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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...

February 6 news


WORTHINGTON – A public hearing regarding the redevelopment of Oxford Street will take place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Worthington Fire Hall. Brad Chapulis, Worthington’s director of community and economic development, said Wednesday’s hearing is the first of others that will be taking place in an extensive planning process. Its purpose is to hear about new ideas for the corridor spanning from Minnesota 60 to Minnesota 266, and what citizens would envision that corridor to look like.

There will be a brief presentation from representatives from the Minneapolis-based...

Nobles County K-9 is awarded bullistic vest


WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frank’ee has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a private donation of $950 that was received by James Manson of West St. Paul. Manson also donated $950 to outfit K9 Dakota’s vest of the Rochester Police Department.

K-9 Frank’ee is a 2 ½ year old Belgian Malinois that has been with the Nobles County Sheriff’s Department since 2013. K-9 Frank’ee is trained to track down violent suspects, find missing people, smell out illegal drugs, and protect his partners. This...

February 5 news


WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Lady Jay and Bluejay basketball teams will host “Meet the Jays” during their home games on Saturday. The Lady Jays will start at 1 p.m. and Bluejays will start at 3 p.m. taking on the Anoka Ramsey Golden Rams at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus Center for Health and Wellness. All students K-8th grade will receive free admission and there will be an opportunity following each game to meet the players and receive posters.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council will join the Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday,...

January 4 news


WORTHINGTON – During a Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday morning, Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick informed the board that Investigator Lonnie Roloff was chosen in January by the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition as the 2014 Investigator of the Year.

The MSCIC is made up of investigators from sheriff’s offices, polices departments, the DNR, state troopers and prosecuting attorneys from 16 counties. Roloff was elected as Investigator of the Year by the governing board because of his dedication and leadership to the position and to the sheriff’s office. According to...

One Last Time! Tour


Barry Manilow recently announced that he is going to “hit the road” and perform concerts across North America ONE LAST TIME!, along with special guest Dave Koz. Manilow will launch his multiple-city ONE LAST TIME! Tour beginning in Omaha, NE on February 11, 2015 at the CenturyLink Center.

Tickets are ON SALE NOW and range from $18-$127 via and ...