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PIPESTONE -- The theme for the 23rd annual Pipestone Watertower Festival is "Take me out to the ballgame," and includes a rededication of Harmon Park. The Pipestone Area Community Foundation (PACF) has completed a $215,000 renovation to the park, which has been a part of Pipestone since 1924. The theme was chosen to highlight the restoration of the park and ball fields, and those diamonds will be busy this weekend, hosting a Ladies' Legends softball game, a Men's Legends softball game and Pipestone Area Schools Alumni softball game. The fun starts Friday with a street dance on main street.
LUVERNE -- Rock County has worked out an agreement with the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) to allow Southwest Health and Human Services (SWHHS) delegation status for food, beverage and lodging licensing, according to a letter received by Rock County Administrator Kyle Oldre. Nobles-Rock Community Health Services (NRCHS), which is in the process of ending a joint powers agreement between the two counties, was notified last week it was denied a delegation agreement.
WORTHINGTON -- As election results began to trickle in Tuesday evening, Republican Doug Magnus jumped ahead early in the Minnesota Senate District 22 race, holding steady at a 60 40 percent lead over DFLer Kevin Vickerman throughout much of the night. "That's what we've been seeing," Magnus said, adding he had been keeping an eye on the results off and on since the polls had closed at 8 p.m. Complications with the Minnesota Secretary of State website slowed down results considerably, and a report that Hennepin Countyresults may contain an error came out after 10 p.m., but Magnus said he was
WORTHINGTON - At one point Thursday, it took three dispatchers to keep up with calls coming into the Nobles County dispatch center. A majority of the calls were asking about road closings and conditions, according to Worthington Police Captain Chris Dybevick. "Is it OK for me to drive?" "Can I make it to Adrian/Slayton/Sioux Falls?" "Is this route open?" All callers were advised not to travel, Dybevick said. "I think people wanted me to give them permission to drive in poor weather," he said. No one was given that permission, of course.
WORTHINGTON -- An Okabena man convicted a year ago of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct made a court appearance Tuesday on a probation violation that occurred while he was in jail. Mark Bernard Silvrants, 46, pleaded guilty to drinking alcohol while on work release. Before the judge arrived and the hearing began, Silvrants told his attorney Kevin Green he didn't have an alcohol problem and had merely made a "simple mistake" and shouldn't be punished for it.
WORTHINGTON -- A Rock Rapids, Iowa, man charged in five separate cases in three counties during 2009 pleaded guilty Monday to a felony check forging charge in Nobles County District Court. Jonathan Carlos Wood, 32, admitted he had written and signed 10 checks between Dec. 11, 2008, and Jan. 17, 2009, using his nephew's account. "Why did you do this?" Judge Jeffrey Flynn asked.
WORTHINGTON -- A decision by the Minnesota Court of Appeals disappointed city leaders last week when appellate judges affirmed the decision made by Judge Jeffrey Flynn to grant summary judgment to New Vision Cooperative, dismissing the city's claim regarding the grain elevator on 10th Street. "The city is extremely disappointed," said Worthington Mayor Al Oberloh.
WORTHINGTON -- In the last month of 2009, 45 babies were delivered at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington, with a total of 392 for the year. The last baby to be born in 2009 was Aleah Colleen Marco, daughter of Zach and Wendy Marco. The first baby of the year tends to garner a lot of attention, but H&R Block knows it the last baby who yields the tax savings. According to Steve Stilman, Regional Director of H&R Block, babies born on Dec.
WORTHINGTON -- A 24-year-old Worthington man found guilty of entering an occupied dwelling and stealing property was sentenced Tuesday to 54 months in prison for first-degree burglary. Marlon Sands will serve 36 months in prison and be on supervised release for 18 months. The sentencing range for the crime was 39 to 54 months, with probation recommending a presumptive sentence of 45 months, but Assistant Nobles County Attorney Travis Smith argued successfully that Sands' prior criminal history and his decision to leave his own trial justified the higher end of the sentence. Sands went on t
WORTHINGTON -- In the state of Minnesota, 455 people lost their lives due to alcohol-related crashes in 2008, according to the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. More than 35,000 people were arrested for driving while impaired. Don't be one of them. Use the Safe Cab. The Worthington Police Department, Nobles County Sheriff's Office, Worthington Taxi Service and Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce have once again teamed up to provide free taxi service on New Year's Eve from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.