A letter from Worthington City Administrator Steve Robinson regarding the mall site

The talk is out there again. Worthington's elected officials and City Staff are obstructing progress by preventing redevelopment of the mall site.

Before I address this, ask yourself one question – What possible motivation could we have to obstruct redevelopment and rid ourselves of an eyesore? None of us want to continue watching the mall deteriorate.

UPDATE: Victims identified in Worthington car/train crash

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WORTHINGTON - According to the Worthington Police Department, the person who died at the scene of the car/train crash Sunday afternoon was Moses Vela, age unknown. The second victim who died later at Sanford Worthington Medical Center was his daughter-in-law, Nancy Elvira Estrada-Miramontes, age 23.

Both were passengers in the vehicle that crashed with the Union Pacific train at approximately 3:21 p.m. Sunday at the Flower Lane crossing at SW First Avenue and Gateway Drive.

Worthington man arrested on murder charges

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WORTHINGTON – A Worthington man is in being held in the Nobles County Jail for first and second-degree murder, assault and fugitive from justice from another state – in this case, South Dakota

According to reports, Thursday at 4:49 p.m., emergency personnel were dispatched to 1908 East Rice Street in Sioux Falls, SD. Investigation showed a 19-year-old woman and a 27-year-old man had been stabbed. Both were transported by ambulance to receive medical attention. The woman was pronounced dead shortly after arrival.

Help out the Worthington FFA!

What was supposed to be a great trip for some of our local Worthington FFA members, turned into a nightmare of a trip yesterday. The Worthington FFA Market Plan team had earned their spot in competition at the National FFA Convention in Louisville this week. The team left with advisor Deb Martin Monday after school, drove quite a ways and stopped to spend the night, they drove some more and stopped to eat in Indianapolis. While inside eating, their van was broken into. Stolen from the van were 3 laptops containing their presentation materials they have been working on since last April.

Helping out: A kiss for cancer

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WORTHINGTON – It isn’t often the gym teacher has to take a break out of his busy day at the Worthington Middle School to kiss a pig, but when it helps raise money for the American Cancer Society, Ben DeRynck took it like the good sport he teaches his students to be.

With a laugh, he dropped to his knees, scratched Peanut the pig under her neck for a moment, shut his eyes and dropped a long kiss on her pink snout.

Jirele heading to Jackson County

JACKSON – Bob Jirele has been hired as the new court services director for Jackson County, effective November 2, 2015.

As court services director, Jirele will oversee all probation services in Jackson County, including investigations, assessments, evaluations, bail studies and pre-trial monitoring. He will also develop and implement standards of client supervision, with the goal of protecting public safety, reducing recidivism, maintaining accountability, and utilizing correctional evidence-based practices.

Council work session regarding mall development ends with mention of lawsuits

WORTHINGTON – During a Worthington City Council special meeting work session held Monday at the request of developer Brian Pellowski of PBK Investments and 7&41 LLC, the ultimate message delivered by his attorney Dan Schleck by the end of the meeting was that if an agreement wasn't reached soon regarding financing, there would likely be lawsuits regarding the Promenade on Oxford development.

PM Beef to close in Windom

WINDOM – PM Beef in Windom is closing its facility, according to a letter sent to city officials.

The Cottonwood Citizen Online stated Monday afternoon an official request for correspondence to the City of Windom resulted in obtaining a letter addressed to Windom Mayor Corey Maricle stating PM Beef will be closing the facility located at 2850 Minnesota 60 in Windom as of December 11, 2015. The action, the letter states, is expected to be permanent.

The plant currently employs more than 260 workers.

USDA Fact Sheet on TPP

The USDA has recently released a fact sheet on the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and how it will affect the U.S.

According to the release, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) will boost demand for U.S. farm and food products among nearly 500 million consumers in 11 countries across the Asia-Pacific region. By reducing tari s and opening new markets for American agricultural products, the TPP will help increase farm income, generate rural economic activity, and support local jobs.

Important Notice to ISD 518 Families

Good evening Worthington School District families.

There was a potential threat at Worthington Middle School which has been investigated by the district and the Worthington Police Department. It has been determined that the situation has been resolved and there is no threat to students or staff.

We will continue to be diligent to ensure the safety of everyone in our schools.

It is safe to send your children to school.