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December 31 news


WORTHINGTON - In observance of New Year’s Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Thursday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed Thursday, but will re-open Friday.

On Wednesday, the Worthington Post Office carriers will deliver as normal, but the office windows will close at 1 p.m. The post office will be closed Thursday and there will be no deliveries, but operations will resume as normal on Friday.

All Worthington financial institutions will be closed Thursday, but will observe...

December 30


WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man and his teenage daughter received non-life threatening injuries Monday night when the vehicle they were in skidded off the road and rolled, according to the Minnesota State Patrol. Michael Bousema, age 47, of Worthington, was southbound on Nobles County Road 25 in his 2008 Ford F350 and attempting to turn onto the eastbound I-90 ramp when the vehicle skidded and rolled into a dry waterway.

Bousema was taken to Sanford Worthington Medical Center for treatment. His 17-year-old daughter has no medical facility recorded. Damage to his truck was severe....

December 29 news


PIPESTONE - The Pipestone County Museum will offer free admission on Saturdays beginning Jan. 3 and running through Memorial Day weekend. The exhibits currently on display at the museum include 125 Years, Pipestone Fire Department, featuring photographs and equipment used by the fire department over the years, an exhibit featuring the Pipestone County Country Schools, a displays include Native American Beadwork, Railroads and more.

Early in 2015, an exhibit on Dance Halls and Ballrooms will open. On-going displays include hands-on children’s interactives such as animal furs, animal...

December 24 news


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County’s elected officials received a raise during Tuesday’s Board of Commissioners meeting – the last of 2014 and possibly the longest of the year.
A comparable worth study showed Nobles County officials weren’t being paid enough, so salaries were boosted up. County Attorney Kathy Kusz was given an increase of 1.75 percent to $108,250. Auditor/Treasurer Beth Van Hove’s salary was raised to $69,000, an increase of more than 9.4 percent, and Recorder Lynn Wilson will receive $68,300, an increase of 3.74 percent. Sheriff Kent Wilkening, who told the commissioners...

December 23 news


WORTHINGTON – You can now pick up your official pledge cards for the Deep Freeze Dip by stopping by at Radio Works Headquarters at 28779 County Highway 35, just west of Worthington. Radio Works and the Southwest Minnesota Fishing Club present the 2015 Deep Freeze Dip at 3 p.m. Saturday, January 31st. This annual fundraiser has raised over $140,000. Once again this year, money will be raised for The Wayne Klumper Heals Fund to benefit Nobles County youth recreation programs.

You must be at least 18 years of age and raise a minimum of $250. You must turn in your pledge dollars on...

Ron Wood and Alan Oberloh speak out at last council meeting


WORTHINGTON – During their final meeting as part of the Worthington City Council, Mayor Alan Oberloh and Councilman Ron Wood each addressed the rest of the council, and the general message was one that stated while they both believed they had accomplished quite a bit on their years of service to the city, they felt they were leaving behind a council that was fragmented and not working together.

According to Wood, the last two years were not about ‘we,’ but about ‘me,’ something with which Oberloh agreed. Wood also admitted that he had been offered the job as interim administrator by...

December 22 news


ST. PAUL — For his third term in the Minnesota House, District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker of Luverne has been appointed to a number of new House committees.

Along with being named chairman of the Minnesota House Aging and Long Term Care Policy Committee, Schomacker will also serve on the Health and Human Services Finance, Health and Human Services Reform, and Agriculture Policy committees.

Schomacker said he is very pleased with these committee assignments. Agriculture and rural healthcare are two of the top priorities for southwestern Minnesotans, and he said he looks forward...

MCC Frozen parody involves students, staff and silly


SLAYTON – These days parodies are as plentiful as snowflakes, but getting a chance to see your high school home economics teacher chase her students out of the classroom with a broom while choir teacher Eli Johnson croons a tune lamenting the fact that Christmas break hasn’t started yet? Not quite as common.

Kristin St. John, who teaches English at Murray County Central, has a hit on her hands. On Thursday, she posted a parody on YouTube that she and some others created. “Let Them Go: A Frozen Parody” features staff from MCC and the PBIS students.

“I filmed last Thursday and...

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December 19 news


WORTHINGTON - The Community Improvement Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Daily Globe and Worthington Public Utilities have announced the winners of the Holiday Lighting Contest, with first place this year going to Matt and Cheri Oleske at 1118 Grand Avenue. The Oleskes will receive $100 in Chamber checks and $100 off their December utility bill. Second place went to Les and Deb Froderman at 1424 Eckerson Drive, and third place to Allan Henderscheidt at 1038 Wilbur Street. They will receive $75 and $50 in Chamber Checks respectively, with the same amount off their...