June 27 news

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 July 11. To do so, the company must pay a bond of almost $380,000 and have the building demolished by Aug. 14.

If no one from Northland Mall responds by July 11, the city can go forth with plans to demolish the building.

Wenzel Engineering submitted its final structural report on the former K-Mart building on May 29. The report estimated the cost to renovate the space to a functional retail space at $3.47 million, while demolition would cost approximately $253,000.

WORTHINGTON – According to the city of Worthington Engineering Department, construction work on Oxford Street from Diagonal Road to McMillan Street was completed Thursday.

On the Lake Street walk extension, drainage structure work at Seventh Avenue is scheduled to begin July 1. The walk along Lake Street and Lake Avenue from near Seventh Avenue to east of May Street has been postponed to Monday, July 7.

Sanitary sewer work on Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Orchard Road was completed Wednesday. Pavement and turf restoration remains for both water and sewer projects on Nobles Street.

WORTHINGTON - Nobles Cooperative Electric and the Murray County Sheriff's Office have received information that someone is phoning Nobles Cooperative Electric members posing as an Xcel representative and demanding payment to avoid disconnection of electric service.

If members of Nobles Cooperative Electric receive a phone call similar to this, do not give them any personal or financial information. Nobles Coop advises the customer to get the caller’s name and the name of the company the person is calling from if possible. If you have caller ID, write down the number, hang up and contact Nobles Coop at 372-7331 or 836-6107. You can also contact your local sheriff’s office.

Do not hesitate to call law enforcement if there is anyone at your home or on your property who is questionable. Nobles Cooperative would like to remind their customers that their employees wear uniforms and drive trucks with the cooperative logo.

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 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. by calling 712-451-HELP.

Mayor Kevin Van Otterloo said they have made great strides over the last several days, and are hoping this weekend to help residents clear items from their yards that they have taken out of their homes.

A dump site, located west of the Christian School at the Old Block plant, will be opened up over the weekend for residents to bring damaged items to be hauled away.

Volunteers are needed to help residents remove items from their homes and yards and bring to the dump sites. The city will also begin to clean the campgrounds and other city properties affected. City Administrator Tom Van Maanen said this will be their last organized push to collect a large amount of damaged items and haul them away.

MANKATO - AgStar Financial is calling for entries for their 3rd Annual Purple Ribbon Video Contest. There’s a lot of buzz these days about agriculture and what farmers and those involved in the industry do.

Submit a video on how you stand up for agriculture by showcasing your passion, whether it is for crops, livestock, precision ag or anything in between. Videos should be no longer than 2 minutes and will be judged in three age groups; 14-15 year old, 16-18 year old and 19-21 year old.

Videos should be submitted by July 21 with online voting taking place from July 22 through 31. The contestant from each age group with the most votes will win a $1,000 scholarship.

For more information, or to submit a video, go to facebook.com/AgStar and click on the Purple Ribbon Video Contest tab.

OKOBOJI, Iowa - The Okoboji Yacht Club will hosts the Great Plains Championship Optimist Dingy Regatta today through Sunday on West Lake Okoboji, which is expected to draw competitors from across the country to the Iowa Great Lakes.

Former Yacht Club Commodore and Principle Race Officer Phil Petersen says the Optis are designed for young sailors. The Opti is a small sailboat, 7 ½ feet long, and the club is up to 60 entries, all ages 8 to 15. The sailors practice Friday, then race Saturday and Sunday.

Peterson asks that motor boat operators slow down near the small sailboats. Some of the young sailors are new to the sport, he said, and get nervous about having other boats around. Even the more experienced sailors appreciate it when the power boats maintain a low speed when they’re in the area, so they don’t throw a big wake that can rock the small sailboats.

The competitive racing will be held on both Saturday and Sunday starting at about 10:30 a.m.


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