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Ribbon cutting at Center for Career Education

WORTHINGTON – Visitors were welcomed into Minnesota West’s Center for Career Education Thursday for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Center, located in the former Worthington Fire Hall, now houses an auto mechanics class for Worthington High School students and Minnesota West’s Customized Training.


November 21 news

MOUNTAIN LAKE – A Butterfield woman suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon while traveling on Highway 60 when a Mountain Lake man driving a Chevy Impala pulled out in front of her from Cottonwood County Road 1. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jacqueline Harrington, age 45, was transported to the Windom Hospital. Her 2005 Pontiac G6 was totaled. Joe Lugo, age 36, was uninjured. His Impala was also totaled.


USDA Announces Additional Grants through Farm to School

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack Tuesday announced grants for 71 projects spanning 42 states and the District of Columbia that support the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) efforts to connect school cafeterias with local farmers and ranchers through its Farm to School Program.


November 20 news

WORTHINGTON – New weight restrictions have been posted on a bridge that spans Jack Creek just south of Brewster on County State Aid Highway 1. Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schnieder informed commissioners Tuesday that the annual bridge safety inspection has been completed and a report sent to the state.

Twenty-seven of the bridges in Nobles County are posted as restricted, Schnieder said – approximately seven percent of the 360 bridges in the county.


November 19 news

MINNESOTA - A sentencing hearing for a serial bank robber known as the “Man in Black” was canceled Monday after the defendant requested to have his six guilty pleas withdrawn. Mark Edward Wetsch is accused of holding up 31 banks, including the bank in Brewster, in a 2012 robbery spree, averaging one bank every eight days over an eight-month period. He ultimately pocketed more than $108,000.

He changed his name in July from Wetsch to Sheik Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, and has previously maintained he is being persecuted because he sympathizes with the terrorist group al-Shabab.


November 18 news

WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center’s annual Fall Online Auction Fundraiser begins today and runs through Friday at www.charityauctionstoday.com/store/swcrisiscenter.

Hundreds of items are included in this year’s auction, with more items added daily, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. This year’s challenge includes a local match on all funds raised through our online auction up to $10,000. All funds raised will go to providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in the crisis center’s five county service area.


EPA Proposes Lower Renewable Fuels Requirement

Earlier Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard volume requirements. The proposed rule released by the EPA lowers the required consumption of conventional renewable fuel to 13.01 billion gallons, despite the law mandating consumption of 14.4 billion gallons, and below the 2013 level of 13.8 billion gallons. It also provides that biodiesel remains at 1.28 billion gallons; EPA has also proposed to reduce the total advanced biofuels requirement, which also limits the opportunities for biodiesel.


Senators Push for Biodiesel Support in RFS

(Washington, DC) – On Thursday, November 14th, U.S. Senators Patty Murray (D-WA), Al Franken (D-MN), Roy Blunt (R-MO), and Chuck Grassley (R-IA) led 28 of their Senate colleagues in a bipartisan letter urging the Obama Administration to support the American biodiesel industry in its upcoming 2014 regulatory proposal for the Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS). Current projections indicate that the industry will produce 1.7 billion gallons of biodiesel in 2014, continuing its pattern of exceeding annual RFS targets.