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 -- 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.
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.
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.
WORTHINGTON -- Speech team members are so lucky. Whereas basketball players can only choose to be a guard, forward or center, speech competitors can choose to perform from among 13 categories. So many categories allow participants' personalities to blossom -- whether they tend to be serious, funny, thoughtful or strange.
WORTHINGTON -- Score Round One for the 40-60 crowd. But the battle isn't over yet, said District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton Thursday. The effort to amend the language on a proposed constitutional amendment that would dedicate at least 40 percent of motor vehicle sales tax collections to transit needs -- with no more than 60 percent going to highways -- received a blow this week when Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Raschke Jr. said the amendment cannot be changed.
WORTHINGTON -- Before the Minnesota Legislature reconvened for 2006 and began taking up a bonding bill, Minnesota West Community and Technical College president Ron Wood wasn't ready to pronounce victory in the college's bid to gain necessary funds for repairs to the Pipestone campus. But now, bolstered by the fact that the Legislature has increased the state bonding set-aside that Gov. Tim Pawlenty had earlier proposed, he's more confident that the money will ultimately be included in the final package. "We're pretty sure we're getting $1.1 million or $1.5 million," Wood said Wednesday.
WINDOM -- In 1956, Gwen Fleace participated in the very first Minnesota State High School Rodeo competition in Walnut Grove. Fifty years later, she remembers it well. "I remember that I really wanted to do well in the pole bending. I won it on the first day, and the second day I knocked a pole down. And that put me to third place in the average," she said. "... My dad told me he'd take me to nationals if I won two events, and I knew I blew it. And then I won the queen contest. I had the impression that he knew that beforehand, because someone had told him.