March 19 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met in special session Wednesday morning to discuss the sustainability of the Worthington Rediscovered program. Since the new council took office at the beginning at the year, they have met for work sessions or special meetings approximately twice a month to familiarize themselves with various programs, discussing the best way to utilize or fund them or how to make sure the public is aware of the opportunities the programs provide.

March 18 news

WORTHINGTON - The District 518 school board Tuesday approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent John Landgaard beginning with the 2015-16 school year with a base salary of $152,000. That will rise in increments to $157,000 in 2017-18. Landgaard will also receive one extra vacation day, bringing the total to 36.

March 17 news

WORTHINGTON - Worthington District 518 has a shortage of substitute teachers. In an effort to recruit additional substitute teachers, District 518 will be offering a one-session orientation on Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Elementary. The training will cover the role and duties of a substitute teacher, information about obtaining a substitute teacher license in Minnesota, and how to apply to be a substitute teacher in Worthington.

March 16 news

WORTHINGTON - Oliver Wolyniec of Worthington High School was named the 2015 statewide Class AA male recipient of the Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” award at the 27th annual awards banquet in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Heidi Bau of Murray County Central was selected as the 2015 Class A female Triple “A” recipient, becoming the first MCC student in the program’s history to achieve the state title.

Railway safety improvement funded in governor's proposal include four in Pipestone

ST. PAUL – Seventy-five railway safety projects at Minnesota’s most dangerous and congested rail crossings – four in Pipestone - would be completed statewide, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton is passed this session. Governor Dayton today revealed a comprehensive list of those specific projects, which were compiled by experts at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and chosen based on their levels of danger and congestion.

Smith Avenue house damaged in overnight fire

WORTHINGTON – A house that suffered significant damage during an overnight fire is most likely repairable, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holt. The Worthington Fire Department was paged at 12:50 a.m. this morning to 1304 Smith Avenue for a report of a house fire.

March 13 news

WORTHINGTON – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for this afternoon for southwest Minnesota and east central South Dakota. High fire danger is expected this afternoon, however, very high fire danger is expected along and south of the Interstate 90 corridor due to strong winds and low humidity. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

While snow melt has left the ground somewhat saturated and moist, abundant prairie grass and brush is very dry and conducive to burning.

Very high to extreme fire danger is again likely on Sunday afternoon.

March 12 news

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host a new student open house Saturday, March 21st featuring the Performing and Fine Arts Departments. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m. and the open house will include a meet and greet with an exclusive backstage look at the musical Godspell led by theater instructor Eric Parrish, a hands-on art project with art instructor Leah Gossom, a tour of campus and informational session.

March 11 news

WORTHINGTON - People wishing to make a contribution to the Manna Food Pantry during the March Food Campaign will be able to help stretch those dollars a little further by simply writing a check to the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation instead. For the second year, the foundation is providing a 50 percent matching grant during the March Food Campaign.

Joint investigation in Pipestone leads to two arrests

PIPESTONE – Two search warrants were executed in the city of Pipestone Monday afternoon as the result of a joint investigation between the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the United States Postal Service and the High Risk Entry and Arrest Team.