WORTHINGTON — While the birth rate among Minnesota teens has been on a downward trend over the past three decades, the same can’t be said for sexually transmitted infections (STIs), which have risen to epidemic levels across the state.
WORTHINGTON — Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl was honored as the state’s 2018 Outstanding Watershed District Employee last Friday during the Minnesota Association of Watershed Districts’ annual conference in Alexandria. Livdahl has worked for the watershed district for 29 years, first providing technical services as part of his duties with the Nobles Soil and Water Conservation District, and then full-time since 2007, when he was hired as district administrator.
WORTHINGTON — Nobles County commissioners spent more time during Wednesday morning’s work session discussing the poor workmanship by a subcontractor hired to do concrete work as part of a landscaping project at the Government Center in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — While the number of Minnesota teens ages 15 to 19 giving birth has declined by 70 percent since 1990, information from the University of Minnesota’s Prevention Research Center shows Nobles County continues to have one of the highest birth rates among teens in the state. The 2018 Minnesota Adolescent Sexual Health Report ranks Nobles County’s teen birth rate the third highest in Minnesota at 39.3 per 1,000 teens ages 15 to 19, trailing only Mahnomen (75.6) and Watonwan (48.9) counties.
WORTHINGTON — With snow in the forecast this weekend, it appears likely there will be a white Christmas to celebrate during Pioneer Village’s annual Old-Fashioned Christmas next weekend on the village grounds in Worthington. The village is decorated for the holidays, the musicians, singers and dancers are booked and Santa is taking time out of his busy schedule to hear the wish lists of little boys and girls.
WORTHINGTON — A challenging growing season, depressed markets, increased input costs and China’s imposed tariffs on agricultural products have meant a tough year for many of the region’s farmers. Often humble people who work quietly to feed the world, these men and women are up before dawn to milk cows, feed cattle or do the hog chores. They lose crops from too much rain — or not enough — and work well into the dark of night to plant and harvest their crops.
Dear readers, My three brothers and I lost our dad last week. My mom lost her husband of 58 years. He was the patriarch of the Buntjer family; the farmer who refused to leave the farm. He loved us, this we know. He’s in a better place, this we know. He celebrated the greatest Thanksgiving of all on Thursday — far better than we can ever imagine — this, as Christians, we know.
WORTHINGTON — “Wacky Professor” Jerry Wenzel had kids and adults laughing and learning as he demonstrated science concepts during the Nobles County 4-H Celebration Saturday in Worthington. The celebration, in place of the traditional 4-H achievement banquet, included member recognition for excellence in leadership and recordkeeping, and adult volunteerism in the organization.
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington will spend up to $60,000 to address pest infestations inside the Thompson Hotel, and it will be done before repairs are made to the roof. Caught between a judge’s order and uncertainty into who is responsible for the property — Wells Fargo is the mortgage holder by default, but receivership was given to Lighthouse Management Group of New Brighton — nothing has been done to address either the leaking roof or the pests.
WORTHINGTON — Nearly four years after a group of local residents began a quest to restore a small cannon on display in Chautauqua Park, the piece of artillery is back in place — this time with a monument explaining its history.