Latest Area News Headlines

SCOTUS voids key part of Voting Rights Act

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.

The court did not strike down the advance approval requirement of the law that has been used, mainly in the South, to open up polling places to minority...


June 25 news

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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council approved the Athletic Facilities Master Plan and Needs Assessment Monday night, which outlines potential improvements to Worthington’s current athletic facilities. They discussed a need for a joint powers agreement for members of the Athletics Facilities Plan Team, which includes the city of Worthington, School District 518, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau. Through the facilities plan, the council and other groups involved hope to maximize their resources and reduce redundant...


Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza

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Congratulations to all Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza winners and a big shoutout to the Radio Works Summer Ultimate BBQ Bundle winner Richard Nelson of Worthington!

 We hope you have all enjoyed your backyard bbq celebration, feeding up to 50 people per winner!...


June 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay for Life raised $67,146.13 this year –almost $9,000 short of their $76,000 goal. They have until August to raise the remainder. The chair auction, which was delayed during the Windsurfing Regatta due to weather, raised $1,870, with proceeds going toward the Relay total. This year, the American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years of fundraising, education and research.

According to Greg Rossow, ACS Community Relations, the organization deems this the start of the last century for cancer. They are trying to put themselves out of business by...


June 21 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department has alerted the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses about counterfeit checks being cashed in the area. One such check was passed in Worthington, another at a business in Marshall.

The fake checks bear the name of Probuild in the upper left-hand corner, but are not associated with that business. The phone number listed on the check is a Lakefield number, the check number does not match the check number at the bottom and the address of the payee does not exist. Nothing glaringly obvious, but mistakes all the same. According to...


Franken and Walz staffers talk veteran benefits backlog bill

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WORTHINGTON - Staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep Tim Walz met with local veteran service officers today to discuss the Quicker Benefits Delivery Act, legislation aimed at tackling the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims backlog.

Although a news release sent out yesterday states the backlog is forcing thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for months at a time while claims are processed, Veterans Field Representative Shawn Schloesser of Walz’s office said the backlog of benefit claims is only about 20 percent Iraq and...


June 20 news

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WORTHINGTON - Key staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep Tim Walz (D-Minn.) will meet with local veterans and veterans advocates today to get input on the expanding veterans benefits claims "backlog" that is forcing hundreds of thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for many months while their claims are being processed.

Sen. Franken and Rep. Walz, who recently introduced legislation to help the clear up the backlog, said the meeting is part of their effort to get input from Minnesotans on the problem and on their...


New library location narrowed to four possible sites

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WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners today listened to the pros and cons of four possible locations for a new library before deciding they needed input from the general public before a decision could be made. Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz was instructed to work with Vetter Johnson Architects to prepare a public display of the four sites for display at the library and the upcoming fair booth.

The four sites include the old Campbell’s Soup lot, the current Lampert Lumber Yard, the county’s public works area or the site of the old outdoor pool.

In a letter...


FEMA denies aid to West, Texas for blast

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HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the rural community of 2,800 people...


Barn and calves lost in rural Bigelow fire

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BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.

The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.

“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said...