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Smith Avenue house damaged in overnight fire

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WORTHINGTON – A house that suffered significant damage during an overnight fire is most likely repairable, according to Worthington Fire Chief Rick von Holt. The Worthington Fire Department was paged at 12:50 a.m. this morning to 1304 Smith Avenue for a report of a house fire.

According to von Holt, smoke was coming out of the roof vents when firefighters arrived at the scene. All of the residents had gotten out of the house at that time. Von Holt said the upstairs level of the home has a bedroom and a storage area, and that a lit cigarette in the room started the fire. It was...


March 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather outlook for this afternoon for southwest Minnesota and east central South Dakota. High fire danger is expected this afternoon, however, very high fire danger is expected along and south of the Interstate 90 corridor due to strong winds and low humidity. Outdoor burning is not recommended.

While snow melt has left the ground somewhat saturated and moist, abundant prairie grass and brush is very dry and conducive to burning.

Very high to extreme fire danger is again likely on Sunday afternoon.

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March 12 news

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WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will host a new student open house Saturday, March 21st featuring the Performing and Fine Arts Departments. Check-in will begin at 5 p.m. and the open house will include a meet and greet with an exclusive backstage look at the musical Godspell led by theater instructor Eric Parrish, a hands-on art project with art instructor Leah Gossom, a tour of campus and informational session. Snacks and refreshments will be served and each interested student and their parents/guest will receive free admission to the Minnesota West spring...


March 11 news

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WORTHINGTON - People wishing to make a contribution to the Manna Food Pantry during the March Food Campaign will be able to help stretch those dollars a little further by simply writing a check to the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation instead. For the second year, the foundation is providing a 50 percent matching grant during the March Food Campaign.

To get the 50 percent match, donors must write their check payable to the WRHCF, with “Manna Food Pantry” listed on the memo line. Donations may either be made directly to the pantry, located in the lower level of Westminster...


Joint investigation in Pipestone leads to two arrests

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PIPESTONE – Two search warrants were executed in the city of Pipestone Monday afternoon as the result of a joint investigation between the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, the United States Postal Service and the High Risk Entry and Arrest Team.

One of the residences was located at 821 Main St West. Kentwain Lyman Woods was taken into custody during this search warrant and is currently in custody at the Pipestone County Jail awaiting his first court appearance for controlled substance crimes, felon...


March 10 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday held a public hearing regarding the sale of four lots at the Bioscience Industrial Park to Bioverse Inc. through its established land acquisition policy.

The plan is for Bioverse to construct a 15,700 square foot office and manufacturing facility to permanently house the company’s operation. The established price for the almost 5.5 acres is $150,872 or $.63 per square foot. The actual sale price of the real estate is reduced by the present value of the property taxes generated by the new facility over a 20-year period at a 6.5...


Worthington City Council approved land sale negotiations with Bioverse

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Monday held a public hearing regarding the sale of four lots at the Bioscience Industrial Park to Bioverse Inc. through its established land acquisition policy.

The plan is for Bioverse to construct a 15,700 square foot office and manufacturing facility to permanently house the company’s operation. The established price for the almost 5.5 acres is $150,872 or $.63 per square foot. The actual sale price of the real estate is reduced by the present value of the property taxes generated by the new facility over a 20-year period at a 6.5...


March 9 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Saturday approved a motion to offer the job of city administrator to Steve Robinson, who is currently the city’s Director of Public Works.

Robinson, who has only been in his current position for six months, was one of five candidates who went through a two day process of interviews with the council, department heads and a group of community members chosen for that purpose.

On Friday, each candidate had one-on-one interviews with each council member, toured the city and gave a brief presentation during a meet and greet during a...


Steve Robinson chosen as new Worthington City Administrator

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington City Council on Saturday approved a motion to offer the job of city administrator to Steve Robinson, who is currently the city’s Director of Public Works.

Robinson, who has only been in his current position for six months, was one of five candidates who went through a two day process of interviews with the council, department heads and a group of community members chosen for that purpose.

On Friday, each candidate had one-on-one interviews with each council member, toured the city and gave a brief presentation during a meet and greet during a...


South Dakota House approves Omnibus Water Bill

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TEA, SD – The South Dakota House of Representatives Thursday approved Governor Dennis Daugaard’s Omnibus Water Bill (S.B. 173). The South Dakota Senate previously approved the bill, so it is now onto the governor’s desk for signature.

The bill includes $7.7 million for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System (L&C), which will be used to construct the southernmost and northernmost segments of the Madison service line, each five miles long. There is a 32 mile gap between these two segments. To allow up to one million gallons of water a day to be “wheeled” to Madison, the...