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Worthington City Council approved land sale negotiations with Bioverse

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday held a public hearing regarding the sale of four lots at the Bioscience Industrial Park to Bioverse Inc. through its established land acquisition policy.

The plan is for Bioverse to construct a 15,700 square foot office and manufacturing facility to permanently house the company’s operation. The established price for the almost 5.5 acres is $150,872 or $.63 per square foot. The actual sale price of the real estate is reduced by the present value of the property taxes generated by the new facility over a 20-year period at a 6.5...


March 9 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Saturday approved a motion to offer the job of city administrator to Steve Robinson, who is currently the city’s Director of Public Works.

Robinson, who has only been in his current position for six months, was one of five candidates who went through a two day process of interviews with the council, department heads and a group of community members chosen for that purpose.

On Friday, each candidate had one-on-one interviews with each council member, toured the city and gave a brief presentation during a meet and greet during a...


Steve Robinson chosen as new Worthington City Administrator

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Saturday approved a motion to offer the job of city administrator to Steve Robinson, who is currently the city’s Director of Public Works.

Robinson, who has only been in his current position for six months, was one of five candidates who went through a two day process of interviews with the council, department heads and a group of community members chosen for that purpose.

On Friday, each candidate had one-on-one interviews with each council member, toured the city and gave a brief presentation during a meet and greet during a...


South Dakota House approves Omnibus Water Bill

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TEA, SD – The South Dakota House of Representatives Thursday approved Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Omnibus Water Bill (S.B. 173). The South Dakota Senate previously approved the bill, so it is now onto the governor’s desk for signature.

The bill includes $7.7 million for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (L&C), which will be used to construct the southernmost and northernmost segments of the Madison service line, each five miles long. There is a 32 mile gap between these two segments. To allow up to one million gallons of water a day to be “wheeled” to Madison, the...


March 6 news

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WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Theatre program will present “Godspell,” based on The Gospel according to St. Matthew.

Boasting a score with chart topping songs, Godspell was the first major musical theater offering from 3-time Grammy and Academy Award winner Stephen Schwartz and it took the world by storm. Led by the international hit, “Day By Day,” Godspell features such beloved songs as “Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord,” “All Good Gifts” and “By My Side.”

Cast members include Nate Byers, Maygi Sanchez, Courtney Engler, Jose Ivan Parga,...


Project Morning Star receives grant from Worthington Regional Health Foundation

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation on Thursday awarded a matching grant to Project Morning Star, a transitional residential facility for people with addictions.

Health Care Foundation Executive Director Jeffrey Rotert said Project Morning Start fit the foundation’s mission of providing health and education to people in the area. The total amount of the check, with the $30,000 from the foundation, was for $60,567.69.

Project Morning Star is located eight miles south of Worthington and has two homes – one for men and one for women. It is faith-based,...


Sioux Falls bank robbed at gunpoint

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SIOUX FALLS, SD - Police are looking for a suspect following an armed robbery at a bank in eastern Sioux Falls Thursday morning.

Dacotah Bank on E. 10th Street was robbed at gunpoint around 11:15 a.m. The suspect allegedly entered the bank, raised a handgun, and demanded money.

The suspect is reportedly wearing a black ski mask between 30 to 40 years old, 6' tall and weighs 200 pounds. Witnesses say he had a Middle Eastern accent. Police consider the suspect armed and dangerous.

He demanded money from employees. Once he had the cash, drove off westbound in a white...


March 5 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota West Lady Jay fan club is moving forward with a charter bus to the basketball tournament in Pennsylvania, and there are spots still available for anyone interested. At last count, 30 people had signed up, which makes the cost of the bus ride $285 per person. The more people who sign up for the bus, the more the price will go down. Each person is responsible for booking their own hotel, which is within walking distance of the tournament facility. Anyone interested in signing up for the trip, please contact Lynette Thompson at 507-842-5536. The bus leaves from the...


March 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday once again tabled any decisions on the stairs in the government center, this time so they could get more information from the low bidder, Wilcon. Steve Johnson, of Vetter-Johnson Architects, has been in contact with the company, who said they are looking for ways to cut costs on the project.

The conundrum the commissioners face is getting rid of the trip hazard in the stairs in the government center – the lip that protrudes from each step – and getting the stairwells up to code without making such significant changes that they...


March 3 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Water and Light Commission discussed the possibility of a non-essential water ban Monday, but as of yet, nothing has been put in place. This time around, there has been talk of implementing a ban in stages, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, because the wells are two feet, two inches below average, but not at critical stages.

Discussed were phases in water restrictions, such as odd/even lawn irrigation, attended watering, limited hours of watering, or a total ban on non-essential use. No action was taken on the matter.

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