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Non-essential water ban lifted in Worthington


WORTHINGTON – The non-essential watering ban that has been in effect in the city of Worthington was lifted Monday afternoon after the Water and Light Commission met and evaluated the situation.

According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the odd/even address rule will still be in effect, and no lawn watering will be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but for now, Worthington residents will be allowed to wash vehicles, water plants and use water as they see fit.

Hain said he hopes that people will still work to conserve water.

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July 21 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Sports and Recreation Committee is currently accepting funding proposals for youth and adult recreation activities. As a subcommittee of the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sports and Recreation Committee attempts to use its available resources to support the Bureau’s goals.

Anyone interested in applying for the community support funds can contact the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1121 Third Avenue, Worthington or 372-2919. The deadline for this year’s proposals is August 18.

WORTHINGTON — Concrete walk...

Theft charge filed against Slayton man in Murray County


SLAYTON – More than a year after an investigation into a suspicious trailer that was reported on the property of former Minnesota senator Doug Magnus, a felony-level charge has been filed against David Michael Brown of Slayton for the theft of an enclosed trailer and a 1934 Ford pickup.

The criminal complaint filed in Murray County District Court states the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force was following up on the investigation in April of 2013 and found the license plate of the trailer was registered to a local business. That business was not missing any trailers, but said a license...

A chat with State Auditor candidate Randy Gilbert


Normally the State Auditor race is relatively quiet, but this year things are heating up. DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto will have to go toe to toe with DFL candidate Matt Entenza in the primaries August 12, and one of them will still have to face Republican candidate Randy Gilbert in November.

Gilbert stopped by Radio Works Headquarters Thursday afternoon for a visit with Director of News & Information Justine Wettschreck.

If you missed the interview on KWOA, you can listen in here:

July 18 news


LUVERNE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Rock County as a primary natural disaster area due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail that occurred from June 11 through June 18.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he and President Obama are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times.

Farmers and ranchers in Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster...

July 17 news


WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is facing two felony burglary charges and a gross misdemeanor for contributing to the delinquency of a minor after an incident that occurred over the weekend.

Anthony Promvongsa, age 19, is charged with first-degree attempted burglary and aiding and abetting first-degree burglary, according to documents filed in Nobles County District Court.

The criminal complaint states authorities were alerted to an attempted burglary at approximately 4:27 a.m. Sunday morning by a woman on Minnesota Drive, who said she knew the suspects Promvongsa and a 13-...

July 16 news


WORTHINGTON – A group of residents of District 518 are promoting the school referendum in the upcoming November general election and will be hosting a meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 22 in the Worthington High School cafeteria.

The organization will be working to promote the continual opportunities offered to students of the district through the excess operating referendum and to avoid potential budget reductions in the near future. The group says the referendum is extremely important to the continued operations of the Worthington School District and the education of the...

July 15 news


LUVERNE – The Madison, South Dakota man accused of vehicular homicide in the death of Steen woman Andrea Boeve made a brief appearance in Rock County District Court Monday with his public defender Virginia Barron.

Christopher Weber, age 25, pleaded not guilty to both the felony and gross misdemeanor vehicular homicide or operation and requested a jury trial.

Weber was charged after the incident involving his pickup and Boeve’s bicycle June 30 near Steen. The criminal complaint states that upon questioning, Weber allegedly admitted he was looking at his cell phone to do some...

The US SBA federal disaster loans include counties in Iowa and Minnesota


ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced low-interest federal disaster loans are being made available to residents and business owners in several northwest Iowa counties affected by severe weather and flooding recently. The loans are also available to those in several affected counties in southwest Minnesota and parts of South Dakota.

The loans are being made available to residents in the primary counties of Lyon and Sioux, and contiguous counties of Cherokee, O'Brien, Osceola and Plymouth in Iowa. It also includes neighboring Minnesota counties of...

July 14 news


WORTHINGTON — Six of Worthington Public Utilities’ seven wells at the Lake Bella Wellfield lost ground in the last week, dropping in water levels anywhere from 1 inch to 1 foot, 3 inches.

General Manager Scott Hain said Well 26, the one used to gauge the city’s water supply, dropped 7 inches in the past seven days, and as a result, the ban on non-essential watering will remain in place within the city of Worthington. This means city residents are not allowed to water their lawns or gardens, or wash their vehicles in their yard. The ban is being enforced and violators should be...