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Free MN State Park Admission on National Get Outdoors Day

Minnesota state parks celebrate National Get Outdoors Day with free admission and family fun on June 14!

The Department of Natural Resources will waive the requirement for a vehicle permit ($5 one-day or $25 year-round) and provide free admission at all 75 Minnesota state parks and recreation areas on Saturday, June 14 in celebration of National Get Outdoors Day. The goal of National Get Outdoors Day is to introduce first-time visitors, especially families with young children, to the fun of outdoor recreation at state parks, state trails, fishing piers and other public lands.


June 12 news

WORTHINGTON – Day two of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is underway today with another exciting line-up. For the windsurfers, the skipper’s meeting is at 9 a.m., with racing to follow. From 9 a.m. to noon, there’s a workshop for parents and kids with artist Kevin Reese, artist Shawn McCann is at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The food vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the beer tent from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.


2014 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival

The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival officially kicks off today and continues through Sunday, with a weather forecast that should be a crowd pleaser for guests and windsurfers alike.

Worthington plays host this year to the US Windsurfing Nationals, which has already brought people from around the nation to compete. Registration begins today, and the sight of surfers shooting across Lake Okabena will be a common on in the coming days.


June 11 news

WORTHINGTON – The Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival Officially kicks off today and continues through Sunday, with a weather forecast that should be a crowd pleaser for guests and windsurfers alike.

Worthington plays host this year to the US Windsurfing Nationals, which has already brought people from around the nation to compete. Registration begins today, and the sight of surfers shooting across Lake Okabena will be a common one in the coming days.


Phone Scam Claiming FSA Relations

It has been brought to the attention of USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) that a phone scam is being perpetrated on FSA customers.

The caller, who identifies themselves as a Farm Loan Services representative out of Washington, D.C. states that FSA “owes” you disaster assistance funds and proceeds to request your checking account information or requests a credit card number alleging that funds will be credited to these accounts.

SHOULD YOU RECEIVE A SIMILAR CALL, DO NOT, UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES, PROVIDE PERSONAL OR FINANCIAL INFORMATION TO THE CALLER.


June 10 news

WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington received a report back from Wenzel Engineering regarding the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall, which was conducted pursuant to an order from the Nobles County District Court in late October 2013. The report was an assessment as to whether to repair or demolish the structure. The cost to renovate the building to a functional retail space again would be $3.47 million. Demolition, meanwhile, is estimated at $253,000. The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the demolition recommendation.


June 9 news

WORTHINGTON - Sanitary sewer work is tentatively scheduled to begin this week on Nobles Street from Woodcrest Avenue to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Woodcrest Avenue.

WORTHINGTON - Union workers at the JBS pork processing plant in Worthington have ratified a new contract about a month after authorizing a strike.


June 6 news

WORTHINGTON - Stormy weather across southwestern Minnesota had much of the area under a tornado watch Thursday evening.

Counties in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska were also covered by the watch that lasted until 11 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Rock County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Beaver Creek. By 6 p.m. it had been canceled, although severe thunderstorm warnings lingered into the night in parts of the region.


SW MN representative incumbents will face DFL challengers in November election

WORTHINGTON – Both Republican representatives from southwest Minnesota will be facing opponents in the 2014 general election in November.

In District 22A, incumbent Joe Schomacker will face a newcomer to the political field.

Diana Slyter has lived in the small town of Florence for about four years after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and moving to the area from west central Minnesota after living in the Twin Cities. She has experience as a city leader, having been elected to the Florence City Council in the 2012 election.


June 5 news

WORTHINGTON - A section of the concrete spillway’s floor inside the Lake Bella dam’s spillway has been repaired, having been eroded over the years by rocks that were removed from the riprap along the lake’s shoreline and tossed into the dam structure by vandals.
This is the only time in 25 years the spillway has been completely dry, so the problem could be seen and repaired, according to Dan Livdahl, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed district administrator.