February 25 news

SLAYTON – County officials from southwest Minnesota met with local legislators last week in Slayton to discuss items they would like to see discussed during the upcoming legislative session which convenes March 8th in St. Paul.

Senators Bill Weber and Gary Dahms, along with Representatives Joe Schomacker and Rod Hamilton sat down to hear concerns regarding County Program Aid, the Secure Courthouse Initiative, Southwest Emergency Services, the Minnesota River Basin Board, trails funding for the Casey Jones Trail, transportation funding and a variety of human services issues, including investments in technology, administrative simplification, the foster and child care systems, improvements to MNsure and mental health care.

February 24 news

WORTHINGTON – The city of Worthington is asking Nobles County to step up to the plate when it comes to some help with economic development, but the county isn’t quite ready to commit.

During a joint work session between the Nobles County Commissioners and the Worthington City Council on Tuesday, the city asked the county to bear all of the cost up front for the demolition of the Northland Mall. According to City Administrator Steve Robinson, the loan agreement with Marthaler is that the cost to tear down the mall will not have to come from their pockets.

WRHCF presents check to Project Lifesaver

WORTHINGTON – Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation Executive Director Jeff Rotert on Tuesday presented a check for $38,332.29 to Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening, Chief Deputy Chris Dybevick and Radio Works Owner/General Manager Chad Cummings for Project Livesaver.

The money was raised from 534 businesses and people who donated to the more than 40 brave and slightly crazy souls who jumped into the brrrr cold waters of Lake Okabena January 23 during the Deep Freeze Dip in an effort to raise funds for Project Lifesaver. They raised $24,332.29, and with the $14,000 match from the foundation, Project Lifesaver is launched in a spectacular fashion.

Worker injured at courthouse construction site in Marshall

MARSHALL – A construction worker at the Lyon County Courthouse was airlifted to a Sioux Falls, SD hospital this afternoon after a concrete wall collapsed, trapping the man underneath. The construction accident happened shortly after 1 p.m., according to law enforcement. The worker was extracted about a half-hour after emergency crews arrived.

February 23 news

WORTHINGTON - Hibbett Sporting Goods, Inc., a national sporting goods retailer based in Birmingham, Ala., has announced the execution of a lease for a new store in Worthington.

Hibbett Sports plans to open the new location this summer at Worthington Shopping Center next door to Walmart Supercenter. The store anticipates employing eight full and part-time team members.

Currently Hibbett has two locations in the state of Minnesota in Austin and Winona. Hibbett is a fast-growing operator of over 1,000 full-line sporting goods stores in small to mid-sized markets, predominantly in the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and Midwest.