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May 15 news

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ST. PAUL — Minnesota Sen. Bill Weber and Reps. Rod Hamilton and Joe Schomacker are working to get bills to help southwest Minnesota weather a financial storm pushed through before the legislative session ends May 20. The bills request that disaster aid money be appropriated to match federal aid for the April ice storm that caused more than $26 million in damages.

After a first reading late last week, Bill HF1832 spent Tuesday night with the House Ways and Means Committee. The Committee on a voice vote approved spending $1.5 million to leverage funds to help pay for public costs....


Rural Jackson man killed in Monday night motorcycle crash

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JACKSON – A 32-year-old rural Jackson man was killed Monday when he crashed his motorcycle on CSAH 4 in Round Lake Township.

According to information released by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Jason Clair Libengood was operating a 600 Yamaha on CSAH 4 near the intersection of State Highway 264 at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday when he failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway. He entered the south ditch, struck a sign and was thrown from the motorcycle.

Libengood was transported to Sanford Worthington Hospital, where he died from his injuries.

Assisting the...


May 14 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council is hoping to get some answers this afternoon when they meet with FEMA and Homeland Security Emergency Management officials regarding tree trimming and reimbursement from the April storms. During a meeting last night, the council discussed how the trees broken in the storm are being trimmed. Public Works Director Jim Euhlberg said his office is getting multiple phone calls each day from citizens concerned about how the trees look.

Representatives from Ceres, the company hired to remove the debris, and True North, the monitoring company, were...


Same sex marriage bill passes Senate

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MINNESOTA – In a 37-30 vote, the same-sex marriage bill was passed today by the Minnesota Senate after more than four hours of debate. District 22 Sen. Bill Weber voted against the bill. Gov. Mark Dayton has already vowed to sign the measure if it made it past both the House and Senate. The House passed the measure Thursday on a 75 to 59 vote.

Before today’s debate, Sen. John Hoffman of Champlin told his peers to do anything less then vote yes was to continue the pain of exclusion. More than one senator mentioned the opportunity to become a part of history, or compared the marriage...


MPCA releases analysis on 50 lakes; DEET, cocaine found

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Man-made chemicals, from cocaine to DEET to pharmaceuticals, are finding their way into Minnesota lakes in ways that no one understands, according to an analysis released today from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Fifty lakes analyzed last year by state scientists contained at least some of 125 different chemicals. DEET, the insect repellent, was the most common, found in 76 percent of them.

Only three of the 50 lakes were chemical-free.

Plastic byproduct Bisphenol A was found in nearly half of the lakes analyzed and cocaine was found in a third. The...


May 13 news

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WORTHINGTON — The finishing touches are being put on the Worthington Event Center and by the Grand Opening Gala on Saturday, the center will finished, marking the end of a long process. The building is 14,153 square feet and will come in at a cost around $3.75 million.

The gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a wine tasting by the Worthington Liquor Store. A social hour begins at 6 p.m. with dinner to follow at 7. Three local bands — Sideline, Starfire and Tommy Gunn — will be performing following the meal. Tickets can be purchased at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, the...


May 10 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota Department of Public Safety Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management (HSEM) has scheduled Public Assistance applicant briefings May 13-15 for the five counties designated as part of the presidential disaster declaration. FEMA’s Public Assistance program is not designed to assist individual residents. It is open to representatives from state and local governments and certain private, nonprofit organizations. The briefings are held to help those representatives apply for federal disaster assistance following the ice storm of April 9-11, 2013.

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Same-sex marriage bill passes Minnesota House

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The Minnesota House has passed a measure to legalize same-sex marriage. The vote was 75 to 59.

The measure now goes to the Senate, which will take up the issue Monday.

Debate in the House got underway in the early afternoon, as thousands of supporters and opponents gathered outside the chamber. House Democratic leaders and the bill's supporters were confident it would pass. If it passes Monday in the Senate, Democratic Gov. Mark Dayton could be signing it into law by early next week and make Minnesota the 12th U.S. state to legalize gay marriage.


May 9 news

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PIPESTONE - Celebrity chef and fiery reality TV personality Gordon Ramsey is bringing his series “Hotel Hell” to a historic resort in southwestern Minnesota later this month. Ramsay and his crew will be shooting at the Calumet Inn in Pipestone May 28 to June 1 for part of its second season.

The objective of the series is to whip struggling hotels back into shape under the direction of the painfully blunt Ramsay. People can try to book a room or a table for dinner — possibly prepared by Ramsay — by sending an email to hotelshowcalumet@gmail...