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October 1 news

WORTHINGTON — According to city officials in Austin, Craig Clark, the current Worthington City Administrator, has been named a finalist for the vacant Austin city administrator position. Clark is scheduled to interview for the position in Austin on October 3 and 4.

City officials say a decision could be made on who will fill the vacant post over the weekend. Kandis Hanson and Steve Wilke are also candidates for the position, and have already interviewed with Austin’s city council. Wilke has been the city manager of Lake Mills, Wis., and Hanson is the city manager in Mound.


Entenza's think tank is shutting down

MINNESOTA - Minnesota 2020, a think tank founded by former DFL legislator Matt Entenza seven years ago, is shutting down.

Stuart Alger, a Minneapolis attorney and Minnesota 2020 board chairman, confirmed Monday that the board will close its doors. Alger said six to eight full-time employees would be laid off — primarily writers and researchers.

Alger said the funding just hasn’t been there as it was in the past. The organization is a 501c3 nonprofit, and Alger said it relied on private support, including donations from labor organizations and foundations.


September 30 news

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.

Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.


MN Apellate Court affirms Shue commitment

WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Court of Appeals on Monday affirmed the indeterminate commitment of Kenneth Shue Jr. as a sexual psychopathic personality and a sexually dangerous person.

Shue had challenged the February 2014 commitment to the Minnesota Sex Offender Program that was based on a hearing from 2012, raising evidentiary issues and arguing the evidence was insufficient to support his commitment.


September 29 news

WORTHINGTON – One count each of criminal vehicular homicide, criminal vehicular homicide causing substantial bodily harm, careless driving and failure to stop at a stop sign have been filed against James Miller, 67, of Cylinder, Iowa. He allegedly ran the stop sign on Nobles County 35 on Sept. 19 and caused a crash between two semis that left one man dead and another seriously injured.


District 518 School Board denies pre-school grant

WORTHINGTON – During an early morning meeting, the District 518 School Board today denied a federal grant offered through the Minnesota Department of Education that would have paid for all-day every day pre-school for 4-year-olds that fell into the 175 to 200 percent poverty level, stating the decision to go through with the grant needed to be made too quickly and that space to house the students was of primary concern. Each member felt better about the district expanding the program on their own, rather than rushing into the grant process without appropriate planning.


September 26 news

LUVERNE – For the first time since June of 2012, the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System on Thursday awarded a pipeline contract. The contract, which came in at two million dollars less than the engineers estimate, was for $16.5 million to Carstensen Contracting of Pipestone, and includes 18 miles of pipe that will run from the Minnesota/Iowa border to Luverne. When completed, Lewis & Clark will be able to deliver water to Luverne. The substantial completion deadline is November 2015.


Raffle tickets on sale for pheasant opener banquet

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WORTHINGTON – The organizers behind the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener in Worthington are working diligently to sell raffle tickets, the winners of which will be drawn at the banquet on October 10 at the Worthington Event Center.

According to Doug Tate, one of the organizers, the grand prize of the raffle is a 2014 John Deere Gator – a side by side with front and back seats. It hold s six adults, has a box with an electric lift and a removable top.

There are other prizes, and an auction at the banquet will wield additional treasures.


September 25 news

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — An Orange City man faces charges following a pursuit Tuesday through portions of Sioux and Lyon Counties.

Officials say it started around 8:45 a.m. when an Orange City Police Officer was pursuing a vehicle. The pursuit continued into Lyon County southeast of George, before heading north along the Minnesota border. Stop sticks were deployed, partially disabling the vehicle. The pusuit then went back south, ending five miles southeast of Rock Rapids.


September 24 news

WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Tuesday morning, the Worthington City Council took a hard look at the future of Prairie View Golf Links, bringing up the need for a comprehensive exit strategy in the event it becomes necessary, and the intriguing possibility of making some changes at the golf course so it could be adapted for the game of footgolf.