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Heroes Behind the Badges blood drive Tuesday

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WORTHINGTON – Worthington / Nobles County Law Enforcement and Worthington Fire Department / EMS will be competing to see who can recruit the most blood donors to boost the summer blood supply for the community in the 8th annual “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive Tuesday from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and 3 to 6 p.m. at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The public is encouraged to come in to donate and designate their donation to the department of their choice. All donors will receive a free Subway meal at the time of donation and a t-shirt. The department credited with the most blood...


August 5 news

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HERON LAKE — Granite Falls Energy has purchased a majority interest in a financially struggling southwest Minnesota ethanol company.

Granite Falls will assume management of the Heron Lake BioEnergy plant, which has been financially troubled for more than a year. The match is a good fit, Granite Falls CEO Steve Christensen said. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Both Granite Falls Energy and the Heron Lake plant produce about 60 million gallons of ethanol annually.

An agreement last fall to sell the Heron Lake facility to the Guardian Cos. for $55 million fell through....


Bigelow firefighters kept busy this week

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BIGELOW – The Bigelow Fire Department has been extremely busy this week. Tuesday they were called to a motorcycle versus deer crash, Thursday they were alerted to a small brushfire, and at 2 a.m. this morning they responded to a report of a barn fire at 33887 King Avenue in Rushmore. According to Bigelow firefighter Terry Neugebauer, the property owner had been burning garbage earlier, which likely sparked the blaze that burned the barn to the ground. Neugebauer said the structure was already beyond saving when the department responded. They stayed on scene approximately 2 hours putting...


August 2 news

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WORTHINGTON – Our weekly construction update from the City of Worthington Engineering Department states work is continuing on 10th Street from First Avenue to East 9th Avenue for the ADA curb and ramp work, and water main reconstruction continues on Park Avenue from West Oxford Street to West Clary Street. On First Avenue SW, bituminous overlay from west of Knollwood Drive to near Pleasant Avenue is scheduled to begin Monday.

Also beginning Monday, a portion of U.S 59 north of Interstate 90 will close while work is done between Bioscience Drive and 27th Street to replace the...


August 1 news

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WORTHINGTON – Linda Lund is the new coordinator of the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, taking over the position from Lakeyta Potter. A resident of rural Fulda, Lund graduated from the University of Sioux Falls and taught music education in Fulda for 17 years. She is a member of the Fulda School Board, a position she has held for the past 10 years, and also has a master’s degree in English as a second language.

The NCIC works with a large number of students who have immigrated to the United States — something Lund can relate to. Born and raised in Tura, India, Lund moved...


Several new laws kick in Thursday

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MINNESOTA - Much has been made of a new law that legalizes same-sex marriage in Minnesota, effective Aug. 1. But eight lesser-known laws also take effect on Thursday.

Among them is a new law that adds adult children, spouses, parents, grandparents and step-parents to the family members an employee can take paid sick days to care for. It applies to companies with 21 or more workers.

Another law aims to help Minnesotans struggling to make mortgage payments by offering homeowners new leverage under tighter foreclosure rules.

Yet another law targets pranksters who dial 911...


July 31 news

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ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa – Former Lyon County Deputy Christopher Wayne Lincecum was arrested Tuesday and charged with third-degree sexual abuse, a class C felony.

In late June 2013, the Lyon County Sheriff's Office began investigating allegations of sexual assault involving a 15 year old female and Lincecum. Upon discovery of these allegations, the Sheriff's Office and Lyon County Attorney's Office requested the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation (DCI) take over and conduct an impartial investigation.

A Special Agent from DCI interviewed Lincecum and the victim, as well as...


Round Lake Cemetery vandalized by three young boys

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ROUND LAKE – The cemetery in Round Lake was a very busy place today as word got out about the vandalism that took place yesterday. People stopped by to check on the resting place of their loved ones, making sure nothing was cracked, dumped or destroyed.

Some headstones and graves were not touched. Others were not as lucky.

“They just destroyed everything,” said Holle Spessard, standing by the resting place of her infant son. “But they left us some of their own toys.”

She gestured toward the ground, where a toy sword and tape-wrapped squirt gun were lying in the grass....


July 30 news

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WORTHINGTON – A request for an abatement plan regarding the Northland Mall was not returned within the 30 days allowed, according to Brad Chapulis, Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development.

In late June, two people were arrested for possession of methamphetamine in the former Kmart section of the mall. During the investigation, authorities were made aware of the unsafe conditions that exist in that part of the mall, prompting them to contact city building officials. Signs declaring that portion unsafe to enter were posted, and the city contacted owner Mike Kohan of...


DNR cuts wolf quota by almost half

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MINNESOTA - Minnesota wildlife officials have cut the quota for the state's second wolf season by nearly half. Minnesota’s statewide target harvest of wolves will be 220 this fall -- 180 fewer than last season, the Department of Natural Resources announced Monday.

A smaller Minnesota wolf population means fewer hunting and trapping licenses will be available when the wolf season opens Nov. 9.

Starting Thursday, hunters and trappers can apply for 2,000 early-season and 1,300 late-season licenses. That’s a reduction from 3,600 early-season and 2,400 late-season licenses in 2012...