News

City of Worthington no longer under water ban

Good news for the city of Worthington – according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the well level measurement taken today at the Lake Bella well field shows the static level at 21 feet 3 inches, achieving the target set by the Public Utilities Board. Hain said the level had gone up 2 feet 3 inches since last Friday’s measurement.

“Since the ban was imposed, we’ve been taking readings weekly and the Water & Light Board had set a target level,” Hain said. “In the past week, we saw some really significant recharge and achieved our target by seven inches.”


June 28 news

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Iowa DNR officials say water samples taken following a wastewater discharge to Big Spirit Lake on Wednesday indicate that the impact to the water body appears to be minimal. DNR Environmental Specialist Bryon Whiting says the results from several e-coli samples have been examined, with some elevated levels near the storm sewer outlet, but he notes that those levels drop off rapidly about 200 feet away from the storm sewer outfall. Another sample from Orleans Beach near the spillway appears to be close to normal.


Area officers honored as DWI Enforcer All-Stars at Target Field

ST. PAUL — Last year in Minnesota, drunk driving crashes accounted for 104 deaths — 26 percent of the state’s total traffic deaths. More than 28,000 motorists were arrested for DWI. Tonight during the Minnesota Twins pre-game festivities, the DWI Enforcer All-Stars will be recognized for outstanding service in enforcement and prosecution of drunk driving.

Included in this year’s All-Stars are two area officers, Josh MCuen of the Worthington Police Department and Louis Norell of the Windom Police Department, both of whom will be honored, along with 32 others, tonight at Target Field.


I-90 road construction scheduled to begin soon

WORTHINGTON – According to the Minnesota Department of Transportation, I-90 traffic from Worthington to Jackson County Road 5 will be restricted to two-way by mid-July as crews resurface the westbound lanes. Work will begin July 1 to build crossovers from westbound to east bound. I-90 motorists should expect reduced speeds and some delays until resurfacing in complete in mid-August.

The project also includes adding 10 miles of cable median guardrail along the same route. Installing the rail will take until mid-September to complete.


June 27 news

WORTHINGTON – Today is the day you can help save a life. The All-American Blood Drive begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Ground Round, running until 4:30 this afternoon. The event is sponsored by Sanford Worthington, the Ground Round, Radio Works, Holiday Inn Express and the Daily Globe. The blood mobile will be parked alongside the Ground Round patio, where donators can check in and receive a voucher from the Ground Round.


DOMA struck down

DOMA has been struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court.

5-4:DOMA is unconstitutional as a deprivation of the equal liberty of persons that is protected by the Fifth Amendment.

WASHINGTON — Married gay and lesbian couples are entitled to federal benefits, the Supreme Court ruled on Wednesday in a major victory for the gay rights movement.


Wayne Klumper involved in motorcycle crash

WORTHINGTON – Long-time YMCA program director and current volunteer Wayne Klumper was involved in a motorcycle crash shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Fox Farm Road and Crailsheim Drive, which, according to his Caring Bridge site, caused numerous injuries, including a bruised lung, fractured facial bones and bruising of the brain. A CT scan showed the bruising and bleeding is not spreading, a family member wrote. Klumper is sedated and sleeping, and will be kept that way for several days.


June 26 news

WINDOM – A man who died Tuesday in a head-on collision west of Windom has been identified as Jason Steffes, 39, of Balaton. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Cody Falk, age 24, of St James was driving a 2011 Ford Superduty east on Hwy 62 when he collided with the 2008 Ford Taurus of Steffes in the westbound lane. When authorities arrived, Steffes was found dead at the scene. Falk and a passenger, 20-year-old Nathan Gisch of Mountain Lake, were transported by ambulance to the hospital in Windom, both with non-life threatening injuries.


SCOTUS voids key part of Voting Rights Act

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court says a key provision of the landmark Voting Rights Act cannot be enforced until Congress comes up with a new way of determining which states and localities require close federal monitoring of elections.

The justices said in 5-4 ruling Tuesday that the law Congress most recently renewed in 2006 relies on 40-year-old data that doesn't reflect racial progress and changes in U.S. society.


June 25 news

WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council approved the Athletic Facilities Master Plan and Needs Assessment Monday night, which outlines potential improvements to Worthington’s current athletic facilities. They discussed a need for a joint powers agreement for members of the Athletics Facilities Plan Team, which includes the city of Worthington, School District 518, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau.