December 24 news

WORTHINGTON— In observance of the holidays, some local businesses will close early today for Christmas Eve and most will be closed Christmas Day. All financial institutions will be closed Christmas Day, and will vary hours today. Worthington Federal Savings Bank, Rolling Hills Bank, the Fulda Area Credit Union and United Prairie will close at noon today, Bank of the West and Wells Fargo will close at 2 p.m., and First State Bank Southwest at 3 p.m.

Worthington city offices and Nobles County offices will be open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. today and will be closed on Christmas Day. The Worthington Chamber of Commerce will be open from 8 a.m. to noon today. The Nobles County Library will close at 3 p.m. today. The Worthington Post Office will be open from 8 a.m. to noon today. There is no mail delivery Wednesday and the post office is closed.

All local grocery stores will be closed on Christmas Day. Today Hy-Vee Food Store will close at 5 p.m., Fareway at 6 p.m. and Wal-Mart will close at 8 p.m. Garbage and recycling will not be picked up on Wednesday; routes scheduled for Wednesday pickup will be done on Thursday.

Here at Radio Works Headquarters, our business office will close at noon today and remain closed Christmas Day. Christmas music programming will begin at 6 p.m. tonight and continue through 6 p.m. tomorrow. We’ll be back open for business bright and early Thursday morning.

WORTHINGTON – She’s had a busy and successful career, but it’s time for Worthington Police Department K-9 Laika to retire. The Belgian Malinois will spend her remaining years as the family pet of Randy Liepold, her current partner. A resolution authorizing transfer to pet status was approved Monday by the Worthington City Council. An open house to honor Laika and the K-9 unit will be from 10 a.m. to noon on Dec. 31 at the Fire Hall training room.

The council also approved three new entrance signs into town, at a cost of $73,547. The city allocated $25,000 last year and $25,000 in the 2014 budget for the purchase of the signs, with the remaining dollars to be raised by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce. The signs will be placed on Highway 59 near Airport Road, on Minnesota 60 east of Blue Line and on 60 near the intersection of County Road 10. Susanne Murphy has volunteered Worthington Excavating to do the dirt-work for the signs, while Bob McCuen has volunteered his time for the foundation work. All remaining work will be taken care of by local businesses.

EMMETSBURG, Iowa — An ethanol plant that will make the fuel from corn cobs, leaves, and husks is on track to start production early next year in Emmetsburg, Iowa. The plant is a joint venture of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based POET and Royal DSM, and a biotech company based in the Netherlands. It is designed to make 20 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol per year.

POET-DSM Board President James Moe says testing of each part of the process is required because it’s new technology. Hiring has begun with postings including jobs for a lab technician, material handlers, and an accountant. Farmers in a 40-mile radius harvested 100,000 tons of corn plant material this fall to operate the refinery through next fall, and are already signing contracts for 2014 harvest.

PIPESTONE - The Pipestone Economic Development Authority (EDA) has entered into a contract to sell land for what’s expected to be a Dollar General store on two lots north of Coborn’s off state Highway 30, according to the Pipestone County Star.
After holding a public meeting and delaying a decision in order to negotiate a final detail, the EDA convened for a special meeting last week to accept the contract unanimously.
The contract is officially between the EDA and the Overland Group, LLC, a developer that works as a site selector for Dollar General stores. Overland has until April 1, 2014 to secure a lease arrangement with Dollar General. Under the contract, the EDA is selling the two lots between Coborn’s entry and the Seventh-day Adventist Church for $140,000. The contract specifies closing would occur no later than June 30, 2014, with construction to begin by July 1, 2014 and substantial completion by Dec. 31, 2015.

LYON COUNTY, Iowa – Deputies of the Lyon County Sheriff’s Office were kept busy Sunday with several traffic crashes. At 10:15 a.m., they investigated a one vehicle roll over that occurred on 140th street. Micah Bajema,18, of Larchwood, Iowa, was operating a 2007 Chevy Malibu owned by Rodney Bajema, and hit the shoulder of the gravel road. He over-corrected and lost control, entering the south ditch and rolling the vehicle over onto its top. No injuries were reported. Bajema's vehicle sustained approximately $5,000 in damages.

At approximately 11:49 a.m. in Rock Rapids, Iowa, a 2006 Chevrolet Impala, owned by Nathan Baartman, age 30, from Rock Valley, Iowa was parked on the east side of South Story Street by the Dollar General in Rock Rapids. Michael Munns, age 64, from rural Rock Rapids was parked on the west side of South Story Street by the Dollar General. Munns, operating a 2006 Dodge Ram pickup, backed out of the parking spot to the south, striking the Impala which was legally parked.

The Dodge, owned by Munns, received no damage as the hitch struck the Impala. The Impala received approximately $3000 in damages. Munns was cited for unsafe backing, a simple misdemeanor. No injuries were reported.

At about 12:18 p.m. four and a half miles northwest of Larchwood, Zachary Barton, age 24, of Sioux Falls, South Dakota was operating a 2005 Kia Rio southbound on Highway 9 near 110th Street when he rear ended a 2005 Mercury Mountaineer being operated by Robert Etken, age 32, of Spirit Lake, Iowa. The Kia, owned by Barton, received approximately $5500 in damages. The Mercury, owned by Etken, received approximately $1500 in damages. Barton was transported to Avera McKennan in Sioux Falls by the Lyon County Ambulance for treatment of his injuries. He was cited for following too closely, a simple misdemeanor.

WISCONSIN - A 13-year-old Wisconsin boy died Monday when the skid-steer he was driving broke through ice on a pond near the town of Loyal, Wisconsin. A press release from the Clark County Sheriff’s Office says the teen was clearing snow from a pond when he broke through.

Crews responded to the scene near Pelsdorf Avenue and Center Avenue around 11:38 a.m. Monday. The Associated Press reports a family member became concerned and found the victim after going to look for him.

The boy was pronounced dead at a hospital in Marshfield. His name has not been released.

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Please be safe this christmas. Still alot of bad things happen. - Paul Kadri

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