WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission heard it will have to figure out how to cover an approximately $1.4 million rate increase it is facing next year. During the regular meeting Monday afternoon, Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain said Missouri Energy Services is increasing the cost of power for the city of Worthington. The total increase is approximately $1.43 million, which left the commission trying to figure out the best way to cover those costs. “We should be charging what we’re facing as an increase,” commission member Randy Thompson
WORTHINGTON — Eleven of the 20 Lewis & Clark Regional Water System members are currently receiving water. Worthington is not one of them. However, if a construction budget is passed next week, the pipeline will get a little closer. “Essentially what’s going to happen on Oct. 24 at 1:30 p.m. is the Lewis & Clark board is going to vote on a fiscal year 2014 construction budget,” Worthington Public Utilities Manager Scott Hain said. “The first construction budget that will be presented is in the amount of $21.6 million.
JACKSON — Sen. LeRoy Stumpf said it was a nearly impossible task ahead. In a Minnesota Senate bonding tour stop Thursday morning at the Jackson campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, the Democratic senator from Plummer said here have been many more requests received than can be filled for next session’s bonding cycle. “The real tough thing is to drive that square peg into a round hole,” he said.
WORTHINGTON — When Missouri River Energy Services representatives asked if Worthington wanted to be included in a pilot education program, there was little hesitation. “I said, ‘We sure would,”‘ Manager of Worthington Public Utilities Scott Hain said. With the program, every fifth-grader in Worthington will have lessons on energy and conservation. “Missouri River staff came to the board, which I sit on, and they said, ‘There seems to be an interest, can we go and develop the program?’” Hain said.
WINDOM — Fast Manufacturing is expanding — again. On Tuesday, the Mountain Lake company announced it will expand in the North Windom Industrial Park — before its first building in the park is even completed. “The good news is Fast Sprayers is expanding, doubling the size of their facility from 72,000 to 144,000 square feet,” said Aaron Backman, Executive Director of the Windom Economic Development Authority. “They have already ordered the second building, which will be attached to the first.
WORTHINGTON — Dakota Golf Management was approved to continue to manage Prairie View Golf Links by the Worthington city council during Monday night’s regular meeting. With Mayor Alan Oberloh and council member Scott Nelson both absent, Dakota Golf was approved for a two-year agreement on a 3-1 vote.
WORTHINGTON — Because of issues brought to the city’s attention, a workplace assessment was recently performed on the Worthington Police Department. Within that report, a section titled “yelling and bullying” was one of the many issues covered. “We have what’s called a respectful workplace policy,” City Administrator Craig Clark said. “We’ve reiterated that to our employees and the importance of maintaining that, and what folks should do in the instance they feel that it’s not being abided by.
WORTHINGTON — A vehicle careened out of control late Sunday afternoon on East Ninth Avenue, driving through a backyard and shed and eventually coming to rest after striking a tree and deck. The incident occurred about 5:15 p.m. One witness at the scene reported the driver of the vehicle and his passenger attempted to flee the scene after their vehicle stopped, but were chased down by other witnesses.
WORTHINGTON — Alan and Janice Oberloh were sitting in a small restaurant in Crailsheim, Germany, when a gentleman approached them. “He said, ‘I have to tell you a story. I am a man of 75 years. When I was a little boy, a man rode his bicycle throughout Crailsheim ringing his bell and hollering to get to the hospital, the plane is coming in from Worthington with coats and supplies. Everybody in town went there, and they handed out coats and clothes.
WORTHINGTON — Stephanie Gorman has spent most of her life in or around the water. So, when the aquatics director position opened at the Worthington Area YMCA, she was a natural fit. “I came from an aquatic family,” Gorman said. “My aunt was a lifeguard and taught some lessons, and my dad and his brothers lifeguarded as well. Ever since I was a baby, I was always in the water. It’s just something I enjoy,” she continued. “I took my first swim lesson at six months old at a YMCA in Austin.