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June 10 news

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WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington received a report back from Wenzel Engineering regarding the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall, which was conducted pursuant to an order from the Nobles County District Court in late October 2013. The report was an assessment as to whether to repair or demolish the structure. The cost to renovate the building to a functional retail space again would be $3.47 million. Demolition, meanwhile, is estimated at $253,000. The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the demolition recommendation.

According to Worthington Director of Community...


June 9 news

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WORTHINGTON - Sanitary sewer work is tentatively scheduled to begin this week on Nobles Street from Woodcrest Avenue to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Woodcrest Avenue.

WORTHINGTON - Union workers at the JBS pork processing plant in Worthington have ratified a new contract about a month after authorizing a strike.

The five-year contract covers about 1,800 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1161. The deal will provide wage increases of 12.8...


June 6 news

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WORTHINGTON - Stormy weather across southwestern Minnesota had much of the area under a tornado watch Thursday evening.

Counties in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska were also covered by the watch that lasted until 11 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Rock County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Beaver Creek. By 6 p.m. it had been canceled, although severe thunderstorm warnings lingered into the night in parts of the region.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported the Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Canton...


SW MN representative incumbents will face DFL challengers in November election

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WORTHINGTON – Both Republican representatives from southwest Minnesota will be facing opponents in the 2014 general election in November.

In District 22A, incumbent Joe Schomacker will face a newcomer to the political field.

Diana Slyter has lived in the small town of Florence for about four years after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and moving to the area from west central Minnesota after living in the Twin Cities. She has experience as a city leader, having been elected to the Florence City Council in the 2012 election.

“I feel there’s a need, someone to...


June 5 news

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WORTHINGTON - A section of the concrete spillway’s floor inside the Lake Bella dam’s spillway has been repaired, having been eroded over the years by rocks that were removed from the riprap along the lake’s shoreline and tossed into the dam structure by vandals.
This is the only time in 25 years the spillway has been completely dry, so the problem could be seen and repaired, according to Dan Livdahl, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed district administrator.

Steps were taken immediately to fix the structure, with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources rushing through a permit...


County filings close; one Murray County district has five candidates

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WORTHINGTON – With the filing period closed for those in county, state and federal offices that hold primaries August 12, only one county filing will be affected by the primary vote.

In Murray County, The District 4 seat currently held by John Giese, who did not refile, has five candidates. District 4 covers the city of Slayton. The five candidates include Glenn Kluis, Bradley Pagel, Holly Wrenn-Wicklander, Ken Leas and Bill Belanger.

In Southwest Minnesota, there are only a few county races. In Cottonwood County District 5, Randy Sawatzky and Tom Appel will vie for the seat...


June 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously approved a motion to ask the Worthington City Council not to put a question on the 2014 general election ballot about transferring park property where the old pool was located to the county for use to build and operate a public library.

The city charter requires voter approval to release the land from park status, but the commissioners expressed concern that the $30,000 to $50,000 it would cost to put the question on the ballot would be spent needlessly. Several of the commissioners said the issue of the Lewis...


Nobles County Commissioners ask city of Worthington to keep library site question off 2014 ballot

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday morning unanimously approved a motion to ask the Worthington City Council not to put a question on the 2014 general election ballot about transferring park property where the old pool was located to the county for use to build and operate a public library.

The city charter requires voter approval to release the land from park status, but the commissioners expressed concern that the $30,000 to $50,000 it would cost to put the question on the ballot would be spent needlessly. Several of the commissioners said the issue of the Lewis...


Rock County Sheriff's Office offering reward for arson info

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LUVERNE – A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into the Sharkee’s building in Luverne in the early morning hours May 27 and set a fire.

According to information released by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, a forcible entry was made and a fire intentionally set. A deputy with the sheriff’s office noticed smoke coming from the Sharkee’s building at 705 S. Kniss Ave that morning. The Luverne and Beaver Creek Fire Departments were called to put out the fire.

The State Fire...


June 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – The next meeting of the Nobles Economic Opportunity Network, known as NEON, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at the Worthington Fire Hall.

Representative Rod Hamilton, Representative Joe Schomacker and Senator Bill Weber have been invited to attend to provide an update of the legislative session. Volunteers are needed for the following subcommittees: IT and Broadband Project, Goals and Values of NEON and Guidance Document, which will be modeled after SCALE bylaws.

CURRIE – The End O Line Railroad Park and Museum will have an open house on Saturday,...