February 12 news

WORTHINGTON – During a public meeting for the Oxford Street Redevelopment Plan, attendees were asked to look at a map of the Worthington area and put a blue sticker on the area they felt was the biggest priority in the city. With the exception of two or three, every other blue dot ended up on the representation of the Northland Mall.

Semi only loss during JBS fire

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WORTHINGTON – A semi tractor was completely destroyed during a fire at JBS Tuesday night, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holdt, but for the most part, that was the extent of the damage, he said.

February 11 news

WORTHINGTON – During a joint meeting and work session Tuesday evening between the Worthington City Council and the Nobles County Commissioners, the bulk of the discussion was dedicated to what collaboration is being or can be done between the two entities to keep costs down and make for better communication while serving the residents in their districts.

Southwest Minnesota schools receive Safe Route to School grants

MINNESOTA – Schools in Worthington, Windom, Jackson, Lakefield and Pipestone are all recipients of Safe Routes to School mini-grants that support walking and biking programs at K-12 schools in the state. Those grants recipients were announced today by the Minnesota Department of Transportation.

Mini-grants totaling $125,000 will support the Safe Routes to School program at 64 schools, reaching nearly 40,000 students. An additional $125,000 will fund bicycle fleets, trailers and supplies in four communities committed to working with 37 schools to teach bicycle safety.

February 10 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved a recommendation to appoint Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis as Interim Administrator until a full-time administrator is hired. Previously, the council had voted to appoint the seven department heads as co-interim administrators under the former council.

February 9 news

PIPESTONE – A Pipestone man was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries after being extricated from his burning house Sunday morning. According to information released by the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Fire Department, Ambulance and the Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of a structure fire at a residence at 317 Main St East. The residence sustained moderate damage on the north side.

February 6 news

WORTHINGTON – A public hearing regarding the redevelopment of Oxford Street will take place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Worthington Fire Hall. Brad Chapulis, Worthington’s director of community and economic development, said Wednesday’s hearing is the first of others that will be taking place in an extensive planning process. Its purpose is to hear about new ideas for the corridor spanning from Minnesota 60 to Minnesota 266, and what citizens would envision that corridor to look like.

Nobles County K-9 is awarded bullistic vest

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WORTHINGTON - The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office K9 Frank’ee has been awarded a ballistic vest thanks to a non-profit organization, Vested Interest in K9s, Inc., and a private donation of $950 that was received by James Manson of West St. Paul. Manson also donated $950 to outfit K9 Dakota’s vest of the Rochester Police Department.

February 5 news

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College Lady Jay and Bluejay basketball teams will host “Meet the Jays” during their home games on Saturday. The Lady Jays will start at 1 p.m. and Bluejays will start at 3 p.m. taking on the Anoka Ramsey Golden Rams at the Minnesota West Worthington Campus Center for Health and Wellness. All students K-8th grade will receive free admission and there will be an opportunity following each game to meet the players and receive posters.

January 4 news

WORTHINGTON – During a Nobles County Commissioner meeting Tuesday morning, Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick informed the board that Investigator Lonnie Roloff was chosen in January by the Minnesota South Central Investigators Coalition as the 2014 Investigator of the Year.