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November 11 news

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Veteran’s Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, but outgoing mail at the Post Office will continue as normal. The Nobles County Library will be closed, as will all area financial institutes. Walmart, Hy-Vee and Fareway will maintain regular hours, and Schaap Sanitation will make regular pick-ups.


November 8 news

WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to the United Way of Nobles County. They met and even surpassed their goal Wednesday night during the telethon at the Worthington High School, raising $6,729 between the telethon, the silent auction and the Taste of Nobles County food booths. They had set a goal of $6,000. The United Way of Nobles County hopes to raise $160,000 during its current fundraising campaign.

The United Way helps a variety of Nobles County organizations fund projects throughout the year, with all of their funding staying local.


November 7 news

WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board has opted not to pursue legal action against a rural Worthington farmer who allegedly violated watershed rules by replacing a culvert and changing the flow rate of water off his agricultural land.


Victim named in Pipestone fatality

PIPESTONE – A 26-year-old Pipestone woman died Tuesday when her 2007 Ford Focus collided with a Freightliner semi on Highway 23 near mile marker 20 shortly after 5:30 p.m. Amy Redenius was northbound in her Ford Focus and Joshua VanHill, 26, of Sioux Falls, SD was southbound in the semi when the vehicles collided.


November 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Both the building bond and the excess operating referendum failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.


Worthington school referendums fail

Both ballot questions failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.

The first question addressed a building bond referendum for $38.9 million to build a new intermediate school for grades 3, 4, 5, an addition of approximately 56,000 square feet to the high school and some other remodeling. It failed with 965 yer votes and 1,756 no votes.


November 5 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau, in conjunction with Smith Trucking, is asking for the public’s help in designing a tourism-themed design to go on the side of a trailer that will be driven nation-wide. Mike Smith said he designed the first two concepts, but in this third year of having a Worthington trailer out on the road, he wants to get the community involved. He’s asking that submissions show what Worthington means to them.


Four hunters escape harm when boat capsizes in Jackson county

JACKSON – Four people had to swim to shore Sunday morning when their boat capsized on Loon Lake about a quarter mile from shore. According to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, authorities received notice of four people floating in the water around 10:30 a.m. near the north island on Looon Lake. The four were duck hunting when their boat capsized. A resident who had just gone outside because his power had gone out heard screams and contacted authorities.


November 4 news

SIBLEY, Iowa — Two eighth-grade football players facing charges of assault with sexual intent as a result of a bullying incident were expelled from school for the remainder of the semester during a Saturday closed-door meeting of the Sibley-Ocheyedan school board. If the two boys return to school at S-O next year, they’ll face in-school suspension, and will also be required to do a presentation on bullying to the middle school, take part in counseling and perform community service. They are also banned from all extracurricular activities for the remainder of the school year.


Non-essential water ban back in effect for WPU customers

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, the non-essential water ban proposed weeks ago by the Water and Light Commission went into effect today. At this morning’s check of well levels at the Lake Bella well field, the static level at Well No. 26 was 30 feet 2 inches, which is 4 feet 8 inches below the 15-year average.