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Governor Dayton signs presidential declaration request


WORTHINGTON – Governor Mark Dayton Friday signed a letter addressed to President Barack Obama requesting federal aid for a five county region in southwest Minnesota following ice and snow storms that knocked out electricity and caused devastating chaos, along with millions of dollars in damage earlier this month.

The letter, part of a request for a presidential disaster declaration for funds through FEMA and Homeland Security, stated Dayton issued an Emergency Executive Order April 10, triggering activation of the Minnesota Emergency Operations Plan. As the storm continued and...

April 26 news


FULDA – On April 20, Davis Moore of Worthington correctly spelled the word “physician” to win this year’s Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee. Nearly 50 fifth and sixth grade students participated in the first round of the Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee that took place last Saturday at Fulda Elementary School. The first round consisted of a written test of 40 words. From that round, the top 13 students advanced into the second round. The second round was an oral round and each student was required to spell the same five words.

Five students were chosen for the final round through...

April 25 news


WORTHINGTON — Minnesota Department of Transportation officials hosted a public open house Wednesday afternoon in Worthington, detailing the plans for Hwy 60 work slated to begin in May or as soon as weather permits. Striping, sidewalks and turf establishment will be done this spring, along with the storm sewer work that was ongoing in 2012.

When road reconstruction begins, motorists traveling U.S. 59 will detour to the west, following Oxford Street to Crailsheim Drive (Nobles County 10) and then south to U.S. 59/Minnesota 60. Those traveling on Minnesota 60 will again detour to the...

April 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council this morning awarded bids for tree and branch removal and debris management during a meeting continued from late last week. Ceres Environmental bid $603,375 for tree and branch removal, which includes hazardous hanging limbs and stump removal for 50,000 cubic yards of debris. Ceres’ bid was significantly lower than a second bid by TAG Grinding Service, coming in more than $300,000 less.

Nobles County Landfill was awarded the bid for site and debris management of the estimated 50,000 cubic yards of trees and branches. Their bid of $350,000,...

April 23 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council Monday night listened as Director of Public Works Jim Eulberg reminded the public the city-wide cleanup has been postponed indefinitely. The annual cleanup will still take place, but at a future date —which has yet to be determined. Eulberg also stressed that cleanup crews will still be making trips to pick up branches. Even if the crews has been by once, they will return, Eulberg said.

Officials from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will meet with city officials at 2 p.m. today at the Worthington Fire Hall as a step in the process...

Wetsch pleads guilty to robbing Brewster bank


BREWSTER - The Shakopee man who authorities claim was responsible for the “Man in Black” bank robberies across Minnesota pleaded guilty today to holding up Brewster’s Rolling Hills Bank in January 2012 during a hearing in U.S. District Court in St. Paul.

Mark Wetsch still must face two back-to-back trials beginning June 3 on 12 other robberies. According to a federal indictment filed on Feb. 6, 2012, those robberies took place in...

April 22 news


WORTHINGTON — A total of $16.8 million dollars in damages for Nobles County was submitted to the Minnesota Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Management during a Preliminary Damage Assessment following the snow, ice and freezing rain that hit the region earlier this month. Nobles County Emergency Management Director Joyce Jacobs said the number could be significantly higher or lower based on actual costs that have not yet been determined.

Various agencies across the county — including power companies, cities, townships and school districts — were asked to relay their...

Nobles County EOC will have phone lines open this weekend


The Nobles County Emergency Operations Center will have their phone lines open on Saturday, April 20th from 10 AM to 4 PM and again on Sunday, April 21st from noon to 4 PM for phone calls only.

Groups or individuals in the community who are interested in volunteering to help with the clean-up effort or citizens who are physically unable to remove the debris from their property are asked to contact the Nobles County Emergency Operation Center at 507-295-5359. Joann Bartosh with Nobles County R.S.V.P. will be matching up volunteers who can help with those who need help. Volunteers...

April 19 news


BOSTON - Officials say one of two suspects in the Boston Marathon bombing is dead and a massive manhunt is underway for another. The manhunt is being focused in the Boston suburb of Watertown, MA. Officials say the two suspects shot and killed an MIT police officer at the college late Thursday night. They say the suspects then stole a car at gunpoint and did later release the car's owner unharmed.

Officials say soon after there was a shootout with police and the two suspects. The suspects threw explosives from their car as police followed, and during the exchange one of the...

NCE Power Restored


Nobles Cooperative Electric would like to report that all members should have electricity. All major lines have been restored. If you are a Nobles Cooperative Electric member without power, please call the cooperative immediately at 1-800-397-4592.

With the area forecast to get up to five to eight inches of snow, with winds increasing to 20 to 35 MPH through Friday, Nobles Cooperative Electric encourages members to keep the cooperative’s number handy in case outages occur: 1-800-397-4592.

Meanwhile, office personnel is compiling the costs from the ice storm for the Federal...