WORTHINGTON - Staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep Tim Walz met with local veteran service officers today to discuss the Quicker Benefits Delivery Act, legislation aimed at tackling the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims backlog.
WORTHINGTON - Key staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep Tim Walz (D-Minn.) will meet with local veterans and veterans advocates today to get input on the expanding veterans benefits claims "backlog" that is forcing hundreds of thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for many months while their claims are being processed.
WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday listened to the pros and cons of four possible locations for a new library and decided they needed input from the general public before a decision could be made. Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz was asked to prepare a public presentation of the four sites for display at the library and the upcoming fair booth.
WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners today listened to the pros and cons of four possible locations for a new library before deciding they needed input from the general public before a decision could be made. Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz was instructed to work with Vetter Johnson Architects to prepare a public display of the four sites for display at the library and the upcoming fair booth.
The four sites include the old Campbell’s Soup lot, the current Lampert Lumber Yard, the county’s public works area or the site of the old outdoor pool.
WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs announced that applications are now available to apply for funds from the $250,000 appropriated by the Minnesota Legislature for disaster costs not eligible for federal assistance from the April 9-11 winter ice storm.
Eligible applicants must apply through the county of their residence and then the county will act as a grantee to disburse the funds as approved by the Minnesota Recovers Task Force. Several factors are considered for funding determination including benefit to the community versus the cost of the project.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington High School Trojan marching band placed second in Class AA competition at the “Battle of the Bands” parade in Lake Crystal Friday night. Finishing just behind Waconia, Worthington wowed the crowds with its “Mary Poppins”- themed “Over the Rooftop” parade show, receiving the coveted People’s Choice Award as well. The Trojan band placed fourth overall in judging point totals out of the 10 bands participating.
WORTHINGTON — A meeting for those interested in applying for funds through the Small Cities Development program for homeowners and rental property projects in Worthington will be on August 20 at an as-of-yet undetermined location. Worthington’s portion of the funds – nearly $600,000 - is enough to cover 22 homeowner properties and six rental units within the specified region. That region’s borders are Oxford Street on the north, Okabena Street on the south, Humiston Street on the west and the railroad tracks on the east.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council Wednesday awarded a contract to McLaughlin and Schulz of Marshall for improvements to 10th Street and First Avenue Southwest for just under $722,000. Council members also agreed to move forward with plans for the 2013 bituminous overlay project for Fox Farm road. Bids are to be received at 2 p.m. on July 8 and will be considered at the council meeting that night. In the engineering department, the council approved a temporary access agreement for TruShine Truck Wash from the intersection of Cecilee Street and Pauline Avenue.
HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.
According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.
BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.
The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.
“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said.