Fire at Sungold Heights

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WORTHINGTON, MN -- At approximately 8:20 a.m. on Tuesday, the Worthington Fire Department was called to Sungold Heights Mobile Home at 1328 Spring Avenue in Worthington with a reported trailer on fire.

Upon arrival, fire was rolling out the windows. No residents were home at the time, as the owner was taking his two children to school, however a family dog was killed in the fire. The Red Cross has been called in, according to Worthington Fire Department Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt.


Timmons named MCAC Player of the Week

The Minnesota West Bluejay Football team has another player earning MCAC honors this week as freshman Thomas Timmons has been named the MCAC Offensive Player of the Week.

Timmons, a freshman from Mobile, Alabama, rushed for 176 yards on 16 carries and scored 3 touchdowns including an 82-yard rushing touchdown in the 4th quarter to help secure the Bluejays' 32-21 win over Mesabi Range last Thursday. Timmons, who does play both ways at times for the Bluejays, has rushed for 300 yards this season on only 47 carries for an average of 6.4 yards per carry.


October 21 news

AUSTIN – The City of Austin voted 4-3 Monday night to accept a contract agreement with Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark to hire him as the new Austin City Administrator, starting Dec. 8.

Clark will be paid a starting salary of $124,000. After six months, the city will review Clark’s job performance, and a good review would increase his annual salary to $128,000.

The contract calls for Clark to get 20 days of vacation each year and up to 40 days of sick time. It also includes a $400 a month car allowance, and up to $3,500 for temporary housing.


Clark headed for Austin

UPDATE: AUSTIN – The City of Austin voted 4-3 Monday night to accept a contract agreement with Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark to hire him as the new Austin City Administrator, starting Dec. 8.

Clark will be paid a starting salary of $124,000. After six months, the city will review Clark’s job performance, and a good review would increase his annual salary to $128,000.

The contract calls for Clark to get 20 days of vacation each year and up to 40 days of sick time. It also includes a $400 a month car allowance, and up to $3,500 for temporary housing.


Congressman Walz speaks at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park flag dedication

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WORTHINGTON – First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz was in Worthington Friday morning for the dedication of a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and is now snapping in the breeze at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park.

Walz, who rose to the rank of command sergeant major during his 24-year career with the Army National Guard, is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in the U.S. Congress.


Section Football Seedings

The playoff seedings have been released for area football teams in Minnesota

In Section 3AAA, the Worthington Trojans received the #2 seed and get a 1st round bye. Worthington will face the winner of the 1st round matchup between #3 Belle Plaine and #6 Sibley East in a Section Semifinal at Trojan Field in Worthington on October 25th at a time to be determined.

Blue Earth Area is the #1 seed and will host the winner between #4 Fairmont and #5 St. Peter on October 25th. The section championship will be hosted by the highest seed on October 31st


Optimistic Propane Forecast

The propane industry reported a positive winter outlook as officials met to brief governors at the Midwestern Governor’s Association Propane Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday.


Sanford Health buys former Avera Clinic in downtown Worthington

WORTHINGTON – According to documents filed with Nobles County, Sanford Health Network purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th Street where the former Avera Clinic was located for approximately $1.1 million. The purchase was made in August, and recorded with the county October 1.

The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.


Minnesota Business Selected as Semi-Finalist in Entrepreneurship Challenge

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas announced the 10 national semi-finalists of the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being developed in rural regions of the United States.


Concession stand burglarized at Trojan Field

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that was reported at 4:25 p.m. Monday at the Trojan Field concession stand.

The suspects damaged coolers and the popcorn machine and destroyed food and drink items after gaining access through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for confidential tips. Information can remain anonymous.