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August 19 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved the hiring of a Social Worker for Community Services/Public Health utilizing Child Protection Allocation Grant funding.

According to Community Services Director Stacie Golombiecki, each county was allocated a grant based on the number of children residing in the county, the number of screened child protection reports and the number of open child protection management cases. So far is 2015, the agency has screened 217 cases, and approximately 86 were opened for service, Golombiecki said.

The base allocation for...

Auguest 18 news


WORTHINGTON – Thunderstorms are expected to move through the area this morning and continue into early afternoon, which may produce rainfall totals between 1 to 3 inches as they move through. This rainw ill fall on already saturated ground from Sunday and Monday’s rain.

According to the National Weather Service, rainfall rates of 1 to 2 inches per hour will be possible with stronger storms and will be capable of producing flash flooding in urban areas, as well as small stream and other poor drainage locations.

According to FEMA, six inches of water will reach the bottom of...

August 17 news


WORTHINGTON – James Lee Miller pleaded not guilty to criminal vehicular homicide and criminal vehicular operation in Nobles County District Court last week, and also to the lesser charges of reckless driving and careless driving. The charges stem from a fatal crash from Sept. 19, 2014 at the intersection of Nobles County 35 and Minnesota 264 that caused the death of Charles Luze, age 49, of Sioux Falls, S.D. and injured Luze’s son, Samuel.

Miller, age 67, of Cylinder, Iowa, was headed east on Nobles 35 in a semi and trailer loaded with corn when he allegedly ran the stop sign and...

August 14 news


WORTHINGTON - Bituminous overlay work on Nobles Street from near Ash Road to CSAH 5 has been scheduled to begin Monday, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Limited street and driveway access will be allowed. There will be traffic interruptions along with restricted driving lanes and restricted parking at various times. Driveway access interruptions of about fifteen minutes will occur mostly during the bituminous overlay placement and cooling time.

Through traffic should avoid the work area and use alternate routes until the work is completed....

August 13 news


WORTHINGTON –The Prairie View Long Range Planning Committee will recommend to the Worthington City Council that the 130-acre course be decommissioned and that the maximum water quality and best management practices be built throughout the site.

The committee, made up of two council members and six members of the general public, approved the motion to support the recommendation Wednesday morning on a 5 – 3 vote. A vote to add some best management practices while retaining a 9-hole course had just failed on a vote of 3 – 4, with council member Mike Harmon abstaining for no stated...

Jami Jam Poker Run to support Camp High Hopes


OKOBOJI, Iowa – The fourth annual Jami Jam Poker Run will be on Saturday, August 22, in its charitable support of mental health and disability causes. Organizer Jeremy Thielen has selected Camp High Hopes in Sioux City, Iowa as the recipient of the funds raised. Camp High Hopes offers traditional camp experiences to intellectually and physically disabled.

Thielen started the Jami Jam Poker Run in honor of his sister Jami, who began experiencing symptoms of mental illness her sophomore year of high school and passed away in 2012.

Registration for the run begins at 11 a.m. at...

Long range committee approves recomendation to decommission Prairie View Golf Course


WORTHINGTON - The Prairie View Golf Course Long Range Planning Committee approved a motion Wednesday morning to recommend to the Worthington City Council that the course be decommissioned and that maximum water quality construction get underway to remove Total Suspended Solids and Total Phosphorus.

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Aug 12 news


WORTHINGTON – New this year at the Nobles County Fair, a camper will be set up at the fairgrounds from Wednesday through Sunday for mothers to have a comfortable, private area for breastfeeding. The trailer will be stationed between the Grandstand and Pioneer Village. The camper is being provided by Southwest Wholesale RV of Sheldon, Iowa, coordinated with Nobles County Community Services Public Health Unit.

In the commercial building, Nobles County Commissioners will be serving popcorn and showing videos and an interactive display about maneuvering through roundabouts, something...

August 11 news


WORTHINGTON – A reminder, 10th Street in downtown Worthington will be closed from 2nd Avenue to 5th Avenue from 2 p.m. until 8 p.m. for Cruisin' Downtown. All vehicles must be moved off of the street by 2 p.m.

The event begins at 4 p.m. All participating cars, trucks, tractors and motorcycles should be brought in through the 5th Avenue side and will be directed from there.

WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday evening started out their meeting recognizing the Worthington FC U15 Soccer Team on their state championship win on July 25 for the second consecutive...

Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presents check to District 518 for golf teams


WORTHINGTON – During the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Golf Tournament in July, two member of the Worthington High School Boys’ Golf Team stationed themselves at Hole 6 and offered each golfer a chance a bit of an advantage. For a small fee, Will Mulder or Ben Koepsel would tee off for them from a better location. The foundation then matched the money that was raised.

On Monday morning, foundation executive director Jeff Rotert presented District 518 Athletic Director Josh Dale with a check for $1,290 to go to the boys’ and girls’ golf teams.
Rotert said all 30...