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May 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – Work on the lining of the trunk sanitary sewer system on Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the Worthington Engineering Department. Motorist are asked to proceed with caution and watch for construction workers.

Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 toward Woodcrest Avenue.

LUVERNE – Two Beaver Creek men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Hill’s Bar. Charges have been filed in Rock County District Court against 26-year-old Tony Fluit and 30-year-old Shane Hultgren....


Lewis and Clark funding through MN bonding bill could be in jeopardy

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ST. PAUL – Rep. Rod Hamilton is asking for the help of all southwestern Minnesotans. According to Hamilton, Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, approached him on Friday to tell him there is not enough money to fund the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in the upcoming bonding bill.

“I was absolutely floored,” Hamilton said. “In essence, she threw us under the bus.”

Rep. Joe Schomacker and Hamilton, along with Sen. Bill Weber, have championed the cause of Lewis and Clark, working tirelessly to get the money needed to bring the pipeline into...


Guy Lombardo

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AM 730 KWOA and the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa are proud to present: Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadian with Al Pierson!

This performance is slated for Tuesday, September 9 at 2 p.m. in the Clay County Regional Events Center Ballroom.

“Dancing the afternoon away to one of the most famous big bands in the world will be a true delight on Senior Day,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. “The air-conditioned ballroom at the Events Center will be the perfect site for the event.”

Founded in 1919, Guy Lombardo’s Royal Canadians is the longest running dance...


May 5 news

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ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - Citing circumstances beyond his control, the Mayor of Arnolds Park resigned Friday afternoon, effective immediately. Meeting in special session late Friday, the city council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Mike Mitchell and started to look at options for a successor. City Administrator Ron Walker says the council is intending to appoint someone to fill the position.

Walker says the council intends to make the appointment at its regular meeting May 14th. Prior to that, council members are being asked to bring names of residents interested in the...


Murder-suicide reported at Crossroads Care Center

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is investigating a murder-suicide that occurred Friday evening at the Crossroads Care Center on McMillan Street in Worthington.

According to Police Chief Mike Cumiskey, officers responded at 9:55 p.m. to a report of gunshots fired in a private room at the facility. They found 87-year-old George Doust sitting on a bed with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to his head. In an adjacent bed was Crossroads Care Center resident Doris Doust, also with a gunshot wound to the head. A handgun was recovered in the room.

Officers, Nobles...


May 2 News

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JACKSON -- The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a stolen 2000 Bobcat CT 235 utility tractor. The machine, along with an attached front loader, was reported missing from the Loon Lake Golf Course on April 30. It was allegedly removed from a shed at the golf course. Owners and deputies followed tracks on township roads leading them into Iowa at the intersection of 210th Avenue and Highway 9 west of Spirit Lake, Iowa, where the trail was lost. The sheriff’s office requests anyone with information regarding this theft to call 847-4420.

OKOBOJI -- The fish are still...


May 1 News

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SIBLEY -- Devan Vander Veen, a senior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was elected Iowa FFA vice president representing the Northwest Region during the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference Tuesday night in Ames.

Vander Veen was one of 24 candidates vying for a position on the state officer team and continues a four-year string of state officers hailing from the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter. To earn the state officer position, Vander Veen participated in a two-day interview process last week that included seven rounds of personal questions, speeches and essay writing.

He will...


Project Morning Star presented to drug court team

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WORTHINGTON – The Cornerstone Drug Court Team was presented today with information about the proposed Project Morning Star Residential Recovery program, a transitional housing program in which residents can work on their recovery from addiction in a safe, stable and sober environment before re-entering the community on their own.

The proposed facility is located eight miles south of Worthington and has two homes surrounded by six acres of property. Last week the Nobles County Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit, with one member voting against the project. The...


April 30 news

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WORTHINGTON - This year marks the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer for their communities, their nation and their leaders.

There will be a noontime gathering, this year from noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Nobles County Government Center. In case of inclement weather, the gathering will move indoors to the Farmers Room. There will be an evening “Concert of Praise & Prayer”...


April 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – The abatement plan filed by Northland Mall owner Mike Kohen is insufficient, according to Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis. He explained to the city council Monday night that he and his staff had examined the plan of action Kohen had submitted last month and found there was no specific schedule or scope of work, and no executed contracts.

The city got involved with the mall last year when the old K-Mart portion of the property was found to be a hazard after a drug bust. Since that day, the city has been trying to work with Kohen...