WORTHINGTON — A meeting for those interested in applying for funds through the Small Cities Development program for homeowners and rental property projects in Worthington will be on August 20 at an as-of-yet undetermined location. Worthington’s portion of the funds – nearly $600,000 - is enough to cover 22 homeowner properties and six rental units within the specified region. That region’s borders are Oxford Street on the north, Okabena Street on the south, Humiston Street on the west and the railroad tracks on the east.
The Minnesota State High School Trap Shooting tournament was held June 7th through 9th in Alexandria at the Alexandria Shooting Park, the largest trap shooting facility in Minnesota. They hosted the largest event of its kind in the nation with around 2000 shooters for the weekend.
There were 96 teams participating for a total of 744 shooters. Worthington ended up tied for 9th place, hitting 432 birds out of 500:
Jordan Hall finished in a tie for 9th place
Joshua Majerus finished in a tie for 10th
Nicolas Demuth finished in a tie for 12th
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Wednesday awarded a contract to McLaughlin and Schulz of Marshall for improvements to 10th Street and First Avenue Southwest for just under $722,000. Council members also agreed to move forward with plans for the 2013 bituminous overlay project for Fox Farm road. Bids are to be received at 2 p.m. on July 8 and will be considered at the council meeting that night. In the engineering department, the council approved a temporary access agreement for TruShine Truck Wash from the intersection of Cecilee Street and Pauline Avenue.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.
According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.
BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.
The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.
“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said.
ROUND LAKE/BREWSTER – According to results from Round Lake-Brewster Superintendent Cornelius Smit, the vote to consolidate the two school districts passed by more than 95 percent Tuesday night. More than 60 percent of residents in the districts turned out to cast a ballot, with only 27 votes against the consolidation out of 562 voters.
ROUND LAKE/BREWSTER – According to results from Round Lake-Brewster Superintendent Cornelius Smit, the vote to consolidate the two school districts passed with more than a 95 percent result Tuesday night. More than 60 percent of residents in the districts turned out to cast a ballot, with only 27 votes against the consolidation out of 562 voters.
Both School Boards will meet on Monday at the Round Lake/Brewster High School in Round Lake to canvass the election results and certify the election results to Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Sharon Balster.
On Monday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton officially launched a new agricultural water quality pilot program designed to enhance water quality in the state. The Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program is the first of its kind in the nation and is the product of a state-federal Memorandum of Understanding signed by Governor Dayton, Secretary Vilsack and former EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson in January 2012.
WORTHINGTON - Water main work on Park Avenue from Oxford Street to West Clary Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic. Access to Lakehill Drive is available from the West Clary Street intersection, and will shift to the West Oxford Street intersection as work progresses. West Oxford Street at Park Avenue will be closed to through traffic for approximately two days.
JACKSON – A Lakefield man who was found dead in his vehicle Friday in Clear Lake failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to information released Monday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.