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June 15 news


WORTHINGTON – If the smiles, laughter and pure enjoyment on the faces of the people in attendance at this year’s Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival were anything to go by, then the event was a hit.

Music lovers flocked to see the various bands perform, windsurfers flew across the surface of the lake, children ran and played.

The lack of a fenced-in beer garden was a success, both in a trouble-free weekend and in a boost in sales compared to other regatta weekends. According to committee president Ken Moser, everyone respected the rules, keeping alcohol...

A look at Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival events


WORTHINGTON – Grab your lawn chairs or get ready to do some dancing when Todd Hurst hits the Sailboard Stage at 6 p.m. tonight at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival, followed by Maiden Dixie at 8 p.m., and don’t forget the UV Splash Colordash once the sun goes down.

The beer tent opens at 3 p.m. today, and the food vendors opened for lunch and should be open until 8 p.m or later.

On Saturday, the fun continues with the Regatta Bike Ride. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Centennial Park, with the ride starting at 9 a.m. For the windsurfers, the Skipper’s...

June 12 news


WORTHINGTON – It is official – the new name for the old mall will be “Promenade on Oxford,” chosen by Jim and Iris Pierce.

Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments is the man behind the development that will take over the mall area,and back in April he decided the complex needed a new identity. He involved the community and held a contest, offering a $500 prize to the winner, which he chose himself.

The next question on everyone’s mind is, “What kinds of stores can we expect to see on the Promenade on Oxford?” Hopefully we’ll be getting some answers soon. In the meantime,...

June 11 news


WORTHINGTON – The Minnesota Department of Transportation advises motorists to drive with caution in southwestern Minnesota due to forecasted heavy rains today.
Motorists are warned that roads may be closed or restricted without warning as flash flooding is difficult to predict. Watch for cones and barrels on the roadways as they indicate potential hazards.

Every flood is dangerous. If you must travel, expect the unexpected – flash floods can occur anytime, anywhere. Do not drive around barricades or into flooded areas.

If floodwaters rise around your car, abandon the...

June 10 news


ADRIAN – The Cancer Doesn’t Discriminate 4th annual Cruise for Cancer leaves Adrian at 1 p.m. Sunday from Grove Park, according to organizer Lonnie Roloff.

Bikes, trikes and classic cars are welcome, and registration begins at noon. The run starts in Adrian, goes into South Dakota, stops at Grand Falls Casino, then heads back to Adrian, which is about a 100 mile trip. Back in Adrian, there will be a meal of sloppy joes, beans and potato chips.

The cost is $25 per rider, which includes the meal and a bandanna or can koozie. For those who don’t ride, you can stop in at Grove...

June 9 news


WORTHINGTON – From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. today, the Worthington Hy-Vee will donate 10 percent of the Market Café proceeds to the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival. Regatta Board members and Chamber staff will be in the lobby of the store to greet customers and hand out flyers with the Market Café promotion and a special bar code for a $1 donation to the Regatta.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a request from the Lake Okabena Improvement Association to authorize a fireworks display on the evening of July 3 as part of the group’s...

Name released in fatal Heron Lake crash


JACKSON – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of a woman killed in a crash Sunday in Heron Lake at the intersection of Minnesota 60 and Jackson County Road 9. Evelyn Behr, age 91 of Fulda, died when her 2014 Volkswagen Jetta collided with a 2014 Dodge Ram pickup, driven by Charles Johnson, age 32, of Blaine.

Behr was southbound on County Road 9 at approximately 11:50 a.m., while the pickup driven by Johnson and occupied by three passengers was eastbound on Minnesota 60. Charles Johnson was not injured, Kristina Johnson, 30, received non-life threatening injuries. Two...

June 8 news


JACKSON – Two fatal crashes were reported in Jackson County over the weekend.

On Saturday, 26-year-old Leonard Busswitz of Jeffers was driving a 2005 Harley Davidson motorcycle northbound on Jackson County 17 near the intersection of 890th Street in Christiana Township when he swerved to miss an animal in the roadway and traveled into the southbound lane, colliding with a 2006 Dodge pickup driven by Jody Rossow, 49, of Lakefield. The Rossow vehicle came to rest in the east ditch.

Rory Johnson, 57, was driving a 1999 Harley Davidson, and Vaughn Corwin, 50, and a passenger,...

June 4 news


WORTHINGTON – The first Nobles County tax-forfeited land auction went off without a hitch Wednesday morning, although there were a few last-minute questions to which County Administrator Tom Johnson and Auditor-Treasurer Beth Van Hove valiantly chased down answers.

Nobles County Commissioner Chair Matt Widboom once more showed his unique versatility by stepping into the role of auctioneer after letting Van Hove explain the basics to the interested bidders. Several of the lots, she explained, had assessments, some had buildings on them, and all were sold as is with all sales final....

June 3 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday authorized use of the environmental fund to continue cleanup of the railroad ties that have been scattered along the jointly owned Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority for Nobles and Rock County.

According to County Administrator Tom Johnson, the person authorized to clean a test portion for an amount not to exceed $20,000 was able to clean a 2.6 mile section and has all the ties stored short-term. The funds for the Nobles County portion of the cleanup are largely meant to come from the environmental fund, Johnson said, and...