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March 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – With the 10th annual Worthington Bio Science Conference fast approaching, Abraham Algadi and Nicole Frodermann of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp are very busy, handling logistics and nailing down the details of the upcoming event.

On Wednesday, April 2, a pre-conference get-together will take place in the evening at the Historical Dayton House. It will be a time for conference speakers, vendors and guests to get to know each other in an informal setting.

Thursday, April 3, the event will be opened by comments from Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh...


March 24 news

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WORTHINGTON – Dr. Barbara McDonald, who will take over as the Interim President at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, will visit the Worthington Campus today from 12:30 to 1:30 to be presented to the faculty, students and the public. The presentation will be in room 122 at the college. McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She presently serves as provost, a role she has held since 2013.

McDonald will serve a one year appointment from July 1 until June 30, 2015. She succeeds Dr. Richard Shrubb, who has served as president since 2008...


Dawson football player died of exposure; alcohol consumption contributed

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DAWSON – According to authorities, drinking and exposure to winter’s elements killed Michael Anyasike, the star high school football player who ran when an underage party at a vacant western Minnesota farmhouse was being busted.

Anyasike, 18, a senior standout on the Dawson-Boyd High School football team, died from “hypothermia due to environmental exposure,” said a statement from the La Qui Parle Sheriff’s Office that cited the medical examiner’s findings. “Alcohol consumption was listed as a contributing factor to the death,” the statement continued.

The Sheriff’s Office...


March 21 news

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ST. PAUL - The Minnesota State Senate opted to give an additional day of consideration to the Senate Tax Bill (HF 1777) on Thursday, and will take up the bill today.. The bill includes federal income tax conformity, rescission of the gift tax, and estate tax reform. Senator Bill Weber was pleased to see language approving a new senate office building was not included.

The last thing Minnesota taxpayers need is to spend $90 million on a lavish new building for politicians, he said.

Last year there were problems caused by last minute changes to the tax bill unknown even...


March 20 news

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JACKSON - The Jackson City Council met in regular session this week and Councilman Chris Vee was administered an Oath of Office for the seat he was appointed to March 4th.

A public hearing was conducted regarding AGCO’s application for Minnesota Investment Funds through the Department of Employment and Economic Development. Jackson Economic Development Coordinator Sue Persig explained AGCO was seeking $375,000 in forgivable funds from DEED using Minnesota Investment Funds for their Fast Forward program.

This is a three-year plan that started in 2013. With Fast Forward,...


MN West Interim President-Elect announced

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WORTHINGTON – The Board of Trustees of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Wednesday appointed Dr. Barbara McDonald as interim president of Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Her appointment becomes effective July 1, 2014.

Dr. McDonald has served at Itasca Community College in Grand Rapids since 2000. She presently serves as provost, a role she has held since 2013. Previously, she served as dean of academic affairs and student services from 2009 until 2013, as dean of academic affairs from 2000 until 2009 and as director of institutional effectiveness in 2000....


March 19 news

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WORTHINGTON – ISD#518 on Tuesday approved the concept of the Nobles Housing Initiative, making Abraham Algadi and the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp three for three. Algadi had previously gotten the same concept approval from Nobles County and the city of Worthington. Now, he said, he needs to go talk to the small towns and school districts in the county.

The Initiative will offer 100 percent tax abatement for five years on new home construction. It was proposed by Algadi and the WREDC as a way to work around the housing crunch that plagues some areas in southwest...


March 18 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Interim President-Elect for the Minnesota West Community and Technical College will be announced at 1 p.m. Wednesday during a Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of trustee meeting. Chancellor Steven Rosenstone will make the recommendation during a meeting which will be live-streamed at www.mnscu.edu/board.

The public is invited to come meet the new Interim President-Elect at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 in room 22 of Minnesota West – Worthington Campus.

WORTHINGTON – Attention...


Day on the Hill

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SHAKOPEE, Minn. (March 17) -- While corn farmers wait for the last of the snow to melt before spring planting, they went to St. Paul to meet with legislators during the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s “Day on the Hill” Thursday, March 13 at the State Capitol.

“It’s important that corn farmers connect with as many legislators as possible, even if they might not agree with our stance on every issue,” said John Mages, who farms in Belgrade and chairs MCGA’s government relations committee. “Corn farmers need to make their voices heard. Agriculture is a major job creator and a key...


March 17 news

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WORTHINGTON – Congratulations to two area students, William Dudley of Worthington High School and Dillon John of Adrian High School. They were each named the male recipient of Minnesota State High School League statewide Triple A award – Dudley in Region 2AA and John in Region 3A.

Both attended the 26th annual Academics, Arts & Athletics 2014 awards banquet Saturday in Minneapolis and were named state-level winners in Class AA and Class A, making them also the recipients of $4,000 college scholarships.

Female recipients were Taylor Kraemer of Osakis High School (Class A)...