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Safety Tips for Handling Anhydrous Ammonia

ST. PAUL, Minn. – In upcoming weeks, many area farmers will begin spring anhydrous ammonia (ammonia) applications. Serious injuries in Minnesota over the last several years were caused by the mishandling of ammonia. To stay safe when handling ammonia or performing maintenance on ammonia equipment, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture urges dealers and farmers to:


April 1 news

WORTHINGTON - Gov. Mark Dayton will visit Worthington on Thursday for a public meeting to discuss his proposal to establish an additional 125,000 acres of water quality buffer strips statewide. The legislation would require 50-foot water quality buffer strips around Minnesota’s lakes, rivers and streams.


March 31 news

ELLSWORTH – The Minnesota State Patrol has not yet released the name of a person killed in a broadside crash between two pickup trucks near Ellsworth Monday afternoon at the intersection of Highway 91 and Nobles County Road 6.


UPDATE: Name released in fatal crash near Ellsworth

UPDATE: 12:12 p.m.
ELLSWORTH – The driver of a pickup killed in a broadside crash Monday near Ellsworth was identified by the Minnesota State Patrol as 59-year-old Steven Hup of Luverne.


March 30 news

WORTHINGTON – The Journey to the Cross Prayer Walk is happening at American Reformed Church in Worthington on Wednesday, April 1 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and on Thursday, April 2 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. During the day, please stop by the office before beginning the prayer walk, so the office staff can prepare the walk for you. If you come in the evening, please come in the south door by the gym to begin. The event is open to the public and is recommended for 5th grade students to adults.


Songwriter, poetry and art contest in conjunction with Michael Martin Murphey concert

WORTHINGTON – In association with the upcoming Michael Martin Murphey concert, the Worthington Memorial Auditorium is sponsoring a Cowboy Songwriting, Poetry and Art Contest.

Murphey will be performing April 11 at the Auditorium, and the winners of the poetry and songwriting contest will perform their pieces during the show. The winners of the art concert will have their pieces displayed in the lobby. All winners will be invited to a VIP session with Murphey the day of the concert.


Gov. Dayton hopes to crack down on illegal poaching

ST. PAUL – In the wake of numerous high-profile instances of illegal poaching activity in Minnesota, Governor Mark Dayton has proposed significant reforms to Minnesota’s poaching laws this session. As a life-long hunter and angler, Dayton is pushing hard to enact more stringent penalties for those who intentionally violate the state’s hunting and fishing laws. By enacting more severe consequences for these crimes, Dayton and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) hope to deter illegal poaching, and ensure these criminal acts are properly and thoroughly punished.


March 27 news

WORTHINGTON – A Worthington woman is facing seven felony forgery counts after allegedly paying $1,000 for another person’s identity and using it to work and register a vehicle.


March 26 news

WORTHINGTON – Two people accused of methamphetamine possession are scheduled to appear in Nobles County District Court next week after allegedly being caught with the illegal substance in their vehicle earlier this month.

According to the criminal complaints, John Mounsamrouath, age 33, of Jackson, and Nicole Ruffcorn, age 32, of Rushmore, are both charged with second-degree possession of a controlled substance. Ruffcorn is also charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession and drug paraphernalia.


March 25 news

WORTHINGTON – During the Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday, Terri Janssen, Community Health Services Administrator and Health Supervisor, explained a new grant the Des Moines Valley and Nobles County Public Health SHIP Team has been selected to receive through the Centers for Disease Control and the Minnesota Department of Health. The grant, which is referred to as the 1422 grant, is for over $300,000 annually for four years, for a total of $1.2 million and will focus on improving health in the areas of preventing and better managing obesity, diabetes, heart disease and stroke.