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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.
WORTHINGTON --After decorating his tree-shaped sugar cookie with red gum drops and a heavy load of green sugar, 4-year-old Will Brandner surveyed his handiwork and decided, "I need blue bulbs." A search among the decorating options didn't turn up any blue ornaments, but Will made do with some blue sugar and later added some bright pink sugar, too, creating a brightly colored and heavily laden tree. The cookie-decorating station was just one of many activity options Will and more than 20 other 3- to 5-year-old children could choose from at the Family, Career and Community Leaders of America-s
WORTHINGTON -- Warning to motorists traveling on Interstate 90 in the coming weeks: Don't be distracted by the lights shining just to the north of the U.S. 59 exit. If you want a better look, take the next exit and head toward the Prairie Holdings building (former Prairie Expo), across from the Travelodge on U.S. 59. Prairie Dazzle, a charity drive-through holiday display, will illuminate the Prairie Holdings property from Thanksgiving night through Jan. 1.
WORTHINGTON -- As a young girl, as many young girls do, Danielle Tolsma watched televised pageants such as Miss America and Miss USA and fantasized about being up on that runway, representing her state. But to actually enter a pageant? No, that wasn't for her. Not until she received information about the Miss Minnesota pageant. On a whim, and with a little encouragement, she sent in an application. "I guess I had gotten a mailer about it, and most of the time I didn't pay any attention to those things," Danielle related. "My mom said to send it in, just for fun.
WORTHINGTON -- The Christmas cards that Jari Johnson sends out to family and friends each year aren't like any that can be found in a store. Each is a miniature work of art, painstakingly handcrafted and assembled to her liking, "If I like the design, the way it comes together, I'll make duplicates," Johnson said. "I make our own Christmas cards every year, and that's 125." This year, Johnson will share her cards with people beyond that circle of 125 as part of the Holiday Exhibit and Sale at the Nobles County Art Center, 407 12th St.
WORTHINGTON -- It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas -- at least at the home of Craig and Lori Nienkerk and a few other Worthington abodes. The Nienkerks and four other couples volunteered their houses for the fifth annual Christmas House Walk, a fund-raiser for Hospice Cottage Inc. The Nienkerk residence, located at 1409 Elmwood Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- Although Judith Berry's exhibit in the Fine Arts Building at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus, consists of paintings, very few of them hang on the wall of the gallery. "They free stand," she explained via telephone from her home in Wayne, Neb. "I did put two of them against the walls that they have, displayed them like a painting, but then two of them free stand on their own, so they're out in space. They have paintings on both sides, so you walk in and around them.
WORTHINGTON -- Juanita Harberts relies on a personal calendar to make sure she's where she's supposed to be on any given day. "I don't go anywhere without my calendar," she said. "One of the biggest things is to remember to allow travel time so I'm at the right church at the right time." As an intern for Prairie Star Ministries, Harberts rotates her duties among five area churches.
WORTHINGTON -- Two new aldermen will join the Worthington City Council as a result of Tuesday's election. Ronald "Ron" Wood received 843 votes to Mike Peil's 724 to claim the Ward 1 seat vacated by Lee Hain, who chose not to run after many years on the council.
WORTHINGTON -- Many people find their passion for a vocation in college. Brett Lehman, a Windom native, found his when he took a sabbatical from higher education and began working with people with disabilities. "I wanted to quit college and needed a job," he admitted, somewhat sheepishly, "so I took a job at a (group) home in Windom. That was the catalyst. From that, I realized I wanted to work with people, so I went back to college and finished a degree in social work." With a degree from Moorhead State University, Brett practiced as a social worker in Jackson County for three years.