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Memorial Day closings

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WORTHINGTON - In honor of Memorial Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, and the Nobles County Library will be closed. Area Financial institutes are all closed. Walmart will follow regular hours as will Hy-Vee, but the Hy-Vee pharmacy will close at 5 p.m. Monday. Fareway is open until 9 p.m. Saturday, but will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Schaap Sanitation will not make pick-ups Monday – those routes will be pick-up Tuesday.


May 24 news

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ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3 million to improve Twin Cities parks.

Dayton wrote to legislative leaders, that the decision was difficult because he supports the causes but had said he would veto projects the advisory committee did not recommend.

Dayton blamed a House panel led by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, for the...


Memorial Day programs in the area

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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct services at the local cemeteries and host a program Monday at Chautauqua Park.

Services will be: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens Cemetery; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10:05 a.m., Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park.

The Rev. Joe Behnke from St. Matthew Lutheran Church will speak at the cemetery services and the program at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park. Behnke is a World War II enthusiast.

Other participants in the ceremonies include the Boy Scouts,...


May 23 news

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice quotes fiction while writing case law, but in a case originating from Nobles County District Court, that is exactly what happened. Justice Paul Anderson, in dissenting with the majority regarding a woman trying to expunge her criminal record, expounds on what he calls Inspector Javert Syndrome, bringing into question the common humanity of the law that is the focal point of “Les Miserables.”

The Justices, in a 5-2 decision released Wednesday, sided with the Nobles County Attorney’s Office against the expungement of...


May 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – The retirement of two long-time Nobles County employees was announced during Tuesday’s Nobles County Commissioners meeting. JoAnne Haugen, who works in the Worthington branch library, will retire June 1 after 36 years of service to the county. And after 37 years of service, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster will retire June 30. Because Balster’s is an elected position with a term that lasts through 2014, the commissioners passed a resolution accepting her retirement so they can begin the process of filling the vacancy. The commissioners hope to appoint someone to fill the role...


May 21 news

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WORTHINGTON — As the city of Worthington continues the process of final cleanup, the city’s debris contractor will start the final pass for vegetative debris on May 28. City residents are asked to continue to place any storm-generated vegetative debris along the boulevard for final pick-up before that date. Residents are reminded that the debris must be storm-generated vegetative debris to be eligible for removal.

Residents are also reminded that if they hire a private contractor to do tree trimming in their yard, the contractor must dispose of that vegetative matter. It is not...


Child killed in pedistrian-vehicle accident Saturday in Jackson County

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JACKSON – A 5-year-old child was killed Saturday in rural Jackson County when he ran out in front of a vehicle on CSAH 4 at the south end of Loon Lake in Minneota Township. Yomi Alexis Castillo, was struck by a 2011 Ford Explorer, driven by Marjorie Svoboda of rural Jackson, at approximately 11:22 a.m. The child was transported by ambulance to Lakes Regional Healthcare Hospital in Spirit Lake, Iowa, where he died of his injuries. He is the son of Hose and Sandra Dominguez of Worthington.


May 20 news

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WORTHINGTON — Nobles County Parks Director Jerry Braun said campgrounds at Fury’s Island and Maka Oicu opened Sunday, just in time for the Memorial Day weekend. Tree debris had littered the park following the April ice storm, creating a delay in the parks’ opening.

JACKSON - Flooding rains, large hail and even reports of tornados kept people in some parts of the region on the run late Friday afternoon and evening. Two tornado touchdowns were reported in Jackson County: one near Wilder and another about three miles north of Lakefield. There were no immediate reports of injuries or...


May 17 news

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WORTHINGTON — The Nobles County Retired Senior Volunteer Program is seeking volunteers to help staff the office at Worthington’s Pioneer Village this summer. Hours are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 1:30 to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. For more information, contact RSVP, 295-5262.

SIOUX CENTER, Iowa — Two men from northwest Iowa have been charged with firearms trafficking. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they arrested 18-year-old Skyler Gonnerman of Sioux Center on Tuesday on a charge of trafficking stolen firearms.

Twenty-year-old Dakota...


May 16

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SLAYTON – In a statement issued yesterday afternoon, Laura J. McKnight and Gregory P. Bulinski, counsel for Murray County Medical Center and CEO Mel Snow, said they are reviewing the federal lawsuit filed against the hospital and its CEO by physician assistant Dan Woldt.

Woldt, who was put on administrative leave for nine weeks this winter before being reinstated in March, filed a lawsuit alleging Snow punished him for turning in Medicare fraud cases, blackening his reputation with his co-workers and patients.

The release states MCMC believes it acted in the best interests of...