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Wounded Warriors bring home the birds during pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON - Derrick Ostlie of Shoreview shot his first wild pheasant on Saturday in Nobles County. He was one of the 10 hunters who came to Worthington for the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener as part of the Wounded Warrior Program. It is only the third time he’s been hunting , and all three of those trips have been as part of the program.


Banquet announcements: 2015 pheasant opener set for Mankato; summit for Marshall

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WORTHINGTON – The 2015 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be in Mankato, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

The announcement was made during Friday night’s Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet in Worthington.

Gov. Mark Dayton had his own announcement to make, although he almost forgot to do so. He had given his speech and was walking back to his chair when he stopped and headed back to the podium.

“I almost blew my cue here,” he said. “We’re having the first Minnesota Pheasant Summit in December, on the 13th.”


Monument set for new wildlife management area; dedication at noon Saturday

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WORTHINGTON – The monument is now in place for Saturday’s land dedication at the new Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area. The public is invited to the event, which will be at noon. The site is located along Nobles County 4, just west of Nobles County 57.

The land dedication is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Mark Dayton is scheduled to arrive today.


October 10 news

WORTHINGTON – Bituminous pavement restoration was completed on Apel Avenue, Burlington Avenue and Johnson Lane as part of the sanitary sewer manhole or spot repairs, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Pavement restoration was completed on Lake Avenue spot repairs near Tower Street, but concrete cure time along with bituminous overlay remains for five spot repairs on Lake Avenu from Winifred Street east to May Street.


Appel takes place as new Police Chief

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WORTHINGTON – Troy Appel was officially welcomed Thursday as the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Worthington during a pinning ceremony at the Prairie Justice Center. Appel, who has been a member of the Worthington Police Department since 1993, has been the Commander of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force since its inception in 2005.

Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark said the city was very pleased to be able to promote one of their own.

We don’t accept mediocrity,” Clark said, “And Troy is a shining example of that.”


EQIP Application Deadlines Set

Worthington, MN, September 16, 2014 – Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Application acceptance deadline for FY 2015 in Minnesota for EQIP is:
• October 17, 2014
• November 14, 2014
• December 19, 2014


October 9 news

WORTHINGTON – The Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross is merging with the Prairie Winds Chapter and the South Central Chapter to form a new chapter called the American Red Cross serving Southwest Minnesota.

Because of the merge, the chapter building in Worthington will be closing as of the end of December, according to Southwest Minnesota and Prairie Winds Chapters Executive Director Jennifer Hyk.

Hyk said will she be the executive director for the new merged chapter, which will be headquartered in Mankato.


October 8 news

WORTHINGTON – For the first time since the inception of the program, the Nobles County Excellence in Performance Award went to not one person, but four. A Nobles County Public Works Crew consisting of Steve Schultz, Jim Stefferud, Mike Johnson and Dan Diekmann were all honored for going above and beyond their normal duties and potentially stopping a disaster before it could start.


Stopping a disaster before it starts: Public Works crew acknowledged for going above and beyond

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WORTHINGTON – For the first time since the inception of the program, the Nobles County Excellence in Performance Award went to not one person, but four. A Nobles County Public Works Crew consisting of Steve Schultz, Jim Stefferud, Mike Johnson and Dan Diekmann were all honored for going above and beyond their normal duties and potentially stopping a disaster before it could start.


October 7 news

WORTHINGTON – Six council candidates and three mayoral candidates for the city of Worthington squared off in a packed cafeteria Monday night during a forum at the Worthington Area High School, vying for seats that will be decided during the Nov. 4 general election.

Mayor incumbent Alan Oberloh is facing two contenders for his seat – Chris Dybevick and Mike Kuhle, who is currently a council member for Ward 2.

In Ward 1, council member incumbent Ron Wood is facing Larry Janssen. Ward 2 is filled with all newcomers – Chad Cummings, Michael Harmon, Rodolfo Martinez and Jeanene Townswick.