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WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees on Monday approved a contract with Union Local 113 that included a 3 percent wage increase across the board for three years. According to WRH Director of Ancillary Services Jeff Rotert, the union represents employees in several areas of the hospital, including dietary, housekeeping, medical records, surgical technicians and stock clerks. There are about 65 employees involved, making it the second largest group of unionized employees at WRH.
WORTHINGTON -- Andrew Henry has called a lot of places home. There's his homeland -- Sudan, and his exile homes in Africa -- Uganda, Chad, Cameroon, Nigeria. His first home in the United States was in Jackson, Miss., where he and his wife, Comfort, were newlyweds and started their family. And now, the Henrys have moved to Worthington, their newest home, where Andrew is serving as a pastor at the Christian Reformed Church, 1100 First Ave., S.W.
WORTHINGTON -- Just about every Tuesday night, a group numbering five gathers at Worthington's American Reformed Church. They talk, they joke, they laugh, and later they go out for coffee. But mostly, they make music. The Gospelaires -- a group composed of four male singers and an accompanist -- got their start in 1982 as a group of men who just liked to sing. In those early years, it was an informal endeavor, and the Gospelaires mostly performed for the benefit of their own congregation.
JASPER -- The town of Jasper was given over to the goats on Saturday. With a field of 40 four-legged competitors at the Jasper Goat Races on Saturday afternoon, the animals created such an overwhelming presence that they seemed to outnumber the humans. But a good crowd was also on hand to root for their favorite nanny and billy. There were big goats, medium goats, small goats. White goats, black goats, gray goats, brown goats. Their bleating cries grew louder as race time neared, and some of the competitors were suited up in special racing attire.
WORTHINGTON -- Strolling among the soldiers, traveling salesman, camp followers, historical presenters and other participants Saturday at the Pipestone Civil War Festival was one of the most notable figures in American history. President Abe Lincoln, accompanied by his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, reviewed the troops, made public appearances and offered several speeches and historical presentations during the course of the weekend.
PIPESTONE -- The sound of cannon fire reverberated, and the acrid smell of gunpowder hovered in the humid air above the Hiawatha Pageant grounds in Pipestone Saturday and Sunday.
WADENA -- Greg Amundson doesn't remember how or where he heard about the Colgate Country Showdown talent contest, but entering it has proved fortuitous for the young Worthington man. Amundson recently won a local Country Showdown event sponsored by radio station KKWS in Wadena and will advance to the state competition, which will be Sept. 1 in Hallock. The regional event follows Oct. 28 at Royal River Casino in Flandreau, S.D.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- It was just a few days before Cortney Schmidt was due to leave for Girls Nation in Washington, D.C., and the Ocheyedan teen could hardly contain her enthusiasm. "I'm so excited," she bubbled, a huge smile lighting up her face.
WORTHINGTON -- Patients and visitors to Worthington Regional Hospital will be confronted by some parking changes in coming weeks. "Our construction project for the Radiation Oncology Center will begin Aug. 1," said WRH Administrator Mel Platt. "Due to that, we're going to have to make some modifications -- some permanent, some temporary -- to the parking lot at Worthington Regional Hospital." The handicapped parking area has already been revamped and is now located along the Sixth Avenue entrance (from 10th Street) in front of the main entrance.
WORTHINGTON -- Johnson Builders & Realtors Inc.'s new headquarters on Oxford Street is part office, part showcase. It not only provides ample space for both the realty and construction aspects of the business, but also gives customers an idea of what can be accomplished in their own projects. Johnson Builders and Realtors has been located in the same spot at 1114 Oxford St. for close to 20 years, according to owners and brothers Steve Johnson and Mike Johnson.