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Jeff Johnson/Bill Kuisle visit Worthington


Republican gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson and his running mate Bill Kuisle made a stop in Worthington on Wednesday to discuss their campaign and their vision for the state of Minnesota.

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October 30 news


APPLETON — Pioneer Public Television will broadcast its final live call-in debate of the 2014 election season at 7 p.m. today. House District 22B Republican incumbent Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake will debate DFL challenger Cheryl Avenel-Navara of Worthington in a live debate from Pioneer Public TV’s studios in Appleton.

Following the live debate, Pioneer will rebroadcast the First Congressional District Debate between Tim Walz and Jim Hagedorn at 8 p.m. At 9:30 p.m., Pioneer will air the previously recorded Seventh District debate between Collin Peterson and Torrey Westrom.


October 29 news


WORTHINGTON – With less than a week to go before the Nov. 4 election, politicians are criss-crossing the state, catching as many voters as they can as the clock ticks down toward election day. Gubernatorial candidate Jeff Johnson will be in downtown Worthington today from 1:50 to 3 p.m. at BenLee’s for meet and greets. The event is open to the public.

WORTHINGTON – The spookiest night of the year is just a few days away, so here are a few options for all of the little ghosts and goblins out there when it comes to Halloween fun.

The Worthington branch of the Fulda Area Credit...

October 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday opted to discontinue discussions regarding improvements of Grand Avenue after looking at the bids brought in by city engineer Duane Haffield. The bids all came in significantly higher than what was originally projected, and the council also learned that the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership did not receive the funding for their housing project for the upcoming construction year.

Since the Grand Avenue project was essentially to improve traffic to the housing that would be built, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh pointed out it...

October 27 news


LAKEFIELD – Two elderly Chandler residents received non-life threatening injuries Sunday afternoon when their vehicle was struck be a semi truck near Lakefield.

According to a report from the Minnesota State Patrol, 81-year-old Franklin Post of Chandler had exited I-90 on the eastbound ramp and was attempting to turn north onto Highway 86 when he pulled into the path of a Kensworth semi, driven by Mitchell Ferguson, 26, of Heron Lake. The semi struck the Dodge Dakota on the driver’s side. Franklin and his 80-year-old passenger, Arlene Post, were taken to Sanford Worthington...

October 24 news


WORTHINGTON – We may be experiencing beautiful weather, but fall is seriously upon us. One strong sign is the last construction updates of the season from the City of Worthington Engineering Department, which states dormant turf restoration remains at various project locations throughout the city. Dormant seeding is temperature dependent and will take place later this fall.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council met in emergency session Thursday to discuss whether to hire a firm to assist in the search for a new administrator or to look on their own. Council member Diane Graber...

October 23 news


WORTHINGTON - A 27-year-old Worthington man is accused of sexual contact with a minor. Jaime Ernesto Hernandez Bautista is charged with two counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct after he was allegedly caught kissing a young girl in her genital area on Sunday.

A witness took the girl from the home and called authorities. Hernandez-Bautista initially denied the accusation under question, but then admitted he had kissed the victim on her body to show affection. He also allegedly admitted that he had kissed her private area, and that it had happened on three occasions.


October 22 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized Steve Johnson of Vetter Johnson Architects to move forward with the redesign for the stairs at the Nobles County Government Center before sending the project out to bid.

The process will involve adding plexiglass to the inner stairwells, covering the stair treads, peeling up some tiles in the lobby, adding a moisture barrier or insulation in some areas and shirring in others. While Johnson had no inkling of an estimate on the job, according to board chair Marv Zylstra, “it looks spendy.”

The authorization...

Fire at Sungold Heights


WORTHINGTON – A mobile home at the Sungold Heights Trailer Park was completely destroyed by fire Tuesday morning, killing a family’s pet dog.

The Worthington Fire Department was paged at approximately 8:20 a.m. to the mobile home park at 1328 Spring Avenue, trailer 49. According to Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt, orange fire was rolling out a bedroom window when he arrived at the scene. He tried to open a door, but quickly closed it to keep the fire contained to one end. The blaze quickly engulfed the back half of the trailer.

Firefighters were able to to keep the fire...

October 21 news


AUSTIN – The City of Austin voted 4-3 Monday night to accept a contract agreement with Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark to hire him as the new Austin City Administrator, starting Dec. 8.

Clark will be paid a starting salary of $124,000. After six months, the city will review Clark’s job performance, and a good review would increase his annual salary to $128,000.

The contract calls for Clark to get 20 days of vacation each year and up to 40 days of sick time. It also includes a $400 a month car allowance, and up to $3,500 for temporary housing.

Council members...