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January 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – It’s time for the Winterfest Kick-Off event, which is tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Worthington Event Center. Red Hot Chili Cook-Off contestants can get into the venue at 3 p.m. and need to have a sample of their chili ready for the judges by 4:30 p.m.

The public is invited to come out and try different chili entries. At last count, there were 14 contestants. The public can vote on both the chili and the contestants’ creativity in decorating their booths.

During the evening, registration for the “Don’t Get Lost in the Frost” 2-mile walk will take place, and...


Developer hopes for spring theater construction

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WORTHINGTON - Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments unveiled elevation drawings and floor plans of the future movie theater Thursday during the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation annual meeting, stating it will be at the site of the old K-Mart building. His hope, he said, is to begin construction by April or May.

Pellowski was the keynote speaker at the WREDC meeting, and his presentation “Beyond the Northland Mall” brought in a curious group of people who have an interest in the economic development and health of Worthington. Pellowski, who has been designated by...


January 29 news

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WORTHINGTON — The 11th annual King Turkey Day Bowling Tournament will be Feb. 21 at Worthington’s Oxford Bowl. This fundraiser for the annual community celebration is 9-pin, no-tap, with five-person teams. Available bowling shifts start at 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Cash prizes will be awarded. All bowlers must be 18 years of age to enter. For more information, contact the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, 372-2919.

WINDOM - If state lawmakers give Windom the OK to seek a one percent sales tax, Windom voters could vote on the issue as early as the fall of 2015.

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DNR postpones launch of mandatory boater training program

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MINNESOTA - The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will postpone the new aquatic invasive species training and trailer decal program that was due to launch at the end of the month while legislators consider changes to the program.

Under a law passed by the state Legislature in 2012, anyone trailering a boat or water-related equipment such as docks and lifts in Minnesota is required to take aquatic invasive species training and display a decal on their trailer. The effective date is July 1, 2015.

According to DNR Assistant Commissioner Bob Meier, with the legislative...


January 28 news

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WORTHINGTON – It may be some kind of a new record, but the Winterfest Medallion was found after just two clues this year by Kelly Nelson, who also found the medallion last year!

If there is one thing that Kelly has learned in her first year of marriage, it is that she should not always listen to her husband. During a conversation earlier in the day Tuesday, CJ Nelson told his wife he was pretty sure the medallion was at Orchard Knoll because the second clue mentioned fall produce.

Kelly had a different idea. Taking a close look at the clues, and using some serious deductive...


Winterfest Medallion found by repeat super-sleuth Kelly Nelson

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WORTHINGTON – It may be some kind of a new record, but the Winterfest Medallion was found after just two clues this year by Kelly Nelson, who also found the medallion last year!

If there is one thing that Kelly has learned in her first year of marriage, it is that she should not always listen to her husband. During a conversation earlier in the day Tuesday, CJ Nelson told his wife he was pretty sure the medallion was at Orchard Knoll because the second clue mentioned fall produce.

Kelly had a different idea. Taking a close look at the clues, and using some...


January 27 news

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WORTHINGTON – We’re on Day 2 of the Winterfest medallion hunt, so here’s your next clue:

With parks as abundant as produce in fall, It’s tough to know where to begin;
Head the same way as a snowbird, Since there’s ice, you shouldn’t fall in.

Remember, the medallion will be on public property, and those of you out hunting should not have to dig on climb to find it. Anyone who finds it should turn it in to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Third Avenue to claim the prize of $100 in Chamber Checks. As always, you can find all of the clues on your favorite...


January 26 news

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WORTHINGTON - Winterfest week has arrived, and with it comes the hunt for the Winterfest medallion, worth $100 in chamber checks.

Here is the first clue:
It’s Winterfest, let’s get outside,
So put on your warm winter gear;
With so many great city parks to explore,
You’ll find me in one this year.

Remember, the medallion will be on public property, and those out sleuthing should not have to dig or climb to find it. Anyone who finds the medallion should bring it to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Third Avenue in downtown Worthington....


January 23 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors will host its annual membership meeting Thursday at the Worthington Event Center.

The meeting’s featured presenter is Brian Pellowski, president of PBK Investments, a Minnetonka-based development company. Pellowski is expected to share his plans for commercial and retail investments in Worthington, including his proposed redevelopment of the Northland Mall site.

The annual meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner and the presentation program. For more information,...


January 22 news

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WORTHINGTON – An early morning work session of the Worthington City Council addressed two subjects on Wednesday – a rundown on the funding both spent and remaining from the sale of the hospital and a look at the future direction of the U.S. 59 Industrial Park.

According to a spreadsheet presented by Finance Director Brian Kolander, there is just short of $12 million left of the funds, which includes monies already committed to future projects and loan repayments that will come back to the city. Approximately $10.7 million of the funds are cash.

Mayor Mike Kuhle said the...