October 20 news

WORTHINGTON - Minnesota West Community & Technical College will be hosting an Artist Reception for Annie O’Fallon from 2 to 5 p.m. Friday, October 24th in the lobby of the Center for Performing and Fine Arts. Refreshments will be served. For more information please contact Leah Gossom by email at leah.gossom@mnwest.edu or by phone at 507-372-3492.

Congressman Walz speaks at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park flag dedication

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WORTHINGTON – First District DFL Rep. Tim Walz was in Worthington Friday morning for the dedication of a flag that once flew over the U.S. Capitol in Washington D.C. and is now snapping in the breeze at Freedom Veterans Memorial Park.

Walz, who rose to the rank of command sergeant major during his 24-year career with the Army National Guard, is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to serve in the U.S. Congress.

Section Football Seedings

The playoff seedings have been released for area football teams in Minnesota

In Section 3AAA, the Worthington Trojans received the #2 seed and get a 1st round bye. Worthington will face the winner of the 1st round matchup between #3 Belle Plaine and #6 Sibley East in a Section Semifinal at Trojan Field in Worthington on October 25th at a time to be determined.

Blue Earth Area is the #1 seed and will host the winner between #4 Fairmont and #5 St. Peter on October 25th. The section championship will be hosted by the highest seed on October 31st

Optimistic Propane Forecast

The propane industry reported a positive winter outlook as officials met to brief governors at the Midwestern Governor’s Association Propane Meeting in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Wednesday.

Sanford Health buys former Avera Clinic in downtown Worthington

WORTHINGTON – According to documents filed with Nobles County, Sanford Health Network purchased the downtown Worthington property located at 508 10th Street where the former Avera Clinic was located for approximately $1.1 million. The purchase was made in August, and recorded with the county October 1.

The non-verified Certified Real Estate Value document lists the purchase amount at $1,150,000.

Minnesota Business Selected as Semi-Finalist in Entrepreneurship Challenge

WASHINGTON, DC -- The American Farm Bureau Federation together with Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business Global Social Enterprise Initiative and the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative’s StartupHoyas announced the 10 national semi-finalists of the first-ever Rural Entrepreneurship Challenge. The challenge provides an opportunity for individuals to showcase ideas and business innovations being developed in rural regions of the United States.

Concession stand burglarized at Trojan Field

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WORTHINGTON – The Worthington Police Department is asking for the public’s help in solving a burglary that was reported at 4:25 p.m. Monday at the Trojan Field concession stand.

The suspects damaged coolers and the popcorn machine and destroyed food and drink items after gaining access through a window.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Worthington Police Department at 507-295-5400 or download the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force app for confidential tips. Information can remain anonymous.

A dedicated bunch

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WORTHINGTON – When Nobles County Pheasants Forever President Scott Rall stood in front of the crowd gathered for the dedication of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area, he said everybody has something that makes them feel good, and for him, this was the coolest day ever.

When notice first came that the land would be going up for auction, they had three weeks notice to pull together and create what Rall called a “Who Really Cares” fund. By the time they were done, they found a lot of people care. They had over $55,000 in private donations.

Dayton's humor shines through at pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton did a lot of joking around during his time in Worthington, generally at his own expense, poking fun at his hunting skills, his hip and his age, but when it came to discussing habitat preservation for future generations, he was quite serious.

“That you pulled together, financed together and preserved this priceless land is a testament to all of you,” he said of the Worthington Wells Wildlife Management Area.

Wounded Warriors bring home the birds during pheasant opener

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WORTHINGTON - Derrick Ostlie of Shoreview shot his first wild pheasant on Saturday in Nobles County. He was one of the 10 hunters who came to Worthington for the 2014 Governor’s Pheasant Hunting Opener as part of the Wounded Warrior Program. It is only the third time he’s been hunting , and all three of those trips have been as part of the program.