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UPDATE: Murray County hospital board approves interim CEO

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SLAYTON – The Murray County Hospital Board Wednesday morning unanimously approved a motion to offer the job of interim CEO of the Murray County Medical Center to John Osse of Casper, Wyoming, contingent on approval of the contract by legal advisors and completion of a background check.

According to Murray County Commissioner Bob Moline, the contract approval could come back sometime today. The background check could take up to a week.

An interview with Osse was conducted in an open meeting at the Murray County Government Center. His resume reflects a wealth of experience in...


Severe Weather Awareness in Iowa

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This week, Iowans are observing Severe Weather Awareness Week. In correspondence with this, TODAY the National Weather Service will issue a statewide tornado drill. Sirens will sound and weather radios will be alerting people, beginning at 10 a.m. CST.

Officials say this drill is an opportunity for everyone in Iowa at work, school, or home to practice their own safety measures.

Again, this is a Iowa statewide tornado DRILL.


Unhappy crowd attends Murray County Medical Center community meeting

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SLAYTON – A passionate crowd filled the Murray Country Central auditorium Tuesday night to attend the Murray County Medical Center (MCMC) community meeting, moderated by Dr. Michael Rich of the Southwest Marketing Advisory Center (SMAC) of Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall. At the heart of the matter is how the community can resolve problems at the medical center, which has suffered from a loss of medical and support staff due to what they have termed a hostile working environment.

With the loss of several medical staff has come a loss of patients as they follow...


March 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – With the 10th annual Worthington Bio Science Conference fast approaching, Abraham Algadi and Nicole Frodermann of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp are very busy, handling logistics and nailing down the details of the upcoming event.

On Wednesday, April 2, a pre-conference get-together will take place in the evening at the Historical Dayton House. It will be a time for conference speakers, vendors and guests to get to know each other in an informal setting.

Thursday, April 3, the event will be opened by comments from Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh...


March 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Dr. Barbara McDonald, who will take over as the Interim President at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, will visit the Worthington Campus today from 12:30 to 1:30 to be presented to the faculty, students and the public. The presentation will be in room 122 at the college. McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She presently serves as provost, a role she has held since 2013.

McDonald will serve a one year appointment from July 1 until June 30, 2015. She succeeds Dr. Richard Shrubb, who has served as president since 2008...


Dawson football player died of exposure; alcohol consumption contributed

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DAWSON – According to authorities, drinking and exposure to winter’s elements killed Michael Anyasike, the star high school football player who ran when an underage party at a vacant western Minnesota farmhouse was being busted.

Anyasike, 18, a senior standout on the Dawson-Boyd High School football team, died from “hypothermia due to environmental exposure,” said a statement from the La Qui Parle Sheriff’s Office that cited the medical examiner’s findings. “Alcohol consumption was listed as a contributing factor to the death,” the statement continued.

The Sheriff’s Office...


March 21 news

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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Senate opted to give an additional day of consideration to the Senate Tax Bill (HF 1777) on Thursday, and will take up the bill today.. The bill includes federal income tax conformity, rescission of the gift tax, and estate tax reform. Senator Bill Weber was pleased to see language approving a new senate office building was not included.

The last thing Minnesota taxpayers need is to spend $90 million on a lavish new building for politicians, he said.

Last year there were problems caused by last minute changes to the tax bill unknown even...


March 20 news

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JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session this week and Councilman Chris Vee was administered an Oath of Office for the seat he was appointed to March 4th.

A public hearing was conducted regarding AGCO’s application for Minnesota Investment Funds through the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Jackson Economic Development Coordinator Sue Persig explained AGCO was seeking $375,000 in forgivable funds from DEED using Minnesota Investment Funds for their Fast Forward program.

This is a three-year plan that started in 2013. With Fast Forward,...


MN West Interim President-Elect announced

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WORTHINGTON – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Wednesday appointed Dr. Barbara McDonald as interim president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She presently serves as provost, a role she has held since 2013. Previously, she served as dean of academic affairs and student services from 2009 until 2013, as dean of academic affairs from 2000 until 2009 and as director of institutional effectiveness in 2000....


March 19 news

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WORTHINGTON – ISD#518 on Tuesday approved the concept of the Nobles Housing Initiative, making Abraham Algadi and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp three for three. Algadi had previously gotten the same concept approval from Nobles County and the city of Worthington. Now, he said, he needs to go talk to the small towns and school districts in the county.

The Initiative will offer 100 percent tax abatement for five years on new home construction. It was proposed by Algadi and the WREDC as a way to work around the housing crunch that plagues some areas in southwest...