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Chief Cumiskey announces retirement from Worthington Police Department

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey will retire at the end of May, he officially announced today. He began to let staff know Thursday and Friday of last week, and got all paperwork filed by the end of the week.

“After much soul searching and a lot of talk and prayer, I will retire from law enforcement,” he said this morning. “I’ve spent 28 years in law enforcement.”

On the hutch behind his desk are the hats he has collected for years and he admitted he has no idea what he’ll do with them. Or most of the things in his office, for that matter.


May 12 news

WORTHINGTON – This Thursday, the Center For Active Living will celebrate its first year of existence with an open house and plenty of activities. Located at 211 11th St., a program with comments by Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh will kick off the open house at 1 p.m., followed by recognition of retiring advisory committee members Sharon Johansen, Bobbie Korthals, Chuck Moore, Mike Woll and Bob Petrich.

Amanda Walljasper-Tate, owner of Schafer’s Health, will present a program at 2 p.m. on “Health Naturally” as part of the CAL’s Sanford Wellness Partners program.


Southwest Minn. officials visit state capitol regarding Lewis and Clark

WORTHINGTON – When Rep. Rod Hamilton called Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh last week to say he had just been informed the House had pulled the Lewis and Clark funding from their bonding bill, Oberloh was shocked. He had spoken to Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the Capital Investment Committee, less than 24 hours beforehand, and had been assured that the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System Funding was still in the bill.

“Then Rep. Hamilton called and he’s madder than a hornet,” Oberloh stated. “I think it’s pretty safe to assume there are games being played.”


May 9 news

WORTHINGTON - Large hail and isolated tornadoes were reported throughout the area Thursday, with a confirmed tornado near St. James.

The storms in southwest Minnesota produced hail that ranged in size from that of peas to quarters and in some instances even golf balls. The hail fell in Beaver Creek, Edgerton, Windom and Pipestone and many places in between.

PIPESTONE - Pipestone Area Schools is considering spending an estimated $370,000 on new tennis courts later this year to replace courts north of the middle/high school that are no longer usable.


May 8 news

WORTHINGTON - Jeff Rotert is the new Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation executive director. Currently the chief operating officer at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, he will start in the new position June 2.

Foundation board chair Paula Chapulis said Rotert was chosen from 18 applicants for the executive director spot, and that he has the background, the ability, and the versatility of knowledge required to take the foundation to the next level.


May 7 news

WORTHINGTON — Unionized employees at JBS voted Tuesday to authorize a strike after 10 months of contract negotiations have failed to reach agreement in key areas involving health care and wages for workers at the Worthington plant.

United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1161 hosted meetings for more than seven hours Tuesday with production and maintenance workers who represent roughly 90 percent of the local pork processing facility’s workforce. The result of those group meetings led to a unanimous vote to strike if necessary.


May 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Work on the lining of the trunk sanitary sewer system on Eighth Avenue and Ninth Street is scheduled to begin today, according to the Worthington Engineering Department. Motorist are asked to proceed with caution and watch for construction workers.

Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 toward Woodcrest Avenue.

LUVERNE – Two Beaver Creek men have been arrested in connection with a burglary at the Hill’s Bar. Charges have been filed in Rock County District Court against 26-year-old Tony Fluit and 30-year-old Shane Hultgren.


Lewis and Clark funding through MN bonding bill could be in jeopardy

ST. PAUL – Rep. Rod Hamilton is asking for the help of all southwestern Minnesotans. According to Hamilton, Rep. Alice Hausman, Chair of the House Capital Investment Committee, approached him on Friday to tell him there is not enough money to fund the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System in the upcoming bonding bill.

“I was absolutely floored,” Hamilton said. “In essence, she threw us under the bus.”


Guy Lombardo

AM 730 KWOA and the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa are proud to present: Guy Lombardo's Royal Canadian with Al Pierson!

This performance is slated for Tuesday, September 9 at 2 p.m. in the Clay County Regional Events Center Ballroom.

“Dancing the afternoon away to one of the most famous big bands in the world will be a true delight on Senior Day,” said CCF Manager Jeremy Parsons. “The air-conditioned ballroom at the Events Center will be the perfect site for the event.”


May 5 news

ARNOLD’S PARK, Iowa - Citing circumstances beyond his control, the Mayor of Arnolds Park resigned Friday afternoon, effective immediately. Meeting in special session late Friday, the city council voted unanimously to accept the resignation of Mike Mitchell and started to look at options for a successor. City Administrator Ron Walker says the council is intending to appoint someone to fill the position.