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A little piece of Murray County arrives at International Space Station

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SLAYTON - When the Soyuz 35 spacecraft docked successfully at the International Space Station Tuesday, it brought a little bit of Murray County, Minnesota with it.

NASA astronaut and Vining, Minnesota native Karen Nyberg, on her second mission to the space station, brought along a picture of her niece Sami and Sami’s fiancé, Caleb Hackbarth, a U.S. Marine who just returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. That photo was taken by Sean Solheim, owner and operator of Sean Solheim Photography. He spent his elementary and high school years living in Avoca, and currently lives in...


May 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – With the last date for city residents to put tree debris out on the curb now past, the Worthington City Council Tuesday turned to scheduling the annual spring clean-up dates for the week of June 17 through June 21. Public Works Director Jim Eulberg coordinated the dates with Eric Joens of Schaap Sanitation, and said residents can start placing items on the curb June 10.

Tree debris removal is on track to come in at just over $900,000, but the city opted to move forward with more aggressive tree trimming and stump grinding, hoping to gain reimbursement from the state’s...


May 28 news

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EMMETSBURG, Iowa - A two-year-old child is dead after a truck he was in somehow got knocked into gear and plunged into Five Island Lake near Emmetsburg, Iowa on Saturday.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. and found a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, owned by Lance Hanson of Emmetsburg, in the lake.

Authorities said three children were in the truck, but family members and witnesses were able to get two of the children out. A third child was trapped in the vehicle, which was fully submerged. Rescue crews were able to free...


Memorial Day closings

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WORTHINGTON - In honor of Memorial Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, and the Nobles County Library will be closed. Area Financial institutes are all closed. Walmart will follow regular hours as will Hy-Vee, but the Hy-Vee pharmacy will close at 5 p.m. Monday. Fareway is open until 9 p.m. Saturday, but will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Schaap Sanitation will not make pick-ups Monday – those routes will be pick-up Tuesday.


May 24 news

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3 million to improve Twin Cities parks.

Dayton wrote to legislative leaders, that the decision was difficult because he supports the causes but had said he would veto projects the advisory committee did not recommend.

Dayton blamed a House panel led by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, for the...


Memorial Day programs in the area

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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct services at the local cemeteries and host a program Monday at Chautauqua Park.

Services will be: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens Cemetery; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10:05 a.m., Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park.

The Rev. Joe Behnke from St. Matthew Lutheran Church will speak at the cemetery services and the program at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park. Behnke is a World War II enthusiast.

Other participants in the ceremonies include the Boy Scouts,...


May 23 news

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice quotes fiction while writing case law, but in a case originating from Nobles County District Court, that is exactly what happened. Justice Paul Anderson, in dissenting with the majority regarding a woman trying to expunge her criminal record, expounds on what he calls Inspector Javert Syndrome, bringing into question the common humanity of the law that is the focal point of “Les Miserables.”

The Justices, in a 5-2 decision released Wednesday, sided with the Nobles County Attorney’s Office against the expungement of...


May 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – The retirement of two long-time Nobles County employees was announced during Tuesday’s Nobles County Commissioners meeting. JoAnne Haugen, who works in the Worthington branch library, will retire June 1 after 36 years of service to the county. And after 37 years of service, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster will retire June 30. Because Balster’s is an elected position with a term that lasts through 2014, the commissioners passed a resolution accepting her retirement so they can begin the process of filling the vacancy. The commissioners hope to appoint someone to fill the role...


May 21 news

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WORTHINGTON — As the city of Worthington continues the process of final cleanup, the city’s debris contractor will start the final pass for vegetative debris on May 28. City residents are asked to continue to place any storm-generated vegetative debris along the boulevard for final pick-up before that date. Residents are reminded that the debris must be storm-generated vegetative debris to be eligible for removal.

Residents are also reminded that if they hire a private contractor to do tree trimming in their yard, the contractor must dispose of that vegetative matter. It is not...


Child killed in pedistrian-vehicle accident Saturday in Jackson County

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JACKSON – A 5-year-old child was killed Saturday in rural Jackson County when he ran out in front of a vehicle on CSAH 4 at the south end of Loon Lake in Minneota Township. Yomi Alexis Castillo, was struck by a 2011 Ford Explorer, driven by Marjorie Svoboda of rural Jackson, at approximately 11:22 a.m. The child was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare Hospital in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where he died of his injuries. He is the son of Hose and Sandra Dominguez of Worthington.