and race day registration will begin at 5 p.m. Nov. 28. Email Dave Duffy with questions at

SLAYTON – The Holiday Parade of Trees and Vintage Toy Display at the Murray County Historical Museum and the Dinehart Holt House in Slayton begins with an open house from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, November 29. Enjoy hot cider, coffee and homemade Christmas goodies while listening to live music and exploring the museum and Dinehart Holt House.

Dozens of trees have been individually decorated at both locations by local organizations and individuals to help the Museum raise funds. Visitors can vote for their favorite tree by placing money in a jar beside each tree. The tree with the highest “votes” keeps the donations for their organization. The rest of the donations go to help the Murray County Historical Society provide programs and care for the collections.

New this year will be a treasured Vintage Toy Display. Many community members have generously shared their treasured toys to be displayed throughout the Christmas Season. Each toy is displayed with its own unique and personal history. Uncover their stories and remember some of your own at the museum.

All of the trees and toys will be on display from November 29th through December 31th during regular museum hours. For more information contact or call 507-227-5726.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa - The old "you're late with a utility payment" scam is making the rounds again in Emmetsburg. Authorities say they've been getting reports of businesses receiving phone calls from someone claiming to represent MidAmerican Energy Company. The caller advises that their electric bill is past due and they can make an immediate payment by using a credit or debit card.

Officials with MidAmerican Energy say it's a scam and they don't do business that way. Anyone who gets such a call should report it to their local law enforcement agency.

IOWA — Two Republican presidential hopefuls will come through through northwest Iowa on Friday, November 20th for brief appearances.

At 9:45 a.m. Friday, Texas Senator Ted Cruz, along with 4th District Congressman Steve King, will hold a Town Hall Meeting in the Stark Student Center at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.

Then, at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Dr. Ben Carson will hold a Meet & Greet at the Spencer Municipal Airport at Spencer.

Both Cruz and Carson will wind up their day Friday taking part in The Family Leader Presidential Family Forum in Des Moines. Sheldon native Bob Vander Plaats is the President and CEO of The Family Leader, and organizer of Friday night’s event.

November 18 news


WORTHINGTON – Abraham Algadi of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation spoke to the Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday, asking of the board the same thing he asked of the Worthington City Council last month – to stay out of the way.

At issue once more was the Promenade on Oxford development and the lack of information from developer Brian Pellowski. Algadi was at the commissioner meeting to ask for time for an independent appraiser to work up numbers for the development.
Algadi asked the commissioners repeatedly to keep an open mind, yet spoke in circles himself, avoiding the direct question from a commissioner of why Pellowski couldn’t just provide the numbers for the county assessor by talking about fishing or cutting bait and likening it to being perched on a cliff and being ready to jump or just walking away.

He made comments about the county assessor doing her work under pressure and time constraints. An independent appraisal would consider the market the way it should be and not base it on comparables, he said, which didn’t do the project justice.

The project was completed without specific information from Pellowski, such as proposed apartment size, the amount of rent and the accurate amount of units, he said.
County Chair Matt Widboom stated there was no need for action since Algadi wasn’t asking for money. Although it was on the agenda for the WREDC to be asking for $5,000 to help pay for the appraiser, Algadi said they had found someone to pay that gap.

Commissioner Marv Zylstra asked if Algadi was asking them to accept whatever the appraiser came up with, but Algadi said accept was a strong word, instead suggesting he was asking them to consider.

Commissioner Gene Metz said he did not want to stand in the way of the project moving forward, but he was not going to paint himself into a corner and accept anything without seeing it

Algadi said they can expect to see results by February 1.

FULDA – There will be a public meeting at 7 p.m. Monday in the Fulda High School Library to provide voters in the Fulda School District the opportunity to ask questions or provide input on the upcoming December 1 operating referendum levy mail ballot vote.

WORTHINGTON — The American Red Cross is encouraging individuals and organizations to give something that means something this winter by making a lifesaving blood donation or hosting a blood drive.

Visit to learn more about hosting a blood drive. To make an appointment to donate blood, download the free Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores, visit or call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Donors can now use the Blood Donor App to access their donor card and view vital signs from previous donations.

Upcoming blood donation opportunities include:

Jackson: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 4, Our Savior’s Lutheran Church, 614 Logan Ave.
Jasper: 12:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Evangelical Lutheran Church, 101 Spicer St.
Lakefield: 1 to 7 p.m. Dec. 1, Immanuel Lutheran Activity Center, 620 Bush St.
Worthington: Noon to 6 p.m. Dec. 15, Fulda Area Credit Union, 1127 Ryan’s Road.

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - A search warrant executed last Wednesday on a residence in Boyden resulted in the arrests of a couple of suspects wanted in connection with an assault that took place November 7th in George.

The Lyon County Sheriff's Office says 32-year-old Joshua Jonson was arrested as a result of the search. He was charged with willful injury. Last Thursday, Johnson was additionally charged with going armed with intent, assault causing serious injury and two counts of assault causing serious injury. On Saturday, Johnson was also charged with one count of attempted murder.

Authorities say a second suspect in the case, a 17-year-old male juvenile, was arrested this past Wednesday on charges of willful injury and joint criminal conduct. He was being held in the Lyon County jail.

Authorities say additional arrests are pending.

Three people were injured in the November 7th incident, including one person who was taken to Sanford Hospital in Rock Rapids and was transferred to Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls with serious head injuries.

Ireton, Iowa — Sioux County authorities are seeking help in locating the person who stole motorcycle near Ireton on Saturday.

Late Monday morning, Sioux County deputies investigated the report of the stolen Honda Motorcycle from a residence on Eagle Avenue, five miles north of Ireton.
According to authorities, witnesses said that about 3 pm Saturday, a white male, described as having facial hair, and approximately 30 years old, driving an older tan Chevrolet Malibu, drove onto the residence property, loaded the motorcycle into the back seat of the car and left.

The motorcycle is described as a red and white 2013 Honda CRF50 80cc dirt bike.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office.

Rock County Sheriff's Office seeks suspects in credit card theft

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LUVERNE – The Rock County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help in identifying two suspects who used stolen credit cards.

The credits cards were stolen out of vehicles in Hardwick on October 3, and used by the suspects in Luverne and in Sioux Falls, SD the same evening they were stolen. The sheriff's office has released images of the suspects involved. One of the suspects is a white man wearing a black sweatshirt, the other is a white woman who appears to be pregnant.

If you have any information regarding this case please contact the Rock County Sheriff’s Office at 507-283-5000.

November 17 news


WORTHINGTON – Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson have been meeting regularly to discuss a number of subjects, one of which has been to keep each other informed on any updates regarding the proposed Promenade on Oxford development on the old mall site. The Worthington City Council met jointly Monday with the Nobles County Commissioners for a work session, with the mall update one of the items on their agenda.

According to Robinson, developer Brian Pellowski still has not supplied the details the city has asked for in order to prepare a minimum assessment agreement, yet has made a formal request to the city for $9.8 million in funding through Tax Increment Financing and has requested that the $1.2 million loan from the city used to purchase the property from the former owner be forgiven.

The appraisal method of assessment is now being pursued, and according to the agenda of today’s Board of Commissioner meeting, the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation intends to ask the county to come up with $5,000 to help pay for the independent appraisal, paying the rest of it from their own coffers, which also comes from taxpayer funds.

Robinson stated during Monday’s meeting that at a meeting last month, Pellowski and his attorney said they did not plan to supply any of the details the city was asking for. Johnson said they need to know more about how many apartments would be in the complex they are planning, and when asked, said they could put together a list of other details they need.

Council member Diane Graber asked if there was a plan if the development did not come through, to which Robinson responded the mortgage is due in June 2016. If Pellowski pays off the mortgage, the city will wait for him to move forward. If he defaults, they will proceed with a foreclosure.

But the city already had grounds for foreclosure based upon the mortgage guidelines, which state Pellowski will stay current on his property taxes, which he is not at this time, and that he have insurance on the property, which the city is unsure about. Robinson has requested a copy of insurance documents, but they have not been received.

Mayor Mike Kuhle said they need to stay focused on the project moving forward at this time.

Robinson and Johnson also discussed the Prairie Justice Center lease, stating the original lease is outdated and the language confusing. The city currently pays 12.72 percent of the operating costs of the building based on how much of the floor space the City of Worthington Police Department uses, but according to Johnson, the space calculations were done prior to the facility being built and are an estimate.

The two administrators agree there are contrary points in the lease language, and they would like to work together to make changes and bring them back to the board before serious capital expenses are brought up – something that Robinson said are likely in the near future.

The council and commissioners agreed that the two should work together on the changes and bring them back to another joint session after the new year.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - U.S. Congressman Steve King will in the region on Monday, November 23 for town hall meetings.

At 10 a.m., he will be at the Laurens City Hall, and at 2 p.m. that afternoon, he will be at the Spirit Lake Public Library. The Congressman will give an update followed by a question and answer session.

Just recently, King endorsed as a Republican presidential candidate Texas Senator Ted Cruz, saying Cruz can restore the soul of America.

STORM LAKE, Iowa – A Storm Lake woman has been arrested on three counts of child endangerment after police investigated a report of possible neglect they received from the Iowa Department of Human Services. The agency told police the suspect, 36-year-old Loriana Brantley, allegedly left her three children ages 5, 7 and 9, home alone at approximately 9 p.m. Thursday and did not returned. Brantley was arrested at 4:15 a.m. Friday in connection with a disturbance complaint. Authorities say she never mentioned anything to them about the three children being left behind.

Officers went to Brantley's residence shortly after 2 p.m. Friday and located the three children, who were unharmed. They were transferred to the custody of the Department of Human Services.

Brantley was being held in the Buena Vista County jail on a $2,000 bond.

IOWA - Two men from central Iowa have died from the flu and the state now has one of the highest case rates in the nation. The state's department of health says the men were between 41 and 60 years old.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says Iowa, Oregon and Rhode Island currently have the highest rates of flu activity.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa – A Lone Rock woman was charged and a man arrested after a traffic stop Sunday east of Graettinger. The Palo Alto County Sheriff’s Office stopped a vehicle at approximately 2:20 a.m. Sunday and upon investigating it was determined that driver Sharon Erickson of Lone Rock, didn't have a valid driver's license. A passenger, 51-year-old Paul Droessler of Lone Rock, was searched and found to be in possession of what's alleged to be marijuana and drug paraphernalia.

Erickson was cited for driving while suspended and failure to prove insurance and was released; Droessler was charged with possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia and was booked into the Palo Alto County jail.