Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.
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WORTHINGTON -- If Gov. Tim Pawlenty has his way -- and if voters agree in November -- the long-delayed Minnesota 60 project southwest Minnesota has anticipated for decades will finally see completion. The Republican governor was in Worthington Wednesday afternoon to call for a constitutional amendment designed to kick-start overdue transportation projects across the state. The Minnesota 60 project is one of 21 major projects (17 in outstate Minnesota and four in the metro area) designated for acceleration.
WORTHINGTON -- A year ago, organizers of Worthington's first bioscience conference described the event as an opportunity for southwest Minnesota to highlight its potential as an ag-based animal research and biofuels center. This year's event, supporters hope, will carry the ball further. The overriding theme of the conference, staged last year at Travelodge Hotel but this year at Worthington High School, will always be agricultural biosciences and human health bioscience, said Glenn Thuringer, manager of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC).
WORTHINGTON -- The District 518 Board of Education will meet in a work session Thursday to begin devising plans for cutting half a million dollars off the 2006-2007 budget. One option is to change the formula for assessing student extra-curricular activity fees. Today, families are charged $90 per student, per sport, for participation in varsity athletics, $40 per student for Middle School athletics and $30 per student for non-athletic extra-curricular programs.
WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is spreading out. Already with facilities in Worthington, Granite Falls, Jackson, Canby, Pipestone and Marshall, officials at the two-year school continue to discuss movement east and west along the I-90 corridor -- in Fairmont and Luverne. West President Dr. Ron Wood, who spoke to the Luverne City Council on Tuesday, is working with officials there to offer classes in the former Luverne Community Hospital.
DOVRAY -- It is the case of the missing special needs dog. Tiffany Holmes, a Dovray resident with cerebral palsy, claims her dog, a golden Labrador retriever, was stolen on Jan. 2. It may have been shot, she says. Or it might still be alive, though she knows not where. The plan to kidnap Buddy, she suspects, was hatched at the local café. She has heard reports about townspeople who have bragged about the deed. Holmes, 22, remains frustrated in the belief that the dognappers are being protected by local residents. She has contacted local law enforcement to enlist their help.
WORTHINGTON -- "I'm mad, too," said District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus on Friday. "This just compounds the problem." Magnus, R-Slayton, said he doesn't appreciate the transfer of $100 million in federal funds to Twin Cities transportation projects. And he is skeptical of assurances by the Minnesota Department of Transportation that funds to outstate projects will ultimately be restored.
FULDA -- Stars are abundant for Fulda's Maple Lawn Nursing Home at the Minnesota Department of Human Services online Web site. And that pleases Maple Lawn Administrator Arlan Swanson. "I'm very pleased," Swanson said Friday. "It's kind of a feather to our staff who has worked very hard. Our turnover is low, and that helps all of our numbers.
WORTHINGTON -- Setting a Feb. 2 work session to begin hammering out cuts for the 2006-2007 academic year, the District 518 Board of Education on Tuesday was presented a preliminary reductions list while welcoming staff and public input. In providing the list, Superintendent John Landgaard told board members that a pre-referendum mailing to residents anticipated a minimum target of $400,000 for first-year reduction.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Iowa's county-by-county corn yield numbers probably won't be available until March, but Al Grigg, Osceola and Lyon County Extension Director, won't be anxiously anticipating the results. Grigg has reason to be satisfied with whatever he sees, and where his counties rank in the state isn't of particular concern.
WORTHINGTON -- Generally when we get an unsigned letter to the editor, we slip it into a special folder where it sits for a few days before getting tossed into the round file. We received one recently from a local immigrant. But although we can't use it in our "letters" section without a name, it is not a letter easy to ignore. Indeed, this letter offers a worthwhile perspective on the illegal immigration issue that swirls around us in this nation, in Minnesota, and in Worthington. Hardly anyone can be found here who does not have strong feelings on illegal immigration.