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Worthington man charged with criminal sexual conduct against granddaughter

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WORTHINGTON – Criminal sexual conduct charges were filed last week on Nobles County District Court against Kenneth Meyerdirk, age 68, of Worthington, according to court documents. Meyerdirk faces one first-degree and three second-degree counts, all of which stem from his alleged contact with a granddaughter that spanned several years.

The criminal complaint states all of the alleged contact occurred at Meyerdirk’s farm on Sundberg Avenue. The victim said she remembers the first incidents happening when she was in second grade, which would have been in 2000, and continued until she...


December 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – The 25th annual Old Fashioned Christmas celebration will be from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday and Friday at Pioneer Village. Horse-drawn wagon rides will be offered throughout the village grounds and food and hot cider will be available. Fun products such as jams, jellies, cookbooks and Burt’s Bees products will be available at the country store.

Children ages 15 and younger will be admitted free, and are all welcome to visit with Santa Claus in the fire hall. Reading Bus Lines will be conducting free tours of lights around Worthington starting at 6:45 p.m. both nights.

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November 27 news

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ROUND LAKE – The Round Lake City Council voted Tuesday evening to abate 50 percent of the property taxes on the former Farley & Sather’s building for three years, which approximates $6,500 per year. The building is currently owned by the Ferrara Candy Company. AGCO is interested in leasing the building for three years, with an option to purchase.

The first of three tax abatement discussions took place Tuesday evening at the Round Lake City Council. At the heart of the matter is whether the city, Nobles County and the Round Lake-Brewster School District will agree to a three...


Suspect in hospital thefts sought by authorities

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WINDOM – Authorities in four cities are keeping an eye out for a suspect who reportedly entered medical facilities for nefarious purposes. According to area law enforcement, there were four reported incidents of an individual entering offices and in some cases, stealing employee wallets. The suspect is a black male in his late 20s.

The suspect was seen going into offices at the Windom Hospital, and when confronted by staff, said he was looking for the X-ray department. He left after stating he needed to look for some papers. It is believed he stole money from a purse.

The...


US Foods of Fairmont to shut doors

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from the Fairmont Sentinel:
FAIRMONT - Employees at US Foods in Fairmont were informed recently that the local plant will soon be shutting its doors.

The US Foods' plant in Fairmont - not to be confused with Fairmont Foods - is located at 1500 E. Winnebago Ave. Employees who will remain anonymous have indicated the plant is closing its doors Jan. 31.

Company spokesperson Lisa Lecas issued the following written statement following requests for comment from the Fairmont Sentinel:

"As part of ongoing effort to maximize operating efficiencies and better serve...


November 26 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved on sale beer, wine and liquor licenses for a new restaurant to be located at Northland Mall in the site of the old Godfather’s Pizza. The restaurant, the Venetian Steakhouse, is scheduled to open mid-December.

The council also approved the 2014 sewer service charges, which were recommended by the Water and Light Commission. The usage charge will decrease by $.79 for non-industrial users.

There was a public hearing regarding the grant received to rehabilitate Nobles Square. The city received a $350,000 grant from...


November 25 news

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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Committee and Worthington Public Utilities are once again sponsoring the local Holiday Lighting Contest. All Worthington residences and businesses with decorations are eligible. Judging will take place the second week in December. Criteria will include best use of color; most original, best composition, most spectacular and best expression of Christmas.

Prizes in the residential category are: first place, $100 credit on December utility bill and $100 in Chamber Checks; second place, $75 credit on utility...


November 22 news

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JACKSON - The Jackson City Council Tuesday approved first reading of Ordinance 74, which prohibits the use and sale of coal tar sealant products. There is a new state law that prohibits the use or sale of coal tar sealant products throughout Minnesota as of January 1st, 2014. According to the League of Minnesota Cities, coal tar has been used widely in sealant products on driveways and parking lot surfaces for many years.

According to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, while coal tar has been an effective sealant for asphalt-based surfaces, coal tar sealant products contain...


MN West President Richard Shrubb speaks on football incident in Brainerd

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WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Dr. Richard Shrubb last week filed an appeal with the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, asking that all MN West athletic teams not be penalized for the actions of just a few. Because of an incident that occurred Oct. 26 during and after a state quarterfinal football game in Brainerd, the MCAC had put all MN West teams on probation. Shrubb is instead asking that the football program face suspension during a period of review, leaving the other teams untouched.

According to Shrubb, the incident involved...


Ribbon cutting at Center for Career Education

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WORTHINGTON – Visitors were welcomed into Minnesota West’s Center for Career Education Thursday for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Center, located in the former Worthington Fire Hall, now houses an auto mechanics class for Worthington High School students and Minnesota West’s Customized Training.

According to District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard, this is the first time students have had an auto mechanics class in more...