WORTHINGTON – For the first time since the inception of the program, the Nobles County Excellence in Performance Award went to not one person, but four. A Nobles County Public Works Crew consisting of Steve Schultz, Jim Stefferud, Mike Johnson and Dan Diekmann were all honored for going above and beyond their normal duties and potentially stopping a disaster before it could start.
WORTHINGTON – Six council candidates and three mayoral candidates for the city of Worthington squared off in a packed cafeteria Monday night during a forum at the Worthington Area High School, vying for seats that will be decided during the Nov. 4 general election.
Mayor incumbent Alan Oberloh is facing two contenders for his seat – Chris Dybevick and Mike Kuhle, who is currently a council member for Ward 2.
In Ward 1, council member incumbent Ron Wood is facing Larry Janssen. Ward 2 is filled with all newcomers – Chad Cummings, Michael Harmon, Rodolfo Martinez and Jeanene Townswick.
WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton said he is hoping to make an announcement about the date and location of his proposed pheasant summit during the Governors Pheasant Hunting Opener this weekend in Worthington.
“I’m excited about this trip to Worthington. I originated these hunts three years ago – this will be the fourth - and they are really growing in popularity,” Dayton said. “I hear the pheasant population there is up.”
WORTHINGTON – Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark has been offered the position of city administrator for the city of Austin. On Saturday, the Austin City Council voted 5-1, with one member voting no and another abstaining, to offer the vacant position to Clark.
The council members spoke highly of Clark and the skills he would bring to the table, especially in the areas of economic development and his working relationship with state agencies. Next, Clark will begin contract negotiations with Austin’s city attorney and resources director.
WORTHINGTON – Concrete restoration was completed this week on the sanitary sewer manhole and spot repairs on Lake Avenue near Tower Street, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Concrete cure time and bituminous overlay restoration remains.
Ninth Avenue concrete surface work was completed this week, but cure time and bituminous overlay, along with turf restoration work remains.
WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Sgt. Nate Grimmius has been named the new commander of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the task force board met Wednesday morning and appointed Grimmius to the position.
Technically, Troy Appel is still the commander, but he will move into the position of the Worthington Director of Public Safety/Police Chief next week. Grimmius, who has been with the Worthington Police Department for 10 years and the drug task force for seven, will then move into the position as commander.
WORTHINGTON – To the more than 1,000 high school students who attended the Minnesota Supreme Court oral arguments Wednesday morning at the Worthington High School it may have seemed more like an argument about grammar or semantics, but they listened attentively as attorneys for the defendant and for the state argued the difference between the words ‘take’ and ‘taking’ and discussed the legal meaning of ‘pursuing.’
WORTHINGTON — According to city officials in Austin, Craig Clark, the current Worthington City Administrator, has been named a finalist for the vacant Austin city administrator position. Clark is scheduled to interview for the position in Austin on October 3 and 4.
City officials say a decision could be made on who will fill the vacant post over the weekend. Kandis Hanson and Steve Wilke are also candidates for the position, and have already interviewed with Austin’s city council. Wilke has been the city manager of Lake Mills, Wis., and Hanson is the city manager in Mound.
MINNESOTA - Minnesota 2020, a think tank founded by former DFL legislator Matt Entenza seven years ago, is shutting down.
Stuart Alger, a Minneapolis attorney and Minnesota 2020 board chairman, confirmed Monday that the board will close its doors. Alger said six to eight full-time employees would be laid off — primarily writers and researchers.
Alger said the funding just hasn’t been there as it was in the past. The organization is a 501c3 nonprofit, and Alger said it relied on private support, including donations from labor organizations and foundations.
WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.
Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.