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John Deere announces layoffs at Waterloo, Iowa plant


WATERLOO, Iowa – Deere & Company announced Friday that it will place approximately 460 employees who work in the company's Waterloo, Iowa operations on indefinite layoff in response to current market demand for its products. Deere said employees were informed Friday of the layoffs, which are effective October 20th.

"Layoffs are never easy because we understand the significant impact this action has on our employees, their families, and the community" said Dave DeVault, factory manager. "We very carefully assess our workforce requirements to ensure we make the best possible...

August 22 news


WORTHINGTON – Worthington City Administrator Craig Clark on Thursday said the Civil Service Commission hopes to have a decision made regarding a new police chief by the latter half of September.

Applications for the position were due by August 4, and 10 were received. Of those 10, eight were asked for further information, which is due back on August 27. Interviews or an open house for the candidates will be scheduled in September.

Clark said the position is an important one for the community, and the civil service committee is taking an active role in making the right...

August 21 news


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area Foundation is now accepting applications for grants to be awarded in November 2014. More than $15,000 will be available for distribution to qualifying organizations.

The Worthington Area Foundation is a tax-exempt, non-profit philanthropic organization funded by large and small donations. Foundation grants are made to non-profit, non-religious and non-political groups. An eligible organization should promote local culture, environmental causes, educational, recreational or civic activities essential to building and strengthening the community....

August 20 news


WORTHINGTON – Wiring is thought to be the cause of a fire that displaced a family of five Tuesday evening in Worthington. The Worthington Fire Department responded to a fire call at 949 11th Street at approximately 5:04 p.m. that destroyed a home inhabited by three adults and two children.

When firefighters arrived at the scene, the back of the home was already fully engulfed, and neighboring homes had to be evacuated.

With significant fire and smoke damage, Fire Chief Rick von Holdt did not feel the home would be salvageable. The American Red Cross was on hand to help the...

August 19 news


BREWSTER – A search warrant executed in the 900 block of Fifth Avenue in Brewster last week has resulted in the arrest of five people. The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, conducting surveillance, first detained Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tyler Ober after they were let into the residence by Susan Elizabeth Bales.

Bales admitted to having a meth pipe and Fitzpatrick was found to have a warrant for probation violation, so both were taken to the Nobles County Jail. In the meantime, messages were coming in on Bales’ phone from Michele King and Joshua James Kindel of Fulda, both of whom were...

August 18 news


LAKEFIELD - A three-vehicle collision Friday evening at the intersection of Highway 86 and Jackson County Road 34 sent two people to the hospital.

The Minnesota State Patrol says 46-year-old Kern Storo of Burnsville was westbound on the county road and had stopped at the intersection. Troopers say he then pulled into the path of a vehicle driven by 53-year-old Carol Patten of Spencer, who was northbound on Highway 86. A southbound pickup driven by 29-year-old Jeremy Sirovy of Sioux Falls came upon the scene and collided with the other two vehicles.

Storo was taken to Sanford...

August 15 news


WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work continues along Omaha Avenue from Dover Street toward near Miller Street, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water service work, some pavement work and all turf restoration work remains.

Bituminous pavement restoration south of Clary Street was completed Wednesday, and the seal coat work throughout various locations in town was completed Thursday.

ADRIAN - Motorists are advised to expect delays on Highway 91 from the Iowa state line into Adrian beginning Monday, Aug. 18 through Thursday, Aug. 21, weather...

August 14 news


WORTHINGTON – The filing period for municipal and school open terms closed Tuesday at 5 p.m., but candidates have until 5 p.m. today to withdraw if they so choose. Already in the city of Worthington council race, one person has chosen to pull their name from the November ballot.

Darlene Vortherms has opted to withdraw from the Ward 2 race, leaving the field of candidates numbering four. Michael Harmon, Chad Cummings, Jeanene Townswick and Rodolfo “Marty” Martinez will vie for the seat that is being vacated by Mike Kuhle.
Kuhle has chosen to toss his hat into the ring for the...

Highway 59 repairs begin today


WORTHINGTON - Repairs on Highway 59 between Prairie Drive and 27th Street are scheduled to begin today, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department.

Traffic will be allowed through the work area but may be briefly interrupted from time to time. Traffic lanes will be shifted as the work progresses.

Please reduce your speed, watch for construction equipment and drive carefully in the construction zone.

August 13 news


WORTHINGTON – Some last minute filers straggled in before the deadline Tuesday in Worthington for the upcoming city council positions that will open up at the end of the year. The terms ending this year include that of the mayor, and one seat each for Ward 1 and Ward 2.

Filings on Tuesday included that of Chris Dybevick for the position of mayor. Incumbent Alan Oberloh has filed for the position once more, as has Mike Kuhle, who currently holds a seat in Ward 2.

There were three filings in Ward 2 on Tuesday. Michael Harmon filed, as did Chad Cummings and Darlene Vortherms,...