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WORTHINGTON — After losing space for a Women, Infant and Children (WIC) satellite clinic at the West Learning Center, Nobles County Community Health Services Administrator Terri Janssen found a new locale at the Avera Worthington Specialty Clinic.

During Tuesday’s meeting of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners, an agreement to rent space within the clinic was approved, paving the way for the WIC satellite clinic to reopen later this month.

Janssen said the WIC satellite office at the West Learning Center had been “very successful” after starting in March, but with District 518 under its own space constraints, they lost the location.

“We did have two churches that came forward and offered (space) and also Avera Medical Group Worthington,” she told Commissioners.

The new WIC satellite office will be located between the clinic’s pediatrics and obstetrics departments, which Janssen said will be ideal for referrals. The space will cost the county $100 per month, and the contract will automatically renew unless either party gives 90-day notice to terminate the contract.

Janssen said she hoped the new WIC satellite office will be in operation by Aug. 18.

In other business, the board:

  • Approved two more requests for a five-year tax abatement on new home construction offered through the Nobles Home Initiative. The requests came from Michael and Steven Johnson for a new home to be constructed on Sterling Avenue; and from Donna and Robert Tims to construct a new home at 1919 Woodland Court.

In addition, commissioners approved some minor changes to the Nobles Home Initiative guidelines pertaining to when applicants will receive tax reimbursement. Because farm taxes are due later in the year, the home initiative’s guidelines have been altered to reflect that the tax reimbursement will be done once per year, prior to Dec. 30. Applicants who have already been approved for the tax abatement will be notified of the change.

Thus far, more than 15 new homes or townhomes have been approved through the Nobles Home Initiative.

  • Accepted the low bid of $1,554,893 from Henning Construction, Adrian, to complete three bridge replacement projects. Henning Construction presented the lowest of four bids for the project, and came within 3 percent of the engineer’s estimate for the work. The bridges, to be replaced with precast concrete culverts, are located on a Seward Township road, on CSAH 17 south of Adrian, and on CSAH 1, north of Brewster.
  • Approved a legal service agreement between the Nobles County Attorney’s office and Kayla Johnson, an attorney currently working in Murray County, to handle several felony criminal trials for the office. The additional help is needed as the county attorney’s office is short-staffed.
  • Took action on a motion presented during the July 22 board meeting that called for limiting the number of 3.2 beer permits issued to the Lao Buddhist Temple of rural Worthington to four per year. After checking with statute, it was determined there were no limitations on the number of permits that could be issued. Therefore, commissioners voted 5-0 in opposition to the July 22 motion, and the Lao Buddhist Temple is welcome to apply for additional permits for future events.
  • Scheduled a tour of road projects with Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder for Aug. 15. In addition, Schnieder reported that all of the rural address signs have been installed in the county. Anyone with concerns about the placement of a sign is encouraged to contact the county’s public works office.
  • Approved a medical consultant contract between Nobles County Community Services and Avera Medical Group-Worthington. The one-year contract costs $2,100 and covers medical consultations for services public health provides.
  • Approved contract amendments between Nobles County Community Services and the Nobles County DAC, Specialized Vocational Services, Hope Haven and Client Community Services. The new contract includes a 5 percent increase for waivered services, as authorized by the state legislature. The increase amounts to an approximately $9,000 impact on the department’s budget.
  • Presented Nan Henning, an eligibility worker in the Nobles County Community Services department, with the July Excellence in Performance award.
Julie Buntjer

Julie Buntjer joined the Globe newsroom in December 2003, after working more than nine years for weekly newspapers. A native of Worthington, she has a bachelor's degree in agriculture journalism. Find more of her stories of farm life, family and various other tidbits at

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