WORTHINGTON - All Worthington area retailers are invited to the semi-annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Monday at BenLee's Cafe. The all-retailers meeting gives business owners a chance to discuss promotions and make plans for 2014. The 2014 events calendar will be available to pick up at the meeting. A light meal will be served for a small fee. Please RSVP on the event page of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Facebook page or call the chamber at 372-2919.
WORTHINGTON – A former Worthington man pleaded guilty Wednesday to third-degree assault in Nobles County District Court. Joshua Barker, age 25, entered into a plea agreement with the state, admitting he assaulted another man in April of 2013 during a confrontation. As per the agreement, other assault charges pending were dismissed.
Barker said he hit another man with a glass, causing three deep lacerations to his head. In the midst of the confrontation at an apartment they shared, there was no other way to get him to move, Barker said, when the man backed him into a corner.
WORTHNGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved an agreement with the Minnesora Department of Transportation for use of Highway 16 as a detour route when construction begins this year on Minnesota 62 between Fulda and Windom. The $14 million project will go out for bid in March.
MINNEAPOLIS - Joan Mondale, who built a reputation as a national cultural arts advocate while her husband was vice president, has died. Her family issued a statement through their church saying she died Monday afternoon with family by her side.
Mondale was so passionate about the arts that she was nicknamed "Joan of Art." She herself was an avid potter when her husband Walter, then a Democratic U.S. senator from Minnesota, was elected Jimmy Carter's vice president in 1976.
SIOUX FALLS, SD - A Hills man is in custody after an assault and carjacking in central Sioux Falls Sunday night. Sioux Falls Police responded to a car crash near Minnesota Ave. and 26th St at 8:40 p.m., only to find the driver had fled.
FULDA – The family of a Veteran killed in action during the Korean War was presented with a Purple Heart Medal thought to be lost for nearly six decades. Commissioner Larry Shellito with the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs presented the medal to William Johnson of Avoca during a special ceremony at Fort Snelling Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON – According to the Minnesota State Patrol, last weekend’s winter storm resulted in 76 vehicles left on the roadway in southwest Minnesota. A report issues Wednesday shows that over the three-day period of Saturday, Sunday and Monday, there were four rollovers and six crashes in the area, and those are just the ones on state roads. Seventeen vehicles were reported stalled on the roads.
WORTHINGTON – U.S. Senator Al Franken said Wednesday he’s been pressing the White House to address the issue of the propane shortage, which has reached a crisis point.
“Approximately 250,000 Minnesotans use propane to heat their homes,” Franken said, "with the average price of a gallon of propane costing $1.67 in October. Now that average price is $2.59, and in some places, much higher.”
WORTHINGTON – A request to build a mini-storage facility along First Avenue Southwest will be sent to the Nobles County Board of Adjustments for review after a joint jurisdictional committee meeting Tuesday. The intended land is located outside city limits but within a half-mile of the city; requests for altered property uses therefore go before the joint jurisdictional committee.
WORTHINGTON – As he enters his 16th year as Nobles County Sheriff, Kent Wilkening has announced his candidacy for the 2014 ballot, which he said will be his fifth term if elected.
Wilkening began his service in Nobles County in 1987 as a deputy, and in 1998 ran for the sheriff’s position. He took office in 1999.
Wilkening also talked about some upcoming changes being pondered by the county in courtroom security. The coded keypads that guard many of the doors in the building are being upgraded, and consideration to upgrading other security measures is underway as well.