October 30 news

APPLETON — Pioneer Public Television will broadcast its final live call-in debate of the 2014 election season at 7 p.m. today. House District 22B Republican incumbent Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake will debate DFL challenger Cheryl Avenel-Navara of Worthington in a live debate from Pioneer Public TV’s studios in Appleton.

Following the live debate, Pioneer will rebroadcast the First Congressional District Debate between Tim Walz and Jim Hagedorn at 8 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., Pioneer will air the previously recorded Seventh District debate between Collin Peterson and Torrey Westrom.


Kinley named a MCAC Player of the Week for a 2nd time

Minnesota West Freshman Libero Paige Kinley has once again earned the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's Southern Division Defensive Player of the Week for the 2nd time this season.

Kinley, a freshman from Worthington, was named Player of the Week after helping the Lady Jays to a split of 2 games over the weekend, including a win over Fergus Falls on Friday that secured the Lady Jays spot in the Region 13A Tournament. Kinley had 44 digs in the 2 games over the weekend. Kinley is 10th in the Southern Division in Digs Per Set, with an average of 3.16 digs per set.


Fire at Sungold Heights

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WORTHINGTON – A mobile home at the Sungold Heights Trailer Park was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, killing a family’s pet dog.

The Worthington Fire Department was paged at approximately 8:20 a.m. to the mobile home park at 1328 Spring Avenue, trailer 49. According to Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt, orange fire was rolling out a bedroom window when he arrived at the scene. He tried to open a door, but quickly closed it to keep the fire contained to one end. The blaze quickly engulfed the back half of the trailer.


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.


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.