WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to Kalea Appel, who spelled her way into the championship at the Southwest-West Central Service Cooperative’s 2016 regional spelling bee this week. Kalea, the daughter of Troy and Kristin Appel, is an eighth grade student at the Worthington Middle School. Also placing in the bee was WMS sixth-grader Jenna Hoffman, who finished the day in sixth place overall. She is the daughter of Dave and Angie Hoffman.
The spelling bee happened Wednesday in Redwood Falls, and was put off a day because of inclement weather earlier in the week.
Appel and the three runners-up will advance to the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee Feb. 22 in Fergus Falls. The winner of that bee will qualify for the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C., in the spring.
PIPESTONE – The Pipestone City Council has been working for quite some time to rid the city of a dilapidated old building, condemning the Robson building in 2014, finally agreeing to purchase the structure from the former owner and making arrangements for its demolition, only to find ownership had been transferred to another person.
All of that has been straightened out and demolition is now ready to move forward, but there is one other problem – the building has residents. According to animal advocate Dezi LacQuay, the abandoned building has been home to at least 30 stray or feral cats for quite some time, and Olivia Burris of Jasper has been working to help them.
WORTHINGTON – A Windom man received non-life threatening injuries after rear-ending a snow plow on Interstate 90 Wednesday morning. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Richard Noyes, 68, of Windom, was westbound approximately two miles west of Worthington in a 2010 Ford Edge when he rear-ended a 2006 Sterling Snow Plow driven by Gregg Harberts, age 47, of Windom, who was not injured.
Noyes was taken to the hospital in Worthington. The damage to the Edge was severe. The damage to the snow plow was moderate, and it was towed to the MnDOT shop. The incident occurred at approximately 8:38 a.m. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office assisted at the scene.
WORTHINGTON – A 30-day comment period has begun regarding the proposed Crailsheim Bridge sculpture in Chautauqua Park – set in motion Monday night by the Worthington City Council.
A similar sculpture was unveiled in Crailsheim in 2013, which was commissioned by Axel Huss, a former exchange student to Worthington. He challenged Worthington to build a replica of the sculpture here to recognize the bridging of the two communities through its sister city relationship.
WINDOM – A standoff at a residence in Windom ended with the discovery of a dead man and an injured woman, according to information released by the Windom Police Department.
Cottonwood County dispatch received a call Monday morning at approximately 8:24 a.m. of a disturbance at a residence in the 700 block of Third Avenue in Windom. That call led to a four-hour standoff.