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February 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – A public hearing regarding the redevelopment of Oxford Street will take place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Worthington Fire Hall. Brad Chapulis, Worthington’s director of community and economic development, said Wednesday’s hearing is the first of others that will be taking place in an extensive planning process. Its purpose is to hear about new ideas for the corridor spanning from Minnesota 60 to Minnesota 266, and what citizens would envision that corridor to look like.

There will be a brief presentation from representatives from the Minneapolis-based...


Nobles County K-9 is awarded bullistic vest

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WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frank’ee has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a private donation of $950 that was received by James Manson of West St. Paul. Manson also donated $950 to outfit K9 Dakota’s vest of the Rochester Police Department.

K-9 Frank’ee is a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois that has been with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Department since 2013. K-9 Frank’ee is trained to track down violent suspects, find missing people, smell out illegal drugs, and protect his partners. This...


February 5 news

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WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Lady Jay and Bluejay basketball teams will host “Meet the Jays” during their home games on Saturday. The Lady Jays will start at 1 p.m. and Bluejays will start at 3 p.m. taking on the Anoka Ramsey Golden Rams at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus Center for Health and Wellness. All students K-8th grade will receive free admission and there will be an opportunity following each game to meet the players and receive posters.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council will join the Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday,...


January 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – During a Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday morning, Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick informed the board that Investigator Lonnie Roloff was chosen in January by the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition as the 2014 Investigator of the Year.

The MSCIC is made up of investigators from sheriff’s offices, polices departments, the DNR, state troopers and prosecuting attorneys from 16 counties. Roloff was elected as Investigator of the Year by the governing board because of his dedication and leadership to the position and to the sheriff’s office. According to...


One Last Time! Tour

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Barry Manilow recently announced that he is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across North America ONE LAST TIME!, along with special guest Dave Koz. Manilow will launch his multiple-city ONE LAST TIME! Tour beginning in Omaha, NE on February 11, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and range from $18-$127 via www.manilow.com and www.aeglive.com. ...


February 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington/Nobles Emergency Response Unit had a busy day on Monday, prowling the halls of an old building on the Sanford Worthington Medical Center campus, clearing rooms one by one. No, they weren’t searching for intruders, they were drilling.

Sanford graciously allowed the use of the old clinic building they purchased this fall for the ERU to practice high-risk entry tactics under the tutelage of Minneapolis SWAT Training Coordinator Craig Taylor and Quartermaster Mark Kaspszak. For Taylor, it was a bit of a home-coming. He’s from Storden, and was part of the...


ERU works on high-risk entry tactics

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington/Nobles Emergency Response Unit had a busy day on Monday, prowling the halls of an old building on the Sanford Worthington Medical Center campus, clearing rooms one by one. No, they weren’t searching for intruders, they were drilling.

Sanford graciously allowed the use of the old clinic building they purchased this fall for the ERU to practice high-risk entry tactics under the tutelage of Minneapolis SWAT Training Coordinator Craig Taylor and Quartermaster Mark Kaspszak. For Taylor, it was a bit of a home-coming. He’s from Storden, and was part of the...


February 2 news

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WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota West Community and Technical College Culture Corner and the Humanities Club will host a public forum and presentation featuring National Endowment of the Humanities Civil Rights speaker Hollis Watkins at noon Tuesday in the theater. Watkins has spent his life serving others for the cause of civil rights. Watkins was jailed several times for his activities, which included attempts to integrate lunch counters in the south.

At the conclusion of Watkins’ presentation, he will entertain questions from the audience. The event is free and open to the public....


Ice Derby posponed due to ice conditions, other Winterfest events to take place

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WORTHINGTON – Due to unsafe ice conditions, the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club Club has postponed today’s Ice Derby.

According to Chad Cummings, if conditions improve in the next few weeks the Derby will take place at a later date. Cummings said the landings are the cause for concern. A hard house and ATV broke through at a landing Friday evening, making one of the two landings unusable and unsafe.

“We do not want to subject the other to high traffic and have it fail with today’s forecasted temp close to 30 degrees,” Cummings explained.

The Snowmobile Show and Shine...


Winterfest Royalty crowned, chili cook-off winners named

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WORTHINGTON – Friday night festivities at the Worthington Event Center for the Winterfest Kick-Off Event were a fun success.

Crowned Winterfest 2015 Queen was Lauren Martin of Brewster. Lauren, age 16, is the daughter of Ted and Sarah Martin and a junior at Worthington High School.
On her application, Lauren said she likes winter because of the change of season and anticipation of the first snow. She admits she also looks forward each year to winter styles and fashions.

Her favorite outdoor activity is skiing, where she loves the thrill of flying down slopes and riding...