Pennsylvania murder suspect named

PENNSYLVANIA - Authorities have identified the man recently arrested in Minnesota for the 1991 murder of a Pennsylvania woman as Charles Cook, age 61, according to a news conference.

A 2007 DNA test linked him to a cigarette butt found in a car stolen from the victim, 76-year-old Myrtle McGill, who was killed in her kitchen in December of 1991 when two .22 caliber bullets were fired through her window. Cook allegedly smashed through her sliding glass door to get inside, but the only thing stolen was her car, which was recovered at a bus station near Pittsburgh.

October 21 news

WORTHINGTON -- Sioux Council Boy Scouts of America will soon be conducting its annual “Good Turn for America Drive.” Worthington residents are asked to place items from a food list in a grocery bag curbside or in plain view outside their front door by 9 a.m. Oct. 29.

Food items include soup (including chili and stew), cereal, canned fruit, canned meats, canned milk, rice and canned vegetables. Other items include used eyeglasses, sunglasses and hearing aids. No perishable food, frozen food or food stored in glass will be accepted.

October 20 news

WORTHINGTON - As part of the US 59 Worthington Corridor Study, an open house will take place from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 27 at the Worthington Fire Hall, with information on display for review by the public. No formal presentation will be presented.

The purpose of the corridor study is to create a long-term and common vision for the reconstruction of US 59 from I-90 to Oxford Street, from McMillan to Humiston Avenue and from Humiston Avenue to the Highway 60 roundabout. The Minnesota Department of Transportation, the city of Worthington and Nobles County will be looking at safely accommodating all modes of transportation, encouraging bicycle and pedestrian movement and agricultural transportation movement.

October 19 news

WORTHINGTON - A motion to approve more than $12,000 in funding that was omitted from a bid for the installation of the snow melt system at the Ninth Street entrance of the Nobles County Government Center failed on a 2-3 vote during Tuesday's Nobles County Commissioner meeting, with several members expressing concern of setting a precedent if the request was approved.

The request was for $12,725 - the cost of the control system, which was inadvertently omitted from the bid by the mechanical sub-contractor. County Administrator Tom Johnson said the correct documents were supplied to the contractor, who failed to notice the omission from the sub-contractor's bid. Steve Doom of Doom & Cuyper said he chose the local sub-contractor because of their proximity and because the bid was significantly lower - about $25,000 less than others.