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Gov. Dayton visits Worthington, touts buffer proposal

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.

There was a packed and overflowing crowd at the Worthington Fire Hall conference room, with people leaning on walls, out in the hallway and packed into the kitchen. Rather than starting with a speech or even explaining his proposal, Dayton simply asked people to keep their remarks to three minutes and pointed out a...


Ag Commissioner confirms avian influenza in Nobles County

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WORTHINGTON – During his visit to Worthington Thursday, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson confirmed that a fourth case of pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock had been confirmed in Minnesota. According to Frederickson, the H5N2 was confirmed in Nobles County after the farmer noticed the increase in death loss on one of his barns.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health worked quickly to identify the disease after the owner went to his area veterinarian, and Frederickson said a foaming operation will be used in the barns after they...


April 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Fire Department battled two house fires simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon as the high winds caused the flames at 709 Pershing Blvd to spread quickly to the house next door, 713 Pershing. According to fire chief Rick von Holdt, the first house was already too far gone to save when firefighters arrived on scene, so they concentrated their efforts on the second home.

After knocking that fire down substantially, they crew was split in two, and both fires were taken down. The 30 mile an hour winds made the job a definite challenge, but von Holdt said the...


April 1 news

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WORTHINGTON - Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Dayton plans to be at the Worthington Fire Hall conference room, 830 Second Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday. He will be joined by Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, as well as local leaders and area residents. The...


March 31 news

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ELLSWORTH – The Minnesota State Patrol has not yet released the name of a person killed in a broadside crash between two pickup trucks near Ellsworth Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 91 and Nobles County Road 6.

According to the information that has been released so far, Brock Jacobs, 25, of Adrian, was driving a 2008 Ford Super Duty and pulling a trailer loaded with a Skid Steer. He was stopped east bound on Nobles 6, preparing to turn north onto Highway 91. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by the as yet unidentified deceased, was west bound and collided with the...


UPDATE: Name released in fatal crash near Ellsworth

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UPDATE: 12:12 p.m.
ELLSWORTH – The driver of a pickup killed in a broadside crash Monday near Ellsworth was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 59-year-old Steven Hup of Luverne.

According to the information released, two pickups met at the intersection of Highway 91 and Nobles County Road 6 at approximately 5:39 p.m. Monday. Brock Jacobs, 25, of Adrian, was driving a 2008 Ford Super Duty and pulling a trailer loaded with a Skid Steer. He was stopped east bound on Nobles 6, preparing to turn north onto Highway 91. A 2003 Chevrolet Silverado, driven by Hup, was west...


March 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk is happening at American Reformed Church in Worthington on Wednesday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. During the day, please stop by the office before beginning the prayer walk, so the office staff can prepare the walk for you. If you come in the evening, please come in the south door by the gym to begin. The event is open to the public and is recommended for 5th grade students to adults.

WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Library and The Friends of the Library present Brian Freeman at the...


Songwriter, poetry and art contest in conjunction with Michael Martin Murphey concert

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WORTHINGTON – In association with the upcoming Michael Martin Murphey concert, the Worthington Memorial Auditorium is sponsoring a Cowboy Songwriting, Poetry and Art Contest.

Murphey will be performing April 11 at the Auditorium, and the winners of the poetry and songwriting contest will perform their pieces during the show. The winners of the art concert will have their pieces displayed in the lobby. All winners will be invited to a VIP session with Murphey the day of the concert.

Age classes are K - 4th grade, 5th - 8th, 9th - 12th and College Students. Art, poems and...


Gov. Dayton hopes to crack down on illegal poaching

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ST. PAUL – In the wake of numerous high-profile instances of illegal poaching activity in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed significant reforms to Minnesota’s poaching laws this session. As a life-long hunter and angler, Dayton is pushing hard to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state’s hunting and fishing laws. By enacting more severe consequences for these crimes, Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hope to deter illegal poaching, and ensure these criminal acts are properly and thoroughly punished.

Dayton’...


March 27 news

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WORTHINGTON – A Worthington woman is facing seven felony forgery counts after allegedly paying $1,000 for another person’s identity and using it to work and register a vehicle.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Nobles County District Court, the victim contacted the Worthington Police Department after applying for a job through a employment company and being told that her name was already in use. The company had a social security number, birth certificate, address and phone number on file. The woman called the phone number and talked to someone who said she had purchased...