February 29 news

WORTHINGTON – A variety of reports that Prairie Elementary School was on lock-down Friday were inaccurate. According to Worthington District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard, students were not allowed outside for recess due to safety concerns expressed by the Worthington Police Department. There was no lock-down, Landgaard said.

An adult male who had been placed on a 72-hour hold had run from Sanford Worthington Medical Center, allegedly assaulting an officer to get free, according to one report. He then stole a car from the 300th block of 10th Street. That vehicle was later recovered in Sheldon, Iowa. Sheldon law enforcement officials subsequently received a report of a stolen pizza delivery van in their city.

Early morning fire in Iona

IONA – Thanks to the early morning efforts of firefighters from four departments, the elevator in Iona is still standing and operational. The office building, however, is not salvageable.

The Iona Fire Department was dispatched to a fire at the Iona Elevator shortly after 6 a.m. Assistant Fire Chief Joe Weidert said they immediately called Slayton, Fulda and Chandler for mutual aid. He said he wanted plenty of people and equipment on hand to make sure the fire, which had originated in a storage area in the office building, did not reach the elevator.

February 26 news

WORTHINGTON – Worthington District 518 is in negotiations to potentially purchase a facility to accommodate the gymnastics program at an estimated cost of $6 million dollars, according to information released during a school board work session Thursday evening. That cost includes the necessary remodeling of the building to meet the needs of the district.

The facility may also be large enough to accommodate ALC students, another serious need. The current Alternative Learning Center is housed at West Learning Center, and the consensus of the school board is that the building must be razed.

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.