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July 24 news

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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

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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?

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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

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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.

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President declares disaster for Minnesota

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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...


Non-essential water ban lifted in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON – The non-essential watering ban that has been in effect in the city of Worthington 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.

The main...


July 21 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Sports and Recreation Committee is currently accepting funding proposals for youth and adult recreation activities. As a subcommittee of the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Sports and Recreation Committee attempts to use its available resources to support the Bureau’s goals.

Anyone interested in applying for the community support funds can contact the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau at 1121 Third Avenue, Worthington or 372-2919. The deadline for this year’s proposals is August 18.

WORTHINGTON — Concrete walk...


Theft charge filed against Slayton man in Murray County

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SLAYTON – More than a year after an investigation into a suspicious trailer that was reported on the property of former Minnesota senator Doug Magnus, a felony-level charge has been filed against David Michael Brown of Slayton for the theft of an enclosed trailer and a 1934 Ford pickup.

The criminal complaint filed in Murray County District Court states the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force was following up on the investigation in April of 2013 and found the license plate of the trailer was registered to a local business. That business was not missing any trailers, but said a license...


A chat with State Auditor candidate Randy Gilbert

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Normally the State Auditor race is relatively quiet, but this year things are heating up. DFL incumbent Rebecca Otto will have to go toe to toe with DFL candidate Matt Entenza in the primaries August 12, and one of them will still have to face Republican candidate Randy Gilbert in November.

Gilbert stopped by Radio Works Headquarters Thursday afternoon for a visit with Director of News & Information Justine Wettschreck.

If you missed the interview on KWOA, you can listen in here:
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July 18 news

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LUVERNE — The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated Rock County as a primary natural disaster area due to heavy precipitation, flooding and hail that occurred from June 11 through June 18.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he and President Obama are committed to ensuring that agriculture remains a bright spot in our nation’s economy by sustaining the successes of America’s farmers, ranchers, and rural communities through these difficult times.

Farmers and ranchers in Murray, Nobles and Pipestone counties in Minnesota also qualify for natural disaster...