Latest Area News Headlines

Memorial Day closings

(2)

WORTHINGTON - In observance of Memorial Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed and delivery routes will not be running.

Financial institutions will be closed Monday, as will the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store. Schaap Sanitation will pick up the normal Monday routes on Tuesday.

Fareway will not be open on Monday, but Hy-Vee will observe normal hours of operation, with the exception of the...


May 22 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON – According to information disclosed at Thursday’s meeting of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp or WREDC, the closing paperwork has been signed by Brian Pellowski and 7&41 LLC is now the official owner of the Northland Mall property, taking it out of the hands of Mike Kohan.

A loan of $1.2 million to 7&41 LLC – the real estate branch of PBK Investments – was approved earlier this month by the City of Worthington, which allowed the company to acquire to property as a tax increment financing district is being set up.

In the weeks to come,...


May 21 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.

Rosenstone said he visited...


Terry Gaalswyk named as new president of Minnesota West

(2)

WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.

According to Rosenstone, he...


May 20 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid for $420,095 from Schwickert’s Tecta America LLC of Mankato, to replace the HVAC and heating system in the War Memorial Library Building. According to Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson, the bids came in significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate, which was approximately $350,000.

Johnson said they spoke to 18 different companies, and believes they don’t think they can do better by waiting. Commissioner Marv Zylstra said for the last three years the system has gone down for at least a week each...


May 19 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis or RTA report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington and Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area.

The RTA program also reveals what types of retail businesses might be beneficial to residents. Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator in Community Economics, will present the results of the 2013 Worthington RTA report from 5:30...


May 18 news

(1)

WORTHINGTON - The 2015 racing season at the Nobles County Speedway is set to begin Tuesday, June 2.

This Tuesday, a Test n Tune event will be the first opportunity for racing fans to see what the track has to offer. On the official opening night the theme will be Salute to Ag and admission will be free. The lineup will be IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

This year, with a few exceptions, most of the weekly race nights will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the track and full schedule, visit...


Fraga moved back to Nobles County Jail; bond set

(2)

WORTHINGTON – Josue Robles Fraga, who has twice been convicted for the murder of his 2-year-old niece Samantha, is back in the Nobles County Jail and appeared in court Friday afternoon for a bail hearing.

The Minnesota Supreme Court recently reversed Fraga’s 2013 first-degree murder conviction and remanded the case back to Nobles County District Court for a new trial based on juror bias. This will be Fraga’s third go-round at trial, having been convicted for Samantha’s murder in 2009. That conviction was set aside when new evidence was brought forward.

At Friday’s bail...


Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

(3)

ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

Since March 5, 2015, nearly 90 Minnesota farms have been impacted by H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The purpose of the Board’s directive is to minimize the risk of potential further spread of the virus. The risk to the public related to H5N2 HPAI is...