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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

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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

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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

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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.

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April 5 News

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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

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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

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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

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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...


April 2 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC) has hired Abraham Algadi, as its new manager. Most recently the city administrator in Pine Island, Algadi officially accepted the position on Monday. He brings experience in the biosciences, city planning and loan fund administration. Algadi is expected to begin his duties May 1.

WORTHINGTON - Sanford Worthington Cancer Center has hired two new providers — hematologist and oncologist Dr. Liangping Weng, and certified nurse practitioner Robin Uithoven — and together with the team already in place, the Sanford...


April 1 news

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DOON, Iowa – The Lyon County Sheriff’s Office in the early morning hours of Saturday received a tip about a large party in Doon, Iowa. At approximately 2 a.m., officers arrived at 204 South Fourth Street in Doon and observed several people running away from the residence. After a short foot pursuit, three subjects were apprehended. Morgan Groeneweg, age 18, Devin Groeneweg, age 20, and Brittany Laman, age 19, all of Rock Valley, were arrested and charged with interference of official acts and minor in possession. The home owner, Chad VandenTop, age 22, of Doon was charged with supplying...