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Clark headed for Austin


UPDATE: AUSTIN – The City of Austin voted 4-3 Monday night to accept a contract agreement with Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark to hire him as the new Austin City Administrator, starting Dec. 8.

Clark will be paid a starting salary of $124,000. After six months, the city will review Clark’s job performance, and a good review would increase his annual salary to $128,000.

The contract calls for Clark to get 20 days of vacation each year and up to 40 days of sick time. It also includes a $400 a month car allowance, and up to $3,500 for temporary housing.


October 20 news


WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will be hosting an Artist Reception for Annie O’Fallon from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, October 24th in the lobby of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Leah Gossom by email at or by phone at 507-372-3492.

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Department of Theater presents Dracula October 31st at 7:30 p.m., November 1st at 7:30 p.m., and November 2nd at 2 p.m. This...

Congressman Walz speaks at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park flag dedication


WORTHINGTON – First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz was in Worthington Friday morning for the dedication of a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and is now snapping in the breeze at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park.

Walz, who rose to the rank of command sergeant major during his 24-year career with the Army National Guard, is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in the U.S. Congress.

With his daughter Hope standing nearby, he lauded the efforts of those who worked to build the memorial park and those present who had braved the cold winds to...

October 17 news


MOUNTAIN LAKE – The Minnesota State Patrol reports a one-vehicle rollover on Highway 30 in Cottonwood County near mile marker 76 at 11 p.m. Thursday. A 17-year-old female lost control of a 2005 Chevy Classic traveling westbound and rolled. She suffered non-life threatening injuries and the vehicle was totaled. Mountain Lake Ambulance assisted at the scene.

BREWSTER – Three vehicles collided at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Nobles County 1 in Brewster at 11:52 a.m. on Thursday, causing four people to suffer non-life threatening injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol...

October 16 news


WORTHINGTON – Sanford Health has purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th street where the former Avera Clinic located for the purpose of eventually expanding the emergency room after demolishing the building.

According to documents filed with Nobles County, the Sanford Health Network purchased property in August, which was recorded with the county October 1. The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.

According to a news release issued Wednesday, the current clinic building is not suitable for health...

Sanford Health buys former Avera Clinic in downtown Worthington


WORTHINGTON – According to documents filed with Nobles County, Sanford Health Network purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th Street where the former Avera Clinic was located for approximately $1.1 million. The purchase was made in August, and recorded with the county October 1.

The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center plans to eventually expand the former Avera Clinic area into an emergency room by demolishing the building. According to a press release from...

October 15 news


WORTHINGTON – Jeffrey John Tosch, age 34, of Bigelow, is charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession, along with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving after revocation and driving an uninsured vehicle.

According to the complaint, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of a one vehicle rollover on 310th Street. The caller stated two people were moving things from the crashed car into another, including a rifle. At the scene, deputies found Tosch and a female. Tosch said he was being driven...

Concession stand burglarized at Trojan Field


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that was reported at 4:25 p.m. Monday at the Trojan Field concession stand.

The suspects damaged coolers and the popcorn machine and destroyed food and drink items after gaining access through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for confidential tips. Information can remain anonymous.

Oct 14 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved the hiring of consultants on two separate issues. The first is for an amount not to exceed $80,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Oxford Street corridor.

That amount was included in the 2014 budget, and according to Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis, this plan through the Cuningham Group will provide the basic component with market feasibility, public infrastructure and what the private and public role in the development should be.

Council members were cautious about...

October 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington for the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

That people pulled together, financed and preserved priceless land is a testament to everyone involved, he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.
He explained he would not be doing any hunting during his Worthington trip because of his hip. He said...