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January 21 news

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WORTHINGTON – Discussion regarding the Minnesota Southern Railway became heated Tuesday morning during the Nobles County Commissioner meeting when members of the public were allowed the opportunity to question Brent Polancheck, the owner of the 42 mile short-line rail road.

Polancheck leases the approximately 42 miles of short-line rail from the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority at a cost of $1 per year — a price contracted in 2013 to remain in effect for 25 years. At the heart of the anger against his railway by the community is the lack of maintenance, followed by accusations...


January 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – During the week of January 25 through the 31, St. Mary’s School, along with Catholic Schools around the nation, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Each day has a special theme, such as Sports Day, Ignore Winter Day, Hat and Shades Day and more.

From Friday, January 23 through Friday, February 27, St. Mary’s is participating in the 2015 Catholic Schools Raffle, sponsored by Catholic United Financial. A $5 ticket could give a lucky winner the chance to win a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash and help raise money for the school. Catholic United covers the cost of...


January 19 news

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WORTHINGTON – In observance of Martin Luther King Day, all city, county and state government offices are closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library is closed. The Worthington Post Office is closed and delivery routes are not running. Outgoing mail will leave by 2 p.m.

Most Worthington financial institutions will be closed today, with the exception of First State Bank Southwest and Rolling Hills Bank and Trust.

Worthington Municipal Liquor Store will observe regular hours, as will the grocery stores and garbage...


Rep. Hamilton anticipates good year for agriculture in 2015

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ST. PAUL – State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said the first hearings for the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee have taken place, and he is pleased with how the committee has taken shape.

“I’m honored to be the ag finance chair, and I believe this is the most bipartisan, diverse, geographically balanced group we’ve had during my tenure in the Minnesota House,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said this session’s ag finance committee, traditionally made up solely of rural Minnesota lawmakers, includes a number of lawmakers from the Metro Area and inner...


Martin Luther King Day observances

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WORTHINGTON – In observance of Martin Luther King Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed and delivery routes will not be running. Outgoing mail will leave by 2 p.m.

Most Worthington financial institutions will be closed Monday, with the exception of First State Bank Southwest and Rolling Hills Bank and Trust.

Worthington Municipal Liquor Store will observe regular hours, as will the grocery...


January 16 news

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WORTHINGTON – There is a Lady Jays Softball Fundraiser from 5 to 8 p.m. today at the Elks Lodge in Worthington, serving pork chops, potatoes, corn and a roll for $10 per person. Also available for the kids are hot dogs and French fries for $5. Call 507-360-6638 for advance tickets or purchase them at the door.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce annual meeting is fast approaching. This year’s event will take place Friday, Jan. 23 at the Worthington Event Center. Social hour begins at 6 p.m., dinner at 7 p.m. and the program at 8 p.m.

Outgoing Chairperson...


January 15 news

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WORTHINGTON – Worthington High School seniors Betsy Thompson and Oliver Wolyniec have been named the District 518 selectees for the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple A award, meaning they excel in academics, arts and athletics.

District 518 Activities Director Josh Dale sees that kind of energy in many WHS students, but among those in the Class of 2015, Thompson and Wolyniec emerged as the best to represent the school in Region 2AA Triple “A” competition.

Thompson and Wolyniec will attend the Feb. 8 Triple “A” banquet in St. Peter, at which one boy and one girl...


January 14 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the Nobles County District Court’s dismissal of a defamation case against St. Matthew Evangelical Lutheran Church and its pastors, brought by LaVonne and Henry Pfeil.

Court documents state the Pfeils were longstanding members of St. Matthew Church who were excommunicated in August of 2011. The following September, Pastor Thomas Braun and Pastor Joe Behnke held a special voters meeting at St. Matthew to determine whether the voting members of the church would affirm the Pfeils’excommunication. The Pfeils and...


January 13 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council met in regular session Monday night, with new mayor Mike Kuhle welcoming new council members Larry Janssen and Mike Harmon and honorary council member Steve Forrest, an employee at Hedeen, Hughes and Wettering law firm. Special public recognition was given to The Spirit of Worthington Trojan Marching band Director Jon Loy and his four commanders after their great representation of Worthington at the Outback Bowl in Tampa Florida.

Councilmember Scott Nelson was approved unanimously to serve as Mayor Pro Tem for 2015.

After...