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October 14 news


WORTHINGTON — For those of you hoping to blaze a path down Highway 59 today, there has been a bit of a delay in getting the detour just north of I-90 removed, according to Worthington Director of Engineering Dwayne Haffield. Random cracks formed soon after the pavement was placed, which crews are working to repair. The earliest the road will open is by Wednesday, and that is dependent on weather and repair time. Additional repairs to correct surface damaged cause by rain and hail are expected to be completed under traffic sometime after the road is open.

WORTHINGTON – No injuries...

October 11 news


WORTHINGTON – Seniors in the area have been the target of yet another scam attempt, this one similar to one that was reported several weeks ago involving medical alert company. In the first scam, a phone call told seniors a medical alert service had been purchased for them, but they needed to set up details. It asked for personal banking information.

The new twist on the scam tells callers they qualify under a new program, the National Senior Assistance Program, to receive $3,000 in free grocery certificates. In addition, the client is offered a free medical alert bracelet or...

October 10 news


WORTHINGTON —Minnesota West Community and Technical College Culture Corner, in partnership with the Southwest Crisis Center and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, will host an information and resource fair from 4 to 6 p.m. Monday in the Commons on the Worthington campus. Following the fair, “Minnecanos” will be presented from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the theater on the Worthington campus. There will be free food and activities during the resource and information fair. For more information, contact Le Lucht, 372-3423, or by email at le.lucht@...

Rod Grams, former U.S. senator and broadcaster, dies at 65


From MPR:
Former U.S. Sen Rod Grams died late Tuesday night after a battle with cancer. He was 65.

His death was confirmed Wednesday morning by Kent Kaiser, a spokesman for the family.

Grams, who served a term in the U.S. House and a term in the Senate in the 1990s, is being remembered as a principled, humble conservative who helped usher in a new era of politics in Minnesota and Washington.

Born in 1948 in the central Minnesota town of Princeton, Grams grew up on a dairy farm. He went to Carroll College in Helena, Mont.

Many Minnesotans first came to know...

October 9 news


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schneider Tuesday gave commissioners an overview of projects in the county that have been neglected or put off due to lack of money, stating Public Works has been doing the best they can with reduced staff and stagnant funding. Schneider said it was just recently that the county provided the department additional funding beyond what they were allotted in 1983, 30 years ago.

Not only does the department have aging equipment and facilities, he said, but when something breaks, dollars have to be taken from budgets that should be...

October 8 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Public Utilities Power and Light Commission on Monday approved a resolution supporting the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System joint powers board funding request, which will allow the group to ask the state of Minnesota for $63.9 million on a bonding bill. That is the amount needed to get the Minnesota portion of the water system built, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain.

Hain admitted the chances of getting the entire amount at one time is slim, but hopes if it is asked for they could get increments over the next several...

October 7 news


WORTHINGTON – Pavement restoration on Tower Street storm from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley was completed Tuesday, according to the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous restoration remains.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington High School Marching Band earned top honors over the weekend, taking first place in the Class AA Lakes Area Festival of Bands in Chester, SD on Friday and first place in the open class at the Algona Band Day Festival Saturday. They also were recognized for Outstanding Drum Majors and Outstanding Color Guard at the South Dakota festival and...

Rock County data breach case settlement could be largest payout so far


LUVERNE – Lately there have been a flurry of data breach cases in Minnesota, but one that originated in Rock County has the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust offering the largest payoff so far over the misuse of driver’s license information.

A $2 million settlement was offered Thursday in federal court, but has yet to be approved by a federal judge. The case stems from the alleged actions of a child support officer in Rock County, who was accused of making more than 4,000 queries of the Driver and Vehicle Services database in 2010 and 2011. Janet Patten was fired, and several law...

Osceola Love Bank seeking food donations


SIBLEY, Iowa – The Osceola Love Bank in Sibley, Iowa is hoping to collect enough food to fill 25 boxes before Thanksgiving this year during a community food drive, and is making it easier to donate by providing a list of exactly what they are looking for.

They need 100 cans of fruit, 50 each of cans of cream of chicken soup, 16 ounce bags of rice and boxes of macaroni and cheese. They are looking for 25 each of Jiffy corn muffin mix, cream of mushroom soup, cream of celery soup, mixed vegetables, large cans of turkey, large cans of chicken, bags of croutons, envelopes of dried...

October 4 news


BROWN COUNTY - A Worthington man is accused of having forced sex with a 16-year-old girl he met through a friend on Facebook. 19-year-old Taylor Anderson has been charged in connection with the alleged incident. Brown County authorities received a call on Tuesday from a woman who reported her daughter was sexually assaulted this past Sunday.

The criminal complaint goes on to say the incident happened at an apartment building in Springfield. Court documents say Anderson tried to choke the girl and had forced sex with her. Anderson is now facing four felony criminal-sexual conduct...