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MnDOT advises no travel in south central Minnesota tonight

MANKATO -The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises no travel in south central Minnesota after 6 p.m. tonight due to heavy snowfall, high winds and dark creating hazardous conditions.

Snowplows are currently out making passes, but the heavy snowfall is keeping the highways slushy and slippery. Winds are expected to increase making visibility a serious problem for motorists. As conditions continue to deteriorate, snowplows may be pulled off the roads until conditions allow for their safe return.


February 20 news

LAKEFIELD – The Lakefield Police Department is seeking help from the public to identify two men who allegedly attempted a theft at the Genz Gas Station on Main Street and committed a theft at Len’s Bins Car Wash. A video posted on Facebook shows a man in a blue shirt removing the change from the car wash machine while another man, wearing a black jacket, stands by to keep watch.


February 19 news

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the Farmer’s Room in the Government Center as an Emergency Operations Center, and training room, stating it was the right place for an EOC despite a room already prepared and outfitted just two blocks up the road at the new Worthington Fire Hall. Having the room in a basement and in the same building where county employees would already be was crucial, they said, in an emergency.


Local politicians speak to county commissioners

WORTHINGTON – Just one week before the Minnesota legislative session begins, Minnesota Senator Bill Weber and Representatives Joe Schomacker and Rod Hamilton visited with the Nobles County Commissioners to talk about what subjects and bills will be marched into view this year.

Front and center, according to Weber, will be bonding. On the senate side of things, Weber said they are hoping for $800 to $850 million in bonding. He’s also hoping some tax issues are revisited, namely farm repair and warehousing taxes.


February 18 news

HARRIS, Iowa - A two-vehicle collision Monday morning on Highway 9 near Harris, Iowa sent one person to the hospital. The Osceola County Sheriff's Office says 28-year-old Tomas Gabriel-Ramos of Okabena was driving a 2000 GMC eastbound, behind another eastbound vehicle driven by 22-year-old Eleazar Morales of Worthington. Authorities say Morales lost control while attempting to turn southbound onto County Road M18. That in turn, resulted in a collision with the vehicle driven by Gabriel-Ramos.


February 17 news

WORTHINGTON — In honor of President’s Day, all city, county, state and federal offices in Worthington will be closed today. The Nobles County Library will be closed, as will the Worthington post office. There will be no mail delivery. Bank of the West, Fulda Area Credit Union and Worthington Federal Savings Bank will be closed today. First State Bank Southwest’s Oxford Street location will be closed, its Walmart location is open normal hours. Rolling Hills Bank, United Prairie Bank and Wells Fargo will observe regular hours.


Minnesota Ag Organizations Salute FFA

(St. Paul, Minn.) -- Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) salutes the excellent work of the FFA during their National FFA week February 15-22, 2014.

“The FFA does such great work in fostering the skills necessary for our youth to excel and succeed,” said Doug Peterson, Minnesota Farmers Union President. “The agriculture sector is strong in good part because FFA provides the tools needed for personal growth and success in our future farm generations. We thank and salute FFA for their wonderful work in keeping not only the agriculture sector strong, but our rural and urban communities as well.”


February 14 news

WORTHINGTON – Thursday’s blowing snow and icy roads caused more than a dozen fender benders, crashes and rollovers across the area. The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office received several reports of crashes by early morning, prompting Chief Deputy Chris Heinrichs to contact Radio Works to ask motorists to slow down and beware of finger drifts and blowing snow.

A rollover was reported on Highway 35 shortly before 7 a.m. The victim was able to get out of her vehicle on her own. A crash was reported around noon on I-90, when the victim’s vehicle slid on the road and hit the median.


Underground pipes are freezing, Round Lake is asking for customers' help

ROUND LAKE – The city of Round Lake is issuing a freeze warning as of February 13. The city said customers are starting to experience frozen underground water service. All customers are asked to leave a single cold faucet running. The city recommends a small stream about the size of a pencil lead. Even with warmer temperatures, they said, the frost will go deeper. Contact Round Lake City Hall at 507-945-8127 with any questions.


On-Farm Research Program in MN: Yes or No?

The University of Minnesota is working with the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) to determine the need and opportunities for on‐farm research in Minnesota. Your input is requested to determine if an on‐farm research program should go ahead, and if so, what it should look like.