WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission approved funding for solar power to the city’s three new entrance signs Monday at a material cost of $2,431 per sign. That cost does not include installation. The signs themselves will cost approximately $24,000 each, with the cost of two being paid for by the city. The money for the third is being raised by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.
HARDWICK – Approximately 3,700 pigs died Sunday night during a fire at a hog farrowing facility northwest of Hardwick, according to information from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and New Horizons Farms.
The facility, one of five farrowing operations owned by New Horizons Farms, is located at the intersection of 221st Street and 90th Avenue. Managing Partner Bob Taubert said it appears to be a total loss, with sows and piglets perishing in the blaze.
WORTHINGTON — The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking nominations for its Faces of Hope fundraiser banquet, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families in southwest Minnesota. Up to five nominees from Southwest Minnesota will be chosen and honored at an awareness banquet scheduled for April 5 in Worthington. Criteria and additional information is available at mnswcc.org. Nominations are due Jan. 31.
MINNESOTA - With temperatures across Minnesota to stay well below zero on for the next few days, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken the unusual step of cancelling schools statewide for Monday.
Dayton said in a news release Friday the safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority.
“I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday,” he stated. “I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”
WORTHINGTON – After the spring ice storms of 2013, Nobles Cooperative Electric in Worthington and Federated Rural Electric of Jackson received $3.5 million in federal grants to help fund repairs, but more than $1.7 million in reconstruction costs were denied through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA says the additional funding was denied based on the cooperatives’ failure to have a written, formally adopted and applied code of standard in place.
TRACY – Benjamin Alberg, 17, of Milroy, received non-life threatening injuries when his 2000 Ford pickup ran off the roadway Wednesday morning on Highway 14, a mile and a half east of Tracy. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Alberg was northbound on Aspen Avenue at 6:55 a.m. when he ran off the road at the Highway 14 intersection. He was taken to the Tracy Hospital for medical attention. The pickup received moderate damage.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Safe Cab program, a partnership between local law enforcement and business sponsors, will give free rides home to New Year’s Eve revelers on Tuesday night.
The Safe Cab will operate from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.; people need to call the Worthington Taxi Service, 372-4300, to secure a ride. The service will operate from party points around the city, including private residences, but is not intended as a shuttle between venues.
Off-duty law enforcement officers will be behind the wheel of the Safe Cabs to ensure people get home safely.
The Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office, in cooperation with the Worthington Taxi Service and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, are going to provide taxi service from 10:00 p.m. until 2:00 a.m. on New Year’s Eve. Local law enforcement is going to provide drivers for the cabs in addition to the taxi drivers.
To request a ride, simply call the Worthington Taxi Service at 507-372-4300. Please note this Safe Cab program will give you a ride home, but not to the next bar. If you are looking at bar hopping, designate a driver.
ST. PAUL -- Influenza is back in Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Health says across the state, 36 people were newly hospitalized with influenza during the week ending Saturday. That brings total hospitalizations in the state to 104 so far this season. The new hospitalizations were a 50 percent increase over 24 new hospitalizations the previous week, according to numbers released Thursday.
LAKE WILSON – Citizens interested in finding our more about the Stoneray Wind Project should attend the public hearing at 6 p.m. January 14 at the Lake Wilson American Legion building on Broadway Avenue.
The proposed project includes up to 62 wind turbines on 29,500 acres in Murray and Pipestone Counties. The turbines will range from 1.7 to 3.2 MW, up to a total of 105 MW. Associated facilities would include transmission lines, a project substation, access roads, meteorological towers and an operation and maintenance building.