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Names released on city admin candidates


WORTHINGTON – Four of the five finalists for the Worthington City Administrator position have accepted interviews for March 6 and 7, and the Brimeyer Fursman has now released the names of those four candidates.

Three of them are very familiar to the community and area.

Mike Cumiskey recently retired after almost 15 years as Worthington’s Public Safety Director, Steve Robinson has spent the last six months as Worthington’s Director of Public Works and Randy Thompson has been the Executive Director of the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority for more than two years...

Minnesota Supreme Court files issues opinion in case argued in Worthington


WORTHINGTON – Cases argued in front of the Minnesota Supreme Court can have far-reaching consequences or sometimes affect only the people directly involved in the outcome. Every now and then, people simply want to know how it ended up. Such may be the case of the State of Minnesota versus Roger Schmid.

On October 1, approximately 1,000 students from southwest Minnesota listened in as the Minnesota Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case. Twice a year, the court hits the road, and this fall, they ended up in the gymnasium of the Worthington High School. Students from all...

UPDATE: Hwy 169 reopened near North Mankato



MANKATO -- Minnesota Department of Transportation has reopened a section of Highway 169 that was closed about an hour Wednesday morning near Seven Mile Creek County Park.

The closure was necessary while crews cleared power lines from the road after a vehicle struck a pole.
MANKATO -- Minnesota Department of Transportation has closed a section of Highway 169 about a mile north of North Mankato.

The section between Nicollet County Road 28 and Highway 295 is blocked by downed power lines in the Seven Mile Creek County Park area

Motorists are urged to...

February 25 news


WORTHINGTON - Reserved seats for the Worthington High School performances of “Anything Goes” at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, 714 13th St., are available at the box office from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays or by calling (507) 376-9101. Tickets may also be purchased online until noon Friday at

Shows are Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. District 518 activity passes will be honored for the Sunday performance only. Advance ticket purchase is strongly recommended to avoid long pre-show lines.

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A long awaited demo


WORTHINGTON – As of Tuesday morning, it wasn’t very noticeable from the front, but progress is definitely being made in the demolition of the old K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall. The gaping hole in the back where the building meets the main mall section is growing slowly as the crew clears away debris.

Getting to this point has not been easy or quick. Knocking down a building that isn’t yours is not something that can be done overnight, even after it is declared hazardous, which it was back in 2013. A search warrant related to a drug investigation had been issued for the...

February 24 news


WORTHINGTON – During a special session before the regularly scheduled meeting Monday evening, the Worthington City Council reviewed potential candidates for the position of administrator as presented by executive search firm Brimeyer Fursman.

Dr. Richard Fursman presented a dozen candidates by number. The names of the five finalists will not be released until they have all been contacted and agree to meet with the council for interviews March 6 and 7. A meet and greet will be scheduled for the community that Friday. According to Fursman, a decision could be made within hours of the...

February 23 news


WORTHINGTON — Mark Brodin has been contracted to serve as the new technical director for Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Brodin is a regional Emmy award-winning documentary video producer and technical audio video services provider who found his niche in live theater. He has provided technical design and execution for thousands of performances at the Chanhassen Dinner Theaters, the Medora Musical and the Plymouth Playhouse.

Brodin’s 2003 Upper Midwest Regional Emmy is for the documentary “Delafield,” which was based in southwest Minnesota. It is about the closing...

February 20 news


WORTHINGTON – The strip mall at 1151 Ryan’s Road is under new ownership, a fourth generation commercial real estate company focused on shopping center development, acquisition, commercial and residential land development. Schostak Brothers and Company Inc. was established in 1920 and is based in Livonia, Michigan.

They have 65 centers they refer to as Walmart Supercenter Shadow locations, strategically positioned within the market to allow maximum exposure to consumers.
According to a representative from Schostak, the strip mall in Worthington was one of 26 purchased in a...

February 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met Wednesday morning in special session to discuss several items, including a closed meeting regarding litigation surrounding the Northland Mall. According to Interim City Administrator Brad Chapulis, they are working on the finalization of the court ordered assessment of the mall.

There was also discussion regarding two possible annexations – one south of the city in Worthington Township between the old Beltline and the new Minnesota 60, the other east of the city in Lorain Township, just south of Smith Trucking.

Chapulis said some...

February 18 news


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday took a look at how township road funds are allocated, comparing the current system of considering a township’s levy, population and road mileage to a system that other counties in the area use by allocating 50 percent of the funds based on mileage and 50 percent based on population.

The amount of funds distributed would not change, but going with a 50/50 allocation would significantly change the amount of funding for some of the townships. For instance, Worthington Township would get $15,000 less than if the original formula was...