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Helping out: A kiss for cancer


WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often the gym teacher has to take a break out of his busy day at the Worthington Middle School to kiss a pig, but when it helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, Ben DeRynck took it like the good sport he teaches his students to be.

With a laugh, he dropped to his knees, scratched Peanut the pig under her neck for a moment, shut his eyes and dropped a long kiss on her pink snout.

DeRynck was the lucky winner of the Kiss the Pig contest, chosen by staff and students by a contest as part of Cancer Awareness Month at the middle school. Six pig-...

Jirele heading to Jackson County


JACKSON – Bob Jirele has been hired as the new court services director for Jackson County, effective November 2, 2015.

As court services director, Jirele will oversee all probation services in Jackson County, including investigations, assessments, evaluations, bail studies and pre-trial monitoring. He will also develop and implement standards of client supervision, with the goal of protecting public safety, reducing recidivism, maintaining accountability, and utilizing correctional evidence-based practices.

The position is also responsible for supervising employees and...

Council work session regarding mall development ends with mention of lawsuits


WORTHINGTON – During a Worthington City Council special meeting work session held Monday at the request of developer Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments and 7&41 LLC, the ultimate message delivered by his attorney Dan Schleck by the end of the meeting was that if an agreement wasn't reached soon regarding financing, there would likely be lawsuits regarding the Promenade on Oxford development.

Pellowski brought his attorney and the backing of the Worthington Regional Economical Development Corporation, with board member Kevin Donovan starting things out giving a lengthy resume of...

Scarecrow contest winners chosen


Congratulations to Ace Hardware, winners of the 2015 Scarecrow Contest, sponsored by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Radio Works.

The Ace Hardware entry was creative and had a lot of fun stuff going on, according to the judges. Second place went to Farm Bureau Insurance, and third place went to Sanford Orthopedics.

You can see most of the scarecrows on any of the Radio Works Facebook pages.

October 26 news


WORTHINGTON — The Living Life Adult Day Center is continuing operations at 500 Stower Drive. According to owner Lori Klooster, R.N., although the building is currently for sale, she continues to offer day center care and respite services for the community’s elderly population at the site.

Klooster said the day center will remain open during the sale of the property and continue to be open as they relocate into their new facility in Worthington. The move is anticipated to take place by year’s end.

Services at the center include hot meals, activities, restorative exercises,...

A surprise in a gravel pit


SLAYTON – A surprise was found in a gravel pit Thursday by Murray County Highway Maintenance Worker Jay Sauer. Sauer had been hauling gravel from the county gravel pit located approximately 10 miles east of Slayton when he saw something tangled in a tree. Upon further inspection, he found balloons attached to a card that said “OPEN ME”.

Inside the sealed envelope was a birthday card that wished joy, happiness, fulfillment and cheer to a Grandson who grows dearer year after year. It was signed, “Love, Grandma.”

A hand written message said, “My grandson Michael was killed in...

October 23 news


WESTBROOK – Two people sustained serious injuries Thursday afternoon in Westbrook when a man in a pickup pulling a flatbed trailer failed to yield at a stop sign and hit an SUV. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Joshua Hofer, age 62, of Miller, SD, was southbound on Cottonwood County Road 7 driving a pickup and pulling a trailer when he failed to yield at the stop sign on Minnesota 30. He hit the Dodge Durango that was westbound on Minnesota 30, causing serious injury to driver Barbara Paul, age 70, of Spring Valley, and Cheryl Broughton, age 60, of Waseca. Both were airlifted from...

October 22 news


WILMONT – The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that Wilmont attorney Dennis Rutgers is indefinitely suspended from the practice of law, with no right to petition for reinstatement for at least one year.

The ruling comes after disciplinary action was filed in October of 2014 through the Appellate Court system. According to the court documents, the Director of the Office of Lawyers Professional Responsibility filed a petition for disciplinary action alleging that Rutgers committed professional misconduct and the matter was referred to a referee.

It was found Rutgers...

October 21 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved three conditional use permits. The first was for expansion of an existing feedlot to over 1,000 animal units in grand Prairie Township for Curt Schilling of Ellsworth. The existing facility, plus the new project will have a total maximum capacity of 4,800 finishing hogs, which equals 1,440 animal units.

The second permit approved was also for expansion for an existing feedlot to over 1,000 animal units. This feedlot is in Lismore Township and owned by Chris Wieneke of Adrian. Joe and Chris Wieneke currently operate...

October 20 news


WORTHINGTON – Residential water usage has declined, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain. During a meeting Monday with the Water and Light Board, Hain said usage in the residential sector is down 2.3 percent in the month of September from where it was a year ago, and has been declining in the past eight to ten years. Industrial use, however, is up, he said.

In the Lake Bella wellfield, the time for a fall recharge is running out, and there was no significant recharge this spring. Right now, he said, wells are right above 70 percent of the historic average and...