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SLAYTON — A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota has received a $91,733 grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging, the state office announced last week. In Nobles County, the grant funding will mostly go toward dementia awareness programming. This includes virtual dementia tours and memory care education. Every year, ACE brings a cultural consultant to Worthington to talk with District 518 ESL students about dementia and Alzheimer's.
WORTHINGTON — Officials from Sioux Center, Iowa spoke Tuesday in Worthington about their city’s economic development corporation, which takes a unique approach in addressing commercial and housing needs.
WORTHINGTON — This Halloween, several Worthington businesses will display teal-painted pumpkins in their storefronts. The special pumpkins signify that the store has non-food treats available for children with food allergies. It’s part of a national campaign from the nonprofit Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) — called the Teal Pumpkin Project — to raise awareness about food allergies and make kids feel more comfortable while trick-or-treating.
WORTHINGTON — It’s no secret the city of Worthington and PBK Investments have had trouble working out a deal for the movie theater site, and both parties aren’t happy about it. The city and PBK are still in discussion on a purchase agreement for the theater’s proposed 1.1-acre site, located off of Bioscience Drive and U.S. 59, said City Administrator Steve Robinson.
BIGELOW — The Lismore Cooperative Telephone Co. (LCTC) project to deliver broadband internet to much of Nobles County is well underway, and Bigelow residents don’t need to be reminded that it won’t be coming to them. The undertaking, which will bring fiber-optic internet directly to hundreds of homes and speedy wireless internet to most of the county, is partially funded by $2.94 million from the Minnesota Department of Economic Development (DEED) Border-to Border grant program.
WORTHINGTON — Public officials are looking into a solution to repairing the street that serves as the main drag for the Nobles County Fairgrounds and Worthington Arena. The pavement was installed about 20 years ago. Since then, extensive use and drainage issues have left the street in poor condition.
WORTHINGTON — In 2003, volunteer drivers logged 30,177 miles transporting Nobles County residents to far-away engagements such as doctor’s appointments and family get-togethers. The county has a rich history of dedicated volunteer drivers, but over the last few years, many of the county’s prominent volunteers have aged out and can no longer help. Just one driver remains — a 17-year volunteer from Adrian.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Monday sent a permit application for a new childcare facility from the Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council (SMOC) back to the city’s planning commission. City Engineer Dwayne Haffield requested the action by council. In approving the permit for SMOC, the planning commission also voted to change the site’s design. Haffield said the site plan analyzed by the commission was not an accurate portrayal of how the site would ultimately look, so it would be better for the commission to review an updated site plan.
WORTHINGTON — Hundreds of peaceful protesters marched through Worthington on Sunday afternoon in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which faces an uncertain fate after President Donald Trump decided to phase out the Obama-era program.
WORTHINGTON — The city’s municipal liquor store has been open on Sunday for two months, and the results have been encouraging. The store sees around 200 customers on any given Sunday, said store manager Dan Wycoff. That’s compared to 300 to 350 on a Monday or Tuesday, but in only five hours of operation compared to 12.