All King Turkey Day festivities to take place downtown

WORTHINGTON - All King Turkey Day festivities and events will take place downtown this year, the King Turkey Board of Directors announced today.

A recent push from citizens to move activities from the Nobles County Fairgrounds back to the downtown area was successful, although some of the logistics are still being worked out, according to board president Wade Roesner. He said there will be a full carnival, and everything will be within blocks of downtown Worthington.

April 1 news

WORTHINGTON — University of Minnesota Extension is offering two courses to help food service establishments meet the educational requirement for Certified Food Managers.

JACKSON - The Jackson County Central Drama Department will present the musical Pippen tonight and Saturday night at the JCC High School performing Arts Center. Showtime is at 7:30pm each night. Tickets are $6 for adults and $4 for students. Activity Passes will be accepted.

SLAYTON - The Southwest Trailriders Association will host a Tack Swap from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Murray County Fairgrounds 4-H Building at 3048 Broadway Avenue in Slayton, featuring new and used Western and English tack, horse-related items and show supplies. For more information, call 507-220-5011.

More April 1 news

ST. KILIAN - Aaron Charles Conklin, age 34, of Magnolia, died Thursday evening when the vehicle he was driving rolled on Nobles County 15 just north of St. Kilian.

WORTHINGTON - Congressman Tim Walz will be at the Nobles County Government Center Farmers Room from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesday to visit with constituents in what he refers to as a Congress on Your Corner stop.

Edgerton hosts governor's water quality summit

EDGERTON - Gov. Mark Dayton and key members of his cabinet gathered in Edgerton Wednesday to discuss water quality challenges in southwestern Minnesota and across the state, with the overlying message being that the problems are not insurmountable if people work together.

According to Pollution Control Commissioner John Linc Stine, there are three primary impairments in Minnesota waters - nutrients, sediment and bacteria - and it is possible to make a difference in the water quality. It was cumulative acts that put us where we are, he said, and it will take the same type of effort to get us back.

March 31 news

WORTHINGTON - In the month of April, there are several opportunities to donate blood with the American Red Cross.

On April 14 from noon to 6 p.m., stop by the Fulda Area Credit Union, located at 1127 Ryan's Road. April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., they will be at the American Lutheran Church, 915 Winifred Street. And April 21 from 1 to 7 p.m., stop in at the American Reformed Church, 1720 N. Burlington Ave.

Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments are preferred. To schedule an appointment, go to www.redcrossblood.org or call 1-800-RED-CROSS.