WORTHINGTON - In observance of Thanksgiving Day, all city, county and state government offices will be closed Thursday, including the law enforcement center at Prairie Justice Center. The Nobles County Library will be closed. The Worthington Post Office will be closed, delivery routes will not be running, and there will be no outgoing mail.
All financial institutions will be closed, the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will be closed and the Worthington Municipal Liquor Store will also be closed. Fareway will be closed, and Hy-Vee will close at 2 p.m.
Schaap Sanitation will pick up Thursday paper recycling routes on Wednesday and Thursday garbage routes on Friday.
All city and county offices will remain closed Friday, as will the library and the chamber of commerce. All financial institutions, the liquor store and the grocery stores will resume regular business hours.
At Radio Works, our business office will be closed for the holiday Thursday and Friday, but beginning Thursday at midnight, we’re here to help you stay in the holiday spirit. For the second year, FM 104.3 The Party will become The Christmas Party, with 24/7 Christmas music through Christmas Day. Tune in to FM 104.3 The Christmas Party for holiday classics, contemporaries and everything in between, and we’ll see you back in our offices on Monday.
Happy Thanksgiving from everyone at Radio Works!
WORTHINGTON - The Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign will get under way Friday in Worthington, and volunteer bell ringers are still needed. A.C.E. of Southwest Minnesota is seeking volunteers to help ring bells and raise funds to help the less fortunate in Nobles County.
Money raised is used to help people in need, whether providing them shelter from the cold, a hot meal or a one-way bus ticket to reach family. Joanne Bartosh, volunteer coordinator for A.C.E., said this year’s fundraising goal is $15,000. She is encouraging church groups, community service organizations and businesses to get into the holiday spirit by volunteering to ring the bells for the Salvation Army kettles.
Bell ringers must be age 18 or older (if younger, they must be supervised by a responsible adult) and are needed at Hy-Vee, Shopko, Runnings and Fareway in Worthington starting Friday. Bell ringers are needed each day, except Sundays, between Friday and Christmas Eve.
To volunteer, contact Bartosh at 295-5262 or sign up at the service desk at either Hy-Vee or Shopko. Volunteer coordinators are in place at Fareway and Runnings.
Each of the four stores provide space inside their business for the bell ringers, so Bartosh said people don’t need to worry about standing outside in the cold. Bell ringing shifts are set up for two- or three-hour intervals, but Bartosh said anyone willing to give even just an hour or two of their time is appreciated.
Anyone who volunteers to assist with bell ringing will be counted for volunteer hours logged, which A.C.E. tracks for reporting to RSVP.
WORTHINGTON – Ojulu Omot Omot, age 21, of Worthington, was sentenced Tuesday in Nobles County District Court to 166 hours of community service and a stayed sentence of 28 months for simple robbery after entering into a plea agreement last month. Eight other counts against Omot were dismissed as part of the agreement.
The counts stemmed from an incident that occurred in late July when Omot and two other men robbed a man in his apartment in what was originally described as a theft of money. It came out later that the three men went to but marijuana from the victim, but instead hit him on the head and stole it from him.
Omot will have to perform 166 hours of community service in lieu of paying a $1,000 fine. He has five years of probation in which to fulfill his service obligation. He has already served 85 days in jail after his arrest.
Judge Gordon Moore lectures Omot about his actions, telling him it is time to get a job and grow up, and if he has a problem with drugs, he needs to figure that out. Omot already has convictions of theft, counterfeiting, possession of stolen property and assault.
Moore said if he violates probation, Omot is looking at going to prison, and robbing a guy for a small amount of marijuana is a foolish reason to do so.
WINDOM - The Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Action Corporation will meet at noon Monday, December 7 at River City Eatery, 344 10th Street, Windom MN. The items on the Agenda are election of officers and a Presentation by MN/DOT on current and upcoming projects. Lunch will be provided for a fee. Please RSVP to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 507-372-2919 or email email@example.com.
WINDOM - The Windom Area Chordhustlers will have their annual Food Shelf Benefit at 4 p.m. this Sunday, November 29th at the American Lutheran Church in Windom. The Southwest Minnesota Men’s Chorus will be joining them for this annual holiday concert. Admission is something for the food shelf. Refreshments will be served following the performance.
JACKSON - The annual Pioneerland Gun show is this weekend at the National Guard Armory in Jackson, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $5 with concessions available. There will be over 100 tables. All federal regulations apply to the sale of firearms.
SLAYTON - Professor Lloyd Peterson will present on “The Great Depression” on Thursday, December 3 at noon for the Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series. This presentation will be in the 4-H building on the Murray County Fairgrounds.
October 29, 1929 came to be known as Black Tuesday, when the stock market crashed, losing $14 billion dollars in two days and ushering in a decade of economic hardships. On top of that, farmers had to deal with drought and falling commodity prices throughout the Dirty Thirties. Professor Peterson will lecture on this unprecedented time in American History.
Lloyd Petersen spent 24 years as a history and government teacher at Marshall High School, starting in 1970. He also coached the Tiger football team for 22 years. Petersen moved to Southwest Minnesota State University in 2005, where he was an associate professor of education and a licensure officer. He works part-time at SMSU today as a supervisor for student teaching. He teaches American History classes for SMSU's Senior College.
The Dinehart Lunchbox Lecture Series is held on the first Thursday of the month through April. Participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. Coffee and tea are provided. There is a $3 fee. Murray County Historical Society members are free. For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 507-836-6533.