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 -- Beth Habicht considers herself blessed. "I always have other teachers tell me I have the easiest job -- I always get the best kids," she said. "And I say, 'I understand your jealousy.' I do. I do have the best kids. But they work very hard. They have a commitment and they work very hard." Habicht, winding down her 38th year in the Worthington public school system, has been involved with the orchestra program through it all.
WORTHINGTON -- A roomful of concerned citizens became shadow school board members Monday night at Worthington High School. In the second of two public meetings to consider suggestions for trimming approximately $500,000 from the 2006-2007 District 518 budget and possibly even more for 2007-2008, about 60 local residents appeared in the high school cafeteria to make personal reduction lists.
WORTHINGTON -- The District 518 Board of Education is moving swiftly on budget reductions for the 2006-2007 school year, but before final decisions are made, the public will have one more chance for input. At 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Paul Neufeld Weaver's thoughts are with his friend, Jim Loney, a fellow member of Christian Peacemaker Teams being held hostage in Iraq. "He's a very quiet, gentle person, but very determined, also," Neufeld Weaver said on Monday. "He's not what you'd think of as a rabble-rouser, but if he sees injustice, he'll respond to it. He has a very calm and reassuring way." Four members of CPT, an organization committed to peaceful and direct non-violent action, were taken captive last year by a group calling itself the Swords of Righteousness Brigade.
WORTHINGTON -- Two years ago, Simon Koster conceived of constructing a memorial to honor past, present and future veterans in the Nobles County area. "It's been a long process. It seems you go one step forward and one step backward," he said this week. Today, however, the plan for Nobles County Freedom Veterans' Memorial Park appears within reach. During March and April, members of the memorial committee begin a donation drive that will include brocures and power point presentations for City Council members and county commissioners.
WORTHINGTON -- A simple homespun piece of cloth can be a comfort to so many. Worthington Hospice Chaplain Nelva Petersen is looking for a few compassionate souls to knit, crochet or donate yarn for Sunset Cottage's prayer shawl ministry. It's a ministry, she said, that provides great comfort for patients who receive them and great meaning for those who provide them. Not untypical is Petersen's story of a patient who was given one of the local ministry's first shawls.
BIGELOW -- Hundreds of hogs were assumed destroyed Tuesday in a hog confinement barn fire at NIK Pork, three-fourths of a mile east of Iowa 60 on the Iowa side of the state line. Four area fire departments responded to a call that came in at about 2 p.m. Firefighters were still on the scene as night fell. The large metal-framed confinement barn at the residence of Scott Nasers was divided into two sections. A long and narrow section on the east end, only yards away from the house, was a total loss.
WORTHINGTON -- Long a leader in education, Minnesota needs to rededicate itself against a decline, says Judy Schaubach, President of Education Minnesota. Schaubach, who was in Worthington Monday to host the last of 15 Education Minnesota "Schools First!" public listening sessions, compared the state of Minnesota education to the proverbial frying frog during a visit to the Daily Globe. A frog, the story goes, will leap out of the pan and to safety when it is heated rapidly.
WORTHINGTON -- Reduction options and resignations were the order of the day Thursday as the District 518 Board of Education met in special session. The resignations of Worthington High School Principal Bruce Blatti, orchestra instructor Beth Habicht and choir instructor Kathryn Briggs were accepted as school board members met to consider budget cuts for 2006-2007 in the range of $500,000. Blatti, a 20-year veteran at WHS, announced his retirement in a letter, saying "the time has come to pursue other interests and activities." Habicht's retirement comes at a time when the District 518 orches
WORTHINGTON -- Frustrated with the amount of money the Minnesota Legislature provides for public education? Have a bone to pick with teacher pay? Don't think that parents and students are getting their money's worth? A rare opportunity for citizen input with Education Minnesota, the state's top educators union, will be coming to Worthington on Monday. Education Minnesota President Judy Schaubach will host a listening session as part of the statewide initiative, "Schools First!" from 7 to 8:30 p.m.