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May 21 news

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WORTHINGTON – Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Chancellor Steven Rosenstone on Wednesday recommended Dr. Terry Gaalswyk to take over as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, a position with an anticipated start date of July 1. Gaalswyk will take over the reins from Dr. Barbara McDonald, who has served as the interim president since the retirement of Dr. Richard Shrubb in July 2014.

During the same MnSCU Board of Trustee meeting, Rosenstone recommended McDonald for the presidency of North Hennepin Community College.

Rosenstone said he visited...

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MNSP Bean Receiving Changes

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Bean receiving and oil load out at the Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster will be closed on Monday, May 25th, for Memorial Day

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May 20 news

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WORTHINGTON – The Nobles County Commissioners on Tuesday accepted a bid for $420,095 from Schwickert’s Tecta America LLC of Mankato, to replace the HVAC and heating system in the War Memorial Library Building. According to Nobles County Administrator Tom Johnson, the bids came in significantly higher than the engineer’s estimate, which was approximately $350,000.

Johnson said they spoke to 18 different companies, and believes they don’t think they can do better by waiting. Commissioner Marv Zylstra said for the last three years the system has gone down for at least a week each...

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May 19 news

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WORTHINGTON - The Worthington Chamber of Commerce is teaming up with the University of Minnesota Extension to determine opportunities available for retail businesses in the area. A tool, called the Retail Trade Analysis or RTA report, utilizes sales tax data from Worthington and Nobles County to tabulate an historical overview of retail businesses in the area.

The RTA program also reveals what types of retail businesses might be beneficial to residents. Neil Linscheid, Extension Educator in Community Economics, will present the results of the 2013 Worthington RTA report from 5:30...

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Watkins named to All-Southern Division Team

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Minnesota West freshman Austin Watkins has been named to the Minnesota College Athletic Conference's All-Southern Division Baseball Team

Watkins, a freshman from Mountain Lake, had an outstanding season at the plate where he had 53 hits in 128 at-bats for a batting average of .414. Of the 53 hits he had 11 doubles, 6 triples and 2 homeruns and ended up with 34 RBI's on the season and 8 stolen bases. Watkins was 4th in the Southern Division in runs batted in and 5th in the division in batting average

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12 Princess Kay Finalists Selected

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ST. CLOUD, Minn. – The selection of 12 young women from dairy farm backgrounds on Sunday, May 17, in St. Cloud has paved the way for crowning Minnesota’s 62nd Princess Kay of the Milky Way, the dairy industry’s official goodwill ambassador. The newest Princess Kay will be named just before the opening of the Minnesota State Fair in August, and each of the 12 finalists for the title will be sculpted in butter throughout the fair.

The finalists were named at the conclusion of a three-day workshop attended by nearly 70 county dairy princesses. They include:

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May 18 news

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WORTHINGTON - The 2015 racing season at the Nobles County Speedway is set to begin Tuesday, June 2.

This Tuesday, a Test n Tune event will be the first opportunity for racing fans to see what the track has to offer. On the official opening night the theme will be Salute to Ag and admission will be free. The lineup will be IMCA modifieds, stock cars, sport modifieds, hobby stocks and sport compacts.

This year, with a few exceptions, most of the weekly race nights will be on Tuesdays, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

For more information on the track and full schedule, visit...

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Exhibitions of birds cancelled for 2015 season

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ST. PAUL — The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced its directive to cancel all bird exhibitions at county fairs, the State Fair, and other gatherings of birds. The Board’s directive is effective through the end of 2015 and also prohibits birds from being included in swap meets, exotic sales, and petting zoos.

Since March 5, 2015, nearly 90 Minnesota farms have been impacted by H5N2 highly-pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). The purpose of the Board’s directive is to minimize the risk of potential further spread of the virus. The risk to the public related to H5N2 HPAI is...

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