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Rock County Sheriff's Office offering reward for arson info


LUVERNE – A $5,000 reward is being offered to anyone who provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who broke into the Sharkee’s building in Luverne in the early morning hours May 27 and set a fire.

According to information released by the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, a forcible entry was made and a fire intentionally set. A deputy with the sheriff’s office noticed smoke coming from the Sharkee’s building at 705 S. Kniss Ave that morning. The Luverne and Beaver Creek Fire Departments were called to put out the fire.

The State Fire...

June 3 news


WORTHINGTON – The next meeting of the Nobles Economic Opportunity Network, known as NEON, will be from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. June 12 at the Worthington Fire Hall.

Representative Rod Hamilton, Representative Joe Schomacker and Senator Bill Weber have been invited to attend to provide an update of the legislative session. Volunteers are needed for the following subcommittees: IT and Broadband Project, Goals and Values of NEON and Guidance Document, which will be modeled after SCALE bylaws.

CURRIE – The End O Line Railroad Park and Museum will have an open house on Saturday,...

June 2 news


WORTHINGTON - Grazix Animal Health Inc., based in San Carlos, Calif., has signed a lease to move into the Biotechnology Advancement Center in Worthington. Grazix manufactures a family of next-generation natural animal health products, which are developed to assist veterinary professionals to maintain healthy animal digestive balances in production environments.

The company is relocating its sales and distribution operations to Worthington, where it will be managed by Randy Simonson, a Worthington resident and business owner. Grazix anticipates hiring three full-time employees...

May 30 news


WORTHINGTON – Duininck, Inc. on Thursday announced the acquisition of Worthington Excavating, Inc. In a deal that was finalized last week, Susanne Murphy will remain as General Manager to the 17 current employees.

Worthington Excavating was founded in 1978 by Tom Murphy as TR Murphy Contracting. After his sudden heart attack in 1998, the company was carried forward by a group of dedicated employees led by his wife Susanne. She said it is great to be able to offer the expanded resources Duininck brings to the table.

The company will operate under the name Worthington...

Gov. Dayton signs medical marijuana bill


ST. PAUL – Today, with little fanfare, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill into law that creates a patient registry under the Department of Health relating to the therapeutic use of medical marijuana.

It authorizes the use of medical cannabis in limited forms for certain qualifying medical conditions and regulates its distribution and manufacture.

The bill also creates a task force to conduct an impact assessment on medical cannabis therapeutic research and provides for certain criminal and civil protections for parties involved in the registry program.

During the...

May 29 news


NATIONAL HARBOR, Maryland – Murray County Central seventh-grader Alyssa Boynton of Slayton started out strong Wednesday morning at the Scripps National Spelling Bee, surviving the first two rounds. But the third round proved to be her nemesis, as did the word ‘haricot,’ which is a ripe seed or unripe pod of several beans.

Kellen Rodriguez of Fairmont also misspelled his word ‘equipollent’ in the third round. Three other Minnesota students, Shane DeSilva of Austin, Lauren Crabtree of Brainerd and Mark Kivimaki of Edina spelled words correctly in round 3, but only Kivimaki will move...

Go, Alyssa Boynton! Scripps Spelling Bee begins today


SLAYTON - Our best wishes go out to Alyssa Boynton today! She and four other Minnesotans are among the 281 competitors in the preliminaries of the Scripps National Spelling Bee, which begin this morning in Washington DC.

The five include seventh-grader Alyssa, 13, from Murray County Central in Slayton, seventh-grader Mark Kivimaki, 13, of Valley View Middle School in Edina; Brainerd eighth-grader Lauren Crabtree, 14, of Forestview Middle School; eighth-grader Shane DeSilva, 14, from Pacelli Catholic Schools in Austin and eighth-grader Kellen Rodriguez, 14, from the Fairmont School...

May 28 news


WORTHINGTON – The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force is back from the annual Canadian-American Drug Conference at Grandview Lodge in Nisswa, where, as we told you last week, they received the 2014 Minnesota State Association of Narcotics Investigators Task Force of the Year Outstanding Achievement Award.

This is the second time the group has received the award for task force of the year since they formed in 2005, having been named drug task force of the year in 2009.

Commander Troy Appel said the ripples of a case they investigated that started with a routine search warrant were...

May 27 news


WORTHINGTON – The Achievement Center sale is underway at the arena on the Nobles County Fairgrounds, and continues through June 6 from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. All proceeds of the sale go directly to The Achievement Center, which helps disabled adults learn skills that they can use for jobs in the community and at TAC.

JACKSON - A New York Times bestselling author with a strong local following will be in Jackson County this week to meet with fans and conduct research for his next book.

William Kent Krueger, author of the bestselling Cork O’Connor mystery series, will make a public...

Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation partners with YMCA to raise funds


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation has joined forces with the Worthington Area YMCA to match dollar for dollar pledges made to the 2014 Strong Kids Campaign, up to $70,000.

YMCA Executive Director Andy Johnson said he is extremely excited to have the opportunity to use the money to support Y programs, including the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim program. That particular type of program has been a dream of his since he started at the Worthington Y in 1999, and the matching funds from the health care foundation is step one toward giving the program an extra...