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WORTHINGTON — When Amanda Walljasper-Tate took a “leap of faith” to purchase a retail business, everyone — family and friends alike — thought she was crazy. After all, the Worthington resident had a good job as an elementary school teacher, multiple college degrees, including a masters degree, and extensive experience as a newspaper reporter and editor — and she had zero know-how in the world of retail.
WORTHINGTON — A Milwaukee, Wis. man, who was found with 69 pounds of marijuana in his vehicle in November was sentenced Monday in Nobles County District Court. Walter Yang, 52, was given five years of supervised probation, 180 days in Nobles County Jail and a $1,000 fine by Judge Gordon Moore. Yang pleaded guilty to second-degree sale of marijuana, a felony, in May. In taking a plea deal, he eliminated a second-degree felony drug charge.
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington has obtained a court order to make repairs to the Thompson Hotel apartments. Judge Gordon Moore gave the city permission Monday in Fifth District Court to enter the apartment building and each of its 39 units. “We now have the authority to carry out the repairs as quickly as a government entity can,” said Jason Brisson, Worthington community and economic development director.
WORTHINGTON — The Southwest Initiative Foundation (SWIF) has agreed to invest $50,000 into the Worthington Investment Network (WIN). It was an easy decision for the SWIF board, which voted unanimously to support the investment in late June. WIN’s strategy — to renovate buildings and lease them to businesses — lines up with the Hutchinson-based nonprofit’s mission of supporting southwest Minnesota businesses with capital such as low-interest loans and grants, said Scott Marquardt, SWIF vice president.
WORTHINGTON — The city is exploring the possibility of buying more than 50 acres of land located directly to the west of Glenwood Heights and grooming it to create more than 100 lots for new homes. The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a conditional purchase agreement for the lot at a total price of $815,145, which the council can either accept or reject on or before Dec. 31.
WORTHINGTON — During a visit with Worthington business leaders and government officials Monday, gubernatorial candidate Tim Pawlenty stressed his goal of lessening “burdensome” regulations and requirements that give Minnesota a “competitive disadvantage.” Local officials agreed, lambasting the cost of building in Minnesota as compared to its neighbors and blaming it on state regulations, particularly energy-saving rules and safety codes.
WORTHINGTON — The next local option sales tax will be on ballots this November. The Worthington City Council on Monday called for a referendum for the half-percent sales tax, which, if approved, would replace the current half-percent sales tax set to expire by the end of September.
WORTHINGTON — As president of the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, which represents six states in the Midwest, Neel Kashkari is considered a prominent expert on the economy. Nonetheless, he’s visiting Worthington to learn more.
SLAYTON — Throughout Murray County, flooding caused by multiple rainstorms is worse than anyone ever imagined. In Slayton, semis, vans, U-Haul trucks and a diesel fuel pump are submerged in a newly formed pond by Prairie Pride Cenex. Just down the road in the U.S. 59 Auction Service lot, tractors are flipped upside down and floating. In Currie, the End-O-Line Railroad Park and Museum is underwater. The same goes for houses and campers by Lake Shetek.
SLAYTON — Parts of Murray County received nearly a dozen inches of rain Tuesday morning, leading to severe flooding and evacuations. The lakes area in northern Murray County were hit the hardest, with campgrounds and roads being completely overrun. Murray County Sheriff’s Office personnel were sent to Lake Shetek and Lake Sarah to help residents evacuate.