President declares disaster for Minnesota

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced Monday that federal disaster aid has been made available to the state of Minnesota to supplement state and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, straight-line winds, flooding, landslides and mudslides during the period of June 11 to July 11, 2014.


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.


Theft charge filed against Slayton man in Murray County

SLAYTON – More than a year after an investigation into a suspicious trailer that was reported on the property of former Minnesota senator Doug Magnus, a felony-level charge has been filed against David Michael Brown of Slayton for the theft of an enclosed trailer and a 1934 Ford pickup.


Worthington High School Eligibility Meeting set for July 31st

On Thursday, July 31, 2014 there will be a meeting for all athletes and parents participating in sports at Worthington High School for the 2014-2015 school year. The general meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. The agenda will include Minnesota State High School League rules, WHS academic eligibility rules, and attendance requirements for practice and game participation. Following the general meeting, each fall sport participant will meet their respective coaches to discuss team information, pay participation fees and sign the participation forms.


The US SBA federal disaster loans include counties in Iowa and Minnesota

ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa - The U.S. Small Business Administration has announced low-interest federal disaster loans are being made available to residents and business owners in several northwest Iowa counties affected by severe weather and flooding recently. The loans are also available to those in several affected counties in southwest Minnesota and parts of South Dakota.


Long-time WHS Teacher and Coach Don Basche died Wednesday

Former Worthington District #518 School Teacher and long-time Worthington Trojan Boys Basketball Coach Don Basche died on Wednesday, July 9th after suffering a stroke. The 80-year-old Basche fell ill during a Hospice Cottage Inc. Board of Directors meeting and passed away at the Sanford Worthington Medical Center.


Gov. Dayton requests presidential disaster declaration

WORTHINGTON – Gov. Mark Dayton Wednesday requested that President Barack Obama declare a major disaster in Minnesota as a result of heavy rainstorms and flooding that began June 11. In a letter to the president, Dayton described widespread flood damage across Minnesota, and noted that he has expanded the state’s peacetime state of emergency to include 16 additional counties – bringing the total counties impacted to 51.


Dybevick named Chief Deputy for Nobles County

WORTHINGTON – After a lot of years dressed in blue Worthington Police Captain Chris Dybevick will soon be switching to brown. The Nobles County Commissioners today approved a request from Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening to replace the recently retired Chris Heinrichs with Dybevick, hiring him away from the police department after 27 years with WPD and over to the sheriff’s office in the position of chief deputy.


Peebles pulls out of Northland Mall

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WORTHINGTON – Customers looking for a bargain were flocking to Peebles at Northland Mall Monday as word got out that everything was on clearance.

Peebles is the latest store to pull out of the troubled mall. Signs on the front of the building state the store is closing and everything must go. According to a sales associate, Peebles employees were informed last week that the store was closing, and clearance sales began Saturday. The store is expected to be out of the mall by the end of the month.