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Winterfest Medallion found by repeat super-sleuth Kelly Nelson


WORTHINGTON – It may be some kind of a new record, but the Winterfest Medallion was found after just two clues this year by Kelly Nelson, who also found the medallion last year!

If there is one thing that Kelly has learned in her first year of marriage, it is that she should not always listen to her husband. During a conversation earlier in the day Tuesday, CJ Nelson told his wife he was pretty sure the medallion was at Orchard Knoll because the second clue mentioned fall produce.

Kelly had a different idea. Taking a close look at the clues, and using some...

January 27 news


WORTHINGTON – We’re on Day 2 of the Winterfest medallion hunt, so here’s your next clue:

With parks as abundant as produce in fall, It’s tough to know where to begin;
Head the same way as a snowbird, Since there’s ice, you shouldn’t fall in.

Remember, the medallion will be on public property, and those of you out hunting should not have to dig on climb to find it. Anyone who finds it should turn it in to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Third Avenue to claim the prize of $100 in Chamber Checks. As always, you can find all of the clues on your favorite...

January 26 news


WORTHINGTON - Winterfest week has arrived, and with it comes the hunt for the Winterfest medallion, worth $100 in chamber checks.

Here is the first clue:
It’s Winterfest, let’s get outside,
So put on your warm winter gear;
With so many great city parks to explore,
You’ll find me in one this year.

Remember, the medallion will be on public property, and those out sleuthing should not have to dig or climb to find it. Anyone who finds the medallion should bring it to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Third Avenue in downtown Worthington....

January 23 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. Board of Directors will host its annual membership meeting Thursday at the Worthington Event Center.

The meeting’s featured presenter is Brian Pellowski, president of PBK Investments, a Minnetonka-based development company. Pellowski is expected to share his plans for commercial and retail investments in Worthington, including his proposed redevelopment of the Northland Mall site.

The annual meeting starts at 5:30 p.m. with social hour, followed by dinner and the presentation program. For more information,...

January 22 news


WORTHINGTON – An early morning work session of the Worthington City Council addressed two subjects on Wednesday – a rundown on the funding both spent and remaining from the sale of the hospital and a look at the future direction of the U.S. 59 Industrial Park.

According to a spreadsheet presented by Finance Director Brian Kolander, there is just short of $12 million left of the funds, which includes monies already committed to future projects and loan repayments that will come back to the city. Approximately $10.7 million of the funds are cash.

Mayor Mike Kuhle said the...

January 21 news


WORTHINGTON – Discussion regarding the Minnesota Southern Railway became heated Tuesday morning during the Nobles County Commissioner meeting when members of the public were allowed the opportunity to question Brent Polancheck, the owner of the 42 mile short-line rail road.

Polancheck leases the approximately 42 miles of short-line rail from the Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority at a cost of $1 per year — a price contracted in 2013 to remain in effect for 25 years. At the heart of the anger against his railway by the community is the lack of maintenance, followed by accusations...

January 20 news


WORTHINGTON – During the week of January 25 through the 31, St. Mary’s School, along with Catholic Schools around the nation, will be celebrating Catholic Schools Week. Each day has a special theme, such as Sports Day, Ignore Winter Day, Hat and Shades Day and more.

From Friday, January 23 through Friday, February 27, St. Mary’s is participating in the 2015 Catholic Schools Raffle, sponsored by Catholic United Financial. A $5 ticket could give a lucky winner the chance to win a 2015 Ford Escape or $25,000 cash and help raise money for the school. Catholic United covers the cost of...

January 19 news


WORTHINGTON – In observance of Martin Luther King Day, all city, county and state government offices are closed today, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library is closed. The Worthington Post Office is closed and delivery routes are not running. Outgoing mail will leave by 2 p.m.

Most Worthington financial institutions will be closed today, with the exception of First State Bank Southwest and Rolling Hills Bank and Trust.

Worthington Municipal Liquor Store will observe regular hours, as will the grocery stores and garbage...

Rep. Hamilton anticipates good year for agriculture in 2015


ST. PAUL – State Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake) said the first hearings for the Minnesota House Agriculture Finance Committee have taken place, and he is pleased with how the committee has taken shape.

“I’m honored to be the ag finance chair, and I believe this is the most bipartisan, diverse, geographically balanced group we’ve had during my tenure in the Minnesota House,” Hamilton said.

Hamilton said this session’s ag finance committee, traditionally made up solely of rural Minnesota lawmakers, includes a number of lawmakers from the Metro Area and inner...