WORTHINGTON – Worthington Regional Economic Development Authority Manager Abraham Algadi on Friday spoke with Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members about a new initiative called “Nobles Home,” a multi-prong approach to encourage investment in all segments of the housing market within incorporated areas of Nobles County. According to Algadi, about 500 new housing units are needed to meet the expected demand in the area by 2020.
WORTHINGTON — The Marketing/Visitors Committee of the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for a 2014 Snow Queen to preside over the Winterfest festival set for Jan. 17-18 in Worthington.
Duties for the Snow Queen include representing Worthington in the King Turkey Day Parade and the Holiday Parade, along with other public events throughout the year. Sophomores and juniors in high school will be considered as candidates. The Snow Queen will also receive $100 in Chamber Bucks.
MINNESOTA – Reports poured in Wednesday night about a text message sent to cell phones referencing Wells Fargo Banks, but according to Wells Fargo, the message was not really from them. The message, which asked phone owners to call Wells Fargo, is a scam. Worthington Wells Fargo Officials said they are now aware of the message and advised people to ignore and delete it.
ROUND LAKE – Contrary to what was announced Tuesday during a Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting, the Fulda Area Credit Union is not currently planning to open a branch office in Round Lake, according to credit union president Linda Jacobson.
They are, however, working toward opening an office in Jackson and hoping to get started in the spring, Jacobson said. The lease for a location has not yet been signed.
WORTHINGTON – In their first meeting of the new year, the Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday nominated and elected Commissioner Marv Zylstra as their 2014 Board Chairman, also approving Commissioner Matt Widboom as Vice-chair.
The commissioners approved the sale of almost $5.7 million in general obligation refunding bonds, which will save the county more than $503,000 over the life of the bonds. George Ellertson of Northland Securities said they received 14 bids for the bond, rather than the usual 2 to 3 bids. The general obligation bonds were used to finance the Prairie Justice Center.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission approved funding for solar power to the city’s three new entrance signs Monday at a material cost of $2,431 per sign. That cost does not include installation. The signs themselves will cost approximately $24,000 each, with the cost of two being paid for by the city. The money for the third is being raised by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.
HARDWICK – Approximately 3,700 pigs died Sunday night during a fire at a hog farrowing facility northwest of Hardwick, according to information from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office and New Horizons Farms.
The facility, one of five farrowing operations owned by New Horizons Farms, is located at the intersection of 221st Street and 90th Avenue. Managing Partner Bob Taubert said it appears to be a total loss, with sows and piglets perishing in the blaze.
WORTHINGTON — The Southwest Crisis Center is seeking nominations for its Faces of Hope fundraiser banquet, which honors individuals who have made a difference in the lives of victims of domestic and sexual violence and their families in southwest Minnesota. Up to five nominees from Southwest Minnesota will be chosen and honored at an awareness banquet scheduled for April 5 in Worthington. Criteria and additional information is available at mnswcc.org. Nominations are due Jan. 31.
MINNESOTA - With temperatures across Minnesota to stay well below zero on for the next few days, Gov. Mark Dayton has taken the unusual step of cancelling schools statewide for Monday.
Dayton said in a news release Friday the safety of Minnesota’s schoolchildren must be our first priority.
“I have made this decision to protect all our children from the dangerously cold temperatures now forecasted for next Monday,” he stated. “I encourage Minnesotans of all ages to exercise caution in these extreme weather conditions.”
WORTHINGTON – After the spring ice storms of 2013, Nobles Cooperative Electric in Worthington and Federated Rural Electric of Jackson received $3.5 million in federal grants to help fund repairs, but more than $1.7 million in reconstruction costs were denied through the Federal Emergency Management Agency. FEMA says the additional funding was denied based on the cooperatives’ failure to have a written, formally adopted and applied code of standard in place.