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July 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Lake Okabena Improvement Association President Jason Vote has announced that Beach Bash ’15 raised just over $5,000 to go toward lake improvement projects, and he couldn’t be happier.

Whoever ordered the weather did a phenomenal job, he said, community support was unbelievable, Chris Hawkey tore up the stage and everything came together better then he would have every expected.

It all started with the vision and thought of Chad Cummings and the hard work of Ken Moser of Radio Works, Vote said, and the whole thing was a whirlwind. There were hundreds of...

July 10 news


WORTHINGTON - Storm sewer work on Church Avenue from Clary Street to Oxford Street is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, according to the of Worthington Engineering Department. Church Avenue will be closed to through traffic, but open to restricted local traffic for driveway access. Access will alternate from the Clary Street or Oxford Street ends of Church Avenue as construction progresses.

Please watch for changing traffic conditions and signing, reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.

Weather permitting and...

July 9 news


WORTHINGTON - The 7th annual MK 5K is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Run the MK5K and support those affected by domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds will stay local to help provide shelter through the Southwest Crisis Center’s safe housing program. The race starts at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration by August 3 saves $5! Go online to – the Southwest Crisis Center – to register. For more information contact Sara Wahl at the Southwest Crisis Center at (507) 376-4311 or...

July 8 news


WORTHINGTON – Vice-Chair Gene Metz took a turn at running the show during the absence of Chair Matt Widboom during a Nobles County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning that moved along fairly quickly.

Having recently acquired the Armory Business Center, formerly the National Guard Armory, for $225,000, the commissioners are now in search of blueprints for the building. Having exhausted most possibilities, they approved a proposal from Falls Architecture to create a set of blueprints for $13,400 if the last options do not come to fruition. According to County Administrator Tom...

KTD Board announces this year's theme as "Turkey Town Take Down"


WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced the theme for the 76th annual King Turkey Day as “Turkey Town Take Down.”

As previously announced, this years’ featured speaker is Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and US Olympic Head Coach - making the theme “Turkey Town Take Down” a natural fit.

The annual King Turkey Grand Parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 down 10th Street in Worthington. Parade entries are now being accepted for the parade. Anyone interested in entering a unit can...

July 7 news


LUVERNE – Two people from Florida received non-life threatening injuries Monday while traveling through Luverne on a motorcycle when they hit a dog in the roadway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry Neal, age 56, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson north on Highway 75 near the Luverne Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. when the motorcycle collided with the dog. Neal and his passenger, 72-year-old Madelaine Neal, also of Ormond Beach, Florida, were taken to the Luverne Hospital. The motorcycle sustained moderate damage. There was no word on the...

July 6 news


LAKE WILSON – A Chandler man received non –life threatening injuries in the early morning hours Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving near Lake Wilson struck a deer. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Wyatt Thaemert, age 38, of Chandler, was westbound on Highway 30 near mile marker 29 on a 1995 Honda Road Star at approximately 12:52 a.m. when he struck a deer in the middle of the westbound lane of the highway. He was taken by Murray County Ambulance to the Murray County Medical Center for treatment. Damage to the motorcycle was severe.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West...

July 2 news


WORTHINGTON — With Independence Day on Saturday, some local businesses and offices as well as all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

Financial institutions will be open Friday, but closed Saturday. The Nobles County Library and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed both days. The Worthington post office will be closed Saturday and there will be no mail delivery.

Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart will maintain normal business hours, but Fareway will be closed Saturday. The Worthington Liquor Store will be open...

KTD Inc. announces country music duo Love & Theft for King Turkey Day celebration


WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day, Inc. has announced country music duo Love &Theft will play will play at this year’s King Turkey Day celebration on Saturday, September 19 at the Worthington Hockey Arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Love & Theft first impressed fans in 2009 with a top 10 hit “Runaway” from debut album World Wide Open. Love & Theft’s second album included “Angel Eyes,” “Running out of Air” and “If You Ever Get Lonely.”

Tickets will go on-sale on July 20 via the King Turkey Day website and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office. Prices...

July 1 news


WORTHINGTON - Nominations from county residents are now being sought for the 2015 Outstanding Senior Citizen Award for Nobles County. The award recognizes outstanding senior citizens who have contributed their time and talent to benefit their community after reaching the age of 65. They will be honored at the Nobles County Fair on Thursday, August 13 at 4:45 p.m. prior to the Franny Farmer Show.

Official nomination forms are available by contacting the Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919 or the Center for Active Living at 507-376-6457. Nomination forms can also be picked up at...