WORTHINGTON — More details were presented Tuesday in the second day of the murder trial of Josue Fraga. During testimony of Worthington Police Detective Dave Hoffman, the interview with Fraga was shown and a letter from Fraga’s daughter outlining years of sexual abuse was read aloud.
WORTHINGTON -- As autopsy photos of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha, were being shown on a screen to his left, Josue Fraga looked away, occasionally wiping away tears. It was the first day of the retrial in the murder of Samantha, a crime Fraga was convicted for in May 2009. However, with new evidence coming to light, a retrial was ordered.
SHELDON, Iowa — In March 2012, Ziegler CAT announced it would open a facility in the northwest Iowa town of Sheldon. On Aug. 15, the facility had its grand opening with more than 650 people attending to see the new building. “We’re excited to expand our presence in Iowa,” said William L Hoeft, Ziegler president & CEO. “With the construction of this new facility, we can provide a higher level of service to our customers in northwest Iowa.” The facility is located at 102 Crossroad Drive in the Crossroads Industrial Park. “Sheldon was an ideal choice for us,” Hoeft said.
A total of 39 teams participated in the Smokin’ Gobbler Cook-Off during Turkey Day festivities this weekend.
The 9th annual Hot Iron Days was celebrated last weekend in Lamberton. Among other events, the festival focused around the iron pour, where iron is melted and made into pieces of art.
WORTHINGTON -- During its regular meeting Monday night, the Worthington City Council discussed firefighter pensions and precertified the levy for the 2014 budget. The council approved a 1.3 percent increase in the levy. That number may be lowered, but is an amount not to exceed before the final levy certification in December. Within the same case item, the council approved the Housing and Redevelopment Authority's proposed levy of $99,331, which was about a $14,000 increase from a year ago.
WORTHINGTON — The date on which a watering ban would go back in effect has been set by the Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission. After looking at a chart detailing the actual average in well levels and figures denoting 70 percent of the 15-year average, the commission decided Monday that when the water level was between those two numbers, the ban would begin Nov. 1. The commission also said it could take action sooner than that if water issues become more severe, though a Nov. 1 non-essential watering ban is most likely.
WORTHINGTON -- In the final hours of the 2013 session, the state legislature passed money to help five southwest Minnesota counties recover from the April ice storm. The bill passed included $1.5 million to match the funds from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as well as $250,000 to help with other debris removal and long-term recovery. “It gets allocated to the areas that were specified for the unmet need that was defined under the statutes,” said District 22B Rep.
WORTHINGTON — In a day-long event Wednesday, representatives from Minnesota Housing led a discussion on the housing needs in southwest Minnesota. “It’s a big problem that we’re all going to have to work together on,” said Lisa Graphenteen from the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership. Among those in attendance from Minnesota Housing wereCommissioner Mary Tingerthal, Warren Hanson from Greater Minnesota Housing Fund and Colleen Landkamer from USDA Rural Development. During her opening comments, Landkamer applauded the group in the room. “What you see with the three agencies here