Year in review: July-SeptemberJuly 1: The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has found the body of Dale Allen Maine, 39, of Lakefield. According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, Maine’s body was found by members of the sheriff’s office at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 79-acre Belmont Park, approximately 7 miles north of Jackson.
July 1: The Jackson County Sheriff’s Office has found the body of Dale Allen Maine, 39, of Lakefield. According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, Maine’s body was found by members of the sheriff’s office at approximately 6:30 p.m. Monday in the 79-acre Belmont Park, approximately 7 miles north of Jackson.
July 7: There will soon be just one Sterling Drug location in Worthington. The downtown site will close July 30 and all goods and services will now be offered at the other Sterling location in the Northland Mall, 1635 Oxford St.
July 8: Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday approved a request seeking $400,000 in grant dollars to reestablish a juvenile detention facility and programming in Worthington.
July 8: A man who pleaded guilty in May to a drive-by shooting was sentenced in Nobles County District Court Tuesday. Judge Timothy Connell sentenced Phoui Buarapha to 36 months in prison — a downward durational departure of several months.
July 10: A trained weather spotter reported a tornado on the ground 3½ miles southwest of Fulda shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, prompting a tornado warning to be issued for northeastern Nobles, southern Cottonwood, northwestern Jackson and southeastern Murray counties.
July 13: Thousands of people gathered on the Nobles County Government Center lawn Friday and Saturday to enjoy the International Festival, tasting food, purchasing gifts, watching dances and listening to music from the many cultures of Worthington.
July 21: The problem facing the city of Worthington and the Minnesota Department of Transportation isn’t the ability to relocate those who live in the path of the planned Minnesota 60 expansion. It’s where.
July 23: The stench of burnt carpet still hung in the air Tuesday afternoon, days after someone illegally dumped a load of garbage in a ditch across from Smith Lake in rural Worthington.
July 25: More than 50 students in Jackson and Cottonwood counties have banded together with teens from Redwood County in a new project encouraging people to take notice and take a stand against tobacco advertising.
Aug. 4: Fresh fruits, fresh vegetables and whole grains are among the new items Women, Infant and Children (WIC) program recipients can access, thanks to changes in the federal program that took effect on Saturday.
Aug. 10: A 32-year-old George, Iowa man is in jail after a search warrant at his rented home turned up a marijuana grow operation and methamphetamine precursors. Casey Roberts was arrested on charges of possession of a controlled substance, child endangerment, manufacture of a controlled substance-marijuana and manufacture of a controlled substance-methamphetamine.
Aug. 12: Worthington man who allegedly raped a 13-year-old girl used the threat of reporting her illegal family to the authorities to keep her quiet about the assault, a recently filed complaint indicates.
Aug. 14: The Osceola County Conservation Board and Dickinson County Trails Board have partnered to turn the 37-mile stretch of railway near Iowa 9 into an interim recreational trail and wildlife preserve.
Aug. 19: The Jackson City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance Tuesday selling the city’s hospital to Sanford Health for $1.25 million.
Aug. 24: Visitors to the third annual Art Rocks art show at the Rock County Courthouse Square got a little taste of what that community might look like on Saturday when about 30 area painters, sculptors, jewelers, photographers, even furniture re-purposers gathered for the event.
Aug. 25: Nobles County Commissioners and Worthington City Council members gathered for an early morning brainstorming session Monday to discuss the potential to work together on a joint library and senior center facility.
Aug. 27: Sen. Amy Klobuchar visited Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington (SRHW) Wednesday morning to speak with health care professionals about the challenges of health care in rural communities. The main topics of conversation revolved around reform, reimbursement and recruitment of rural doctors.
Sept. 2: The Moraine II Wind Farm, located in portions of Pipestone and Murray counties, has been awarded more than $28 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program.
Sept. 9: Commissioners set Nobles County’s not-to-exceed levy at $9,568,807, reflecting a .6 percent increase over the 2009 levy, during their regular board meeting on Tuesday.
Sept. 21: Two Worthington men, David VonHoltum, 72, and his son, Stephen VonHoltum, 38, were killed in a crash early Friday evening near Round Lake.
Sept. 21: King Turkey Day 2009 drew to a close, but the memories of the entertaining and successful celebration will linger. From the mixer on Thursday night to the church service on Sunday morning, the various events were well attended and brought crowds of people to Worthington.
Paycheck triumphed over Ruby Begonia during the Great Gobbler Gallop on Saturday afternoon, much to the crowd’s delight. The weather could not have been more perfect if it had been custom-ordered.
Sept. 22: A man wanted for attempted murder in Cottonwood County has opted not to waive extradition during an initial court appearance in Massachusetts, according to Cottonwood County Sheriff Jason Purrington.
Sept. 24: Three cases of H1N1 have been confirmed in the Luverne School District, something most officials believe was inevitable. The school district sent an e-mail to parents Tuesday confirming the cases and asking parents to monitor their children’s health and keep them home if they display any flu-like symptoms.
Sept. 24: Eighty employees, or approximately 10 percent of the workforce at AGCO in Jackson, will be laid off by Oct. 2, the company announced Wednesday.
Sept. 24: Teachers and staff at the Worthington Area Language Academy had a few unusual tasks added to their job descriptions this summer. Painting, installing sheet rock and heavy lifting — of more than just textbooks.
Sept. 30: Starting Thursday, a grant from the Minnesota Department of Human Services will give local refugees some much-needed help in adapting to southwest Minnesota. An $118,500 Refugee Services Grant, awarded to District 518’s Community Education, will fund a number of services for refugees during the next year.