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May 2 News

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JACKSON -- The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office is on the lookout for a stolen 2000 Bobcat CT 235 utility tractor. The machine, along with an attached front loader, was reported missing from the Loon Lake Golf Course on April 30. It was allegedly removed from a shed at the golf course. Owners and deputies followed tracks on township roads leading them into Iowa at the intersection of 210th Avenue and Highway 9 west of Spirit Lake, Iowa, where the trail was lost. The sheriff’s office requests anyone with information regarding this theft to call 847-4420.

OKOBOJI -- The fish are still...


May 1 News

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SIBLEY -- Devan Vander Veen, a senior at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was elected Iowa FFA vice president representing the Northwest Region during the 86th Iowa FFA Leadership Conference Tuesday night in Ames.

Vander Veen was one of 24 candidates vying for a position on the state officer team and continues a four-year string of state officers hailing from the Sibley-Ocheyedan FFA Chapter. To earn the state officer position, Vander Veen participated in a two-day interview process last week that included seven rounds of personal questions, speeches and essay writing.

He will...


Project Morning Star presented to drug court team

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WORTHINGTON – The Cornerstone Drug Court Team was presented today with information about the proposed Project Morning Star Residential Recovery program, a transitional housing program in which residents can work on their recovery from addiction in a safe, stable and sober environment before re-entering the community on their own.

The proposed facility is located eight miles south of Worthington and has two homes surrounded by six acres of property. Last week the Nobles County Planning Commission approved the conditional use permit, with one member voting against the project. The...


April 30 news

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WORTHINGTON - This year marks the 63rd annual observance of the National Day of Prayer, established by Congress in 1952. The theme for the 2014 National Day of Prayer is “One Voice, United in Prayer,” emphasizing the need for individuals to join together in corporate prayer for their communities, their nation and their leaders.

There will be a noontime gathering, this year from noon to 1 p.m. on the lawn of the Nobles County Government Center. In case of inclement weather, the gathering will move indoors to the Farmers Room. There will be an evening “Concert of Praise & Prayer”...


April 29 news

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WORTHINGTON – The abatement plan filed by Northland Mall owner Mike Kohen is insufficient, according to Worthington Director of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis. He explained to the city council Monday night that he and his staff had examined the plan of action Kohen had submitted last month and found there was no specific schedule or scope of work, and no executed contracts.

The city got involved with the mall last year when the old K-Mart portion of the property was found to be a hazard after a drug bust. Since that day, the city has been trying to work with Kohen...


April 28 news

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WORTHINGTON — Music, art and poetry will all be celebrated at 4 p.m. today in the Fine Arts Theatre at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus, as part of the Fine Arts Collaborative Exhibition program.

English instructor Karsten Piper will involve students with poetry readings, while art instructor Leah Gossom’s blossoming artists will discuss the artwork they have on display in the Fine Arts lobby. The Minnesota West College Chorale, presented by adjunct director Christine Thorson, is set to sing a short program of American folk songs, spirituals and...


April 25 news

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WORTHINGTON – Water main reconstruction work began this week on Nobles Street from Minnesota 60 to Orchard Road, according to the City of Worthington Engineering Department. Motorists are asked to watch for traffic issues and workers in the construction zones.

WORTHINGTON - Community business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast® at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington Campus on May 9, 2014.

The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world,...


April 24 news

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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa — After an autopsy, the cause of death of an Ocheyedan, Iowa man was determined to be blunt force head injuries from an accidental fall in the victim’s home. The Osceola County Sheriff’s Office investigated the death of Steven Bruce Noble, age 46, after responding to a 911 call Monday afternoon. The autopsy was performed Tuesday by Dr. Jonathan Thompson at the Iowa Office of the State Medical Examiner in Ankeny.

WORTHINGTON - Cheryl Avenel-Navara recently announced her candidacy for the District 22B House of Representatives seat. She was endorsed by the DFL District...


Citywide Cleanup Days

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Spring is here and with it, citywide cleanup days! Information will be posted as it becomes available, so be sure to check back if your town is not currently listed.

Citywide Cleanup Days

  • Edgerton: Saturday, May 3rd. To see a complete list of what is accepted and what is not, call the Edgerton City Hall

  • Slayton: Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 8th

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April 23 news

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SLAYTON – Interim CEO John Osse is already implementing changes at the Murray County Medical Center, but he stated during Tuesday’s Hospital Board meeting he sees no reason to change the management contract between the hospital and Sanford. Citizens have suggested, petitioned for and downright demanded the contract be allowed to expire and a new one be taken up with Avera, believing the four medical staff who left the hospital would return.

Osse said the contract is set to automatically renew May 1, and that is what will happen. He has not seen any breach of contract, he added....