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Murray County contemplates ambulance tax district

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SLAYTON – It looks as if the majority of Murray County residents are well on their way to being taxed for ambulance service. During a public meeting last week, the Murray County Hospital Board met with members of the Slayton City Council and various township and city representatives to discuss implementing a tax district for the Murray County Ambulance coverage area.

Legislative consultant Buck McAlpin, who appeared at the meeting via phone, said a tax district can be used to fund any ambulance needs, such as radios, medical equipment or training. Murray County Ambulance Director...


June 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the static water level out at Well 26 is looking better, but he’s not quite ready to lift the non-essential water ban yet.

The water level is measured each Friday out at Well 26, and a 2 foot gain was recorded this past week. Hain said that is good news, but not as much as hoped. While we’ve crept past the 16-year average level, he said, we’re not yet prepared to lift the ban. With the holiday on Friday, Hain will have his crew check the levels again on Thursday before making any decisions.

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Nobles County Commissioners declare State of Emergency; regional rail authority assesses $1.5M in damages

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WORTHINGTON – During an emergency meeting Friday, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners declared the county in a state of emergency for conditions resulting from the persistent and continuing high precipitation severe summer storms beginning June 11, which caused a significant amount of public property damage.

According to County Administrator Tom Johnson, the damage to the county is estimated at approximately $600,000, but that number could change as things continue to be assessed.

A joint meeting took place via interactive television between the board and Rock County as...


June 27 news

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WORTHINGTON – According to the courts, part of the mall can be demolished. Judge Gordon Moore said Thursday in Nobles County District Court that the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall appears hazardous and seems to have essentially been abandoned, granting the city the right to demolish the structure.

Worthington City Attorney Mark Shepherd, who represents the city in this matter, said he made attempts to contact someone from Northland Mall Realty LLC in this matter, but to no avail.

Northland Mall Realty LLC now has an opportunity to demolish the building itself until...


Rock Valley, Iowa looking for volunteers over the weekend

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ROCK VALLEY, Iowa— Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 712-451-HELP.

“We have made great strides over the last several days. This weekend we are hoping to help residents clear items from their yards from things they have taken out of their...


June 26 news

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WINDOM – A Windom man is facing second-degree attempted murder charges after allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and threatening her with a knife. Nickson Otema, age 25, is also charged with second- and third-degree assault.

The criminal complaint states he was arrested Sunday when the Windom Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 600 block of 13th Street at approximately 5:52 p.m.

The victim stated she and her husband live in the apartment with Otema. She showed them a knife on the bed, which had blood on the blade, and showed them a cut on her hand. She...


Kate's story: Keeping up the Kourage

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WESTBROOK - Westbrook Fun Days have always been exciting, but this year there is a little bit of extra fun in the air. A special event has been added to the usual line-up that has even the most seasoned festival-goer raising their eyebrows a bit.

On Saturday night, former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and Santana will perform at a benefit concert at the Westbrook ball diamond in an event called Keeping up the Kourage for Kate.

Kate Jorgenson was 11 years old last summer when she was involved in an ATV accident that resulted in the loss of her arm. A year later, she is...


Sen. Franken discusses flood damage

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WORTHINGTON - US Senator Al Franken has floods on his mind. During a call to Radio Works Headquarters Wednesday morning, he explained his recent travels around the state of Minnesota, viewing flood damage.

Over the weekend he put on plenty of miles, from Luverne to Pipestone to Albert Lea to International Falls and several points in between.

Franken said in his recent travels he has seen some of the best of Minnesota. He talked with some of the 400 volunteers sandbagging in International Falls, spoke with farmers in the southwest who have lost all of their acreage to hail and...


June 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
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• Women ages 50-74 should...


Radio Works 2014 Summer BBQ Bonanza

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The Radio Works Backyard BBQ Bonanza is back! This is your opportunity to win and throw your backyard bbq celebration, feeding up to 50 people per winner! Then keep your eyes out for details on how to win our grand prize package, which includes everything you need to host your very own ultimate backyard BBQ cook-out (Details further below).

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