Latest Area News Headlines

April 10 news

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WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community and Technical College will hold open forums at its campuses, including Worthington, for each of the three candidates seeking the college’s position of president. Those names are expected to be released today.

The public is invited to attend any or all of the open forums at the various campuses. The candidates will begin the forums with an introduction of themselves, followed by a question and answer session. The open forums are for employees, community members and students. In Worthington, those sessions will be from 2 to 3 p.m. Monday and 8 to...


April 9 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Okabena-Ocheda-Bella Clean Water Partnership Joint Powers Board voted Tuesday to request $13,000 from the city’s Clean Water Fund to conduct a stormwater Best Management Practices feasibility study at Prairie View Golf Course.
The board, consisting of staff of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, Worthington City Council and citizen members, has discussed at length the future of the Prairie View and its potential for being developed for additional water quality strategies.

Maple Plain-based Wenck Associates, which recently completed a sedimentation study on...


April 8 news

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WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting Tuesday evening, Nobles County Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove walked the Board of Commissioners through the unfamiliar process of classifying parcels of tax forfeited property – something none of them had been through before.

Each of 23 properties was individually discussed and classified as to whether it would be publically auctioned, or sold in a sealed bid, or in one case, investigated further. The commissioners did vote unanimously to set the lowest bid price on each parcel at $1.

Three will be sold directly to the cities in which...


April 7 news

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WORTHINGTON – Sen. Bill Weber and Rep. Rod Hamilton met with Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle and council members Diane Graber and Mike Harmon, along with City Administrator Steve Robinson and several others to listen as Marty Seifert from the Greater Minnesota Partnership outlined the group’s priorities progress report for the 2015 Legislative session on Monday morning.

While there was discussion regarding Local Government Aid, workforce housing, job training, transportation funding and environmental regulatory reform, it is not surprising that a large amount of time was spent...


April 6 news

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WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Regional Weather Spotter Training will begin at 7 p.m. Thursday in the Fine Arts Theater at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus.

Sponsored by the National Weather Service, Nobles County Emergency Management and Worthington Fire Department, the training is intended for storm spotters or potential storm spotters or anyone interested in learning more about severe weather and how you can better prepare yourself when severe weather approaches.

For more information, contact Nobles County Emergency Management, 295-5212....


April 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.

There was a packed and overflowing crowd at the Worthington Fire Hall conference room, with people leaning on walls, out in the hallway and packed into the kitchen. Rather than starting with a speech or even explaining his proposal, Dayton simply asked people to keep their remarks to three minutes and pointed out a...


Gov. Dayton visits Worthington, touts buffer proposal

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton was in Worthington on Thursday touting his proposed Buffer Initiative, which would require a 50-foot buffer around all Minnesota lakes, rivers and streams. The initiative is designed to prevent pollution from entering the state’s waters.

There was a packed and overflowing crowd at the Worthington Fire Hall conference room, with people leaning on walls, out in the hallway and packed into the kitchen. Rather than starting with a speech or even explaining his proposal, Dayton simply asked people to keep their remarks to three minutes and pointed out a...


Ag Commissioner confirms avian influenza in Nobles County

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WORTHINGTON – During his visit to Worthington Thursday, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson confirmed that a fourth case of pathogenic avian influenza in a commercial poultry flock had been confirmed in Minnesota. According to Frederickson, the H5N2 was confirmed in Nobles County after the farmer noticed the increase in death loss on one of his barns.

The Minnesota Board of Animal Health worked quickly to identify the disease after the owner went to his area veterinarian, and Frederickson said a foaming operation will be used in the barns after they...


April 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Fire Department battled two house fires simultaneously on Wednesday afternoon as the high winds caused the flames at 709 Pershing Blvd to spread quickly to the house next door, 713 Pershing. According to fire chief Rick von Holdt, the first house was already too far gone to save when firefighters arrived on scene, so they concentrated their efforts on the second home.

After knocking that fire down substantially, they crew was split in two, and both fires were taken down. The 30 mile an hour winds made the job a definite challenge, but von Holdt said the...


April 1 news

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WORTHINGTON - Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.

Dayton plans to be at the Worthington Fire Hall conference room, 830 Second Ave., at 10 a.m. Thursday. He will be joined by Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr, as well as local leaders and area residents. The...