April 12 news

WORTHINGTON - The Worthington City Council on Monday made another change to its policy on private docks in Lake Okabena, now allowing for up to 15 on public property instead of the previous limit of 10.

An application for an 11th dock was received from Steve Prins to be placed across from his residence at 721 Lake Street. The maximum number was set at 10 in February, and all 10 permits have been issued. Mayor Mike Kuhle said he has never been in favor of limiting the docks because he doesn't think it fixes any problems.

Celebrate National Public Safety Communicators Week

National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week, always celebrated the second full week in April, is dedicated to those who serve as public safety communicators, more commonly known as dispatchers.

Dispatchers are often the first contact during an emergency, are the calm voice during what can be the most frightening moments in a person's life, and are the unseen heroes who send help during the catastrophic times and most tense situations. They are a lifeline for law enforcement officials and a resource for those who don't know where to turn.

April 11 news

WORTHINGTON — In an effort to improve the recycling of materials in the 12-county area of the Southwest Regional Solid Waste Commission, a survey is being mailed to households in the area. Each household that receives the survey was selected at random and will represent the views of others living in the county.

WORTHINGTON - Abel Piper of Fulda brought home the first place trophy during the Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee on Saturday. Abel, the son of Karsten and Rochelle Piper of Fulda, won in the individual rounds, having survived a 40-word written exam first thing in the morning, followed by competing in a five-word oral round.

April 7 news

WORTHINGTON - The Minnesota Supreme Court on Wednesday affirmed the findings of the Nobles County District Court, which state pastors and their church are not liable to former parishioners for defamation or related common-law torts for statements made by the pastors during the course of formal church discipline proceedings when the statements were communicated only to other members of the church and participants in the formal church discipline process.

LaVonne and Henry Pfeil allege that they were defamed by the pastoral staff of St. Matthew Lutheran Church of Worthington during two church disciplinary proceedings that were held for the purpose of excommunicating the Pfeils from St. Matthew. The district court dismissed the Pfeils’ claims with prejudice on First Amendment grounds, and the court of appeals affirmed.

Hoffman named award recipient

WORTHINGTON - First State Bank Southwest hosted a Chamber Mixer Tuesday night, and two announcements kept things exciting.

Bank President Greg Raymo announced a $50,000 debt challenge plan to assist the YMCA with paying off their construction debt, which would help keep more money flowing into programming.