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WORTHINGTON, MINN. — For the second consecutive year, a Worthington High School agriculture teacher and FFA advisor has been awarded a Curriculum for Agricultural Science Education (CASE) grant to advance agriculture education in the high school. Matt Tripp was notified in December that his grant application was approved to receive a $3,000 grant. The money will be used to purchase equipment to aid in leading the CASE curriculum.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Jerry and Terry Perkins, along with their daughter, Julie Lopez, will be recognized next month during the Minnesota Soil and Water Conservation District’s annual convention as Nobles County’s Outstanding Conservationists. The Perkins family has practiced conservation efforts on their rural Worthington farm for decades and their renter, Tim Hansberger, continues to maintain them.
WORTHINGTON -- So, that bag of dirty diapers someone tossed from their car window into a ditch south of Adrian -- a 4-H’er picked that up. Those empty pop bottles, bait containers and yards of tangled fishing line left along the shoreline at Lake Bella County Park? A 4-H’er cleaned those things up as well. They call it Community Pride -- working with their hands, and giving from the heart (two of the H’s in 4-H) -- to make their communities better and to give back to others.
WORTHINGTON -- The Downtown Farmers Market in Worthington will begin offering customers a new way to pay for their fresh fruits, vegetables, breads, jellies, meat and eggs when it debuts a card reader kiosk at Tuesday’s market. The card reader will make it possible for individuals to purchase tokens with credit or debit cards, EBT cards and SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) cards. The tokens are then used to purchase items from farmer’s market vendors.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. - The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District board of managers discussed Tuesday the recent concerns raised by landowners of excess water flow through the County Ditch 4 system. In late June, landowners appeared before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners to discuss flooding issues along the ditch system. The ditch flows from Herlein-Boote Slough to Nobles County State Aid Highway 35 in Dewald Township, west of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Several landowners served by Judicial Ditch 12 in Bloom Township appeared before Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday after a request was made to replace tile on two lateral lines. The estimated cost to replace the tile is anticipated at more than $30,000 -- about $6,000 more than the fund balance currently in the ditch system’s account.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Located along the eastern basin of Lake Ocheda, the New Beginnings Garden Center is popping with color. Bright pink, magenta, red, white and purple blooms are mixed in with the lush green colors of foliage in and around the new greenhouse and garden center.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Despite concerns from a neighboring property owner, a rural Rushmore man will be allowed to construct a 51-by-408-foot total confinement barn to house 2,400 head of finishing pigs in the northwest quarter of the southwest quarter of Section 2, Little Rock Township.
SIBLEY, Iowa — It’s never easy letting go. Twilla Bents knows that all too well, as she’s had to let go of a lot in recent years. Next month, she’ll have to let go of a little bit more. It has been a difficult journey.
LUVERNE, Minn. — It has been nearly two years since flood waters washed through Rock County, Minn., farm fields, carrying away topsoil, creating gullies and wiping out crops. The county’s Soil and Water Conservation District is still trying to repair the damages. It will take another five years to fix everything — and that’s without the threat of additional damage, Rock County Land Management Assistant Director Doug Bos said Tuesday.