Oct. 6 News

---Sanford Worthington Medical Center will offer Prepared Childbirth classes in four sessions beginning tonight (10/6) and the following Tuesdays in October (October 13th, 20th and 27th). The classes will run from 6:30pm until 9:00pm in the Centennial Room at the hospital.

A Spanish childbirth class will be offered in four sessions beginning Thursday October 8th and continue the following Thursdays in October (October 15th, 22nd and 29th). The classes will also run from 6:30pm until 9:00pm.

Fire at Graham Tire under investigation

WORTHINGTON – The cause of a fire in an outdoor storage area at Graham Tire of Worthington that caused an estimated $11,000 in damages is under investigation.

Worthington Fire Chief Rick Von Holdt says Nobles County dispatch received several calls regarding a fire in a fenced in area behind the store on Oxford Street. Approximately a dozen small tractor tires were destroyed in the blaze.

Based on evidence found at the scene, Von Holdt says arson is suspected. Von Holdt is also the manager at the Worthington branch of Graham Tire.

Criminal complaint filed against former Plum Creek Library Director

WORTHINGTON – Charges were filed Friday in Nobles County District Court against Mark Ranum, the former director of the Plum Creek Library System, in connection with his personal use of the business credit card.

According to the criminal complaint, an audit from an accounting firm in September 2014 received by a Worthington Police Detective indicated several thousand dollars worth of credit card charges made by Ranum did not appear to be business expenses related to the Plum Creek Library System.

UPDATE: Windom roads shut down by law enforcement now reopened to all traffic

WINDOM – According to a recent Nixle alert from the Windom Police Department, Sixth Street from Miller Avenue to Drake Avenue in Windom has now been reopened to all traffic.

A standoff situation in the area was resolved shortly before noon.

WINDOM – According to the Windom Police Department, Sixth Street from Miller Avenue to Drake Avenue in Windom is closed down until further notice from law enforcement.

Officials are not offering details at this time as to why, other than stating they are handling “a situation in that area.”

Flower Power

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce through the Community Improvement Committee is sponsoring a “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” This week’s recipient is Brian & Marty Powers, 503 Miles Drive.

Anyone is eligible to nominate a residence or a business as a candidate for the “Flower Power – Yard of the Week.” Nominations can be made by calling the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce office at (507) 372-2919.

Speaker Boehner to resign his seat at the end of October

Speaker John A. Boehner, under intense pressure from conservatives in his party, will resign one of the most powerful positions in government and give up his House seat at the end of October, throwing Congress into chaos as it tries to avert a government shutdown.

Mr. Boehner, who was first elected to Congress in 1990, made the announcement in an emotional meeting with his fellow Republicans on Friday morning.

MNSP Bean Receiving Changes

As of Monday, September 21st, MNSP will move into regular harvest hours:

Monday through Saturday: 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday: 12 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Paycheck takes the first heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop

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WORTHINGTON – While there have been tighter races and there have been faster races, Saturday’s Great Gobbler Gallop was certainly exciting, with Worthington’s Paycheck running away with the first leg at a time of 1 minute, 34.97 seconds to Cuero’s Ruby Begonia time of 1 minute, 36.09 seconds.

Neither team had any touches or penalties, leaving a scant 1.12 second difference – and as the old saying goes between the two teams, “It ain’t over ‘til October,” which is when the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop will take place in Texas.

More King Turkey Day fun for the weekend

WORTHINGTON – King Turkey Day events continue Saturday bright and early, so be prepared for a day full of fun. Here are a few highlights from the schedule.

The YMCA 5K Family Fun Walk starts in downtown Worthington at 8:30 a.m., and the free pancake breakfast starts at the fire station on Second Avenue at 9 a.m. and runs through noon. If pancakes aren’t what you’re after, the food vendors in the downtown area open at 10 a.m.

Over at the fairgrounds, inflatables and carnival games start up at 10 a.m. and the food vendors open up at 11 a.m.