WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Community Improvement Committee and Worthington Public Utilities are once again sponsoring the local Holiday Lighting Contest. All Worthington residences and businesses with decorations are eligible. Judging will take place the second week in December. Criteria will include best use of color; most original, best composition, most spectacular and best expression of Christmas.
JACKSON - The Jackson City Council Tuesday approved first reading of Ordinance 74, which prohibits the use and sale of coal tar sealant products. There is a new state law that prohibits the use or sale of coal tar sealant products throughout Minnesota as of January 1st, 2014. According to the League of Minnesota Cities, coal tar has been used widely in sealant products on driveways and parking lot surfaces for many years.
WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota West Community and Technical College President Dr. Richard Shrubb last week filed an appeal with the Minnesota College Athletic Conference, asking that all MN West athletic teams not be penalized for the actions of just a few. Because of an incident that occurred Oct. 26 during and after a state quarterfinal football game in Brainerd, the MCAC had put all MN West teams on probation. Shrubb is instead asking that the football program face suspension during a period of review, leaving the other teams untouched.
WORTHINGTON – Visitors were welcomed into Minnesota West’s Center for Career Education Thursday for an open house and ribbon cutting ceremony. The Center, located in the former Worthington Fire Hall, now houses an auto mechanics class for Worthington High School students and Minnesota West’s Customized Training.
MOUNTAIN LAKE – A Butterfield woman suffered non-life threatening injuries Wednesday afternoon while traveling on Highway 60 when a Mountain Lake man driving a Chevy Impala pulled out in front of her from Cottonwood County Road 1. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Jacqueline Harrington, age 45, was transported to the Windom Hospital. Her 2005 Pontiac G6 was totaled. Joe Lugo, age 36, was uninjured. His Impala was also totaled.
WORTHINGTON – New weight restrictions have been posted on a bridge that spans Jack Creek just south of Brewster on County State Aid Highway 1. Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schnieder informed commissioners Tuesday that the annual bridge safety inspection has been completed and a report sent to the state.
Twenty-seven of the bridges in Nobles County are posted as restricted, Schnieder said – approximately seven percent of the 360 bridges in the county.
MINNESOTA - A sentencing hearing for a serial bank robber known as the “Man in Black” was canceled Monday after the defendant requested to have his six guilty pleas withdrawn. Mark Edward Wetsch is accused of holding up 31 banks, including the bank in Brewster, in a 2012 robbery spree, averaging one bank every eight days over an eight-month period. He ultimately pocketed more than $108,000.
He changed his name in July from Wetsch to Sheik Bilaal Muhammad Arafat, and has previously maintained he is being persecuted because he sympathizes with the terrorist group al-Shabab.
ROUND LAKE – Ferrara Candy Company is asking the city of Round Lake, Nobles County and the Round Lake-Brewster School District for a three-year tax abatement on their Round Lake facility, the former Farley & Sather’s facility. A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 26.
WORTHINGTON - The Southwest Crisis Center’s annual Fall Online Auction Fundraiser begins today and runs through Friday at www.charityauctionstoday.com/store/swcrisiscenter.
Hundreds of items are included in this year’s auction, with more items added daily, thanks to the generosity of area businesses. This year’s challenge includes a local match on all funds raised through our online auction up to $10,000. All funds raised will go to providing services to victims of domestic and sexual violence and their children in the crisis center’s five county service area.
WORTHINGTON – Charges have been filed against three Worthington residents who were found to be in possession of several handguns registered as stolen from Borch’s Sporting Goods in Marshall last week.
Michele Lopez, 38, and Julio Hernandez, 19, are charged with possessing a pistol after a felony conviction, possession of stolen property and possessing a pistol without a permit. A 17-year-old juvenile from Estherville was also arrested and charged.