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Tesla Supercharge station under construction in Worthington; first in state


WORTHINGTON – Back in the south corner of the Ground Round parking lot, construction is underway on something that will be the first of its kind on the state of Minnesota. A Tesla Supercharger station with several stalls is being built.

The Tesla Model S automobile, voted the 2013 Motor Trend Car of the Year, can travel approximately 200 miles on a battery charge. A Supercharger is a fast-charge station capable of delivering up to 50 percent battery capacity to Model S in about 20 minutes, roughly 16 times faster than most public charging stations. The stations allow Model S owners...

Megadeth bassist David Ellefson coming to Jackson


JACKSON – Jackson native David Ellefson, bassist for the band Megadeth and author of “My Life with Deth” will be in Jackson at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20 at the Jackson County Central Performing Arts Center for an open Q&A with the audience.

Ellefson will autograph his new autobiography and one Megadeth item per person.

His book chronicles the story of his fall into addiction during Megadeth's early years, followed by his subsequent recovery and the return to faith which championed the bands rise to fame over the past several decades. Books wil be available to...

November 14 news


WORTHINGTON — The 2013 Community Thanksgiving Dinner will be Nov. 28 at First Lutheran Church, 1200 Fourth Ave. All area residents are welcome. Serving will be from noon to 1:15 p.m. Turkey dinners will be delivered to people who are unable to leave their homes. Contact Terry Morrison, 372-7150, and leave a voice message to request delivery, stating name, address and number of meals needed.

Assistance with food preparation and table setup is needed. Volunteers should arrive at the church by 8 a.m. Nov. 28, using the parking lot entrance. Help with general cleanup is also needed...

November 13 news


WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota West Community and Technical College athletic program has been put on probation following an incident at a football game Oct. 26 between the Minnesota West Bluejays and Central Lakes Raiders in Brainerd. The Central Lakes program has also been placed on probation by the Minnesota College Athletic Conference.

According to a letter sent to Minnesota West, the school will be required to have a game site manager attend all football games during the 2014 season. The college’s athletic programs will be on probation for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. Some of...

November 12 news


JACKSON - A woman has been injured in an accidental shooting while hunting in Jackson County. Sheriff Roger Hawkinson on Monday confirmed a 58-year-old female was wounded in her lower leg while deer hunting. More information will be released as it becomes available.

JACKSON - A southwest Minnesota rural electric cooperative has distributed nearly $14,500 in funds to various non-profit entities in its service area.

Officials with Federated Rural Electric Association, based in Jackson, say the funds were made possible through contributions to its “Operation Round-up” program...

November 11 news


WORTHINGTON - In honor of Veteran’s Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, but outgoing mail at the Post Office will continue as normal. The Nobles County Library will be closed, as will all area financial institutes. Walmart, Hy-Vee and Fareway will maintain regular hours, and Schaap Sanitation will make regular pick-ups.

WINDOM - One person was injured in a two vehicle broadside accident around 9:30 Saturday morning at the intersection of Highway 71 and...

November 8 news


WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to the United Way of Nobles County. They met and even surpassed their goal Wednesday night during the telethon at the Worthington High School, raising $6,729 between the telethon, the silent auction and the Taste of Nobles County food booths. They had set a goal of $6,000. The United Way of Nobles County hopes to raise $160,000 during its current fundraising campaign.

The United Way helps a variety of Nobles County organizations fund projects throughout the year, with all of their funding staying local.

WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and...

November 7 news


WORTHINGTON — The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board has opted not to pursue legal action against a rural Worthington farmer who allegedly violated watershed rules by replacing a culvert and changing the flow rate of water off his agricultural land.

Administrator Dan Livdahl reported to the board Tuesday that more than $1,000 had been spent in legal fees, and it was determined there wasn’t enough documentation for the district to prove wrongdoing in either a criminal or a civil case against landowner Kenneth Meyerdirk. At a meeting between Meyerdirk and Livdahl in early June,...

Victim named in Pipestone fatality


PIPESTONE – A 26-year-old Pipestone woman died Tuesday when her 2007 Ford Focus collided with a Freightliner semi on Highway 23 near mile marker 20 shortly after 5:30 p.m. Amy Redenius was northbound in her Ford Focus and Joshua VanHill, 26, of Sioux Falls, SD was southbound in the semi when the vehicles collided.

Icy road conditions led to a crash on I-90 in the early hours this morning that involved four vehicles, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. At approximately 1:27 a.m., the driver of a 2005 Jeep Liberty was westbound when she lost control on the icy bridge. A second...

November 6 news


WORTHINGTON – Both the building bond and the excess operating referendum failed Tuesday during a referendum vote for Independent School District 518 in Worthington.

The first question addressed a building bond referendum for $38.9 million to build a new intermediate school for grades 3, 4, 5, and an addition of approximately 56,000 square feet to the high school. That vote failed with 965 yes and 1,756 no votes. The second question also failed, with 1,457 no votes and 1,261 yes votes. It asked voters to revoke the last year of a current $1,000 per pupil excess operating referendum...