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Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza


Congratulations to all Radio Works Summer BBQ Bonanza winners and a big shoutout to the Radio Works Summer Ultimate BBQ Bundle winner Richard Nelson of Worthington!

 We hope you have all enjoyed your backyard bbq celebration, feeding up to 50 people per winner!...

June 24 news


WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Relay for Life raised $67,146.13 this year –almost $9,000 short of their $76,000 goal. They have until August to raise the remainder. The chair auction, which was delayed during the Windsurfing Regatta due to weather, raised $1,870, with proceeds going toward the Relay total. This year, the American Cancer Society is celebrating 100 years of fundraising, education and research.

According to Greg Rossow, ACS Community Relations, the organization deems this the start of the last century for cancer. They are trying to put themselves out of business by...

June 21 news


WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department has alerted the Chamber of Commerce and local businesses about counterfeit checks being cashed in the area. One such check was passed in Worthington, another at a business in Marshall.

The fake checks bear the name of Probuild in the upper left-hand corner, but are not associated with that business. The phone number listed on the check is a Lakefield number, the check number does not match the check number at the bottom and the address of the payee does not exist. Nothing glaringly obvious, but mistakes all the same. According to...

Franken and Walz staffers talk veteran benefits backlog bill


WORTHINGTON - Staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken and U.S. Rep Tim Walz met with local veteran service officers today to discuss the Quicker Benefits Delivery Act, legislation aimed at tackling the Department of Veterans Affairs benefit claims backlog.

Although a news release sent out yesterday states the backlog is forcing thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for months at a time while claims are processed, Veterans Field Representative Shawn Schloesser of Walz’s office said the backlog of benefit claims is only about 20 percent Iraq and...

June 20 news


WORTHINGTON - Key staff members from the offices of U.S. Sen. Al Franken's (D-Minn.) and U.S. Rep Tim Walz (D-Minn.) will meet with local veterans and veterans advocates today to get input on the expanding veterans benefits claims "backlog" that is forcing hundreds of thousands of returning veterans to put their lives on hold for many months while their claims are being processed.

Sen. Franken and Rep. Walz, who recently introduced legislation to help the clear up the backlog, said the meeting is part of their effort to get input from Minnesotans on the problem and on their...

New library location narrowed to four possible sites


WORTHINGTON – Nobles County Commissioners today listened to the pros and cons of four possible locations for a new library before deciding they needed input from the general public before a decision could be made. Nobles County Library Director Julie Wellnitz was instructed to work with Vetter Johnson Architects to prepare a public display of the four sites for display at the library and the upcoming fair booth.

The four sites include the old Campbell’s Soup lot, the current Lampert Lumber Yard, the county’s public works area or the site of the old outdoor pool.

In a letter...

FEMA denies aid to West, Texas for blast


HOUSTON (AP) — The Federal Emergency Management Agency is refusing to provide money to help rebuild the small Texas town where a deadly fertilizer plant explosion leveled numerous homes and a school, and killed 15 people.

According to a letter obtained by The Associated Press, FEMA said it reviewed the state's appeal to help West but decided that the explosion "is not of the severity and magnitude that warrants a major disaster declaration." FEMA has, however, provided emergency funds to individual residents.

West Mayor Tommy Muska said the rural community of 2,800 people...

Barn and calves lost in rural Bigelow fire


BIGELOW – Twenty-seven calves and a barn were lost Tuesday evening during a fire in rural Bigelow, according to Bigelow Fire Chief Paul Hohensee.

The fire department was called out at approximately 8:45 p.m. after a neighbor noticed smoke and headed over to the farm near Lake Bella. Hohensee said the property owners were not home at the time of the incident. The neighbor called 911, but when the Bigelow Fire Department arrived, the barn was totally engulfed in flames.

“We protected all of his surrounding buildings - the barn had way too big a head start on us,” Hohensee said...

JCSO releases details of Lakefield man's fatal crash


JACKSON – A Lakefield man who was found dead in his vehicle Friday in Clear Lake failed to negotiate a curve in the roadway, according to information released Monday by the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office.

23-year-old Cassidy Voss was found shortly before 7 p.m. Friday in his 2005 Mazda, which was partially submerged next to a dock. It was determined that Voss was westbound on Jackson County Road 10 when he missed the curve in the roadway. The vehicle entered the south ditch and struck an approach leading to the lake shore. The Mazda then vaulted into some shoreline trees and came...

Fire destroys Sheldon, Iowa printing facility


SHELDON, Iowa – An early morning fire at White Wolf Web in Sheldon, Iowa destroyed the building Tuesday that prints several publications, including the Northwest Iowa Review, the Gazette-Tribune and Okoboji Magazine. The blaze, reported at 1:20 a.m., caused major damage and brought out the Sheldon Fire Department and three mutual aid departments from Ashton, Boyden and Sanborn. White Wolf Web, located at 300 Second Avenue and owned by Peter Wagner, is part of the Iowa Information Group.