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March 18 news


WORTHINGTON - The District 518 school board Tuesday approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent John Landgaard beginning with the 2015-16 school year with a base salary of $152,000. That will rise in increments to $157,000 in 2017-18. Landgaard will also receive one extra vacation day, bringing the total to 36.

The board also discussed the purchase of iPads for students in kindergarten through second grade for the 2015-16 school year. The projected enrollments for kindergarten, first and second grades are 275, 270 and 250, respectively. The plan also calls for 15 extra...

March 17 news


WORTHINGTON - Worthington District 518 has a shortage of substitute teachers. In an effort to recruit additional substitute teachers, District 518 will be offering a one-session orientation on Thursday from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. at Prairie Elementary. The training will cover the role and duties of a substitute teacher, information about obtaining a substitute teacher license in Minnesota, and how to apply to be a substitute teacher in Worthington. Individuals with a 4-year degree in any field are invited to participate in this workshop to find out if substitute teaching is a match to their...

Happy Together Tour


The Happy Together Tour 2015 heads to the Minnesota State Fair for another year on Monday, August 31st at 8 p.m.! Tickets are$21 and go on sale Tuesday, February 3rd at noon. You can purchase tickets online via and through this link. Be watching and listening for ways to win tickets with KWOA!

The Happy Together tour features...

Buddy Holly


Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story is at the Sioux City Orpheum Theatre on Wednesday, March 25th! Tickets are on sale, ranging from $42.35 to $68 and are available online or at the Box Office.

Buddy – the Buddy Holly Story tells the true story of Buddy’s meteoric rise to fame, from the moment in 1957 when 'That'll Be The Day'’ hit the airwaves until his tragic death less than two years later on “The Day The Music Died”. The show features over 20 of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits including ‘That’ll Be The...

March 16 news


WORTHINGTON - Oliver Wolyniec of Worthington High School was named the 2015 statewide Class AA male recipient of the Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” award at the 27th annual awards banquet in Minneapolis on Saturday.

Heidi Bau of Murray County Central was selected as the 2015 Class A female Triple “A” recipient, becoming the first MCC student in the program’s history to achieve the state title.

Each student received a medal, trophy and a $4,000 college scholarship, and was publicly recognized at the Target Center during halftime of the televised Class AA state...

Railway safety improvement funded in governor's proposal include four in Pipestone


ST. PAUL – Seventy-five railway safety projects at Minnesota’s most dangerous and congested rail crossings – four in Pipestone - would be completed statewide, if a proposal from Governor Mark Dayton is passed this session. Governor Dayton today revealed a comprehensive list of those specific projects, which were compiled by experts at the Minnesota Department of Transportation and chosen based on their levels of danger and congestion.

Governor Dayton’s railway safety proposal would invest $330 million over the next ten years in the construction of safer railroad crossings across...

Smith Avenue house damaged in overnight fire


WORTHINGTON – A house that suffered significant damage during an overnight fire is most likely repairable, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holt. The Worthington Fire Department was paged at 12:50 a.m. this morning to 1304 Smith Avenue for a report of a house fire.

According to von Holt, smoke was coming out of the roof vents when firefighters arrived at the scene. All of the residents had gotten out of the house at that time. Von Holt said the upstairs level of the home has a bedroom and a storage area, and that a lit cigarette in the room started the fire. It was...

March 13 news


WORTHINGTON – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for this afternoon for southwest Minnesota and east central South Dakota. High fire danger is expected this afternoon, however, very high fire danger is expected along and south of the Interstate 90 corridor due to strong winds and low humidity. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

While snow melt has left the ground somewhat saturated and moist, abundant prairie grass and brush is very dry and conducive to burning.

Very high to extreme fire danger is again likely on Sunday afternoon.


March 12 news


WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host a new student open house Saturday, March 21st featuring the Performing and Fine Arts Departments. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m. and the open house will include a meet and greet with an exclusive backstage look at the musical Godspell led by theater instructor Eric Parrish, a hands-on art project with art instructor Leah Gossom, a tour of campus and informational session. Snacks and refreshments will be served and each interested student and their parents/guest will receive free admission to the Minnesota West spring...

March 11 news


WORTHINGTON - People wishing to make a contribution to the Manna Food Pantry during the March Food Campaign will be able to help stretch those dollars a little further by simply writing a check to the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation instead. For the second year, the foundation is providing a 50 percent matching grant during the March Food Campaign.

To get the 50 percent match, donors must write their check payable to the WRHCF, with “Manna Food Pantry” listed on the memo line. Donations may either be made directly to the pantry, located in the lower level of Westminster...