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July 29 news


WORTHINGTON – After years of being powerless to stop the process of seeing a major development in their town fall into disrepair and tenants move out one by one, the Worthington City Council was able to make a positive step forward for the Northland Mall property Monday night. They approved a resolution designating PBK Investments of Minnetonka as the sole developer of the property until December 31, 2014, which allows the company to proceed forward with plans to redevelop the current site. It also gives PBK time to come to terms with current owner Mike Kohan on a sale of the property if...

July 28 news


WORTHINGTON — A Support Our Schools meeting is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. tonight in the high school cafeteria.

Support Our Schools is a group of residents of District 518 that are promoting the upcoming referendum in the November general election. The organization will be working to promote the continual opportunities offered to students of the district through the excess operating referendum and avoid potential budget reductions in the near future.

BUTTERFIELD — A 14-year-old girl hospitalized soon after a newborn was found dead in a Butterfield apartment is the baby’s mother...

Heads up from police: utilities phone scam is being reported in area


WORTHINGTON – Worthington Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn on Friday alerted citizens that a utilities scam is making the rounds once again, warning people never to give financial information over the phone from an unsolicited call.

At least two local people have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a utility company threatening to shut off service unless a payment is made with a credit card or green dot card immediately.

Flynn said the calls are a scam, and anyone receiving such a call should simply hang up. If they have concerns regarding their service, they...

July 25 news


WORTHINGTON – Three men are being held in the Nobles County Jail after being arrested earlier this week on drug-related charges, all stemming from a mysterious 911 call.

The criminal complaints state charges are filed against 20-year-old Gerson Mejia-Campos of Sioux Falls, SD and 18-year-old Blue Thyboualoy of Worthington for fifth-degree possession of a controlled substance and possession of methamphetamine paraphernalia in the presence of a child. 20-year-old Dao Keovilay of Worthington is also charged with possession of meth paraphernalia in the presence of a child, plus two...

July 24 news


WORTHINGTON – A meeting of the Support Our Schools group is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Monday in the Worthington High School cafeteria. The group is working to expand participation to help support the need for the referendum at the November election.

SPIRIT LAKE, Iowa - Construction of Spirit Lake's new city hall is running ahead of schedule. City Administrator/Attorney Greg Owen told the city council this week the project is running roughly 30 days ahead of the contract deadline of late November.

Owen added bi-weekly meetings will be held with those directly involved in the...

July 23 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday approved a proposal of more than $10,000 from a Twin Cities consulting firm that specializes in assessing buildings through exterior building surveys and recommending what maintenance will be needed over the next five years.

At the request of Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson, Inspec worked up an estimate of their services to do complete assessment of the Prairie Justice Center and the Nobles County Library, and to assess the roof on the Government Center, the Public Works building and the Adrian Library.

The total...

Hey, there, "Fargo" fans! How's about a trip to... Luverne?


LUVERNE – The city of Luverne will be put on the map in the strangest of ways in 2015. The television crime drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning crime caper “Fargo” is coming back for a second season on cable’s FX Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and creator Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield said Monday the show will take place in Luverne and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Following a highly-successful first season that scored 18 Emmy nominations earlier this month, the second season of “Fargo” will be set in 1979. The details came hours after FX...

July 22 news


WORTHINGTON – The non-essential watering ban that has been in effect in the city of Worthington for months was lifted Monday afternoon after the Water and Light Commission met and evaluated the situation.

According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the odd/even address rule will still be in effect, and no lawn watering will be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but for now, Worthington residents will be allowed to wash vehicles, water plants and use water as they see fit.

Hain said he hopes that people will still work to conserve water.


President declares disaster for Minnesota


WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides during the period of June 11 to July 11, 2014.

The President's action makes federal funding available to state and eligible local governments and certain private nonprofit organizations on a cost-sharing basis for emergency work and the repair or replacement of...