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December 5 news

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ADRIAN – A 4-wheeler accident involving a toddler was reported Wednesday shortly after 1 p.m. in Adrian. According to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, the child was being given a ride on the 4-wheeler when it flipped and pinned the child beneath the machine. The child, who is 2-years-old, was taken by ambulance to Sanford Worthington, then transferred to Sioux Falls, SD. Wilkening, who classified the injuries as ‘serious,’ had not been given an update on the child’s condition.

PIPESTONE – A car crash with serious injuries was reported in Pipestone at 12:15 p.m. Wednesday on...


December 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday approved a motion to abate 100 percent of the real estate taxes on the Ferrara Candy building in Round Lake for a period of three years. According to Ferrara, that savings of approximately $9,200 a year will be passed on to AGCO so they can use the facility as a warehouse, which could create 20 new jobs.

Last week, the Round Lake City Council opted to approve a 50 percent tax abatement for the same facility, which equals roughly $6,500 per year.

According to WREDC Manager Abraham Algadi, the Round Lake School District has...


Nobles County Commissioners approve tax abatement for Round Lake facility

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday afternoon approved a motion to abate 100 percent of the real estate taxes on the Ferrara Candy building in Round Lake for a period of three years. According to Ferrara, that savings will be passed on to AGCO so they can use the facility as a warehouse, which could create 20 new jobs.

Last week, the Round Lake City Council opted to approve a 50 percent tax abatement for the same facility.

According to WREDC Manager Abraham Algadi, the Round Lake School District has chosen not to address the request, but if negotiations with...


DNR issues warning for aerated lakes

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MINNESOTA - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources warns ice anglers, snowmobilers, skiers and other outdoor enthusiasts to use caution when going onto any lake covered or partially covered with ice, especially those that feature aeration systems.

”Open water areas created by aeration systems can shift or change shapes depending on weather conditions," said Marilyn Danks, DNR aquatic biologist. "Leaks may develop in air lines creating other areas of weak ice or open water."

Aeration systems are generally operated from the time lakes freeze until ice break-up in the...


December 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – A police chase Saturday in Worthington led the arrest of a Texas man. Following a series of events that began with a complaint of disorderly conduct, Thomas Warborg was arrested for first-degree assault, driving while impaired, fleeing a peace officer and test refusal.

Shortly after 11 a.m. Saturday, authorities were called to the Super 8 Motel, where Warborg allegedly caused damage to his room and threatened to run his pickup truck through the lobby.

He fled the scene and was intercepted at the intersection of Oxford and Omaha Streets. He was ordered out of...


Worthington man charged with criminal sexual conduct against granddaughter

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WORTHINGTON – Criminal sexual conduct charges were filed last week on Nobles County District Court against Kenneth Meyerdirk, age 68, of Worthington, according to court documents. Meyerdirk faces one first-degree and three second-degree counts, all of which stem from his alleged contact with a granddaughter that spanned several years.

The criminal complaint states all of the alleged contact occurred at Meyerdirk’s farm on Sundberg Avenue. The victim said she remembers the first incidents happening when she was in second grade, which would have been in 2000, and continued until she...


December 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – The 25th annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Pioneer Village. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered throughout the village grounds and food and hot cider will be available. Fun products such as jams, jellies, cookbooks and Burt’s Bees products will be available at the country store.

Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free, and are all welcome to visit with Santa Claus in the fire hall. Reading Bus Lines will be conducting free tours of lights around Worthington starting at 6:45 p.m. both nights.

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November 27 news

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ROUND LAKE – The Round Lake City Council voted Tuesday evening to abate 50 percent of the property taxes on the former Farley & Sather’s building for three years, which approximates $6,500 per year. The building is currently owned by the Ferrara Candy Company. AGCO is interested in leasing the building for three years, with an option to purchase.

The first of three tax abatement discussions took place Tuesday evening at the Round Lake City Council. At the heart of the matter is whether the city, Nobles County and the Round Lake-Brewster School District will agree to a three...


Suspect in hospital thefts sought by authorities

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WINDOM – Authorities in four cities are keeping an eye out for a suspect who reportedly entered medical facilities for nefarious purposes. According to area law enforcement, there were four reported incidents of an individual entering offices and in some cases, stealing employee wallets. The suspect is a black male in his late 20s.

The suspect was seen going into offices at the Windom Hospital, and when confronted by staff, said he was looking for the X-ray department. He left after stating he needed to look for some papers. It is believed he stole money from a purse.

The...


US Foods of Fairmont to shut doors

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from the Fairmont Sentinel:
FAIRMONT - Employees at US Foods in Fairmont were informed recently that the local plant will soon be shutting its doors.

The US Foods' plant in Fairmont - not to be confused with Fairmont Foods - is located at 1500 E. Winnebago Ave. Employees who will remain anonymous have indicated the plant is closing its doors Jan. 31.

Company spokesperson Lisa Lecas issued the following written statement following requests for comment from the Fairmont Sentinel:

"As part of ongoing effort to maximize operating efficiencies and better serve...