News

MNsure to unveil insurance plans and rates today

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Minnesotans today will get their first view of the new health insurance plans and rates that will be sold on the state's new online insurance marketplace, MNsure. More than 1 million Minnesotans are expected to use MNsure to obtain health coverage starting in about three weeks.

State regulators want to give consumers some time to peruse the new health plans and their costs before MNsure opens for business Oct. 1. Then, Minnesotans will be able to use MNsure to enroll in those commercial health plans or government health programs such as Medicaid and MinnesotaCare.


September 6 news

WORTHINGTON – Here’s our weekly look at construction updates from the City of Worthington Engineering Department. On the Park Avenue water main restoration from Oxford Street to West Clary, pavement restoration was completed Thursday. Turf restoration remains. Fourth Avenue storm sewer restoration from Lake Okabena to Ninth Street is also complete with turf restoration remaining. On both Fox Farm Road near North Crailshiem and Summit Avenue near Knollwood, bituminous overlay is done, with turf and topsoil work remaining on Fox Farm Road.


Sheldon contemplating pulling the drain plug on Lewis and Clark

SHELDON, Iowa – The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System has been in the works for more than 20 years, but with a lack of federal funding, several of the 20 members who have paid millions to get hooked up to a reliable water system are still in limbo. A cheese factory in Hull Iowa, ethanol plant in Luverne and meat packing plant in Worthington cannot expand, due to lack of water.


September 5 news

SUPERIOR, Iowa - Area fire departments were called Wednesday morning to battle a round bale fire that burned just west of the junction of highways 9 and 71. Approximately 370 round bales owned by Dustin Lindsey were destroyed by the fire at an estimated cost of $73,000. It's believed that the bales started on fire by spontaneous combustion as they were put up approximately one month ago.


September 4 news

WORTHINGTON -- Alliant Energy on Tuesday announced agreements to sell its Minnesota electric and natural gas distribution businesses for $128 million.


Former Nobles County Interim Adminstrator has died

WORTHINGTON - Former Clay County Administrator Vijay Sethi, who served as Nobles County Interim Administrator from May of 2012 to February of 2013, died Tuesday of lung disease complications at age 68.

Sethi’s immune system was weakened after years of fighting off the effects of pulmonary fibrosis. He became ill and was taken to Sanford Medical Center in Fargo, where pneumonia claimed his life.


August 29 news

WORTHINGTON – Once again the heat advisory from the National Weather Service continues until 7 p.m. tonight, with afternoon heat index values averaging in the mid 90s to 105 degrees.


Soldier sentenced to death in Fort Hood shootings

FORT HOOD, Texas (AP) — A military court on Wednesday sentenced Maj. Nidal Hasan to death for the 2009 shooting rampage at Fort Hood, giving the Army psychiatrist a path to the martyrdom he appeared to crave in the attack on unarmed fellow soldiers.

The American-born Muslim, who has said he acted to protect Islamic insurgents abroad from American aggression, never denied being the gunman. In opening statements, he acknowledged to the jury that he pulled the trigger in a crowded waiting room where troops were getting final medical checkups before deploying to Iraq and Afghanistan.


Tainted fuel damages vehicles in St. Cloud

ST. CLOUD - Police are investigating hundreds of thousands of gallons of contaminated diesel fuel at two St. Cloud area gas stations that caused damage to several vehicles.

Investigators believe the tainted gas at First Fuel Bank locations on Lincoln Avenue SE in St. Cloud and Waite Park in mid-August was intentional.

Nearly 60 customers, including city workers driving recycling and fire trucks, pumped the bad diesel between Aug. 16 and Aug. 23. Many noticed problems with their vehicles within hours of leaving the gas stations.


August 28 news

WORTHINGTON – The heat advisory is once again in place in our listening area until 7 p.m. this evening. High temperatures in the 90s combined with dew points in the upper 60s to mid 70s will again result in afternoon heat index values averaging in the upper 90s to around 105 degrees. Take precautions when working outside.

Windom Schools will again release early today, with Winfair students dismissing at 1 p.m. and Middle and High school at 1:15p.m. Jackson County Central will dismiss at 12:30 p.m. Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn will dismiss at 1:15 p.m.