Sanford Health buys former Avera Clinic in downtown Worthington

WORTHINGTON – According to documents filed with Nobles County, Sanford Health Network purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th Street where the former Avera Clinic was located for approximately $1.1 million. The purchase was made in August, and recorded with the county October 1.

The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.

Minnesota Business Selected as Semi-Finalist in Entrepreneurship Challenge

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas announced the 10 national semi-finalists of the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being developed in rural regions of the United States.

Concession stand burglarized at Trojan Field

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that was reported at 4:25 p.m. Monday at the Trojan Field concession stand.

The suspects damaged coolers and the popcorn machine and destroyed food and drink items after gaining access through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for confidential tips. Information can remain anonymous.

A dedicated bunch

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WORTHINGTON – When Nobles County Pheasants Forever President Scott Rall stood in front of the crowd gathered for the dedication of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area, he said everybody has something that makes them feel good, and for him, this was the coolest day ever.

When notice first came that the land would be going up for auction, they had three weeks notice to pull together and create what Rall called a “Who Really Cares” fund. By the time they were done, they found a lot of people care. They had over $55,000 in private donations.

Dayton's humor shines through at pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

“That you pulled together, financed together and preserved this priceless land is a testament to all of you,” he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.

Wounded Warriors bring home the birds during pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON - Derrick Ostlie of Shoreview shot his first wild pheasant on Saturday in Nobles County. He was one of the 10 hunters who came to Worthington for the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener as part of the Wounded Warrior Program. It is only the third time he’s been hunting , and all three of those trips have been as part of the program.

Banquet announcements: 2015 pheasant opener set for Mankato; summit for Marshall

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WORTHINGTON – The 2015 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be in Mankato, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

The announcement was made during Friday night’s Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet in Worthington.

Gov. Mark Dayton had his own announcement to make, although he almost forgot to do so. He had given his speech and was walking back to his chair when he stopped and headed back to the podium.

“I almost blew my cue here,” he said. “We’re having the first Minnesota Pheasant Summit in December, on the 13th.”

Monument set for new wildlife management area; dedication at noon Saturday

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WORTHINGTON – The monument is now in place for Saturday’s land dedication at the new Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area. The public is invited to the event, which will be at noon. The site is located along Nobles County 4, just west of Nobles County 57.

The land dedication is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Mark Dayton is scheduled to arrive today.

Appel takes place as new Police Chief

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WORTHINGTON – Troy Appel was officially welcomed Thursday as the new Director of Public Safety for the City of Worthington during a pinning ceremony at the Prairie Justice Center. Appel, who has been a member of the Worthington Police Department since 1993, has been the Commander of the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force since its inception in 2005.

Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark said the city was very pleased to be able to promote one of their own.

We don’t accept mediocrity,” Clark said, “And Troy is a shining example of that.”

EQIP Application Deadlines Set

Worthington, MN, September 16, 2014 – Agricultural producers looking to solve natural resource problems on their farms should apply now for assistance through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) administered by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS).

Application acceptance deadline for FY 2015 in Minnesota for EQIP is:
• October 17, 2014
• November 14, 2014
• December 19, 2014