May 28 news

WORTHINGTON – Minnesota West Community and Technical College President-elect Terry Gaalswyk will be visiting the Worthington campus at 12:30 p.m. Monday as he tours the five communities for the first time since his name was announced May 20 by MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone.

Gaalswyk was one of two semifinists under consideration for the position of president and will be taking over from interim president Barbara McDonald, who was chosen by Rosenstone as the next president of North Hennepin Community College.

Liquor license approved for Venetian Steakhouse as mall taxes received

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Tuesday approved the application for an on-sale liquor license for the Venetian Steakhouse, which is located in the Northland Mall. The application had been delayed because of non-payment of taxes by the previous property owner, Mike Kohen. City ordinance prohibits issuance of a license to a premise when property taxes are reported as delinquent, even when the business in question is owned by a renter.

Terry Gaalswyk named as new president of Minnesota West

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WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.

MNSP Bean Receiving Changes

Bean receiving and oil load out at the Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster will be closed on Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day

Watkins named to All-Southern Division Team

Minnesota West freshman Austin Watkins has been named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-Southern Division Baseball Team

Watkins, a freshman from Mountain Lake, had an outstanding season at the plate where he had 53 hits in 128 at-bats for a batting average of .414. Of the 53 hits he had 11 doubles, 6 triples and 2 homeruns and ended up with 34 RBI's on the season and 8 stolen bases. Watkins was 4th in the Southern Division in runs batted in and 5th in the division in batting average

12 Princess Kay Finalists Selected

ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.

The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:

Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

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WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.

Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

Kinley named to MCAC All-Southern Division Team

Minnesota West freshman Paige Kinley was named this week to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-Southern Division 2nd team in Softball this season.

Kinley this season was a hitting machine for the Lady Jays, collecting 42 hits in 82 at-bats for a batting average of .512, which was 4th best in the entire conference. Of her 42 hits, 5 were doubles, 4 were triples and also had 2 homeruns and collected 22 RBI's. Kinley also had 12 stolen bases.