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WORTHINGTON -- They walked a short distance, from St. Mary's Catholic Church to First Lutheran Church a few blocks away. But the effort paid homage to a longer and much more significant journey that took place more than 2,000 years ago -- the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem. The local Hispanic community gathered Monday night for the third night of Las Posadas, a Hispanic tradition celebrated every night from Dec. 16 to 24. In Spanish, "Posada" simply means shelter or lodging, and the participants re-enact the search for shelter on the very first Christmas.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Area YMCA received a present a week in advance of Christmas. Kelby Krabbenhoft, president and CEO of Sioux Valley Hospital and Health System in Sioux Falls, S.D., announced Monday night that Sioux Valley will donate $300,000 to the YMCA's capital campaign, which is under way to build a new YMCA facility in Worthington. The donation is intended to match the $300,000 pledged to the YMCA by Worthington Regional Hospital, which is part of the Sioux Valley system, even though it is municipally owned. The gift came as a surprise to both WRH executives and the YMCA b
WORTHINGTON -- Three new members were appointed to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees at Monday's meeting. Tom Lavelle will fill the unexpired term of Jason Turner, who resigned due to other commitments, effective Dec. 31.
WORTHINGTON -- Three new members were appointed to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees at Monday's meeting. Tom Lavelle will fill the unexpired term of Jason Turner, who resigned due to other commitments, effective Dec. 31. Kelly Monthei and Gary Kellen were appointed for initial three-year terms, filling the expired terms of Gary Hoffmann and Grant Sorenson. The board also approved the slate of officers for 2007: David Jueneman, chairman; Steve Robinson, vice chairman; and John Widboom, secretary-treasurer.
OKABENA -- On Tuesday morning, Jan Hartman added the finishing touch to the tally sheet that has hung on the side of her refrigerator for several weeks. A succession of figures had been scribbled and then crossed off, each bigger than the last. Writing down the final number was the culmination of more than a month of mixing and baking.
PHOENIX -- On his Web site, Craig Stellpflug has a section that he calls "Almost Famous Quotes" that contains some of his life philosophies. "I'm really not that original," he explains about the page. "Everything I know and say and do I have learned or borrowed from somewhere." A quote he likes but that isn't posted on this page is certainly apropos to Craig's own life. "One of the things I like to say is, 'If you want something done, give it to a busy person,'" he related.
WORTHINGTON -- While he was working on his renowned oratorio, "Messiah," legend has it that George Frideric Handel's valet would find the composer weeping silently at his desk, overcome by the beauty and majesty of the music that was flowing from his pen. Local organizers of an upcoming concert of "Messiah" hope that listeners will be similarly struck by the composition as it is performed by a community choir and orchestra. "The music is so gorgeous, so wonderful, that we are all reveling in the beauty of what we are doing," reflected director Linda Lang.
On Nov. 19, 2005, the Daily Globe first shared the story of JoAnne Toft Ackel and her granddaughter, Amber, then 2 years old. In the aftermath of the hurricanes that destroyed much of the Gulf Coast, JoAnne brought Amber, who was seriously disabled after contracting bacterial meningitis, from their home in Lake Charles, La., to her hometown of Luverne, in hope of improving the little girl's life.
WORTHINGTON -- By 1 p.m. Thursday, most of the crowd assembled at Worthington's First Lutheran Church looked ready to take a tryptophan-induced nap. After all, they'd consumed about 200 pounds of turkey, which is known to contain the drowsiness-provoking amino acid. As longtime diners recalled, it was probably the 24th year for Worthington's Community Thanksgiving Dinner, a volunteer-driven event that brings together people from throughout the area to indulge in a traditional feast of turkey, potatoes and gravy, dressing, squash, corn, green bean casserole, rolls and pie.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees approved the 2007 budget Monday with a 6.86 percent increase for services at the hospital. However, the increase is not across the board because of low reimbursement rates from sources such as Medicare, Medical Assistance and Blue Plus. Some areas will see no rate increase. "Take dialysis. We get one payment rate for a dialysis run, and at least 99 percent of those patients are on Medicare," said Bruce Viessman, WRH director of finance.