IRS warns of pervasive telephone scam

WASHINGTON — The Internal Revenue Service today warned consumers about a sophisticated phone scam targeting taxpayers, including recent immigrants, throughout the country.

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS and it must be paid promptly through a pre-loaded debit card or wire transfer. If the victim refuses to cooperate, they are then threatened with arrest, deportation or suspension of a business or driver’s license. In many cases, the caller becomes hostile and insulting.

October 31 news

WORTHINGTON – With the school referendum vote coming up on Tuesday, Worthington District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard is reminding residents to get out and vote between the hours of 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. at the Worthington High School Auxiliary gym. The school receives its funding through federal, state and local taxpayer support, he said, and these dollars go to support our community in a variety of ways in promoting a healthy economic environment.

October 30 news

WORTHINGTON — Sanford Health Cancer Center in Worthington has received a new art installation. Every piece was made either entirely by or with the help of a cancer survivor. Survivors, family members and staff get the opportunity to create works like these with artists as part of Sanford Health Sanford Arts program based in Sioux Falls, S.D. While patients wait for radiation, receive chemotherapy infusions, or are an inpatient, they have the opportunity to work with professional artists to create personal and unique works of art.

Health and Wellness Center offically open

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The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and assorted Minnesota West staff gathered Monday night for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the new Health and Wellness Center on the Worthington Campus.

Video depicting alleged animal cruelty in Pipestone hog farm posted by Mercy For Animals

PIPESTONE – The animal rights group Mercy for Animals released an undercover video today that the they say depicts cruelty at a Pipestone hog farm, including slamming piglets to death on the floor. The hog farm management company says practices depicted in the video — including killing piglets through “blunt force trauma" — are all within hog industry guidelines.

The video from Mercy For Animals was taken surreptitiously on behalf of the group by an employee at Rosewood Farm, which is part of the Pipestone System, a group of over 200 hog farmers who share services.

October 29 news

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Monday morning, the Worthington Council opted to not increase storm water rates, meaning the current funding will add approximately $30,000 to the capital improvement reserve fund. That reserve could be used to fund a flood mitigation plan in the city, which would have to be implemented in phases. The flood plan would not mean that all basements would be stopped from taking on water, but it would remove homes from the flood plain, changing homeowners’ need to purchase flood insurance.

October 28 news

WORTHINGTON – Beginning today, the Clothesline Project will be on display on the lawn of the Government Center in Worthington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display will be there every day this week, as a reminder of the devastation and loss that follows domestic violence. The Clothesline Project involves t-shirts turned into art by survivors of domestic violence. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota West Commons, there will be a United Against Domestic Violence Reception, with Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh as speaker. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

October 25 news

WORTHINGTON – State Representative Dean Urdahl, who has recently published his latest novel “Conspiracy,” will visit the Center for Active Living in Worthington at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

“Conspiracy” follows “Uprising,” “Retribution” and “Pursuit” to compete his series about the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862. Urdahl's family helped settle Litchfield Township in 1856, two years before Minnesota became the 32nd state. The conflict started across the lake from Urdahl's home; his great-great-grandfather buried the conflict's first five victims.

Lewis and Clark votes down capital loan

WORTHINGTON – Members of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System board on Thursday voted down a proposal to borrow $16-million to finish the pipeline to Luverne. Of the 20 entities involved in the project, only five voted yes to the capital call loan. The board will have to continue with it’s ‘wait and see’ strategy for federal funds, according to executive director Troy Larson.

UPDATE: Vehicle rollover near Worthington involves 15 people

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WORTHINGTON – All of the victims of the van rollover just west of Worthington Thursday morning were JBS workers, according to a JBS employee. The victims are some of the approximately 200 people who make the drive from Sioux Falls, SD to Worthington each day to go to work.