WORTHINGTON — As the federal government shutdown continues, housing issues in the area could begin to face problems. According to Randy Thompson, executive director of the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority, funding would cease if the shutdown doesn’t end soon. “We receive the funding on the first day of every month,” Thompson said. “If we don’t get that on the first, then I do not have any funds to direct those payments out. We have about 190 families in the program in a seven-county area in southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON —In a discussion regarding solar power, the Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission agreed to fund the solar panels on the new proposed Worthington entrance signs. Commission member Ron Wood suggested starting with a smaller project as a pilot program within the city. He had suggested Prairie View Golf Links. Next year, the club is going to have electric golf carts. “If I was to have my way, we’d do a very small project that could lead to a bigger project and another bigger project and maybe use city facilities as our test,” Wood said.
WORTHINGTON — And then there was one. According to Lori Voss, vice president of administration at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, the top selection to move forward with the campus housing project has been selected. “It’s a little bit like being at an auction,” Voss said. “You only need one as long as it’s the right one.” The deadline for the proposals to be submitted was 4 p.m. Sept. 23. Two proposals were received. “We have a committee who meets and reviewed the proposals. They did their work on Thursday,” Voss said.
WORTHINGTON — The opening of U.S. 59 has been delayed a week. “The best date we have right now is Oct. 11 for opening,” Worthington Director of Engineering Dwayne Haffield said. “Things do need to go well for that to be the right date. That’s the target.
WORTHINGTON —With one month until the city of Worthington’s possible watering ban on non-essential usage, water levels continue to drop. “It was down a little bit from last week, which is fairly typical,” Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain said. “When we get to this time of year, it is going down unless we get some rain showers. That’s the beauty of the chart — it’s showing things relative, but yeah, it got a little farther away from average from last week.” Well 26 — the one used to measure the levels — had a reading of 27 feet, 8 inches last week.
DUNDEE — Two barns were a complete loss in a fire in rural Dundee Monday afternoon. “There were two hog barns that were a complete loss,” said David Baumhoefner, 1st Assistant Chief of the Fulda Fire Department. “They were not being used for anything other than storage. There was equipment in them, but no hogs or anything like that. The one did contain some round hay bales.” The Fulda Fire Department was dispatched at approximately 2:45 p.m. Monday to 34700 130th Street.
READING -- The name of the woman killed in Saturday's accident was released by the Nobles County Sheriff's Department Monday. Joann Hegwer, 83, was riding in a 2012 Honda when it was struck by an oncoming vehicle. Three others were transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.
WORTHINGTON — City officials are still waiting to hear from the owner of the Northland Mall. As of Friday afternoon, Directory of Community and Economic Development Brad Chapulis said the most recent deadline for addressing multiple issues associated with the property has passed. “The time for him to respond has expired,” Chapulis said. “We plan on filing with the court.
WORTHINGTON — Rep. Rod Hamilton said Elaine Harder was a “beautiful person.” Former politician Doug Magnus said she was “a fine American.” Harder passed away on Sept. 24 and was laid to rest Saturday at the Rosehill Mennonite Cemetery in Westbrook. From 1995 until 2004, Harder represented District 22B in the Minnesota House of Representatives. “I served with her and sat right next to her on the floor in the House,” said Magnus, who was a state representative and a senator, representing southwest Minnesota.
WORTHINGTON — Josue Fraga sat very still, looking down at the table in front of him. He made very few movements, except to wipe away tears from behind his glasses as the verdict the jury reached a few minutes before was read: Guilty on all five charges of murder. Fraga was convicted of three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of second-degree murder in the death of his 2-year-old niece, Samantha.