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NOAA predicts El Nino

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Federal forecasters predict a warming of the central Pacific Ocean this year that will change weather worldwide. And that's good news for a weather-weary United States.

The warming, an El Nino, is expected to lead to fewer Atlantic hurricanes and more rain next winter for drought-stricken California and southern states, and even a milder winter for the nation's frigid northern tier next year, meteorologists say.

Globally, it can mean an even hotter year coming up and billions of dollars in losses for food crops.

The National Oceanic Atmospheric and Administration...


Slippery roads lead to crashes

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Roads are slippery this morning, and blowing snow is causing dangerous spots throughout the area. On Minnesota 60 near the Nobles County 36 intersection, this truck flipped after the driver lost control.

Please be careful out there!


March 6 news

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WORTHINGTON - A couple from Rushmore both received non-life threatening injuries Wednesday morning when their vehicle rolled on I-90 near mile marker 31. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, Norman Engelson, 71, was driving a Chevy Silverado westbound when he lost control on the icy road, hit the median and rolled. He and his wife Mary Engelson, 76, were taken to Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital for treatment.

WORTHINGTON – The annual Student Art Show at the Nobles County Arts Center will be open Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., and be on display from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through...


March 5 news

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WORTHINGTON – A roomful of people burst into applause Tuesday when the Nobles County Commissioners officially approved the concept of the Nobles Home Initiative, a tax abatement program that would provide 100 percent tax abatement for new residential construction for a period of five years from the date of issuance of a certificate of occupancy.

Representatives from local businesses, banks and real estate offices, along with other area officials, gathered in the Board Room at the Nobles County Government Center to hear the presentation and offer their thoughts. To a person, they all...


March 4 news

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WORTHINGTON – 41-year-old Jose Bonilla pleaded guilty in Nobles County District Court Monday to one charge of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, entering into a plea agreement that had three other charges dismissed.

The agreement calls for a stay of execution of the state guidelines with the condition that Bonilla serve one year in the Nobles County Jail, and up to 15 years probation. He is to submit to a sex offender assessment and follow any recommendations. If deported, his probation would be unsupervised, but if in the United States, it would be supervised.

Under...


March 3 news

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WORTHINGTON — The 2014-2015 Worthington High School exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany was announced Sunday during the Worthington-Crailsheim International Banquet. Jessica Velasquez-Herrera, a WHS sophomore, will leave for Worthington’s Sister City in July with current Crailsheim exchange student Lars Opaczek, where she will study for one year.

Velasquez-Herreras will join a long list of Worthington High School alumni to participate in the Worthington-Crailsheim Exchange Program. The exchange began in 1947, and is believed to be the oldest sister city relationship still in...


February 28 news

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WORTHINGTON - This year, the Southwest Crisis Center celebrates its 30th year of helping victims of domestic abuse and sexual violence. To acknowledge those who have contributed to the mission of the Southwest Crisis Center over the past year, recipients of the annual Faces of Hope award will be honored during a special event April 5th at BenLee’s Café in Worthington.

A social hour will begin at 5 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m., followed by the presentation and a dance. Tickets for the event are $35 per person, and there will be a 50/50 raffle and a cash bar. All money raised will help...


MCC student headed for Scripps National Spelling Bee

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SLAYTON - Alyssa Boynton, a seventh grade student at Murray County Central, will represent MCC at the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington DC in May. Alyssa, daughter of Lisa and Jason Boynton of Slayton, emerged as champion Tuesday during the Multi-Region Spelling Bee in Fergus Falls.

She spelled her heart out for 20 challenging rounds, narrowly beating a representative from Crookston High School. Spelling Bee Coordinator Mark Schleisman said Alyssa worked hard to earn the chance to represent MCC, and will handle the competition with poise and integrity. Last year, he said,...


February 27 news

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SIBLEY, Iowa — A one-vehicle rollover early Tuesday morning in Osceola County led to a fatality, according to the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office.

Authorities responded to the accident at 6:54 a.m. Tuesday on Nettle Avenue, about 2 miles west of Sibley. The report states Dennis Anthony Croatt, 61, of Granville, was southbound on Nettle Avenue when he lost control of his 1995 Ford pickup truck. The truck entered the west ditch and came to rest on its top.

Croatt was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident is still under investigation.

RUTHVEN, Iowa - A head-on...


Murray County Medical Center sees employees walking away

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SLAYTON – They may have recently spent millions of dollars expanding and renovating, but the Murray County Medical Center seems to be in jeopardy of running out of employees if the current trend continues. Within the last month, two EMTs, an LPN and a certified nursing practitioner have left the hospital.

During a MCMC Board meeting Tuesday, a crowd of residents filled the room, looking for answers the board refuses to give. At issue are several points of contention, including a recent contract extension of CEO Mel Snow, an ongoing federal lawsuit with physicians assistant Dan...