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September 28 news


WORTHINGTON – It’s Active Aging Week, and to keep things moving along at the Center for Active Living, Director Kris Hohensee has planned special activities for each day.

Today at 10:30 is Technology Demonstration Day – see what’s new and learn how to use the smartphone you already have. At 12:30, iDeas Computers will be at the Center to talk about the difference between tablets, laptops and desktops.

Tuesday at 7 p.m. is the Groucho Marx show at the Memorial Auditorium. Contact the box office at 376-9101 to purchase tickets and mention you’re a CAL member for a discount....

Flower Power


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce through the Community Improvement Committee is sponsoring a “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” This week’s recipient is Brian & Marty Powers, 503 Miles Drive.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a residence or a business as a candidate for the “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” Nominations can be made by calling the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 372-2919.

Speaker Boehner to resign his seat at the end of October


Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

The Ohio representative struggled from almost the moment he took the speaker’s gavel in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government and to hold together his...

September 25 news


WORTHINGTON – A car and a semi traveling north on US 59 Thursday collided, causing non-life threatening injuries for both drivers, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
Joyce Soderholm, age 63, of Worthington, was driving a 2010 Lincoln, and Larry Spear, age 44, of Calumet City, Illinois, was driving a 2007 Freightliner. Both were northbound on US 59 at 200th Street near mile marker 17 when the collision took place shortly after 11 a.m.

Soderholm was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center by ambulance. Damage to her vehicle was severe. No hospital is on record for...

September 24 news


WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Minnesota Workforce Council Career Expo Event will be held Tuesday, September 29 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Southwest Minnesota State University Marshall and Wednesday, September 30 from 9:15 a.m. to 12:25 p.m. at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Worthington campus.

The Career Expo features approximately 200 local businesses/organizations/education promoting careers & industries to high school, college students and interested workforce.

Over 1,900 students from the high schools will be in attendance at the Expo, along...

September 23 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners set the not-to-exceed levy at 7.86 percent on Tuesday morning, which County Administrator Tom Johnson said is higher than some of the neighboring counties and lower than others. The budget committee plans to get together and go over all of the figures and another work session is being planned before the final levy is certified in December. The proposed levy, which is currently at $12,968,385, can be lowered before it finalized, but not raised.

According to Johnson, the biggest impacts on the budget this year are a county vehicle that...

September 22 news


WORTHINGTON – Worthington royalty was crowned Monday at the high school – the homecoming king and queen for 2015 are Tony Lopez and Patricia Marin, who will represent Worthington High School during all of the activities this week.

The rest of the homecoming court consists of Allie Bruns, Arleny Campillo, Emma Gerber, Morgan LeBrun, Olivia Petersen, Tom Hanselmann, Cameron Jenson, Erik Landgaard, Christopher Mayorga and Torey Rogers.

There are dress up days each week. Today is Around the World Day; Wednesday is Country Western Day; Thursday is Class Color Day; and Friday is...

September 21 news


WORTHINGTON - The West Central High School Marching Trojans of Hartford, SD claimed the top prize among competing Class A bands in the competition at the King Turkey Day Grand Parade. Led by director Danny Eye, West Central earned 207.5 points, while Murray County Central came in second with 168 and Tracy High School followed with 133. West Central also rated tops for the People’s Choice Award, Outstanding Drum Majors, Outstanding Winds, Outstanding Drum Line and Outstanding Color Guard.

Among Class B competitors, the Fulda High School Raiders clinched first with 174.5 points,...

Paycheck takes the first heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop


WORTHINGTON – While there have been tighter races and there have been faster races, Saturday’s Great Gobbler Gallop was certainly exciting, with Worthington’s Paycheck running away with the first leg at a time of 1 minute, 34.97 seconds to Cuero’s Ruby Begonia time of 1 minute, 36.09 seconds.

Neither team had any touches or penalties, leaving a scant 1.12 second difference – and as the old saying goes between the two teams, “It ain’t over ‘til October,” which is when the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop will take place in Texas.

Both birds – and teams – ran a great...

More King Turkey Day fun for the weekend


WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day events continue Saturday bright and early, so be prepared for a day full of fun. Here are a few highlights from the schedule.

The YMCA 5K Family Fun Walk starts in downtown Worthington at 8:30 a.m., and the free pancake breakfast starts at the fire station on Second Avenue at 9 a.m. and runs through noon. If pancakes aren’t what you’re after, the food vendors in the downtown area open at 10 a.m.

Over at the fairgrounds, inflatables and carnival games start up at 10 a.m. and the food vendors open up at 11 a.m.

A Horseshoe Doubles Tournament...