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April 11 news

WORTHINGTON – Tina Smith, candidate for Lt. Gov for Mark Dayton, stopped in Worthington Thursday to visit with constituents and tout Dayton’s cause, talking with other Democrats about health care, infrastructure, roads and water. Smith, who is currently Dayton’s Chief of Staff, said she and her family moved to Minnesota 30 years ago, where she worked for General Mills before becoming involved in politics.

She told the group of 20 or so people she was pleased to be out campaigning while the governor was stuck back at the State Capitol.


Farm 40 on Us winners!

WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to Anita Elness of Windom and Jim Schettler of Wilmont, the two winners of the Radio Works Farm 40 on Us!

More than 30 finalists gathered Thursday night at the Travelodge in Worthington, hoping for a chance to win everything they need to plant 40 acres of corn or soybeans. New Vision, Croplan and Winfield will give them the seed, nutrients and field monitoring to farm 40 acres – Elness of corn and Schettler of beans. The sponsors will also help them put a plan together so they can come with optimum yield.


Trojan Tech to debut Saturday at ISD#518

WORTHINGTON – A student-led technology conference will take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Worthington Middle School. Trojan Tech is open to parents, siblings and the general public – anyone who is interested in what’s going on at Independent School District 518 technology-wise. And even those who just want to learn how some of this crazy technology works!


April ice storm anniversary - a look back

WORTHINGTON – On the one-year anniversary of the ice storm of April 2013, Radio Works has put together a look back at the first few days of the crazy weather that stopped parts of the upper Midwest in its tracks.

Included are audio clips from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh and other local officials. Also included are a few memories from various Radio Works staff such as Matt Widboom, Barry Roberts, Jared Rademacher and Jaime Salinas.


Worthington City Council approves park/library ballot question

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Thursday morning approved a ballot question for the November election that would ask citizens to okay the transfer of the old pool site from the city to Nobles County for use as a new library site. The land was gifted to the city by the E.O Olson Trust.

Because of city charter restrictions, any use of the land other than for park use must go to a public vote.

The property transfer would include the existing fish rearing ponds because of impervious surface restrictions, but the ponds would still be protected.


April 10 news

LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield and the schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena were awarded federal grants for the Safe Routes to School program.
Pleasantview Elementary received a 2015 Infrastructure grant for a path connect and improve crossing from the south neighborhood to Pleasantview Elementary.

The schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena received a Planning Grant to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential solutions at K-8 schools.


Fulda Fire Department responds to church blaze

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FULDA – On a red flag fire warning day, the Fulda Fire Department was called at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday to a blaze inside the St. Gabriel Catholic Church. The fire appeared to have started in a corner room of the church known as the flower room.

Fulda Police Chief Paul Kenney said reports indicated the fire was mostly contained to that corner room, although a wall shared between the room and that of the main church may have been bowed or compromised because of the heat.


April 9 news

JACKSON – In Jackson County, a one-vehicle rollover in the early morning hours resulted in non-life threatening injuries for a Sioux Rapids, Iowa man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Neil Lewallen, age 27, was southbound on Highway 86 Wednesday morning, two miles north of the Minnesota-Iowa border, when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy Cobalt and rolled into the ditch. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Dickinson County Ambulance responded.


Body of missing man found in Osceola County

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa – A report of a missing person Tuesday resulted in the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office finding the body of 48-year-old John Michael Dirks in a ditch along Highway 9 in the Ocheyedan area.

Assisting in the search was Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue, Osceola County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Dirks was pronounced deceased by the medical examiner.