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WORTHINGTON — Construction of Worthington’s splash pad is officially underway. More than 40 community members gathered Tuesday at the construction site in Centennial Park to celebrate the groundbreaking of the project, which was spearheaded with vigorous support from Worthington organizations.
WORTHINGTON — The city’s new Beach Nook project has run into a roadblock. The Worthington City Council on Monday unanimously rejected three bids to construct a new beach house in Centennial Park, as each of them came in over double the architect’s estimate. The city had expected to spend around $500,000, but the lowest bid from Wilcon Construction came in at $1.125 million.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Planning Commission on Tuesday night recommended a series of zoning changes, primarily to shift the Sherwood Street area from an industrial district to a general business district. All of the commission’s decisions made Tuesday were not final. They are recommendations that will go to the Worthington City Council for Monday approval.
WORTHINGTON — New public bike racks will roll into Worthington just in time for King Turkey Day, encouraging residents to use active transportation. Purchased by the city of Worthington using a grant from the Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP), the portable bike racks will be set up by the fire hall and the Farmers Market parking lot for King Turkey Day and other events.
REGIONAL — Southwest Minnesota counties will receive aid from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration for the state Wednesday. With the declaration secured, FEMA will begin the process of calculating the cost of remedying damages to public infrastructure caused by storms and flooding from June 15 to July 11 in the affected counties, including Nobles, Rock, Murray, Cottonwood, Pipestone and Jackson counties.
REGIONAL — Area counties have shown strong income growth in 2018, outpacing metro areas in Minnesota and Iowa, according to a recent report from financial firm SmartAsset. In southwest Minnesota, Rock, Nobles, Pipestone and Jackson counties all finished in the top 13 in statewide income growth. Rock County was the best, finishing fifth in the state with 3.5 percent income growth — up significantly from just 1.1 percent income growth in the 2017 study.
PIPESTONE — The Historic Calumet Inn, first built in 1888, came within a day of being shut down by the city of Pipestone due to quartzite stones falling from the building’s deteriorated south wall. After a year of previous owners that didn’t comply with city requests to make repairs to the wall, hotel manager Tammy Grubbs recently took ownership of the building and immediately went to work getting a contractor. Her timing, it turned out, was excellent.
WORTHINGTON — There’s a joke in the trucking community about Worthington’s northernmost roundabout, located by JBS. “Who’s going to jump it next?”
WORTHINGTON — Nicholas J. Rivas, 18, was sentenced Friday in Nobles County District Court to the mandatory minimum of 60 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence, a felony.
WORTHINGTON — KFC has a new look. The Worthington fast-food restaurant reopened its dine-in area Wednesday with a completely redone interior featuring new furniture and a revamped layout. “It’s basically a brand new restaurant,” said manager Rick Steele, who officially took over the store six months ago. “It’s a complete makeover. There’s almost nothing in here that isn’t new — the bathrooms, the buffet, everything.”