U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff Wednesday

MINNESOTA - In honor and remembrance of Police Officer Scott Patrick, Governor Mark Dayton has ordered all United States flags and Minnesota flags be flown at half-staff at all state and federal buildings in the State of Minnesota, from sunrise until sunset, on Wednesday, August 6, 2014.

Officer Patrick was 47 years old, a 19-year veteran of the Mendota Heights Police Department and the department’s senior officer.


August 3-9 Farmers Market Week

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton has proclaimed August 3-9, 2014, as “Farmers Market Week” in Minnesota to celebrate the benefits of farmers markets and the agricultural products farmers provide.

The popularity of farmers markets has increased, in part, because of the interest in healthier foods and lifestyles and an increased understanding of the importance of maintaining small, sustainable farms. Local farmers are able to offer consumers a variety of products including heirloom vegetables, heritage breeds of livestock, and other specialty products.


Grimmius sworn in as Sergeant at WPD

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WORTHINGTON – In front of family and co-workers, Nate Grimmius on Friday was sworn in as a sergeant on the Worthington Police Department after serving 10 years on the force. The brief ceremony was introduced by Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn.

“It’s not often that we get a chance to put stripes on somebody, so it’s something that we need to do in an official manner,” Flynn said. “It’s something that’s important to us. The significant is he is a boss and he’s demonstrated his ability to lead and we want to recognize him for that.”


Monday's council discussion regarding Northland Mall possibilities

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On Monday night, the Worthington City Council approved a resolution that designates PBK Investments, a Minnetonka firm, as the sole developer of the Northland Mall property until the end of the year. This allows Brian Pellowski of PBK to proceed forward with plans to redevelop the current site.


Heads up from police: utilities phone scam is being reported in area

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Interim Police Chief Kevin Flynn on Friday alerted citizens that a utilities scam is making the rounds once again, warning people never to give financial information over the phone from an unsolicited call.

At least two local people have received phone calls from someone claiming to be a utility company threatening to shut off service unless a payment is made with a credit card or green dot card immediately.


Youth Deer Hunts Slated at Local State Parks

Minnesota youth have until Friday, Aug. 15, to apply for a special deer hunt at a state park or refuge. Four local state parks are offering firearms hunts for youth ages 12-15. They are among 17 special youth hunts statewide.


Hey, there, "Fargo" fans! How's about a trip to... Luverne?

LUVERNE – The city of Luverne will be put on the map in the strangest of ways in 2015. The television crime drama based on Joel and Ethan Coen’s Oscar-winning crime caper “Fargo” is coming back for a second season on cable’s FX Network, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and creator Noah Hawley and producer Warren Littlefield said Monday the show will take place in Luverne and Sioux Falls, South Dakota.


Non-essential water ban lifted in Worthington

WORTHINGTON – The non-essential watering ban that has been in effect in the city of Worthington was lifted Monday afternoon after the Water and Light Commission met and evaluated the situation.

According to Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain, the odd/even address rule will still be in effect, and no lawn watering will be allowed between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m., but for now, Worthington residents will be allowed to wash vehicles, water plants and use water as they see fit.

Hain said he hopes that people will still work to conserve water.


Letter on Biofuels Concerns

U.S. Senators Chuck Grassley and Amy Klobuchar have penned a document titled "Don't Let Big Oil Bully Biofuels" in regards to the delayed RFS ruling from the EPA. See below:

It’s vacation season across America. That means family road trips are underway and the traveling public is paying even closer attention when they pull up to the pump. America’s road warriors have long cherished affordable gas prices. Today’s drivers also value clean-burning fuel choices that help the environment and boost America’s energy independence.