Aaron Hagen is the Community Content Coordinator for the Daily Globe. He began at the Globe in June 2007 as a sports reporter. After a year, he became the sports editor before taking his current position in the summer of 2011. His main responsibilities are the social media and multimedia for the website, as well as covering the city beat for Worthington.
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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council awarded a debris monitor bid to True North Emergency Management during an emergency meeting Tuesday night. The cost estimate depended on the amount of work that needs to be completed. If the work takes six weeks, the projection is the bid will be for $249,000.
WORTHINGTON --In an effort to get more competitive quotes and to have a money-saving asset, District 518 is moving forward with constructing a new bus garage. "So what the board really came down to was they felt it was advantageous to have an asset once it's paid for, and to encourage a more competitive environment for quoting of the transportation," District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard said.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council discussed moving forward with numerous topics, including the request for a new outdoor pool in Worthington, a farmer's market ordinance, a Beach Nook request and rates for the Center for Active Living, during a special Monday morning meeting. In response to a citizens' group for a new pool, the council decided to explore the possibility of expanding the current facility at the Worthington Area YMCA. "I'd like to put it out there as an option to look at it," council member Mike Kuhle said of expanding the YMCA site.
WORTHINGTON -- According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), more than $26 million worth of damage was done across southwest Minnesota during the April winter storm. In a letter to President Barack Obama, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday asked that a major disaster be declared for the state. "Whole communities were effectively shut down for several days, with limited public services and virtually no private amenities," Dayton wrote.
WORTHINGTON -- It's a new era for the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp (WREDC). With a new manager starting Wednesday, the WREDC unveiled a new logo during the recent Regional Bioscience Conference. "I addressed the board of directors when I took over at the WREDC and we thought it was very important to reinvent the organization," interim manager Chris Witzel said. "We thought it was important to reinvent ourselves a little bit while still being tied to the city.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival will be a little more colorful this year. For the first time in the event's history, a "Color Dash" will take place on the Saturday of the event. "A color dash is a fun 5K run or walk," said Hamid Torabpour, race director. "Participants who sign up get a white T-shirt and they basically go through the course. As they go through the course, we have color stations throughout.
WORTHINGTON -- There is still a major lack of housing in Worthington. A recently-completed study showed the need for places to live in town is more than it was during a study done four years ago. "We've had four housing studies in the last decade, and every one of them has determined that we need additional housing," Mayor Alan Oberloh said. "It's not just affordable housing, its market-rate housing, too.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council awarded bids for disaster response and recovery services as well as site management during a special meeting Wednesday morning. The council also set a final date of May 31 for all debris to be put to the boulevard. The disaster response and recovery services bid was opened April 18, but a decision was tabled during a meeting last week. On Wednesday, the council awarded the cleanup bid to Ceres Environmental Services Inc., Brooklyn Park. Requests for proposals were sent out based on a number estimated by the city.
WORTHINGTON -- As Tasha Domeyer added up the cost to her town, the number she came up with was very large. "We had about $1.2 million," the Ellsworth mayor said. "We had a lot of tree damage. A lot of it is going to be tree removal that we had to have. All the streets were impassable at one point in time. Then we had snow on top of it, so you couldn't plow your streets. I think we've had Nobles County in there twice, and we have to pay them by the truckload," she added. "I have to head back now and figure out our cubic feet of debris.