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May 22 news

WORTHINGTON – According to information disclosed at Thursday’s meeting of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp or WREDC, the closing paperwork has been signed by Brian Pellowski and 7&41 LLC is now the official owner of the Northland Mall property, taking it out of the hands of Mike Kohan.

A loan of $1.2 million to 7&41 LLC – the real estate branch of PBK Investments – was approved earlier this month by the City of Worthington, which allowed the company to acquire to property as a tax increment financing district is being set up.


May 21 news

WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.


Terry Gaalswyk named as new president of Minnesota West

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WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.


May 20 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid for $420,095 from Schwickert’s Tecta America LLC of Mankato, to replace the HVAC and heating system in the War Memorial Library Building. According to Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson, the bids came in significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate, which was approximately $350,000.


May 19 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis or RTA report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington and Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area.


12 Princess Kay Finalists Selected

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.

The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:


May 18 news

WORTHINGTON - The 2015 racing season at the Nobles County Speedway is set to begin Tuesday, June 2.

This Tuesday, a Test n Tune event will be the first opportunity for racing fans to see what the track has to offer. On the official opening night the theme will be Salute to Ag and admission will be free. The lineup will be IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

This year, with a few exceptions, most of the weekly race nights will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.


Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.


Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.