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 six grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He self-publishes short stories in his spare time.
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WORTHINGTON -- Later this month, Bruce Blatti will participate in his final graduation ceremony at Worthington High School. It may be an emotional day. Blatti is stepping down this spring after serving District 518 for 20 years as its high school principal. "It's going to be tough not to be around the young people, like I have been. They are fun. They're enjoyable," Blatti said, thoughtfully looking back on his career. "I'm sure at graduation, it's going to hit home. It's always been that when students graduate, I don't get to see them.
WORTHINGTON -- Confronted with harsh budget realities and frustrated by their inability to predict the future, District 518 Board of Education members Wednesday attempted to arrive at a consensus on where to set a November operating referendum. Without a funding booster shot, the future looks bleak, said accountant Pat Morphew. "If we don't get any more help from the Legislature, and if we don't pass a referendum, we make $1 million in cuts for each of the next four years, and we still end up in Statutory Operating Debt," he said. From there, Wednesday morning's special meeting focused on s
WORTHINGTON -- You don't need to point to a study to know that gas prices in southwest Minnesota are rising. But U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar is using a report showing residents of Nobles, Cottonwood, Murray and Jackson counties are paying particularly high gasoline prices to call for a "gas gouging penalty." "It's not the only solution. It's just one thing among many solutions," said the Hennepin County Attorney on Monday. The Democratic senatorial hopeful also chided national leaders for their failure to offer incentives for investment in homegrown renewable energy sources.
WORTHINGTON -- They came in small waves to the Worthington Regional Airport early Thursday afternoon. Four CT-114 Tutor jets, flying in single formation led by Team Commander Major Ian McLean, landed and came to rest for re-fueling. Minutes later, four more jets arrived, approaching the runway in a tight diamond-shaped formation. And finally, three more. Eleven CT-114 Tutors in all.
WORTHINGTON -- Seven area schools passed 100 percent of students who participated in the 2006 Minnesota 10th grade writing test, according to results released today by the Minnesota Department of Education. Adrian, Fulda, Ellsworth, Southwest Star Concept, Round Lake, Murray County Central and Red Rock Central schools achieved full proficiency for their 10th-graders.
WORTHINGTON -- When John Koller was introduced Monday afternoon to his fellow teachers upon receiving the 2006 District 518 Teacher of the Year award, he was described as intense and passionate. Guilty, Koller agreed later. "I try to deliver in my classroom pretty much like my life depends on it," he remarked to his fellow Worthington High School instructors. "It's really nothing more than I want the kids to get it." Koller, 40, teaches advanced algebra, integrated math and grad math at WHS, where he has worked for the last eight years.
WORTHINGTON -- In the city of parks, Worthington does not have a place strictly for the dogs. That's something Worthington resident Marla Wolterstorff, with the help of some city leaders, hopes to change.
WORTHINGTON -- The 16 senior watercolor students at The Meadows of Worthington weren't initially impressed with their achievements. Their task was to produce a lake-and-sky landscape scene aided by the expert instruction of Southwest State University instructor Charlene Buescher, who specializes in teaching art to people of all ages.
WORTHINGTON -- On a 4-3 vote, the District 518 Board of Education passed up an opportunity to become involved in the wind energy business Tuesday night. Johnson Controls, Inc., a Rochester-based company, proposed the development of a Community Based Energy Plan (CBEP) in cooperation with several other Minnesota school districts. The project would involve the selection of six to 10 districts linking together to produce between 10 to 15 megawatts of energy.
SLAYTON -- The name of Monday's 6-year-old Lake Shetek drowning victim was identified Tuesday as Kyle Xayphantho of Worthington. The boy died after falling or jumping into the Lake Shetek inlet on U.S. 59 in northern Murray County Monday morning. The incident was reported at about 10:54 a.m.