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July 14 news


WORTHINGTON – Preceding Monday night’s Worthington City Council meeting, the Economic Development Authority met to discuss several subjects, one of which was the approval of a proposal from Bedford Industries regarding a parcel of city-owned real estate on Rowe Avenue.

The EDA had recently obtained the property from the city and sent out a request for proposals for development, indicating that priority would be given to submittals articulating a plan for development and job opportunities.

The Bedford proposal offered to pay $120,000 for the property on which to build an...

Officials respond to allegations of Worthington as a sanctuary city


WORTHINGTON – A recent article on WCCO named Worthington as a Sanctuary City for illegal immigrants. The article was in regards to a recent murder of a woman in San Francisco by an undocumented man.

Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson and Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel have issued this statement in response:

WCCO Radio reporter Edgar Linares posted a story on July 9, 2015 to the station’s web site identifying Worthington as a sanctuary city with similar sanctuary policies as San Francisco. These policies basically prohibit city and county employees from aiding...

July 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Lake Okabena Improvement Association President Jason Vote has announced that Beach Bash ’15 raised just over $5,000 to go toward lake improvement projects, and he couldn’t be happier.

Whoever ordered the weather did a phenomenal job, he said, community support was unbelievable, Chris Hawkey tore up the stage and everything came together better then he would have every expected.

It all started with the vision and thought of Chad Cummings and the hard work of Ken Moser of Radio Works, Vote said, and the whole thing was a whirlwind. There were hundreds of...

July 10 news


WORTHINGTON - Storm sewer work on Church Avenue from Clary Street to Oxford Street is scheduled to begin Monday, July 13, according to the of Worthington Engineering Department. Church Avenue will be closed to through traffic, but open to restricted local traffic for driveway access. Access will alternate from the Clary Street or Oxford Street ends of Church Avenue as construction progresses.

Please watch for changing traffic conditions and signing, reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.

Weather permitting and...

July 9 news


WORTHINGTON - The 7th annual MK 5K is scheduled for Thursday, August 13 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Run the MK5K and support those affected by domestic violence. A portion of the proceeds will stay local to help provide shelter through the Southwest Crisis Center’s safe housing program. The race starts at 7:00 p.m.

Pre-registration by August 3 saves $5! Go online to – the Southwest Crisis Center – to register. For more information contact Sara Wahl at the Southwest Crisis Center at (507) 376-4311 or...

July 8 news


WORTHINGTON – Vice-Chair Gene Metz took a turn at running the show during the absence of Chair Matt Widboom during a Nobles County Commissioners meeting Tuesday morning that moved along fairly quickly.

Having recently acquired the Armory Business Center, formerly the National Guard Armory, for $225,000, the commissioners are now in search of blueprints for the building. Having exhausted most possibilities, they approved a proposal from Falls Architecture to create a set of blueprints for $13,400 if the last options do not come to fruition. According to County Administrator Tom...

KTD Board announces this year's theme as "Turkey Town Take Down"


WORTHINGTON – The King Turkey Day Board of Directors has announced the theme for the 76th annual King Turkey Day as “Turkey Town Take Down.”

As previously announced, this years’ featured speaker is Dan Gable, a 1972 Olympic Gold Medalist, former University of Iowa Wrestling Coach and US Olympic Head Coach - making the theme “Turkey Town Take Down” a natural fit.

The annual King Turkey Grand Parade will take place at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 19 down 10th Street in Worthington. Parade entries are now being accepted for the parade. Anyone interested in entering a unit can...

July 7 news


LUVERNE – Two people from Florida received non-life threatening injuries Monday while traveling through Luverne on a motorcycle when they hit a dog in the roadway, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Larry Neal, age 56, of Ormond Beach, Florida, was driving a 2008 Harley Davidson north on Highway 75 near the Luverne Airport at approximately 12:30 p.m. when the motorcycle collided with the dog. Neal and his passenger, 72-year-old Madelaine Neal, also of Ormond Beach, Florida, were taken to the Luverne Hospital. The motorcycle sustained moderate damage. There was no word on the...

July 6 news


LAKE WILSON – A Chandler man received non –life threatening injuries in the early morning hours Saturday when the motorcycle he was driving near Lake Wilson struck a deer. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Wyatt Thaemert, age 38, of Chandler, was westbound on Highway 30 near mile marker 29 on a 1995 Honda Road Star at approximately 12:52 a.m. when he struck a deer in the middle of the westbound lane of the highway. He was taken by Murray County Ambulance to the Murray County Medical Center for treatment. Damage to the motorcycle was severe.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West...

July 2 news


WORTHINGTON — With Independence Day on Saturday, some local businesses and offices as well as all federal, state, county and city offices will be closed Friday in observance of the holiday.

Financial institutions will be open Friday, but closed Saturday. The Nobles County Library and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed both days. The Worthington post office will be closed Saturday and there will be no mail delivery.

Hy-Vee and Wal-Mart will maintain normal business hours, but Fareway will be closed Saturday. The Worthington Liquor Store will be open...