December 10 news

WORTHINGTON – Effective Dec. 31, Margaret Hurlbut Vosburgh has resigned as the manager of Memorial Auditorium after more than 18 years.

The Worthington City Council Monday night reviewed the job description of the position, which includes 33 hours of service per week and reports to the city administrator. The job requires completion of a bachelors degree or related work in general studies, performing arts, liberal arts, theater, music, accounting, or a related field. A collective amount of experience within the performing arts or event or facility management may be substituted for educational requirements.

The Worthington City Council Monday also set the 2014 levy at approximately $3.17 million, which is a .9 percent increase, approximately $28,000 more than last year. Many residents will see a drop in their 2014 taxes, according to city administrator Craig Clark. The city will receive $3.1 million from the state from Local Government Aid, and the total budget is more than $7 million. More than 57 percent goes toward city personnel wages and benefits.

The council also approved a request from the Tour of Minnesota Bike Ride to use Chautauqua Park for camping during the Saturday night of the Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Musical Festival. 125 to 150 riders are expected.

WORTHINGTON - MnDOT will hold an open house regarding the 2014 Highway 60 landscaping project from 4 to 5 p.m. today in Worthington. The open house will be at the Farmers Room in the Nobles County Government Center. There will be no formal presentation, but the public is welcome to stop by and view the plans and offer comments to the MnDOT staff that will be in attendance.

WORTHINGTON – The totals and results are in from the Love INC third annual Christmas Tree Forest. The trees, 31 sponsored and decorated by local businesses and organizations, had more than 500 visitors last week. Guests could vote for their favorite tree by giving a donation for that tree. Including the $500 matching grant provided by Thrivent Financial, the total amount of money raised to support Love INC programs was $3,824.97.

First place went to the Nobles County Library for their Season’s Readings tree, second place went to the Worthington Christian School for their tree, Grow in Christ, and third place went to Jay’s Electric for their tree, Motor On.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Robotics team finished 6th out of 32 teams competing at the Northern Plains Regional BEST Competition in Fargo this past weekend. The competition was held at the Fargo Civic Center and hosted by North Dakota State University.

All 32 teams competed in an 8-match preliminary round with the top 8 teams advancing to a 3-match semi-finals. The top 4 teams in the semi-finals advanced to the 3-match final round. JCC was 6th after the preliminary round and 6th in the semi-finals. The JCC robot drivers were Andrew Tusa, Bradley Gustafson, Rob Seivert, Andrew Holmberg and Lucas Stoltenberg. The robot spotter was Josh Christoffer.

SPENCER, Iowa-- No injuries were reported Monday when a semi collided with a train in Spencer.

Authorities said it happened shortly after 11:30 a.m. at a crossing on 10th Avenue East. Officers say 22-year-old Travis Douvia of Remsen was driving a 2003 Peterbilt semi southbound on 10th Avenue East and was approaching the crossing when he saw the westbound train. Douvia told them he tried to stop but couldn't because of the slick conditions. He then attempted to speed up to try to avoid the train, but couldn't get across the tracks in time. The train struck the semi's trailer, which was loaded with scrap metal.

$2,000 in damage was estimated to the semi trailer; damage to the Iowa, Chicago and Eastern Railroad locomotive was put at $700. Douvia was cited for failure to stop at a railroad crossing.

MINNESOTA - Democratic Congressman Collin Peterson says negotiators are close to an agreement on a new farm bill.

Peterson said a compromise agreement between House and Senate conferees may be ready by the time the House adjourns for its holiday recess on Friday. He says that could allow for a vote on the long-delayed measure in January.

The biggest sticking point between the chambers has been how much to cut the nation’s food stamp program. Peterson said the deal now on the table is closer to the Senate’s $4 billion in cuts than to the House’s $40 billion.

Agweek reports House agriculture committee chairman Frank Lucas, a Republican from Oklahoma, said having a conference committee report ready by Friday would be a Herculean achievement. Lucas said if lawmakers know a finished product will be on the floor for a vote in early January, all parties involved will be reassured.


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