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June 30 news

WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the static water level out at Well 26 is looking better, but he’s not quite ready to lift the non-essential water ban yet.

The water level is measured each Friday out at Well 26, and a 2 foot gain was recorded this past week. Hain said that is good news, but not as much as hoped. While we’ve crept past the 16-year average level, he said, we’re not yet prepared to lift the ban. With the holiday on Friday, Hain will have his crew check the levels again on Thursday before making any decisions.


Nobles County Commissioners declare State of Emergency; regional rail authority assesses $1.5M in damages

WORTHINGTON – During an emergency meeting Friday, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners declared the county in a state of emergency for conditions resulting from the persistent and continuing high precipitation severe summer storms beginning June 11, which caused a significant amount of public property damage.

According to County Administrator Tom Johnson, the damage to the county is estimated at approximately $600,000, but that number could change as things continue to be assessed.


June 27 news

WORTHINGTON – According to the courts, part of the mall can be demolished. Judge Gordon Moore said Thursday in Nobles County District Court that the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall appears hazardous and seems to have essentially been abandoned, granting the city the right to demolish the structure.

Worthington City Attorney Mark Shepherd, who represents the city in this matter, said he made attempts to contact someone from Northland Mall Realty LLC in this matter, but to no avail.


Rock Valley, Iowa looking for volunteers over the weekend

ROCK VALLEY, Iowa— Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 712-451-HELP.


June 26 news

WINDOM – A Windom man is facing second-degree attempted murder charges after allegedly kicking a pregnant woman and threatening her with a knife. Nickson Otema, age 25, is also charged with second- and third-degree assault.

The criminal complaint states he was arrested Sunday when the Windom Police responded to a report of a fight in progress in the 600 block of 13th Street at approximately 5:52 p.m.


Kate's story: Keeping up the Kourage

WESTBROOK - Westbrook Fun Days have always been exciting, but this year there is a little bit of extra fun in the air. A special event has been added to the usual line-up that has even the most seasoned festival-goer raising their eyebrows a bit.

On Saturday night, former members of Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey and Santana will perform at a benefit concert at the Westbrook ball diamond in an event called Keeping up the Kourage for Kate.


Sen. Franken discusses flood damage

WORTHINGTON - US Senator Al Franken has floods on his mind. During a call to Radio Works Headquarters Wednesday morning, he explained his recent travels around the state of Minnesota, viewing flood damage.

Over the weekend he put on plenty of miles, from Luverne to Pipestone to Albert Lea to International Falls and several points in between.


June 25 news

WORTHINGTON – Due to the quality of the images, approximately 300 women who had mammograms done at Avera Medical Group Worthington in 2013 are being asked to return for a repeat of the procedure.

Tad Jacobs, Avera’s chief medical officer, said about 1,300 mammograms were read at the Worthington facility in 2013, and the callbacks to the 300 have already began. They will likely be completed over the next few weeks with no charge to the patient for the additional imaging.

Avera Health also issued the following mammogram recommendations
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June 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council approved the authorization to reject all bids and re-advertise for the Okabena Street water main extension project during their Monday night meeting. Three bids on the project were rejected due to confusion on a reimbursement form attached to the bid. All three bidders have been informed and will be given the opportunity to re-bid the project.

The council did approve a bid for the Taxiway B joint and crack repairs project at the Worthington Municipal Airport, subject to receipt of a federal grant to fund 90 percent of the project cost.


Iowa Marine killed in Afghanistan

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa - An Iowa Marine is one of three Marines who were killed Friday in Afghanistan, the U.S. Department of Defense said today.

Lance Cpl. Adam F. Wolff, 25, of Cedar Rapids died while conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan, military officials said.

The Department of Defense identified the other fallen Marines as Staff Sgt. David H. Stewart, 34, of Stafford, Va., and Lance Cpl. Brandon J. Garabrant, 19, of Peterborough, N.H.