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November 12 news

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WORTHINGTON — Love INC’s Christmas Tree Forest is back, and this year the theme is Candy Land. Businesses have until the end of this week to sign up for the annual event, which will be from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-4 at First United Methodist Church, 408 11th St. So far, 15 businesses have committed to participating, and there will be a photo booth this year. All proceeds from the booth will go toward Love INC’s Growing Hope Life Skills classes. Any business still interested in creating a tree for the Christmas Tree Forest event should call 727-7290.

WORTHINGTON — The American Red...


November 10 news

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WORTHINGTON — Minnesota West Community and Technical College and other Minnesota state colleges and universities are engaged in a collaborative process to develop specific actions to better serve their 435,000 students and communities, strengthen their colleges and universities, and protect their unique character.

An effort addressing the challenges facing colleges is “Charting the Future,” and the work stems from six recommendations developed with input from more than 5,000 students, faculty and staff that were adopted by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of...


A chat with new Worthington Police Captain Kevin Flynn

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WORTHINGTON – As of 6 a.m. on Friday, Det. Sgt. Kevin Flynn has a new title – Captain Flynn. The City of Worthington announced Friday that Flynn has been named the Captain of the Worthington Police Department.

Flynn, who served as the interim Police Chief after the retirement of Chief Mike Cumiskey, is a 23-year veteran of the department and will act as second-in-command to Chief Troy Appel, who was appointed to that position in September.

Flynn said the interview process concluded Thursday, and he was contacted that evening by Appel. After being on the investigative side of...


Kevin Flynn named captain of Worthington Police Department

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The Civil Service Commission met Thursday to interview internal candidates for the open position of Captain with the Worthington Police Department. Following the interviews the Commission made its recommendation and a final selection led to the appointment of Kevin Flynn, a twenty-three year veteran of the Department.

The Captain’s position is second in command with the police department and serves as Chief should he not be available. As a key member of the management team, the Captain is also the direct supervisor of the Sergeants, handles administrative functions of the...


November 7 news

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WORTHINGTON – After a victory Tuesday at the polls, District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton is now aiming for one among his peers – he hopes to be chosen as the next House speaker by fellow Republicans. The competition for this seat is a bit stiff. He’s up against former Majority Leader Matt Dean of Dellwood, and House Minority Leader Kurt Daudt of Crown.

Hamilton was the lead Republican on the House Agriculture Policy Committee during the last legislative session while also serving on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Finance and Transportation Finance committees. He...


November 6 news

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WORTHINGTON – Representatives from the city of Worthington, Nobles County and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation, gathered with Darlene Vortherms Wednesday to break ground on what will be the new home of PurNet, Inc.

Vortherms told the crowd gathered that she was glad her company was staying in Worthington. She said she hopes to have moved in by May 1 and is hoping for a warm spring.

Before PurNet began its push to expand, the company employed 18 people full-time. They have already added five more....


PurNet breaks ground on new facility in Worthington

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WORTHINGTON – Representatives from the city of Worthington, Nobles County and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, as well as the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation, gathered with Darlene Vortherms Wednesday to break ground on what will be the new home of PurNet, Inc.

Vortherms told the crowd gathered that she was glad her company was staying in Worthington. She said she hopes to have moved in by May 1 and is hoping for a warm spring.

Before PurNet began its push to expand, the company employed 18 people full-time. They have already added five more....


November 5 news

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WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington will have two new faces in 2015 and a new mayor. Mike Kuhle, who has been a council member in Ward 2 for the past eight years, will finish out his term through 2014, but will move into the position as mayor in January, beating out incumbent Alan Oberloh Tuesday by more than 450 votes. Contender Chris Dybevick finished third, approximately 30 votes behind Oberloh.

Kuhle said waiting for results for to come in was a long process, it seemed. When January rolls around, he has some priorities to get to, including hiring a new city administrator and...


Worthington election results

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WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington will have two new faces in 2015 and a new mayor. Mike Kuhle, who has been a council member in Ward 2 for the past eight years, will finish out his term through 2014, but will move into the position as mayor in January, beating out incumbent Alan Oberloh Tuesday by more than 450 votes. Contender Chris Dybevick finished third, approximately 30 votes behind Oberloh.

In Ward 1, newcomer Larry Janssen finished over incumbent Ron Wood by a little over 200 votes.

In Ward 2, Mike Harmon was elected by a more narrow margin, earning just under 60...


November 4 news

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LUVERNE – A Tracy man is dead after a fatal crash just 6 miles over the Minnesota/South Dakota border on Highway 23 in Rock County. According to the Minnesota State Patrol, 84-year-old Robert Knott of Tracy was southbound in a Lincoln Town Car at approximately 2:46 p.m. on Monday when his vehicle crossed the center line and struck a northbound semi tractor and trailer on the driver side. The semi was driven by Robert Nemmers, age 52, of Dell Rapids, SD. He suffered no apparent injuries. Knott, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Assisting the state...