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Previously classified documents to be released regarding a domestic surveillance programs

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CALIFORNIA — The Obama administration is releasing hundreds of previously classified documents detailing activities of the country's long-secret spy court that authorizes domestic surveillance programs.

In a court filing last week, the U.S. Department of Justice said it will turn over the documents to the Electronic Frontier Foundation by today. EFF officials said they'll receive the documents in disk form and it will take some hours for technicians to upload the documents to the civil liberty group's website.

The DOJ told a federal judge in California last week it was...


DNR releases pheasant index

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ST. PAUL — A long winter followed by a cold, wet spring has contributed to a significant decrease in Minnesota’s pheasant population.

The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota’s pheasant index declined 29 percent from 2012, reflecting trends seen in neighboring states. Minnesota’s 2013 pheasant index is 64 percent below the 10-year average and 72 percent below the long-term average. The DNR says habitat losses are the main reason for the long-term decline.

“Minnesota’s results reflect what we’re seeing in other states,” said Rachel Curtis, DNR wildlife research...


September 10 news

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KTD Clue #2 – Anyone who finds the medallion is asked to turn it in to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to claim their prize!

The clues are written to unveil
And set you on the proper trail.
So down a trail you will go,
to find a treasure, as you know.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Board has identified what could be a possible non-essential water ban date as November 1 if the water levels are still below average.

The commission also said it could take action sooner than that if water issues become more severe...


2013 King Turkey Days

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2013 King Turkey Days

Welcome to your guide the 2013 King Turkey Days! This year is chockful of great events to help celebrate the festivals with daily activities! 

A reminder that the Worthington Police Department asks parade-goers not to place chairs along the parade route until...


September 9 news

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WORTHINGTON – All of the fun of King Turkey Day kicks off tonight with the King Turkey Day Mixer, from 5 to 9 p.m. at Pioneer Village. A King Turkey Day button is all that is needed to enter, and the mixer includes a free meal featuring hot turkey sandwiches and potato salad. A small beer garden will be set up on site, and picnic tables will provide seating in and around the big barn on the village grounds. There will be a short program to introduce the 2013 KTD parade marshals and announce this year’s honorary turkey.

WORTHINGTON -The Sanford Worthington Medical Center Relay For...


MNsure to unveil insurance plans and rates today

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ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans today will get their first view of the new health insurance plans and rates that will be sold on the state's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure. More than 1 million Minnesotans are expected to use MNsure to obtain health coverage starting in about three weeks.

State regulators want to give consumers some time to peruse the new health plans and their costs before MNsure opens for business Oct. 1. Then, Minnesotans will be able to use MNsure to enroll in those commercial health plans or government health programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare...


September 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – Here’s our weekly look at construction updates from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. On the Park Avenue water main restoration from Oxford Street to West Clary, pavement restoration was completed Thursday. Turf restoration remains. Fourth Avenue storm sewer restoration from Lake Okabena to Ninth Street is also complete with turf restoration remaining. On both Fox Farm Road near North Crailshiem and Summit Avenue near Knollwood, bituminous overlay is done, with turf and topsoil work remaining on Fox Farm Road. On Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Orchard Road,...


Sheldon contemplating pulling the drain plug on Lewis and Clark

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SHELDON, Iowa – The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System has been in the works for more than 20 years, but with a lack of federal funding, several of the 20 members who have paid millions to get hooked up to a reliable water system are still in limbo. A cheese factory in Hull Iowa, ethanol plant in Luverne and meat packing plant in Worthington cannot expand, due to lack of water.

And apparently, the city of Sheldon has had enough. They were to have started receiving water last year, but still aren’t connected. There is a plan to move forward, but the idea that could save it might...


September 5 news

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SUPERIOR, Iowa - Area fire departments were called Wednesday morning to battle a round bale fire that burned just west of the junction of highways 9 and 71. Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000. It's believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were put up approximately one month ago.

Fire Departments from Superior, Spirit Lake, Terril, Milford, Estherville, Lake Park, Arnolds Park-Okoboji and Jackson responded. The Dickinson County Emergency Management Office and local law...


September 4 news

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WORTHINGTON -- Alliant Energy on Tuesday announced agreements to sell its Minnesota electric and natural gas distribution businesses for $128 million.

Nobles Cooperative Electric and Federated Rural Electric joined with ten other electric distribution cooperatives serving Minnesota to form Southern Minnesota Energy Cooperative (SMEC) as the single point of contact for the purchase of electric service territory in southern Minnesota from Alliant Energy. The transaction is contingent upon regulatory approval. Assuming the acquisition is approved by regulators, it is expected to close...