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WORTHINGTON -- After a nearly two-hour meeting Tuesday afternoon with representatives of Lincoln-Lyon-Murray-Pipestone Public Health, Nobles County Commissioners ultimately decided to seek more information on a system that would allow the county to maintain local control of its public health agency. For the past several weeks, commissioners have discussed the option of eliminating a joint powers agreement with Rock County and joining the LLMP agency in a combined Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) agency.
STORDEN -- A Storden man and member of the Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 41, The Frozen Chosin of Mankato, received the first Korean Defense Service license plates during a presentation Monday afternoon in Worthington. Paul Steen, who served in an ammunition unit near the demilitarized zone in Korea from 1961 to 1962, led the campaign in Minnesota to make the plates available to veterans who served during post-war Korea from July 28, 1954, to present. Steen received the first two sets of plates made, and others may now apply for them through their county's license center. Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- Bedbugs -- those creepy crawly critters that bite humans and suck their blood in the middle of the night -- are stirring up trouble in the area again. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services sanitarian Jason Kloss has responded to three reports of bedbug infestations in rental housing units between the two counties already this summer. As of yet, there have not been any reports of the bugs in commercial establishments such as motels this year.
JACKSON -- Congressman Tim Walz visited HitchDoc in Jackson Wednesday afternoon to learn about the successes of the manufacturing company and discuss tax credits available to small businesses. HitchDoc opened five years ago on the north side of Jackson and in that time has grown from 18 employees to a current workforce of more than 70. The company manufactures more than 80,000 different parts for 300-plus customers around the world.
WORTHINGTON -- Nobles County Commissioners met for more than an hour in special session Tuesday morning to take a closer look at options for a multi-county community health services agency, but they still seem no closer to making a decision. Minnesota Department of Health assistant commissioner Craig Acomb and director of the office of public health practice Deb Burns joined commissioners on Tuesday to outline the protocol for nullifying the joint powers agreement between Rock and Nobles counties for public health and to present the legalities and timelines for moving in a new direction. Roc
WORTHINGTON -- Though it has been two months since the Nobles County Relay for Life wrapped up its overnight event in Worthington, the money has continued to pour in -- so much so that on Friday night, a collection taken at the grandstand during the Nobles County Fair pushed the final fundraising tally over the $100,000 mark. It is the most money ever raised in a one-year period for the Relay for Life since it began in Nobles County 14 years ago, and may be the plateau for the annual event that raises funds for the American Cancer Society's (ACS's) research and education efforts. Leading the
WORTHINGTON -- Seventeen-year-old Benjamin Cunningham of Round Lake remained in critical but stable condition Monday at Sanford Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., following a crash Sunday night south of Worthington. According to a Caring Bridge page established by the family on the Internet, Cunningham suffered numerous fractures around his right eye and sight in that eye is "most likely gone." He also had a main artery severed and a fracture of the spine. Of main concern at this time is pressure and swelling on his brain.
WILMONT -- Heartfelt hugs, handshakes and smiles were ever present Saturday morning during the commemoration and memorial dedication marking the 50th anniversary of the worst car crash in Nobles County history. An estimated 400 people filled Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church to standing room only Saturday morning to honor the nine victims and the sole survivor of the crash on Aug. 13, 1960.