February 17 news

WORTHINGTON – Residents of Worthington are being asked to use Wikimapping as a tool to help the Southwest Regional Development Commission and the city identify safety issues in town when it comes to walking and biking.

The city of Worthington is preparing an Active Living Plan, and as a first step, are asking citizens to respond online through WikiMapping to identify gaps in the sidewalks and trails network, problem intersections, traffic and congestion issues, teen driving issues and more.

February 16 news

WORTHINGTON - Comfort Suites in Worthington was recently awarded the Gold Award from Choice Hotels, an honor given to hotels that score well on guest surveys in the areas of guest service, staff service, cleanliness and condition of rooms. In addition to guest opinions, an independent firm inspects the property twice a year to ensure the property is up to standards.

In order to be considered at the gold level, a property must place in the top 10 percent of properties that carry the Comfort Suites brand.

The hotel will be recognized at the company’s convention in May.

City of Adrian Drinking Water Issues

The City of Adrian’s Water Nitrate Plant is experiencing mechanical issues. We ask the following individuals to not drink from Adrian’s public water source:
• Children under 6 months of age
• Nursing mothers of children under 6 months of age
• Pregnant Women

Vouchers to provide free drinking water to the fore-mentioned City of Adrian individuals are available at Adrian City Hall, 209 Maine Avenue, Suite 106, Adrian, MN. The City is now working to resolve this issue. Please obtain your vouchers prior to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2014 at Adrian City Hall.

Worthington Country Club offically a part of GreatLIFE

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WORTHINGTON – It is now official – Worthington Country Club is part of the GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club.

GreatLIFE Chairman and CEO Tom Walsh, who owns the Burger King franchise in Worthington, made the announcement today, stating it has been a big task putting things together, but an important one, knowing the pride that people have in their golf course. And not an easy one for them, knowing it is something they care so much about.

February 12 news

WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting for the Oxford Street Redevelopment Plan, attendees were asked to look at a map of the Worthington area and put a blue sticker on the area they felt was the biggest priority in the city. With the exception of two or three, every other blue dot ended up on the representation of the Northland Mall.

Semi only loss during JBS fire

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WORTHINGTON – A semi tractor was completely destroyed during a fire at JBS Tuesday night, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt, but for the most part, that was the extent of the damage, he said.

February 11 news

WORTHINGTON – During a joint meeting and work session Tuesday evening between the Worthington City Council and the Nobles County Commissioners, the bulk of the discussion was dedicated to what collaboration is being or can be done between the two entities to keep costs down and make for better communication while serving the residents in their districts.

Southwest Minnesota schools receive Safe Route to School grants

MINNESOTA – Schools in Worthington, Windom, Jackson, Lakefield and Pipestone are all recipients of Safe Routes to School mini-grants that support walking and biking programs at K-12 schools in the state. Those grants recipients were announced today by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Mini-grants totaling $125,000 will support the Safe Routes to School program at 64 schools, reaching nearly 40,000 students. An additional $125,000 will fund bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies in four communities committed to working with 37 schools to teach bicycle safety.

February 10 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved a recommendation to appoint Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis as Interim Administrator until a full-time administrator is hired. Previously, the council had voted to appoint the seven department heads as co-interim administrators under the former council.

February 9 news

PIPESTONE – A Pipestone man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being extricated from his burning house Sunday morning. According to information released by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Department, Ambulance and the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence at 317 Main St East. The residence sustained moderate damage on the north side.