WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schneider Tuesday gave commissioners an overview of projects in the county that have been neglected or put off due to lack of money, stating Public Works has been doing the best they can with reduced staff and stagnant funding. Schneider said it was just recently that the county provided the department additional funding beyond what they were allotted in 1983, 30 years ago.
WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Public Utilities Power and Light Commission on Monday approved a resolution supporting the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System joint powers board funding request, which will allow the group to ask the state of Minnesota for $63.9 million on a bonding bill. That is the amount needed to get the Minnesota portion of the water system built, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain.
WORTHINGTON – Pavement restoration on Tower Street storm from 11th Avenue south 125 feet to the alley was completed Tuesday, according to the city of Worthington Engineering Department. Bituminous restoration remains.
LUVERNE – Lately there have been a flurry of data breach cases in Minnesota, but one that originated in Rock County has the Minnesota Counties Insurance Trust offering the largest payoff so far over the misuse of driver’s license information.
SIBLEY, Iowa – The Osceola Love Bank in Sibley, Iowa is hoping to collect enough food to fill 25 boxes before Thanksgiving this year during a community food drive, and is making it easier to donate by providing a list of exactly what they are looking for.
BROWN COUNTY - A Worthington man is accused of having forced sex with a 16-year-old girl he met through a friend on Facebook. 19-year-old Taylor Anderson has been charged in connection with the alleged incident. Brown County authorities received a call on Tuesday from a woman who reported her daughter was sexually assaulted this past Sunday.
WORTHINGTON - A collaboration between the local Soil and Water Conservation District, Nobles County Environmental Services and two watershed districts is seeking public input as it prepares to amend the county’s 10-year comprehensive water plan. The plan, up for a five-year review, encompasses everything associated with water quality, from feedlot runoff and septic systems to stormwater and ag drainage.
WORTHINGTON – It’s been a long summer of detours in Worthington, but the target date for the Highway 59 project opening is October 11. According to City Engineer Dwayne Haffield, the hope was to have the detour gone by the end of this week, but delays in the work complicated the process.
PIPESTONE – The Pipestone National Monument is one of the victims of the Federal Government shutdown that began today. According to an email from the monument’s Administrative Officer Mary Schwebach, the monument is not open to visitors, unable to receive mail and cannot accept deliveries until further notice.
Because of the shutdown, staff at the monument has been furloughed. According to a recording at the monument’s main phone line, staff cannot check phone messages until the government re-opens.
DUNDEE – A fire in rural Dundee Monday destroyed two hog barns, but a third that had been burning was saved. The Fulda Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday to 34700 130th Street. At 3:01 p.m., mutual aid from Brewster was requested. There were no hogs in the barns, but the two barns that were a complete loss had machinery and some round bales inside. The third also held machinery.