WORTHINGTON – After the spring ice storms of 2013, Nobles Cooperative Electric in Worthington and Federated Rural Electric of Jackson received $3.5 million in federal grants to help fund repairs, but more than $1.7 million in reconstruction costs were denied through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA says the additional funding was denied based on the cooperatives’ failure to have a written, formally adopted and applied code of standard in place.
TRACY – Benjamin Alberg, 17, of Milroy, received non-life threatening injuries when his 2000 Ford pickup ran off the roadway Wednesday morning on Highway 14, a mile and a half east of Tracy. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Alberg was northbound on Aspen Avenue at 6:55 a.m. when he ran off the road at the Highway 14 intersection. He was taken to the Tracy Hospital for medical attention. The pickup received moderate damage.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Safe Cab program, a partnership between local law enforcement and business sponsors, will give free rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers on Tuesday night.
The Safe Cab will operate from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; people need to call the Worthington Taxi Service, 372-4300, to secure a ride. The service will operate from party points around the city, including private residences, but is not intended as a shuttle between venues.
Off-duty law enforcement officers will be behind the wheel of the Safe Cabs to ensure people get home safely.
The Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Worthington Taxi Service and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, are going to provide taxi service from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Local law enforcement is going to provide drivers for the cabs in addition to the taxi drivers.
To request a ride, simply call the Worthington Taxi Service at 507-372-4300. Please note this Safe Cab program will give you a ride home, but not to the next bar. If you are looking at bar hopping, designate a driver.
ST. PAUL -- Influenza is back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.
LAKE WILSON – Citizens interested in finding our more about the Stoneray Wind Project should attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. January 14 at the Lake Wilson American Legion building on Broadway Avenue.
The proposed project includes up to 62 wind turbines on 29,500 acres in Murray and Pipestone Counties. The turbines will range from 1.7 to 3.2 MW, up to a total of 105 MW. Associated facilities would include transmission lines, a project substation, access roads, meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance building.
LUVERNE – Two South Dakota residents suffered non-life threatening injuries in the early morning hours of Christmas Day when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 6 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, a 2003 Toyota Corolla driven by Matthew Gappa, age 33, of Dell Rapids, lost control on the icy highway, entered the median and rolled. Gappa and his wife, 34-year-old Nicole Anderson-Gappa, were taken to Sanford Luverne for medical treatment.
WORTHINGTON – The ad hoc committee that evaluated the football and other athletic programs at Minnesota West Community and Technical College released its report earlier this month, which President Richard Shrubb has now released to Radio Works. According to Shrubb, he and his staff need to review the report with the MnSCU System’s Office for possible revision prior to implementation, so the recommendations have not yet been adopted by the college.
WORTHINGTON— In observance of the holidays, some local businesses will close early today for Christmas Eve and most will be closed Christmas Day. All financial institutions will be closed Christmas Day, and will vary hours today. Worthington Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Hills Bank, the Fulda Area Credit Union and United Prairie will close at noon today, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m., and First State Bank Southwest at 3 p.m.
SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Arraignment has been set for a Spirit Lake man accused of killing a Jackson woman. Arraignment for 21-year-old Tailer Handsaker is set for 9:30 a.m. December 30th in Dickinson County District Court.