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Sen. Franken discusses flood damage

WORTHINGTON - US Senator Al Franken has floods on his mind. During a call to Radio Works Headquarters Wednesday morning, he explained his recent travels around the state of Minnesota, viewing flood damage.

Over the weekend he put on plenty of miles, from Luverne to Pipestone to Albert Lea to International Falls and several points in between.


June 25 news

WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
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June 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council approved the authorization to reject all bids and re-advertise for the Okabena Street water main extension project during their Monday night meeting. Three bids on the project were rejected due to confusion on a reimbursement form attached to the bid. All three bidders have been informed and will be given the opportunity to re-bid the project.

The council did approve a bid for the Taxiway B joint and crack repairs project at the Worthington Municipal Airport, subject to receipt of a federal grant to fund 90 percent of the project cost.


Iowa Marine killed in Afghanistan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Iowa Marine is one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said today.

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, military officials said.

The Department of Defense identified the other fallen Marines as Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., and Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.


June 23 news

WORTHINGTON - Concrete pavement joint work on Oxford Street from Diagonal Road to McMillan Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Oxford Street will be open to through traffic, however, driving lanes will be restricted and there will be brief intermittent traffic interruptions.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone. Weather permitting and construction proceeding as planned, the work should be completed and normal traffic restored in one week.


June 20 news

WORTHINGTON - The American Red Cross will be hosting two annual chapter board meetings, for the Prairie Winds and Southwest Minnesota chapters.

The Prairie Winds Annual Board Meeting is Tuesday at the Marshall Library Community Room at 201 C Street, with the board meeting at 6 p.m. The meeting will be open to the public at 7 pm for a short presentation and volunteer recognition awards. Refreshments will be served.


June 19 news

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – The travel ban put in place by the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office earlier this week has been lifted. All major highways in Lyon County are now open. There may be some problems on blacktops in the Doon area, according to an advisory on the sheriff’s office website.

Caution is also advised on gravel roads, especially those with bridges. There are still wash-outs and culverts out of place. Again, the travel ban has been lifted, but caution is still advised.


Blue Mounds State Park to close for a few weeks

LUVERNE – According to Blue Mounds State Park Manager Chris Ingebretson, the park will be closed until July 14 due to flood damage.

As of Wednesday, the hiking trails, campgrounds and roads will be closed to the public due to the flooding and damages caused, Ingebretson said. The park will be closed at least through July 13, and he is hopeful things can be re-opened July 14. By then, he said, he and his staff should have time to secure areas that are unsafe, and get plans together for what needs to be done.


Emergency Management asks public to report trouble spots to townships

WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs is encouraging people to contact their township supervisors if they are out on a township road and happen to come across a spot that is damaged or eroded due to recent storms and has not yet been marked or barricaded.

It is hard to see at night, Jacobs said, and we may not be done with rain yet, so if people could let township supervisors know about any dangerous spots, it would help keep roads safer for everyone.


June 18 news

WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington is helping residents with the clean-up from the storms that went through by picking up branches next week. City Administrator Craig Clark said the service will be provided at no charge, but residents are responsible for getting the branches out to boulevards in time for the pick-up.

Branches must be at the curb Monday by 7 a.m. Clark said the crews hope to have the branches all picked up by Wednesday, but it is a one-shot deal, so once a crew goes through a neighborhood, they will not be back.