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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,...


June 2 news

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WORTHINGTON - Grazix Animal Health Inc., based in San Carlos, Calif., has signed a lease to move into the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington. Grazix manufactures a family of next-generation natural animal health products, which are developed to assist veterinary professionals to maintain healthy animal digestive balances in production environments.

The company is relocating its sales and distribution operations to Worthington, where it will be managed by Randy Simonson, a Worthington resident and business owner. Grazix anticipates hiring three full-time employees...


May 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – Duininck, Inc. on Thursday announced the acquisition of Worthington Excavating, Inc. In a deal that was finalized last week, Susanne Murphy will remain as General Manager to the 17 current employees.

Worthington Excavating was founded in 1978 by Tom Murphy as TR Murphy Contracting. After his sudden heart attack in 1998, the company was carried forward by a group of dedicated employees led by his wife Susanne. She said it is great to be able to offer the expanded resources Duininck brings to the table.

The company will operate under the name Worthington...


Gov. Dayton signs medical marijuana bill

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ST. PAUL – Today, with little fanfare, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law that creates a patient registry under the Department of Health relating to the therapeutic use of medical marijuana.

It authorizes the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates its distribution and manufacture.

The bill also creates a task force to conduct an impact assessment on medical cannabis therapeutic research and provides for certain criminal and civil protections for parties involved in the registry program.

During the...


May 29 news

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NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – Murray County Central seventh-grader Alyssa Boynton of Slayton started out strong Wednesday morning at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, surviving the first two rounds. But the third round proved to be her nemesis, as did the word ‘haricot,’ which is a ripe seed or unripe pod of several beans.

Kellen Rodriguez of Fairmont also misspelled his word ‘equipollent’ in the third round. Three other Minnesota students, Shane DeSilva of Austin, Lauren Crabtree of Brainerd and Mark Kivimaki of Edina spelled words correctly in round 3, but only Kivimaki will move...


Go, Alyssa Boynton! Scripps Spelling Bee begins today

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SLAYTON - Our best wishes go out to Alyssa Boynton today! She and four other Minnesotans are among the 281 competitors in the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begin this morning in Washington DC.

The five include seventh-grader Alyssa, 13, from Murray County Central in Slayton, seventh-grader Mark Kivimaki, 13, of Valley View Middle School in Edina; Brainerd eighth-grader Lauren Crabtree, 14, of Forestview Middle School; eighth-grader Shane DeSilva, 14, from Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin and eighth-grader Kellen Rodriguez, 14, from the Fairmont School...