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April ice storm anniversary - a look back

WORTHINGTON – On the one-year anniversary of the ice storm of April 2013, Radio Works has put together a look back at the first few days of the crazy weather that stopped parts of the upper Midwest in its tracks.

Included are audio clips from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh and other local officials. Also included are a few memories from various Radio Works staff such as Matt Widboom, Barry Roberts, Jared Rademacher and Jaime Salinas.


Worthington City Council approves park/library ballot question

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Thursday morning approved a ballot question for the November election that would ask citizens to okay the transfer of the old pool site from the city to Nobles County for use as a new library site. The land was gifted to the city by the E.O Olson Trust.

Because of city charter restrictions, any use of the land other than for park use must go to a public vote.

The property transfer would include the existing fish rearing ponds because of impervious surface restrictions, but the ponds would still be protected.


April 10 news

LAKEFIELD - Pleasantview Elementary in Lakefield and the schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena were awarded federal grants for the Safe Routes to School program.
Pleasantview Elementary received a 2015 Infrastructure grant for a path connect and improve crossing from the south neighborhood to Pleasantview Elementary.

The schools in Lakefield, Heron Lake and Okabena received a Planning Grant to help analyze existing conditions, gather public input and identify potential solutions at K-8 schools.


Fulda Fire Department responds to church blaze

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FULDA – On a red flag fire warning day, the Fulda Fire Department was called at approximately 4 p.m. Wednesday to a blaze inside the St. Gabriel Catholic Church. The fire appeared to have started in a corner room of the church known as the flower room.

Fulda Police Chief Paul Kenney said reports indicated the fire was mostly contained to that corner room, although a wall shared between the room and that of the main church may have been bowed or compromised because of the heat.


April 9 news

JACKSON – In Jackson County, a one-vehicle rollover in the early morning hours resulted in non-life threatening injuries for a Sioux Rapids, Iowa man. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Neil Lewallen, age 27, was southbound on Highway 86 Wednesday morning, two miles north of the Minnesota-Iowa border, when he lost control of his 2006 Chevy Cobalt and rolled into the ditch. The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office and Dickinson County Ambulance responded.


Body of missing man found in Osceola County

OCHEYEDAN, Iowa – A report of a missing person Tuesday resulted in the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office finding the body of 48-year-old John Michael Dirks in a ditch along Highway 9 in the Ocheyedan area.

Assisting in the search was Ocheyedan Fire and Rescue, Osceola County Emergency Management, Iowa State Patrol and the Iowa Department of Natural Resources.

Dirks was pronounced deceased by the medical examiner.


April 8 news

WORTHINGTON – Worthington’s Water and Light Commission on Monday approved a $250,000 allocation to help Pheasants Forever purchase a parcel of land that is located within the wellhead protection area. The total cost of the land is $850,000, which will come from various sources.

More than half of the parcel is considered vulnerable, according to WPU Manager Scott Hain. Two gravel pits will be filled in by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.


PED Worries Continue, Senator Presses for Efforts to Step Up

U.S. Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) is pressing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to quickly step up efforts to prevent further incidence of the fast-spreading Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea (PED) virus that has already killed millions of pigs in Minnesota and across the country, and to provide help to producers already hit by the disease.


Minnesota West recognized as Digital Community College winner

WORTHINGTON – e.Republic’s Center for Digital Education has announced Minnesota West Community & Technical College placed fourth in the Digital Community College Survey, the only Minnesota college to be in the winning results for the ninth annual Digital Community Colleges Survey.

Community colleges are being recognized for their innovative uses of technology to achieve first-rate student learning environments.