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Gov. Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration


WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to the president, Dayton described widespread flood damage across Minnesota, and noted that he has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51.

To date, $10.8 million in eligible damages have been documented through preliminary damage assessments in several counties, including Jackson, Murray, Nobles,...

July 9 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request from Sheriff Kent Wilkening to hire Chris Dybevick as the new Chief Deputy, replacing the recently retired Chris Heinrichs. Dybevick is currently the captain of the Worthington Police Department, where he has served for the past 27 years.

Wilkening is anticipating a start date of August 7 for Dybevick. According to the request Wilkening submitted to the board, he feels Dybevick has the supervisory and leadership experience needed to assist the sheriff in running the office. There would be no financial...

Dybevick named Chief Deputy for Nobles County


WORTHINGTON – After a lot of years dressed in blue Worthington Police Captain Chris Dybevick will soon be switching to brown. The Nobles County Commissioners today approved a request from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening to replace the recently retired Chris Heinrichs with Dybevick, hiring him away from the police department after 27 years with WPD and over to the sheriff’s office in the position of chief deputy.

According to the request Wilkening submitted to the board, he feels Dybevick has the supervisory and leadership experience needed to assist the sheriff in running the...

July 8 news


WORTHINGTON – According to information released Monday by the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, a downtown Worthington site is being recommended for placement on the State Superfund Program due to elevated levels of chlorinated volatile organic compounds. Currently a paved lot, the site at 1101 Second Avenue was home to the Exclusive Cleaners from 1969 to 1998 and prior to that housed a gas station.

The site has been under investigation for more than 20 years.

In the last two years, soil gas samples collected from the site show concentrations of the drycleaning solvent...

Peebles pulls out of Northland Mall


WORTHINGTON – Customers looking for a bargain were flocking to Peebles at Northland Mall Monday as word got out that everything was on clearance.

Peebles is the latest store to pull out of the troubled mall. Signs on the front of the building state the store is closing and everything must go. According to a sales associate, Peebles employees were informed last week that the store was closing, and clearance sales began Saturday. The store is expected to be out of the mall by the end of the month.

A call to the Stage Store Inc offices, the corporate office of Peebles, was not...

July 7 news


WORTHINGTON – The non-essential water use ban will stay in place for the time being, according to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain.

Although water continues to flow over the dams at local lakes, it hasn’t made a significant impact on the Bella Wellfield, where water levels are measured each week. Currently, the level at Well 26, used to determine a static well level, is just inches above the 16 year average, even after the heavy June rains.

WORTHINGTON - Water main work on Omaha Avenue from Dover Street to Miller Street is scheduled to begin today. Omaha...

Man in wheelchair killed in downtown Luverne crash


LUVERNE – A pedestrian in a motorized wheelchair was struck and killed by a man driving a U-Haul style truck Wednesday evening in downtown Luverne.

According to information released by Rock County Sheriff Evan Verbrugge, Marv Cleppe, age 71, of Luverne, was in his wheelchair stopped at a cross walk on Main Street preparing to go east at approximately 8:50 p.m. Timothy James, age 52, of Chattanooga, Tennessee, was driving the truck and stopped at a red light, preparing to turn right onto Cedar Street. When the light turned green, both men proceeded forward and the two collided....

July 3 news


WORTHINGTON - In honor of Independence Day, all state, county and city offices will be closed on Friday,as will all financial institutions. Fareway will be closed Friday, but Hy-Vee and Walmart will observe normal business hours.

The City of Worthington and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be sponsoring the fireworks on the Fourth of July. The fireworks will be over Lake Okabena at dusk. Centennial Park, the beach and the Beach Nook in Worthington will be closing at 2 p.m. on Friday for firework set up. The park is cleared out for safety purposes. People will not be...

UPDATE: Bail set in Rock County bicycle death case


3:00 p.m.  UPDATE

LUVERNE – Bail was set Wednesday afternoon at $20,000 with conditions for Christopher Michael Weber, age 25, who was charged in Rock County District Court with two counts of vehicular homicide or operation in the death of Andrea Boeve of Steen.

According to the criminal complaint, Boeve was riding her bicycle eastbound Monday on Highway 270 at about 11:28 a.m. pulling her two children in a trailer when she was struck by Weber’s pickup, which was also eastbound. Weber allegedly told law enforcement he was accessing online banking on his cell phone and...

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.