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June 11 news

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains today.
Motorists are warned that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. Watch for cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards.

Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.


June 10 news

ADRIAN – The Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate 4th annual Cruise for Cancer leaves Adrian at 1 p.m. Sunday from Grove Park, according to organizer Lonnie Roloff.

Bikes, trikes and classic cars are welcome, and registration begins at noon. The run starts in Adrian, goes into South Dakota, stops at Grand Falls Casino, then heads back to Adrian, which is about a 100 mile trip. Back in Adrian, there will be a meal of sloppy joes, beans and potato chips.


June 9 news

WORTHINGTON – From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, the Worthington Hy-Vee will donate 10 percent of the Market Café proceeds to the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival. Regatta Board members and Chamber staff will be in the lobby of the store to greet customers and hand out flyers with the Market Café promotion and a special bar code for a $1 donation to the Regatta.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a request from the Lake Okabena Improvement Association to authorize a fireworks display on the evening of July 3 as part of the group’s fundraising event.


Name released in fatal Heron Lake crash

JACKSON – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a woman killed in a crash Sunday in Heron Lake at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Jackson County Road 9. Evelyn Behr, age 91 of Fulda, died when her 2014 Volkswagen Jetta collided with a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Charles Johnson, age 32, of Blaine.


June 8 news

JACKSON – Two fatal crashes were reported in Jackson County over the weekend.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Leonard Busswitz of Jeffers was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Jackson County 17 near the intersection of 890th Street in Christiana Township when he swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and traveled into the southbound lane, colliding with a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Jody Rossow, 49, of Lakefield. The Rossow vehicle came to rest in the east ditch.


June 4 news

WORTHINGTON – The first Nobles County tax-forfeited land auction went off without a hitch Wednesday morning, although there were a few last-minute questions to which County Administrator Tom Johnson and Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove valiantly chased down answers.

Nobles County Commissioner Chair Matt Widboom once more showed his unique versatility by stepping into the role of auctioneer after letting Van Hove explain the basics to the interested bidders. Several of the lots, she explained, had assessments, some had buildings on them, and all were sold as is with all sales final.


June 3 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized use of the environmental fund to continue cleanup of the railroad ties that have been scattered along the jointly owned Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority for Nobles and Rock County.


Round Lake Vineyards & Winery is ready to pour

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ROUND LAKE – During a ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday afternoon, Scott Ellenbecker of Round Lake Vineyards & Winery said the event was a monumental day for them, joking that with wine, nothing happens quickly.

Scott and Jenny Ellenbecker started planting grapes in 2007 and have 18 acres on the estate in Round Lake and others in various locations in the area for a total of 27 acres, Scott said. It all came about because he learned in 2006 that grapes could be grown in Minnesota with irrigation to protect them from frost.


June 2 news

MINNESOTA - Chris Weber was released from the Nobles County Jail on Friday. Monday he stood in front of a bank of cameras, describing what he calls the worst mistake of his life and telling others to learn from it.

Weber pleaded guilty to criminal vehicular homicide last summer, admitting that he was using his cell phone when his pickup truck fatally struck Andrea Boeve, 33, who was bicycling along a Rock County road with two young daughters in a bike trailer in tow.


Worthington District 518 High School Principal resigns

WORTHINGTON – Worthington District 518 High School Principal Paul Karelis tendered his resignation Monday, according to Superintendent John Landgaard.

The resignation will be formally accepted by the school board at their next meeting, Landgaard said, but Karelis has chosen to accept another position.

Landgaard said Karelis has done a great job within District 518 and will be hard to replace. The district appreciates all of his hard work and dedication, Landgaard said and they do not like to see him go.