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February 17 news


WORTHINGTON – Residents of Worthington are being asked to use Wikimapping as a tool to help the Southwest Regional Development Commission and the city identify safety issues in town when it comes to walking and biking.

The city of Worthington is preparing an Active Living Plan, and as a first step, are asking citizens to respond online through WikiMapping to identify gaps in the sidewalks and trails network, problem intersections, traffic and congestion issues, teen driving issues and more.

There is also an online survey residents may take as well where citizens identify...

February 16 news


WORTHINGTON - Comfort Suites in Worthington was recently awarded the Gold Award from Choice Hotels, an honor given to hotels that score well on guest surveys in the areas of guest service, staff service, cleanliness and condition of rooms. In addition to guest opinions, an independent firm inspects the property twice a year to ensure the property is up to standards.

In order to be considered at the gold level, a property must place in the top 10 percent of properties that carry the Comfort Suites brand.

The hotel will be recognized at the company’s convention in May.


City of Adrian Drinking Water Issues


The City of Adrian’s Water Nitrate Plant is experiencing mechanical issues. We ask the following individuals to not drink from Adrian’s public water source:
• Children under 6 months of age
• Nursing mothers of children under 6 months of age
• Pregnant Women

Vouchers to provide free drinking water to the fore-mentioned City of Adrian individuals are available at Adrian City Hall, 209 Maine Avenue, Suite 106, Adrian, MN. The City is now working to resolve this issue. Please obtain your vouchers prior to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 13, 2014 at...

Worthington Country Club offically a part of GreatLIFE


WORTHINGTON – It is now official – Worthington Country Club is part of the GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club.

GreatLIFE Chairman and CEO Tom Walsh, who owns the Burger King franchise in Worthington, made the announcement today, stating it has been a big task putting things together, but an important one, knowing the pride that people have in their golf course. And not an easy one for them, knowing it is something they care so much about.

“Our mission at GreatLIFE is to enrich the lives of families and individuals through golf, fitness and healthy lifestyles. Our goal...

February 12 news


WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting for the Oxford Street Redevelopment Plan, attendees were asked to look at a map of the Worthington area and put a blue sticker on the area they felt was the biggest priority in the city. With the exception of two or three, every other blue dot ended up on the representation of the Northland Mall.

Approximately 30 people gathered at the Worthington Fire Hall Wednesday evening for the public meeting – some city and county leaders, some business people, and some who were just interested in hearing what the future holds for the Oxford Street...

Semi only loss during JBS fire


WORTHINGTON – A semi tractor was completely destroyed during a fire at JBS Tuesday night, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt, but for the most part, that was the extent of the damage, he said.

The Worthington Fire Department was called to the hog processing facility shortly after 9 p.m. for a fire in a building on the north side of the plant. At the scene, the department opened the doors of the building and thick black smoke rolled out. According to von Holdt, the flames eating at the semi had likely stayed down until the added ventilation of the open doors came into...

February 11 news


WORTHINGTON – During a joint meeting and work session Tuesday evening between the Worthington City Council and the Nobles County Commissioners, the bulk of the discussion was dedicated to what collaboration is being or can be done between the two entities to keep costs down and make for better communication while serving the residents in their districts.

Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schnieder pointed out that his department already works and collaborates with several city departments, sharing information, equipment and is in the process of reviewing the maintenance...

Southwest Minnesota schools receive Safe Route to School grants


MINNESOTA – Schools in Worthington, Windom, Jackson, Lakefield and Pipestone are all recipients of Safe Routes to School mini-grants that support walking and biking programs at K-12 schools in the state. Those grants recipients were announced today by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Mini-grants totaling $125,000 will support the Safe Routes to School program at 64 schools, reaching nearly 40,000 students. An additional $125,000 will fund bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies in four communities committed to working with 37 schools to teach bicycle safety.


February 10 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved a recommendation to appoint Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis as Interim Administrator until a full-time administrator is hired. Previously, the council had voted to appoint the seven department heads as co-interim administrators under the former council.

Chapulis will attend some, but not all, meetings that had been attended in the past by the full-time administrator, will lead regular staff meetings and present administrative case items at council meetings. It is anticipated the...

February 9 news


PIPESTONE – A Pipestone man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being extricated from his burning house Sunday morning. According to information released by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Department, Ambulance and the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence at 317 Main St East. The residence sustained moderate damage on the north side.

One person, Donald Honken was home at the time of the fire and was sleeping at the time. A neighbor, Robert Smallbear, smelled smoke coming from the residence and went over to...