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Meet the Chmielewskis!


WORTHINGTON - If you didn't get a chance to listen to today's Talk of the Town on AM 730 KWOA with Florian and Patty Chmielewski, here's your chance!

Click on the link below to learn about their upcoming festival in Hinckley, how Patty made her big debut at age 9 on the Lawrence Welk show, what Florian thinks of legislators these days after spending 26 years as a Minnesota Senator and how Justine met up with this accordion-playing, polka-performing, music-loving bunch in the first place! (Hint: It actually was an accident of fate that happened a long time ago, in a galaxy far, far...

April 21


DES MOINES, Iowa – The United States Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic H5N2 avian influenza (HPAI) at a commercial laying facility in Osceola County, Iowa. The farm near Harris holds nearly 10 percent of Iowa's egg-laying chickens at 5.3 million hens.

Iowa is home to roughly 59 million hens that lay nearly one in every five eggs consumed in the country. It's the first chicken farm in Iowa to be affected by the virus, which was confirmed at a turkey farm in the state last week. The...

April 20 news


WORTHINGTON - The 2015 Spring Fling for Seniors is 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Worthington’s American Reformed Church. This year’s theme is “Healthy Living at Home,” and includes keynote speaker Dr. Charles Dike, a family medicine practitioner at the Sanford Worthington Clinic, who will talk about the aging process and how to stay as healthy as possible.

Three workshop presenters include Molly Bishop of Navigation Music Therapy Services, Pharmacist Joe Anderson of Sterling Drug and Nobles County Public Health Director Terri Janssen. Also, 20 area agencies and businesses will be...

Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presents check to Manna Food Pantry


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation teamed up with the Manna Food Pantry during the March Food Campaign, offering a 50 percent match for up to $25,000.The Manna Food Pantry, through contributions from individuals, area churches and the community, raised over $43,000, the health care foundation matched $21,609 and the total came to $64,828.14. The check for the total was presented to the pantry on Friday.

Foundation Executive Director Jeff Rotert said this is the second year they have offered the grant to the Manna Food Pantry.

Coordinator Linda...

April 17 news


WORTHINGTON — The American Red Cross Bloodmobile will accept blood donations from 1 to 7 p.m. Thursday at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free pint of ice cream from Dairy Queen; and a coupon for rent one/get one video from Family Video, Worthington. Chocolate sundaes will be served compliments of Scott Rall LPL Financial Services, Worthington. To schedule an appointment, visit (enter sponsor code 0172267) or call 1-800-733-2767....

Sirens will sound today


Sirens will sound in Nobles County and across Minnesota today as cities and counties participate in a simulated tornado warning.

Tornado watches and warnings will be issued Thursday afternoon to test communities' warning and communications systems. Most cities and counties will activate their sirens at 1:45 p.m., and an "end of test" message will be issued by the National Weather Service at 2 p.m.

Another simulated tornado warning will be issued in Minnesota at 6:55 p.m. in an effort to help families test their preparedness at home, as well as for second-shift workers....

April 16 news


WORTHINGTON — Worthington Boy Scout Pack 134 will have a recruitment night from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Monday at Chautauqua Park. All boys interested in scouting are welcome to attend. For more information, contact Scott Carlson, 329-5204.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone National Monument has scheduled a prescribed burn during the period of April 27 – May 22. When appropriate wind, temperature, and humidity conditions exist between these dates, approximately 92 acres of the tall grass prairie will be burned.

Historically, the 18 million acres of native tall grass prairie that once covered...

April 15 news


WORTHINGTON – Terry Gaalswyk, a semifinalist under consideration for the presidency of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, made a stop at the Worthington campus Tuesday morning for a presentation and a questions and answer session.

Gaalswyk was the second of the two finalists to stop by the campus. Martin Reimer visited Monday afternoon, and Gaalswyk said the two are well acquainted and have often served as personal references for each other. Gaalswyk is currently the executive vice president at Western Nebraska Community College, where he was previously the vice...

A musical night of stargazing


WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical Worthington Campus will host a night of musical entertainment featuring the Minnesota West Choir, a student art display and showcase and a star gazing party this Friday. The Minnesota West Choir will perform beginning at 7:30 p.m. which will be followed by the student art show and reception with light refreshments at 8:15 p.m. A star gazing party will take place from 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. at the softball diamond on the southwest side of campus. Telescopes will be provided to look at the astronomical wonders of the spring sky. If you...

April 14 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday listened to a proposal from Radio Works General Manager and owner Chad Cummings and Promotion Coordinator Ken Moser regarding a request that the annual Fourth of July fireworks be moved to July 3, and that they be launched from Ehlers Park instead of Centennial Park, which would free up the city’s largest community park for public viewing of the fireworks.

The proposal is part of the preliminary stages of a fundraiser for the Lake Okabena Improvement Association that would involve Radio Works providing a free music concert by a...