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July 23 news

SLAYTON – Now available is the book “Homely Girls and Pretty Babies: A History of the Murray County Fair.” Author Anita Talsma Gaul has compiled this very readable history book which contains a lot of interesting stories and anecdotes about the Murray County Fair. Gaul is a native of Murray County and grew up on a farm near Chandler. She completed her M.A. and Ph.D. in American History at the University of Iowa and currently teaches at Southwest Minnesota State University.


The baby who would be king

ENGLAND - Just in case you haven’t been aware of the royal fervor, Prince William’s wife Kate gave birth to the heir to the throne today. The little princeling was born at 8 pounds 6 ounces, which officially makes him a keeper. If you’ve been following the story all day long and waiting with anticipation, I’d just like to point out we live in the United States, don’t have a throne, and, just like the Goblin King, he has no power over us.


Hattermann and Jouwstra sign to play baseball at Northwestern

Worthington's Tyler Hatterman and Edgerton’s Blake Jouwstra each signed letters of intent to play college for the Northwestern Red Raiders in Orange City (IA) next year.

Hattermann, the son of Darin Hatterman and Pam and Kent Johnson has earned two letters at Worthington Senior under coach Stacy Sauerbrei. He hit .283 his senior season, but pushed that average up to .385 this season during Southwest Conference play while anchoring the outfield at Centerfield. Tyler Hattermann was also chosen as a Southwest Conference All-Conference Honorable Mention selection this season.


Library town hall meetings begin tonight, continue tomorrow

WORTHINGTON – Town hall meetings to provide information on possible Nobles County Library sites begin tonight in Adrian.

The public is invited from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight to the media center at the Adrian High School. The meeting will begin with a short presentation, then the public is invited to peruse boards that hold information on each separate site. Library staff and commissioners will be on hand to answer questions, and the public is invited to comment on whichever site they think would best suit Worthington.


July 19 news

WORTHINGTON – Sewer spot repair in the 1600 block of South Shore Drive is tentatively scheduled to begin Monday, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous paving began Thursday on First Avenue Southwest from east of the elementary school entrance driveway to near Pleasant Avenue, and coldmilling work is scheduled to begin Tuesday from west of Knollwood Drive to the elementary school entrance. Water main reconstruction continues on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street.


More woes for Northland Mall site (update)

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WORTHINGTON – The trials and tribulations of Worthington’s Northland Mall continue, with a drug bust, possible squatters and now a notice from the City of Worthington that says the old Kmart facility is unsafe to occupy.

Signs at the front entrance to the old Kmart and what was once an auto repair section of the store bear a warning that bars entrance, stating the facility is unsafe to occupy. That warning does not extend to the main part of the mall that contains a small handful of businesses.


Route County detour to end

LUVERNE– Motorists in Rock County will once again be able to travel Highway 23, as the detour should be removed during the week of July 22.

Traffic has been detoured since May 6 to reconstruct the pavement. The Highway 23 detour included Interstate 90, Highway 75, Rock County Road 12 and Pipestone County Road 1.


Pre-trial conference scheduled between Murray County Medical Center, Dan Woldt; documents filed

SLAYTON – An initial pre-trial conference has been scheduled between the Murray County Medical Center and Physician’s Assistant Daniel Woldt, according to documents filed in the District of Minnesota Federal Court.

In May, Woldt filed a lawsuit against the medical center, alleging he had been put on administrative leave and maligned by CEO Meldon Snow after reporting instances of what he considered Medicare fraud. In the lawsuit, Woldt states Snow was combative toward him and maligned his name, creating an intolerable work environment for Woldt.


July 9 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met Monday night and awarded a bid of $41,034 for stump grinding and seeding to Prairie Landscaping, owned by Allen Drost. The difference between Prairie Landscaping and the next lowest bid was almost $30,000. According to Director of Public Works Jim Eulberg, there are just under 800 stumps in the city that need grinding as a result of the April ice storm. Topsoil and seeding is part of the bid price, with the city providing the seed.


July 8 news

STORM LAKE, Iowa — The body of an Ireton, Iowa man was found Sunday after a search that began on the fourth of July. At about 4 p.m. Thursday, the Buena Vista County 911 Center received a call reporting a capsized boat with two occupants on Storm Lake. 36-year-old Abel Troncoso of Granville, was rescued by another boat in the immediate area. The other occupant of the boat, 28-year-old Jaime Vazquez of Ireton slipped beneath the water. Vazquez was reportedly not wearing a life vest at the time the boat capsized.