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Survey for Businesses Impacted by Flooding


Recent Minnesota flooding has impacted many businesses across the state. In order to prepare accurate preliminary flood damage assessments, the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development need to hear from all impacted businesses. If you are an impacted business, please fill out the online survey by July 7th.

Please note - this is NOT an application for assistance, but a tool being used to help us determine the full extent of damage.

July 2 news


WORTHINGTON – On a 4 to 1 vote the Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday afternoon voted to approve a loan to the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority for up to $750,000 to get repairs started on the short line in Nobles and Rock County. The line has an estimated $1.5 million in damages from the June floods.

Commissioner Matt Widboom was the one dissenting vote, stating he struggled with the use of public tax dollars on an antiquated rail. Commissioner Bob Demuth said it was a thought they all had, something Commissioner Don Linssen also commented on, stating he couldn’t see...

Brandon man jailed for vehicular homicide in Steen woman's death


LUVERNE – 25-year-old Christopher Weber of Brandon, SD, the man who was driving the pick-up that struck and killed Andrea Boeve Monday, is being held is the Nobles County Jail for vehicular homicide.

Formal charges, which had not yet been filed as of Tuesday afternoon, will come from Rock County.

Boeve, age 33, was riding a bicycle pulling a trailer with two children on Highway 270 when the truck hit the bike from behind. Boeve was wearing a helmet at the time of the crash. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 4-year-old Claire Boeve and 1-year-old Mallorie Boeve...

July 1 news


STEEN – A 33-year-old Steen woman died Monday when the bicycle she was riding collided with a pick-up on Highway 270 in Rock County north of Steen. Andrea Boeve, a nurse practioner, died in the crash. Two children, 4-year-old Claire Boeve and 1-year-old Mallorie Boeve, were riding in a trailer pulled by Andrea’s bike and suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Boeve was riding her bike eastbound on Highway 270 pulling the trailer when she collided with the 2003 Chevrolet pick-up of Christopher Weber, age 25, of Brandon, SD. Weber suffered no apparent injuries.

The accident...

UPDATE: Name released in fatal bike crash in Rock County


10:10 UPDATE
STEEN – The Minnesota State Patrol has released the name of the woman killed Monday just before noon when her bicycle pulling a trailer with her two children inside collided with a pick-up on Highway 270, north of Steen in Rock County.

Andrea Boeve, age 33, a nurse practioner, died in the crash. The two passengers in the bicycle trailer, 4-year-old Claire Boeve and 1-year-old Mallorie Boeve, suffered non-life threatening injuries. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Boeve was riding her bike eastbound on Highway 270 pulling the trailer when she collided with...

Murray County contemplates ambulance tax district


SLAYTON – It looks as if the majority of Murray County residents are well on their way to being taxed for ambulance service. During a public meeting last week, the Murray County Hospital Board met with members of the Slayton City Council and various township and city representatives to discuss implementing a tax district for the Murray County Ambulance coverage area.

Legislative consultant Buck McAlpin, who appeared at the meeting via phone, said a tax district can be used to fund any ambulance needs, such as radios, medical equipment or training. Murray County Ambulance Director...

June 30 news


WORTHINGTON – According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the static water level out at Well 26 is looking better, but he’s not quite ready to lift the non-essential water ban yet.

The water level is measured each Friday out at Well 26, and a 2 foot gain was recorded this past week. Hain said that is good news, but not as much as hoped. While we’ve crept past the 16-year average level, he said, we’re not yet prepared to lift the ban. With the holiday on Friday, Hain will have his crew check the levels again on Thursday before making any decisions.


Nobles County Commissioners declare State of Emergency; regional rail authority assesses $1.5M in damages


WORTHINGTON – During an emergency meeting Friday, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners declared the county in a state of emergency for conditions resulting from the persistent and continuing high precipitation severe summer storms beginning June 11, which caused a significant amount of public property damage.

According to County Administrator Tom Johnson, the damage to the county is estimated at approximately $600,000, but that number could change as things continue to be assessed.

A joint meeting took place via interactive television between the board and Rock County as...

June 27 news


WORTHINGTON – According to the courts, part of the mall can be demolished. Judge Gordon Moore said Thursday in Nobles County District Court that the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall appears hazardous and seems to have essentially been abandoned, granting the city the right to demolish the structure.

Worthington City Attorney Mark Shepherd, who represents the city in this matter, said he made attempts to contact someone from Northland Mall Realty LLC in this matter, but to no avail.

Northland Mall Realty LLC now has an opportunity to demolish the building itself until...

Rock Valley, Iowa looking for volunteers over the weekend


ROCK VALLEY, Iowa— Rock Valley officials are asking for assistance in clearing debris from homes and curbs as well as assisting residents and the city clean up grounds after the floods. Interested volunteers are encouraged to call the helpline that’s been used to organize the volunteer and assistance effort. The helpline will be open on Saturday, June 28, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. by calling 712-451-HELP.

“We have made great strides over the last several days. This weekend we are hoping to help residents clear items from their yards from things they have taken out of their...