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Underground pipes are freezing, Round Lake is asking for customers' help

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ROUND LAKE – The city of Round Lake is issuing a freeze warning as of February 13. The city said customers are starting to experience frozen underground water service. All customers are asked to leave a single cold faucet running. The city recommends a small stream about the size of a pencil lead. Even with warmer temperatures, they said, the frost will go deeper. Contact Round Lake City Hall at 507-945-8127 with any questions.

The city of Round Lake isn’t the only place suggesting a lightly running faucet. The city of Slayton made the same recommendation to their customers earlier...


February 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – During a work session Wednesday, The Nobles County Commissioners discussed a drainage project that involves assessing all the ditches in the county. Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson said it could take up to three years to get a reviewer for the system.

The Commissioners also talked about a possible new county assessor, and are hoping to make an offer by the end of the week. Time was also spent on discussing road projects heading into the future, and a new tobacco policy, which would limit the sale of tobacco products.

WORTHINGTON – An Adrian man...


February 12 news

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WORTHINGTON –Kathy Kusz on Tuesday announced her candidacy for Nobles County Attorney, a position she was appointed to approximately two years ago by the Nobles County Board of Commissioners. The position opened up when then-Nobles County Attorney Gordon Moore was sworn in as judge in the Minnesota Fifth Judicial District.

Kusz has more than 25 years experience working in a county attorney office, first in Lyon County, then as an assistant county attorney in Nobles County. Because she was appointed when she took office, this will be the first time she has thrown her hat in the ring...


February 11 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday had a first reading of a land rezoning in the city bounded by Oxford Street, Rowe Avenue, Stower Drive and McMillan Street, which will rezone the area into general manufacturing. A public meeting on the subject was held last week.

The council also approved Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) to design the 10th Avenue bridge over Whiskey Ditch and had a discussion regarding the remapping of the floodplain.

A $1,500 for sponsorship for the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp.’s 2014 Bioscience Conference was also...


February 10 news

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ADRIAN - Friends and family of Sara Vortherms will be holding a benefit on her behalf Saturday, February 22, 2014. The benefit will be held at the Adrian American Legion building from noon to 8 pm. There will be a silent and live auction, bake sale, games and food and beverage.

Sara was diagnosed with large B-cell non-hodgins Lymphoma in October of 2013. She is undergoing chemotherapy treatment and will have her last treatment in February.
Sara works for the Sanford Surgical Unit as a surgical tech. and is continuing to work half days as able. She was previously a volunteer...


February 7 news

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WORTHINGTON - All Worthington area retailers are invited to the semi-annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at BenLee's Cafe. The all-retailers meeting gives business owners a chance to discuss promotions and make plans for 2014. The 2014 events calendar will be available to pick up at the meeting. A light meal will be served for a small fee. Please RSVP on the event page of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page or call the chamber at 372-2919.

WORTHINGTON — Rickey Hill, the National Endowment of the Humanities’ civil rights speaker, will present a lecture, “The...


February 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – A former Worthington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree assault in Nobles County District Court. Joshua Barker, age 25, entered into a plea agreement with the state, admitting he assaulted another man in April of 2013 during a confrontation. As per the agreement, other assault charges pending were dismissed.

Barker said he hit another man with a glass, causing three deep lacerations to his head. In the midst of the confrontation at an apartment they shared, there was no other way to get him to move, Barker said, when the man backed him into a corner.

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February 5 news

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WORTHNGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Minnesora Department of Transportation for use of Highway 16 as a detour route when construction begins this year on Minnesota 62 between Fulda and Windom. The $14 million project will go out for bid in March.

Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder said MnDOT will reimburse the county up to $6,500 for use of the roadway during the detour. It will also repair any damage created by the additional traffic. Schnieder said traffic on the road will see an additional 800 to 900 vehicles daily during the...


February 4 news

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MINNEAPOLIS - Joan Mondale, who built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, has died. Her family issued a statement through their church saying she died Monday afternoon with family by her side.

Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.

Carter named Joan Mondale honorary chairwoman of the Federal Council on the Arts and Humanities. She...


February 3 news

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SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Hills man is in custody after an assault and carjacking in central Sioux Falls Sunday night. Sioux Falls Police responded to a car crash near Minnesota Ave. and 26th St at 8:40 p.m., only to find the driver had fled.

Jeremy Albers, 36, of Hills, allegedly approached an SUV occupied by Xavier Knight and his friend Leslie Larsen at the Freedom Valu Center on Minnesota Ave. Larsen said the suspect forced Knight to leave the vehicle, then the suspect began driving the vehicle with Larsen still in the backseat. The suspect crashed the SUV after only a couple blocks...