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June 16 news

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BIGELOW – The rain caused significant problems over the weekend, but lightening strikes were also an issue. The Bigelow Fire Department was called to a house fire shortly after 8 a.m. Saturday on King Avenue just 4 miles west of town, according to Fire Chief Steve Hohensee.

Lightening had struck the roof of the Scott Peterson home, and when firefighters arrived, fire was in the attic. Hohensee said flames were coming out one side of the house. The Sibley Fire Department was called for mutual aid, then requests were also made for aid from Rushmore and Little Rock.

Hohensee...


Regatta weather update

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WORTHINGTON – With weather an issue, we’ll do our best to keep you updated on happenings at the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival as decisions are made.

From Ken Moser:
Race director reporting sailing should be going on by 2, any lightening will delay racing.
The music will be at Ben Lees in downtown Worthington. Larry Myer takes the stage at 1 p.m., Land Shark at 3 p.m. At 6 p.m., Tinder Box takes the stage, followed by Ride at 8 p.m.
No decision on whether or not the Beer Garden will be open.
Chair Auction benefiting LOVE. Inc...


June 13 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival continues today with more exciting activities for every age group. The skippers meeting starts at 9 a.m. with racing to follow. Starting at 11 a.m., chainsaw artist Marc Kurtz will demonstrate his craft at Second Avenue and Lake Street through 6 p.m. The Arts on the Shore vendors also open at 11 a.m. and continue through 8 p.m., as do the food vendors. The beer tent opens at 3 p.m. and will serve through 11:59 p.m.

Music-wise, Narrow Vines takes the Sailboard Beach stage at 6 p.m., followed by Ipso...


June 12 news

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WORTHINGTON – Day two of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is underway today with another exciting line-up. For the windsurfers, the skipper’s meeting is at 9 a.m., with racing to follow. From 9 a.m. to noon, there’s a workshop for parents and kids with artist Kevin Reese, artist Shawn McCann is at the VFW from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The food vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., the beer tent from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. On the Sailboard Beach Stage, Trefoil begins at 6 p.m., Paul Mayasich and the RAMM Band and 8 p.m., and at 10:15, weather permitting, the...


2014 Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Unvarnished Music Festival

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The Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival officially kicks off today and continues through Sunday, with a weather forecast that should be a crowd pleaser for guests and windsurfers alike.

Worthington plays host this year to the US Windsurfing Nationals, which has already brought people from around the nation to compete. Registration begins today, and the sight of surfers shooting across Lake Okabena will be a common on in the...


June 11 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival Officially kicks off today and continues through Sunday, with a weather forecast that should be a crowd pleaser for guests and windsurfers alike.

Worthington plays host this year to the US Windsurfing Nationals, which has already brought people from around the nation to compete. Registration begins today, and the sight of surfers shooting across Lake Okabena will be a common one in the coming days.

Food vendors are open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today, the beer tent opens at 3 p.m. and opening ceremonies will...


June 10 news

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WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington received a report back from Wenzel Engineering regarding the K-Mart portion of the Northland Mall, which was conducted pursuant to an order from the Nobles County District Court in late October 2013. The report was an assessment as to whether to repair or demolish the structure. The cost to renovate the building to a functional retail space again would be $3.47 million. Demolition, meanwhile, is estimated at $253,000. The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the demolition recommendation.

According to Worthington Director of Community...


June 9 news

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WORTHINGTON - Sanitary sewer work is tentatively scheduled to begin this week on Nobles Street from Woodcrest Avenue to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Water main reconstruction work continues on Nobles Street from Highway 60 to Woodcrest Avenue.

WORTHINGTON - Union workers at the JBS pork processing plant in Worthington have ratified a new contract about a month after authorizing a strike.

The five-year contract covers about 1,800 members of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 1161. The deal will provide wage increases of 12.8...


June 6 news

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WORTHINGTON - Stormy weather across southwestern Minnesota had much of the area under a tornado watch Thursday evening.

Counties in South Dakota, Iowa, and Nebraska were also covered by the watch that lasted until 11 p.m.

Earlier in the evening, the National Weather Service issued a tornado warning for Rock County after a funnel cloud was spotted near Beaver Creek. By 6 p.m. it had been canceled, although severe thunderstorm warnings lingered into the night in parts of the region.

The Sioux Falls Argus Leader reported the Weather Service confirmed a tornado near Canton...


SW MN representative incumbents will face DFL challengers in November election

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WORTHINGTON – Both Republican representatives from southwest Minnesota will be facing opponents in the 2014 general election in November.

In District 22A, incumbent Joe Schomacker will face a newcomer to the political field.

Diana Slyter has lived in the small town of Florence for about four years after retiring from the U.S. Postal Service and moving to the area from west central Minnesota after living in the Twin Cities. She has experience as a city leader, having been elected to the Florence City Council in the 2012 election.

“I feel there’s a need, someone to...