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Woman dies in Fairmont fire

FAIRMONT - One person was killed early Sunday morning in a Fairmont house fire.
According to the Fairmont Police Department, officials responded to a call of a residential house fire at 3:47 a.m. in the 300 block of N. Elm Street.

Upon arrival firefighters found one person dead inside the house. They believe it was a 61-year-old-female and the only occupant.

Authorities said all nearby neighbors were evacuated. The remains of the victim were transported to the Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office.


September 8 news

WORTHINGTON – As we begin the week leading up to King Turkey Day, the festivities begin, including the hunt for the medallion. Here’s your first clue:

Proudly we are “75”, and King Turkey Day is still alive.
This whole celebration has just begun, Now get ready to join the fun.

Remember, the medallion will only be found on public property, and seekers should not have to dig or climb to get to it. Anyone who finds it should bring it to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce to get $100 in Chamber Bucks!


Strong schools = Strong communities

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WORTHINGTON – Eight years ago, residents of the Worthington school district voted to approve an operating levy referendum to aid District 518. The final year of the levy is 2014, so a new referendum will be on the ballot in November. A group of concerned citizens have formed SOS, which stands for Support Our Schools. Their motto – Strong schools equal strong communities.

Friday morning, they group gathered in front of the Worthington High School to publicly announce their support of the referendum and ask citizens to come out in support as well by voting yes.


September 5 news

WORTHINGTON – Second Avenue concrete pavement restoration work from 15th Street to Okabena Street is tentatively scheduled to begin September 8, according to the city of Worthington Engineering Department.

Restoration work on Dover Street from Douglas Avenue to Clifton Avenue began Thursday on three patches of concrete, and sanitary sewer reconstruction from Viking Road to Johnson Lane could begin as early as today.


Sioux Falls death row inmate takes own life

SIOUX FALLS, SD – The South Dakota Department of Corrections says James McVay, a death row inmate, has taken his own life. McVay, 44, reportedly killed himself in his cell in the Jameson Annex overnight. Penitentiary staff tried CPR but he was pronounced dead at the prison.

McVay was convicted of first-degree murder in Minnehaha County and sentenced to death earlier this year. He had pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the July 2011 murder of Maybelle Schein of Sioux Falls.


September 4 news

WORTHINGTON – A satellite office for Women, Infants and Children, better known as WIC, has opened inside the Avera Medical Group clinic on Ryan’s Road in Worthington. Located on the clinic’s second floor between the obstetrics and pediatrics departments, the office will provide all of the same WIC services offered within the public health offices at the Nobles County Government Center in downtown Worthington.


September 3 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday morning breezed through a relatively light agenda, approving a medical consultant contract with Avera Medical Group for Community Services, extending a leave of absence for a public works employee and making several board appointments.

The August Excellence in Performance Award was given to Nobles County Deputy Markus Murphy for his dedicated service to the community. The commissioners heard an update from ACE of SW Minnesota from new Executive Director Michelle Baumhoefner and Nobles County Director Joanne Bartosh.


September 2 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Fire Department was dispatched at 7:29 a.m. Sunday to 1220 College Way for a report of a garage fire, which Fire Chief Rick von Holdt believes was caused by a charger for a toy vehicle.

The homeowners tried to put out the blaze with a fire extinguisher, von Holdt said, but it got too big, so they called in the fire department, who quickly handled the blaze. One wall of the garage and part of the ceiling were damaged.


City council takes a look at bike lane demo

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WORTHINGTON – Anyone driving down South Shore Drive in Worthington Friday morning may have encountered a bit of a problem in front of Freedom Shore Park around 9 a.m. – part of the street was closed for over an hour while a demonstration took place so city leaders and others could get a look at what it might look like if bike lanes were added.

With the assistance of the parks and recreation department, who added temporary lines using chalk, local Statewide Health Improvement Program committee members were able to give a visual of South Shore with bike lanes on both sides of the street.


August 29 news

WORTHINGTON - In honor of Labor Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, as will the Nobles County Library.

All Worthington financial institutions will be closed for the day. Fareway will be closed for the day, but Hy-Vee and Walmart will maintain regular hours. Schaap Sanitation routes normally done on Mondays will be taken care of on Tuesday