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June 3 news


PIPESTONE – Physician’s Assistant Dan Woldt of Slayton has been hired at the Pipestone County Medical Center. Woldt will fill a position left vacant by the departure of Melissa Scotting and help fill in at the Edgerton clinic during the six month medical leave of Dr. Matthew Viel. Woldt, who worked for the Murray County Medical Center, is currently involved in a civil lawsuit against the Slayton facility and its CEO, Mel Snow.

BOYDEN, Iowa — An alleged illegal alien living in Worthington has been charged with identity theft in Iowa. The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office in Iowa reports...

May 31 news


RUSHMORE – After a manure spill Wednesday in Nobles County, water samples taken from a gravel pit in Little Rock Township will be sent to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for analysis to determine if contamination exists. According to Nobles County Environmental Services Director Wayne Smith, the spill has been contained with a dirt berm and some round bales.

The spill occurred when stockpiled manure slid down a hill into the gravel pit nearby. Tom Kresko, area hydrologist from the Department of Natural Resources, said the spill was contained to the pit and did not overflow...

May 30 news


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Area YMCA and City of Worthington Aquatics Center outdoor pool is undergoing minor repairs related to winter-weather related cracking and will open as soon as the repairs are finished and weather permits.

According to YMCA Aquatics Director Connie Carlson, there is no definite date set for the repairs to be finished, but further updates regarding the pool’s status will be announced as soon as possible.

WORTHINGTON – The Achievement Center annual rummage sale continues this week through Friday at the Worthington Ice Arena – sale hours are from...

A little piece of Murray County arrives at International Space Station


SLAYTON - When the Soyuz 35 spacecraft docked successfully at the International Space Station Tuesday, it brought a little bit of Murray County, Minnesota with it.

NASA astronaut and Vining, Minnesota native Karen Nyberg, on her second mission to the space station, brought along a picture of her niece Sami and Sami’s fiancé, Caleb Hackbarth, a U.S. Marine who just returned from a deployment in Afghanistan. That photo was taken by Sean Solheim, owner and operator of Sean Solheim Photography. He spent his elementary and high school years living in Avoca, and currently lives in...

May 29 news


WORTHINGTON – With the last date for city residents to put tree debris out on the curb now past, the Worthington City Council Tuesday turned to scheduling the annual spring clean-up dates for the week of June 17 through June 21. Public Works Director Jim Eulberg coordinated the dates with Eric Joens of Schaap Sanitation, and said residents can start placing items on the curb June 10.

Tree debris removal is on track to come in at just over $900,000, but the city opted to move forward with more aggressive tree trimming and stump grinding, hoping to gain reimbursement from the state’s...

May 28 news


EMMETSBURG, Iowa - A two-year-old child is dead after a truck he was in somehow got knocked into gear and plunged into Five Island Lake near Emmetsburg, Iowa on Saturday.

The Palo Alto County Sheriff's Office says deputies were called to the scene around 9:30 p.m. and found a 1999 Chevrolet Silverado, owned by Lance Hanson of Emmetsburg, in the lake.

Authorities said three children were in the truck, but family members and witnesses were able to get two of the children out. A third child was trapped in the vehicle, which was fully submerged. Rescue crews were able to free...

Memorial Day closings


WORTHINGTON - In honor of Memorial Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Monday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. There will be no mail delivery, and the Nobles County Library will be closed. Area Financial institutes are all closed. Walmart will follow regular hours as will Hy-Vee, but the Hy-Vee pharmacy will close at 5 p.m. Monday. Fareway is open until 9 p.m. Saturday, but will be closed Sunday and Monday.

Schaap Sanitation will not make pick-ups Monday – those routes will be pick-up Tuesday.

May 24 news


ST. PAUL -- Gov. Mark Dayton vetoed two provisions of a bill funding outdoors and arts projects, saying a House committee ignored a citizen advisory panel. The vetoes eliminated $3 million to fight aquatic invasive species that was destined for tribal and local governments and $6.3 million to improve Twin Cities parks.

Dayton wrote to legislative leaders, that the decision was difficult because he supports the causes but had said he would veto projects the advisory committee did not recommend.

Dayton blamed a House panel led by Rep. Phyllis Kahn, DFL-Minneapolis, for the...

Memorial Day programs in the area


WORTHINGTON — The Worthington American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars posts will conduct services at the local cemeteries and host a program Monday at Chautauqua Park.

Services will be: 8:30 a.m., Memorial Gardens Cemetery; 9 a.m., St. Mary’s Cemetery; 9:30 a.m., Worthington Cemetery; 10:05 a.m., Freedom Shore Veterans Memorial Park.

The Rev. Joe Behnke from St. Matthew Lutheran Church will speak at the cemetery services and the program at 11 a.m. at Chautauqua Park. Behnke is a World War II enthusiast.

Other participants in the ceremonies include the Boy Scouts,...

May 23 news


WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often a Minnesota Supreme Court Justice quotes fiction while writing case law, but in a case originating from Nobles County District Court, that is exactly what happened. Justice Paul Anderson, in dissenting with the majority regarding a woman trying to expunge her criminal record, expounds on what he calls Inspector Javert Syndrome, bringing into question the common humanity of the law that is the focal point of “Les Miserables.”

The Justices, in a 5-2 decision released Wednesday, sided with the Nobles County Attorney’s Office against the expungement of...