BREWSTER — Kay Voss was on the phone Monday morning when she started to see smoke come across her kitchen window. “It was about 10 (a.m.), I suppose,” Voss said. “I was on the phone talking and I said, ‘I think I have to go — there’s something wrong.’” In fact, the mobile trailer she and her husband, Jim, own, which sits adjacent to their property at 37378 200th St., rural Brewster, was engulfed in flames. “Smoke was going across my kitchen window and I thought, ‘There’s something amiss,’” Voss said. “Our renter came home about the same time I saw it.
WORTHINGTON — The Minnesota Department of Transportation is allowing drivers to go a little faster on U.S. 59 and U.S. 75. MnDOT recently announced the posted speed limit will increase from 55 mph to 60 mph, and the change became effective Monday. On U.S. 59, the change will happen north of Interstate 90. “It makes 59 a little more popular,” said City of Worthington Director of Engineering Dwayne Haffield. “What generally MnDOT is recognizing is that those speeds are generally running that.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission heard it will have to figure out how to cover an approximately $1.4 million rate increase it is facing next year. During the regular meeting Monday afternoon, Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain said Missouri Energy Services is increasing the cost of power for the city of Worthington. The total increase is approximately $1.43 million, which left the commission trying to figure out the best way to cover those costs. “We should be charging what we’re facing as an increase,” commission member Randy Thompson
WORTHINGTON — Eleven of the 20 Lewis & Clark Regional Water System members are currently receiving water. Worthington is not one of them. However, if a construction budget is passed next week, the pipeline will get a little closer. “Essentially what’s going to happen on Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. is the Lewis & Clark board is going to vote on a fiscal year 2014 construction budget,” Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain said. “The first construction budget that will be presented is in the amount of $21.6 million.
JACKSON — Sen. LeRoy Stumpf said it was a nearly impossible task ahead. In a Minnesota Senate bonding tour stop Thursday morning at the Jackson campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, the Democratic senator from Plummer said here have been many more requests received than can be filled for next session’s bonding cycle. “The real tough thing is to drive that square peg into a round hole,” he said.
WORTHINGTON — When Missouri River Energy Services representatives asked if Worthington wanted to be included in a pilot education program, there was little hesitation. “I said, ‘We sure would,”‘ Manager of Worthington Public Utilities Scott Hain said. With the program, every fifth-grader in Worthington will have lessons on energy and conservation. “Missouri River staff came to the board, which I sit on, and they said, ‘There seems to be an interest, can we go and develop the program?’” Hain said.
WINDOM — Fast Manufacturing is expanding — again. On Tuesday, the Mountain Lake company announced it will expand in the North Windom Industrial Park — before its first building in the park is even completed. “The good news is Fast Sprayers is expanding, doubling the size of their facility from 72,000 to 144,000 square feet,” said Aaron Backman, Executive Director of the Windom Economic Development Authority. “They have already ordered the second building, which will be attached to the first.
WORTHINGTON — Dakota Golf Management was approved to continue to manage Prairie View Golf Links by the Worthington city council during Monday night’s regular meeting. With Mayor Alan Oberloh and council member Scott Nelson both absent, Dakota Golf was approved for a two-year agreement on a 3-1 vote.
WORTHINGTON — Because of issues brought to the city’s attention, a workplace assessment was recently performed on the Worthington Police Department. Within that report, a section titled “yelling and bullying” was one of the many issues covered. “We have what’s called a respectful workplace policy,” City Administrator Craig Clark said. “We’ve reiterated that to our employees and the importance of maintaining that, and what folks should do in the instance they feel that it’s not being abided by.
WORTHINGTON — A vehicle careened out of control late Sunday afternoon on East Ninth Avenue, driving through a backyard and shed and eventually coming to rest after striking a tree and deck. The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m. One witness at the scene reported the driver of the vehicle and his passenger attempted to flee the scene after their vehicle stopped, but were chased down by other witnesses.