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Video depicting alleged animal cruelty in Pipestone hog farm posted by Mercy For Animals


PIPESTONE – The animal rights group Mercy for Animals released an undercover video today that the they say depicts cruelty at a Pipestone hog farm, including slamming piglets to death on the floor. The hog farm management company says practices depicted in the video — including killing piglets through “blunt force trauma" — are all within hog industry guidelines.

The video from Mercy For Animals was taken surreptitiously on behalf of the group by an employee at Rosewood Farm, which is part of the Pipestone System, a group of over 200 hog farmers who share services.


October 29 news


WORTHINGTON – During a special meeting Monday morning, the Worthington Council opted to not increase storm water rates, meaning the current funding will add approximately $30,000 to the capital improvement reserve fund. That reserve could be used to fund a flood mitigation plan in the city, which would have to be implemented in phases. The flood plan would not mean that all basements would be stopped from taking on water, but it would remove homes from the flood plain, changing homeowners’ need to purchase flood insurance.

During a discussion involving equipment at Prairie View Golf...

October 28 news


WORTHINGTON – Beginning today, the Clothesline Project will be on display on the lawn of the Government Center in Worthington from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The display will be there every day this week, as a reminder of the devastation and loss that follows domestic violence. The Clothesline Project involves t-shirts turned into art by survivors of domestic violence. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. at the Minnesota West Commons, there will be a United Against Domestic Violence Reception, with Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh as speaker. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

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October 25 news


WORTHINGTON – State Representative Dean Urdahl, who has recently published his latest novel “Conspiracy,” will visit the Center for Active Living in Worthington at 4 p.m. Nov. 14.

“Conspiracy” follows “Uprising,” “Retribution” and “Pursuit” to compete his series about the U.S. Dakota Conflict of 1862. Urdahl's family helped settle Litchfield Township in 1856, two years before Minnesota became the 32nd state. The conflict started across the lake from Urdahl's home; his great-great-grandfather buried the conflict's first five victims.

In addition to writing, Urdahl is in his...

Lewis and Clark votes down capital loan


WORTHINGTON – Members of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System board on Thursday voted down a proposal to borrow $16-million to finish the pipeline to Luverne. Of the 20 entities involved in the project, only five voted yes to the capital call loan. The board will have to continue with it’s ‘wait and see’ strategy for federal funds, according to executive director Troy Larson.

The water system was supposed to be delivering water to 20 communities in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa by 2005, but lack of promised federal funding has brought the project to a halt. Even if the...

UPDATE: Vehicle rollover near Worthington involves 15 people


WORTHINGTON – All of the victims of the van rollover just west of Worthington Thursday morning were JBS workers, according to a JBS employee. The victims are some of the approximately 200 people who make the drive from Sioux Falls, SD to Worthington each day to go to work.

According to the Minnesota State Patrol, of the 15 people involved in a van rollover Thursday morning just west of Worthington on I-90, several were ejected from the vehicle and 11 received non-life threatening injuries. A Chevrolet Express passenger van was westbound on I-90 near mile marker 42 when it crashed...

October 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington High School Concert Choir has been invited to perform at the 111th annual St. Olaf Choral Day at 4 p.m. November 3. Parents of choir members interested in riding a chartered bus to St. Olafs to watch the performance can sign up for the bus and boxed meal by visiting the website at or call Community Education at 376-6105. Reading Bus Lines charter bus will leave the WHS parking lot at noon, with estimated arrival back home at 9:30 p.m. The ride home will be in...

Baby formula considered 'liquid gold' to shoplifters


MINNESOTA - Rochester police say they found 94 cans of baby formula on two people suspected of stealing it from two Target stores. The man and woman, both of Rochester, were arrested Monday.

Stealing formula for resale on a baby-food black market is a deeply troubling trend, crime experts say. Formula is always in demand and it’s expensive – cans typically range from roughly $14 to $34 – making it a longtime “staple” for theft rings.

Formula is such a hot commodity among sophisticated theft organizations that it’s been called “liquid gold.” Trafficking formula has become an...

October 23 news


WORTHINGTON – Administrative Assistant Barb Williams was presented with a certificate of appreciation Tuesday during the Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting in Worthington. Williams is retiring after more than 25 years of service in Nobles County. She started with the county working in the Minnesota Extension office, eventually working her way over to administration, and said it will be hard to walk out the door. Friendships she has made during her years of service, she said, will last forever.

The commissioners reviewed a 2013 local water management plan, updating the 5-...

Scarecrow contest winners announced


WORTHINGTON – With the amount of creativity and fun, tough choices had to be made, but the voting panel made their picks in the fourth annual scarecrow contest, sponsored by Radio Works and the Retail Business Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. First and second place will be awarded chamber bucks.

Congratulations to the talented scarecrow crew at Schaap Sanitation, whose final creation showed a wonderful sense of humor, according to the voting panel. Second place is awarded to Sanford Equipment, for a scarecrow that was full of creativity. According to the voting...