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November 25 news


WORTHINGTON – There will be no interim city administrator in Worthington. The Worthington City Council on Monday voted unanimously to have the seven department heads share the workload until a permanent replacement can be found.

Back in October, after city administrator Craig Clark tendered his resignation, the Worthington City Council established an ad hoc committee to develop a plan for hiring an interim administrator until a permanent replacement could be found. Since each member of the council was interested in being on the committee, Mayor Alan Oberloh picked names out of a...

November 24 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra will perform Handel’s “Messiah” Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington. The performance will be comprised of a 55-member orchestra, along with a 70-voice community chorus. Tickets are available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Tuesday at the box office, may be purchased from WASO members or at the door. A reception in the lobby will follow.

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington community Thanksgiving dinner is set to be hosted at noon Thursday at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. To call...

Deadline for military letters fast approaching for Minnesota Story Stones


WORTHINGTON – Time is running out for people to submit excerpts from correspondence sent between military members and their families to the Nobles County Veterans Service Office.

Designed to honor the families of active and veteran members of the military, the Minnesota Military Family Tribute will be the first of its kind in the nation. Poised on the grounds of the Minnesota State Capitol Mall, the Tribute will thank those who have made, and continue to make, sacrifices here at home.

The Tribute will consist of three main components, including the Story Stones. The Tribute...

November 21 news


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Police Department is warning residents of a Microsoft Windows phone call scam. There have been numerous complaints of a caller who tells a resident that they are calling from Microsoft because a virus has been detected on their computer. The caller then asks the resident permission to access the computer to remotely to fix the problem.

Once inside a resident’s computer, the scammer can copy files, install malicious software and gain access to personal information. The most common result is the resident’s computer is infected with a virus from the...

November 20 news


ST. PAUL – Minnesota House Speaker-designate Kurt Daudt has appointed State Representative Joe Schomacker of Luverne as Chairman of the newly created Aging & Long-Term Care Policy Committee in the Minnesota House.

Schomacker said the new committee is necessary because there continues to be a crisis within the long term care industry – particularly with its workforce – as more and more baby boomers age and retire.

Schomacker said both Democrats and Republicans have done just enough over the years to say they’ve begun addressing long term care needs, but workers within the...

November 19 news


WORTHINGTON – DISTRICT 518 Superintendent John Landgaard shared with the School Board some current and projected enrollment numbers at the district’s three schools during Tuesday night’s meeting, showing without a doubt that the schools are overcrowded.

At Prairie Elementary, which was built to house 1,150 students, there are currently 1,201. Projected for the 2015-16 school year are 1,243, with that number up to approximately 1,274 the following school year.

At the middle school, there are currently 842 students. That is expected to rise to 886 next year and hit 935 by the...

Weber pleads guilty to criminal vehicular homicide


LUVERNE - A plea agreement for the South Dakota man who was making a cell phone banking transaction while driving when he fatally struck Andrea Boeve of Steen on her a bicycle calls for the felony conviction to eventually be erased from his record, the prosecutor said Tuesday.

Christopher Weber, age 25 a member of the South Dakota National Guard, will be sentenced in Rock County District Court on Dec. 8 to 360 days in jail spread over three years and 300 hours of community service.

Weber, of Brandon, S.D., pleaded guilty Monday to criminal vehicular homicide in the crash on...

Nobles County chosen for Blandin Broadband Communities program


WORTHINGTON – During Tuesday morning’s Nobles County Commissioner meeting, Administrator Tom Johnson announced that the application put together by a subcommittee of the NEON group was selected for the Blandin Broadband Communities (BBC) program.

Blandin Broadband Communities builds on the success of the Demonstration Community component of the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) program, which was funded by federal grant dollars and administered by the foundation.

According to the Blandin website, 10 new communities were to be selected. Teams will receive planning...

November 18 news


JACKSON - The Jackson Golf Club will host the first Jackson Has Talent Saturday at 6:30 p.m. at the Golf Club in Jackson.

Contestants must be at least 21 years old. There is no restriction on the type of act, and should be 3-5 minutes in length. The crowd will judge the acts.

Happy Hour and Taco Bar will start at 5 p.m. with the show starting at 6:30. There will be a $1 admission with proceeds going to the winners. For more information, contact the Golf Course at 847-2660.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - More jobs are coming to Rembrandt Enterprises and its new headquarters...

Murray County Board Chair John Giese dies at 79


SLAYTON – Murray County Commissioner John Giese died early Sunday morning at his home in Slayton. Giese, who was 79, had served on the Murray County Board since 2007 and was the current Chairman.

His term was to end Jan 1, 2015, and due to health issues, he did not run for re-election.

Giese grew up in Mountain Lake and Jeffers. He was a branch manager for Farm Credit in Slayton for 29 years, retiring in 2000. Giese also was a charter member for the Buffalo Ridge Ducks Unlimited and Oak Ridge Gobblers of the National Wild Turkey Federation. He also belonged to the Friends...