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Update from Nobles County EOC


The Nobles County Emergency Operations Center will be open on Monday, April 15th from 8 am until 4:30 pm. Groups or individuals interested in volunteering to help with clean up or citizens who are in need of assistance with clean up should call 507-295-5359. Thank you to all who have already been working on clean up. To all of the residents who are still waiting for electricity - the power companies are working as quickly as they can replacing poles and lines to get power completely restored. We would like to thank everyone for their patience and understanding. As always, should you need...

Important Notice: Water in Ellsworth has been deemed safe for consumption


Ellsworth Mayor Tasha Domeyer has confirmed the water in Ellsworth has been tested and is deemed safe for consumption. Domeyer said when the city lost power, the water treatment facility was also affected due to a lack of a generator. Nitrates built, causing the water to be declared unfit to drink.

Power was restored Friday, but it took time to process the water and eliminate nitrates. Recent testing showed the water is now safe to drink.

The Latest Ice Storm Information, Tidbits, and Such


Ice Storm Information

This article was compiled for the purpose of informing area residents of the current situation of the April 10-11 winter ice and snow storm that devastated rural Midwest towns. Please note that due to inclement weather and tree damage, the Worthington City-Wide Track Pick-Up that was scheduled to begin Monday, April 22nd has been rescheduled for a later date with dates announced at a later time. Please do NOT put anything at the curb at this time. In addition, there are currently four crews working on tree removal. If you see them in the road...

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April 11 news


WORTHINGTON – According to Tracey Haberman of Nobles County Electric, snow and wind have slowed down our restoration process and added stress to our system. On Thursday morning more than 3,400 members were without power. Nobles Cooperative Electric would like to caution members in Nobles County that they may be without power for an extended period of time. Transmission issues continue to be the largest outage factor. Bloom, Worthington, and Adrian Substations continue to have no power.

If any Nobles County Electric members know the location of any damaged poles or wires, please call...

April 9 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Economic Development Authority and Independent School District 518 have agreed on a price for a seven acre plot of land on Stower Drive across from the Nobles County Fairgrounds. The district will pay $140,000 for the land on the condition the two parties mutually agree on who does the environmental study - something that must be completed before any construction begins. The school district intends to build a bus terminal on the land, although the scope and size of the project has not yet been finalized. The district has hired Short Elliot Hendrickson Inc. of...

April 8 news


WORTHINGTON - The Worthington High School Business Professionals of America organization is hosting fundraisers to send six students to attend the BPA National Leadership Conference next month in Orlando, Florida. Each student needs to raise $1,000 to cover trip expenses. Starting today and continuing through April 30, members will be selling May Day baskets after school and during lunch hours. Baskets will be sold for $3 and will include a beverage, candy and popcorn. Personalized basket will cost an additional $1. Baskets will be delivered during second hour May 1.


April 5 News


WORTHINGTON - A report of stolen towels from a hotel led to the arrest of three individuals for possession and sale of methamphetamine in Worthington. Maricella Garcia, 34, Gabriel Ocana, 41, and Robert Ybarra, 34, all of Beeville, Texas, were charged this week with multiple counts of controlled substance sale and possession after a hotel employee called authorities to report a man entering and leaving a hotel room was one she recognized as a previous guest who had stolen towels.

When authorities arrived, they found three people in the room who seemed very nervous. Thy claimed to be...

April 4 news


LAKE PARK, Iowa -The Lake Park Players bring their latest production to the stage this weekend, presenting the musical “Fiddler On The Roof.” The production involves both adults and students from throughout the area. Tickets are available at Savings Bank in Lake Park or at the door. Show times are 7:30 p.m. this Friday and Saturday with a matinee at 2:30 p.m. Sunday at the Lake Park High School Auditorium.

MILFORD, Iowa - Dickinson County is moving ahead with plans to build a new road maintenance shop in Milford. The Board of Supervisors approved a proposal to retain Christensen...

Learning to swim


Justine stopped by the YMCA this afternoon to watch second grade students from Prairie Elementary learn to swim, courtesy of the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim Fund. The students, in three different groups, will head over the to Y every day for the next week to take more lessons. They're learning to swim, and if the smiles and laughter are any indication, are having plenty of fun in the process!

April 3 news


WORTHINGTON – Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster Tuesday informed Nobles County Commissioners that the glitch that caused property tax statements to be misnamed last week is being addressed. Thousands of the statements were correct, she said, but the ones that had the wrong names on the property descriptions will be resent with the correct information. That this happened the first time her department used Forum Communications to process the tax statements was simply a fluke, Balster said.

The commissioners approved an analysis to be performed to see if the Public Works building on...