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Sanford Health buys former Avera Clinic in downtown Worthington


WORTHINGTON – According to documents filed with Nobles County, Sanford Health Network purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th Street where the former Avera Clinic was located for approximately $1.1 million. The purchase was made in August, and recorded with the county October 1.

The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center plans to eventually expand the former Avera Clinic area into an emergency room by demolishing the building. According to a press release from...

October 15 news


WORTHINGTON – Jeffrey John Tosch, age 34, of Bigelow, is charged with fifth-degree controlled substance possession, along with possession of a small amount of marijuana and drug paraphernalia, driving after revocation and driving an uninsured vehicle.

According to the complaint, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office responded at about 4:30 p.m. Sunday to a report of a one vehicle rollover on 310th Street. The caller stated two people were moving things from the crashed car into another, including a rifle. At the scene, deputies found Tosch and a female. Tosch said he was being driven...

Concession stand burglarized at Trojan Field


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that was reported at 4:25 p.m. Monday at the Trojan Field concession stand.

The suspects damaged coolers and the popcorn machine and destroyed food and drink items after gaining access through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for confidential tips. Information can remain anonymous.

Oct 14 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday night approved the hiring of consultants on two separate issues. The first is for an amount not to exceed $80,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Oxford Street corridor.

That amount was included in the 2014 budget, and according to Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis, this plan through the Cuningham Group will provide the basic component with market feasibility, public infrastructure and what the private and public role in the development should be.

Council members were cautious about...

October 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington for the Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

That people pulled together, financed and preserved priceless land is a testament to everyone involved, he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.
He explained he would not be doing any hunting during his Worthington trip because of his hip. He said...

A dedicated bunch


WORTHINGTON – When Nobles County Pheasants Forever President Scott Rall stood in front of the crowd gathered for the dedication of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area, he said everybody has something that makes them feel good, and for him, this was the coolest day ever.

When notice first came that the land would be going up for auction, they had three weeks notice to pull together and create what Rall called a “Who Really Cares” fund. By the time they were done, they found a lot of people care. They had over $55,000 in private donations.

“It’s the only property we’...

Dayton's humor shines through at pheasant opener


WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

“That you pulled together, financed together and preserved this priceless land is a testament to all of you,” he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.

The 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener was in the works for a year, and although there was some mad scrambling behind the scenes,...

Wounded Warriors bring home the birds during pheasant opener


WORTHINGTON - Derrick Ostlie of Shoreview shot his first wild pheasant on Saturday in Nobles County. He was one of the 10 hunters who came to Worthington for the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener as part of the Wounded Warrior Program. It is only the third time he’s been hunting , and all three of those trips have been as part of the program.

With the program he has been on a deer hunt and he’s been to a game farm to shoot ducks and pheasant, but this is the first time he’s been out walking public land, hoping to flush wild game. With a gun he won during his last program hunt...

Banquet announcements: 2015 pheasant opener set for Mankato; summit for Marshall


WORTHINGTON – The 2015 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener will be in Mankato, according to Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Commissioner Tom Landwehr.

The announcement was made during Friday night’s Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener banquet in Worthington.

Gov. Mark Dayton had his own announcement to make, although he almost forgot to do so. He had given his speech and was walking back to his chair when he stopped and headed back to the podium.

“I almost blew my cue here,” he said. “We’re having the first Minnesota Pheasant Summit in December, on the 13th.”...

Monument set for new wildlife management area; dedication at noon Saturday


WORTHINGTON – The monument is now in place for Saturday’s land dedication at the new Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area. The public is invited to the event, which will be at noon. The site is located along Nobles County 4, just west of Nobles County 57.

The land dedication is being held in conjunction with the 2014 Governor's Pheasant Hunting Opener. Governor Mark Dayton is scheduled to arrive today.

Approximately 400 people are expected to attend tonight’s banquet and program at the Worthington Event Center, where, in addition to Dayton, featured speakers will...