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Flocks in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan County confirmed as H5N2 positive

ST. PAUL – State and federal officials are responding to additional confirmed cases of H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI) in commercial poultry in Minnesota. The United States Department of Agriculture today confirmed the detection of the disease in Cottonwood, Lyon and Watonwan Counties, and also confirmed a fourth case in Stearns County. There are now 13 confirmed cases in the state. The disease was identified quickly due to the Minnesota Board of Animal Health’s ongoing work with the poultry industry on surveillance for HPAI.


Minnesota West Presidential Search: Semifinalists Named

Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has named two semifinalists who are under consideration to be president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. The candidates are Terry Gaalswyk and Martin Reimer.


April 10 news

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College will hold open forums at its campuses, including Worthington, for each of the three candidates seeking the college’s position of president. Those names are expected to be released today.


April 9 news

WORTHINGTON – The Okabena-Ocheda-Bella Clean Water Partnership Joint Powers Board voted Tuesday to request $13,000 from the city’s Clean Water Fund to conduct a stormwater Best Management Practices feasibility study at Prairie View Golf Course.
The board, consisting of staff of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, Worthington City Council and citizen members, has discussed at length the future of the Prairie View and its potential for being developed for additional water quality strategies.


April 8 news

WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting Tuesday evening, Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove walked the Board of Commissioners through the unfamiliar process of classifying parcels of tax forfeited property – something none of them had been through before.

Each of 23 properties was individually discussed and classified as to whether it would be publically auctioned, or sold in a sealed bid, or in one case, investigated further. The commissioners did vote unanimously to set the lowest bid price on each parcel at $1.


April 7 news

WORTHINGTON – Sen. Bill Weber and Rep. Rod Hamilton met with Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle and council members Diane Graber and Mike Harmon, along with City Administrator Steve Robinson and several others to listen as Marty Seifert from the Greater Minnesota Partnership outlined the group’s priorities progress report for the 2015 Legislative session on Monday morning.


April 6 news

WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Regional Weather Spotter Training will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

Sponsored by the National Weather Service, Nobles County Emergency Management and Worthington Fire Department, the training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters or anyone interested in learning more about severe weather and how you can better prepare yourself when severe weather approaches.

For more information, contact Nobles County Emergency Management, 295-5212.


April 3 news

WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.


Gov. Dayton visits Worthington, touts buffer proposal

WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.


Ag Commissioner confirms avian influenza in Nobles County

WORTHINGTON – During his visit to Worthington Thursday, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson confirmed that a fourth case of pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock had been confirmed in Minnesota. According to Frederickson, the H5N2 was confirmed in Nobles County after the farmer noticed the increase in death loss on one of his barns.