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December 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Nobles County’s elected officials received a raise during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting – the last of 2014 and possibly the longest of the year.
A comparable worth study showed Nobles County officials weren’t being paid enough, so salaries were boosted up. County Attorney Kathy Kusz was given an increase of 1.75 percent to $108,250. Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove’s salary was raised to $69,000, an increase of more than 9.4 percent, and Recorder Lynn Wilson will receive $68,300, an increase of 3.74 percent. Sheriff Kent Wilkening, who told the commissioners...


December 23 news

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WORTHINGTON – You can now pick up your official pledge cards for the Deep Freeze Dip by stopping by at Radio Works Headquarters at 28779 County Highway 35, just west of Worthington. Radio Works and the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club present the 2015 Deep Freeze Dip at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 31st. This annual fundraiser has raised over $140,000. Once again this year, money will be raised for The Wayne Klumper Heals Fund to benefit Nobles County youth recreation programs.

You must be at least 18 years of age and raise a minimum of $250. You must turn in your pledge dollars on...


Ron Wood and Alan Oberloh speak out at last council meeting

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WORTHINGTON – During their final meeting as part of the Worthington City Council, Mayor Alan Oberloh and Councilman Ron Wood each addressed the rest of the council, and the general message was one that stated while they both believed they had accomplished quite a bit on their years of service to the city, they felt they were leaving behind a council that was fragmented and not working together.

According to Wood, the last two years were not about ‘we,’ but about ‘me,’ something with which Oberloh agreed. Wood also admitted that he had been offered the job as interim administrator by...


December 22 news

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ST. PAUL — For his third term in the Minnesota House, District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker of Luverne has been appointed to a number of new House committees.

Along with being named chairman of the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee, Schomacker will also serve on the Health and Human Services Finance, Health and Human Services Reform, and Agriculture Policy committees.

Schomacker said he is very pleased with these committee assignments. Agriculture and rural healthcare are two of the top priorities for southwestern Minnesotans, and he said he looks forward...


MCC Frozen parody involves students, staff and silly

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SLAYTON – These days parodies are as plentiful as snowflakes, but getting a chance to see your high school home economics teacher chase her students out of the classroom with a broom while choir teacher Eli Johnson croons a tune lamenting the fact that Christmas break hasn’t started yet? Not quite as common.

Kristin St. John, who teaches English at Murray County Central, has a hit on her hands. On Thursday, she posted a parody on YouTube that she and some others created. “Let Them Go: A Frozen Parody” features staff from MCC and the PBIS students.

“I filmed last Thursday and...

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December 19 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Daily Globe and Worthington Public Utilities have announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest, with first place this year going to Matt and Cheri Oleske at 1118 Grand Avenue. The Oleskes will receive $100 in Chamber checks and $100 off their December utility bill. Second place went to Les and Deb Froderman at 1424 Eckerson Drive, and third place to Allan Henderscheidt at 1038 Wilbur Street. They will receive $75 and $50 in Chamber Checks respectively, with the same amount off their...


December 18 news

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WORTHINGTON – With the 2015 Legislative session just around the corner, Senator Bill Weber of Luverne and Representative Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake took the opportunity Wednesday to sit down with a group of constituents for a listening session, asking questions about what concerns the people have.

The first subject to be addressed was the possibility of a gas tax, which Weber said he would have a hard time supporting. Hamilton said he believed transportation would be one of the top issues of the session, but they would have to fight tooth and nail to get any money allocated to...


December 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – While this weather may not be conducive to thinking about baseball, that isn’t stopping the Minnesota Twins from putting some planning into the annual Caravan. Reliever Brian Duensing, second baseman Brian Dozier and broadcasters Jack Morris and Dick Bremer will make a stop in Worthington at 9 a.m. January 20 at the YMCA. All are invited to join us.

WORTHINGTON – The District 518 School Board passed a resolution Tuesday to enter into a contract with the Minnesota Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. The grant will allow Prairie Elementary,...


7,500 turkeys lost in fire in Lorain Township

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WORTHINGTON – Approximately 7,500 5-week-old turkeys were killed during a fire that started overnight at the Meyer Turkey Farm at 2679 Town Avenue, according to Round Lake Fire Chief Mike Smith.

The Round Lake Fire Department was called out at 12:54 a.m. for a turkey barn fire in the early morning hours Tuesday in Lorain Township. When they arrived on the scene, they found the barn fully engulfed and flames shooting out the top, Smith said. They called out for mutual aid from the Worthington, Bigelow and Brewster Fire Department at 1:25 a.m. Smith thought there were approximately...