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 were reported when a Oldsmobile Alero drove through a backyard on East Ninth Avenue Sunday afternoon, hitting a shed before bouncing off a tree and crashing into a deck. The driver and passenger attempted to flee the scene, but the Worthington Police caught at least one of the suspects. The deck, located on a Clary Street property, received minor damage, while the shed — located on an East Ninth Avenue property — was a total loss.

WORTHINGTON – It took two teams of turkey handlers and over seven minutes, but Worthington’s Paycheck finally crossed the finish line in Cuero, Texas on Saturday morning during the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop, giving him a miserable total of 13 minutes and 33 seconds for the two heats combined. Ruby Begonia, reminiscent of her triumphant gallop down 10 Street last month in Worthington, sailed across the finish line in 1 minute 7 seconds on Saturday for a combined time of 2 minutes 25 seconds.

Paycheck still holds a 22 to 19 lead in the 41-year-old series, but this year the Traveling Turkey Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph will remain in Cuero. Because Paycheck refused to run, the Cuero team hustled back to help their Worthington counterparts Saturday after ushering their own Ruby across the line – a show of true sportsmanship indeed.

WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington received good news Friday evening: the 2014 Minnesota Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be hosted in Worthington. That announcement was made during the banquet at this year’s pheasant opener event, hosted by the city of Madelia. The event is scheduled for Oct. 10-11, 2014, with a large banquet to be hosted on the initial evening.

Previous host communities have been Montevideo, Marshall and Madelia. The event highlights the many hunting, recreational, travel and local opportunities that host communities have to offer visitors.
Explore Minnesota Tourism and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will assist local partners in planning the event. Scott Rall, president of Nobles County Pheasants Forever, said the group is eager to lend a hand to the effort.

WORTHINGTON - Due to the increase in clients at this time, the Manna Food Pantry is in need of more volunteers. Help is needed on Monday, Wednesday, and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, contact the Pantry Coordinator Linda Sanchez at 507-370-1190.

SHERBURN - A collision Friday involving a pickup and a bus just east of the Jackson-Martin county line claimed the life of the driver of the pickup. The name of the victim is being withheld pending notification of relatives.

A four-year-old passenger on the bus, Chyanne Johnston of Dunnell, was seriously injured and was transported from the scene by helicopter to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rochester. The driver of the bus, 69-year-old David Brodersen of Sherburn, was transported to the Fairmont hospital for treatment of non incapacitating injuries.

Authorities say the pickup was westbound and the bus was northbound when the two collided in the intersection of two county roads. The collision took place shortly after 11:30 a.m.

The Minnesota State Patrol was assisted by the Jackson and Martin County Sheriff’s Offices, the Sherburn Police Department, Alpha Fire and Rescue, Sherburn Fire and Ambulance and the Mayo One helicopter.

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Hospital Auxiliary on Monday, October 28 will host the Masquerade Jewelry and Accessories Fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Sanford Worthington Medical Center lobby. There will be many tables of jewelry and accessories with every-thing priced at $5! It is a wonderful opportunity to purchase nice jewelry, scarves, etc. at very reasonable prices for men, women and children.

Hospital Auxiliary fundraising has provided scholarships to individuals entering or continuing their education in the healthcare field. Most recently they contributed to the new Pediatric and Pediatric Procedure rooms on first floor, purchased two additional chairs in the Outpatient Treatment Infusion Center (OPTIC), and decorated, updated and purchased new furniture for the Dialysis Waiting Room.

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - Co-chairs for the upcoming University of Okoboji Winter Games have been announced. Jeremy Morrison of Milford has been named as chairman while Alison Schmitz of Spirit Lake has been named co-chair. Morrison is a co-owner of BonFire Web and Marketing Company; Schmitz works in the Sales and Marketing division of Rembrandt Foods.

The first organizational meeting of the 34th University of Okoboji Winter Games will be held Monday, November 25th at 5:30 p.m. in the Hedberg Theatre at the Maritime Museum building in Arnolds Park. This year’s Winter Games will take place January 24 through the 26.

WASHINGTON - Representative Tim Walz (D-Minn.), was named to the Farm Bill Conference Committee Saturday to work out a deal on a long-term Farm Bill that will give rural America certainty. Walz, Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation, Energy, and Forestry, has been a strong advocate for agriculture and has consistently pushed leadership to move the Farm Bill to conference.

Walz said those who feed, clothe and fuel the world need and deserve the certainty that a long-term Farm Bill brings, adding that the process has taken far too long. He stated he is looking forward to working with colleagues in the House and Senate to produce a bipartisan bill that will give certainty to producers and consumers.

South Dakota Rep. Kristi Noem and North Dakota Sen. John Hoeven have also been named to the committee.


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