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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Area girls basketball coaches Randy Strand and Gregg Slaathaug have been driving each other crazy for 12 years. Fans have benefited. Their antics during games are, in some cases, as entertaining as the action on the floor. Slaathaug believes Strand enjoys being a distraction to his rival coach.
FULDA -- Behind a flagpole upon which waves a U.S. flag, below which rests a handmade sign that reads, "Don't like my flag? Dial 1-800-LEAVE THE USA" Eldon Larson sat behind his dining room table Wednesday morning and talked about a subject he says he can expound upon all day. Archery. On April 27, the 68-year-old Fulda resident was inducted into the Minnesota Archery Hall of Fame. "I couldn't believe it. I thought, 'You've got to be kidding me.' I was elated, but humbled, also," he said. Larson's surprise, though refreshing, may have been misplaced.
WORTHINGTON -- KC Riley hit two home runs and Sarah Ebbers pitched a complete game to lead the Worthington Trojans to a 7-2 girls softball victory over Adrian Monday. Riley, who had been struggling at the plate in the early going of the 2013 spring season, hit a line drive two-run shot over the leftfield fence in the first inning and, in the fifth, belted her first offering from Adrian's Rachel Kontz over the centerfield fence. It was the first two-homer day of the senior catcher's high school career. "I had two last year and two my freshman year.
WORTHINGTON -- On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act. It was the start of the interstate system in the United States, and today -- 50 years later -- Department of Transportation officials from across the country are preparing to mark the anniversary with speeches and spectacles. America's interstate system granted motorists easier, safer and quicker access to their destinations while improving towns and cities along the way. Interstate access became -- and still is -- a boon for business interests.
WORTHINGTON -- Current measures to protect Minnesota veteran identification data theft victims is inadequate, State Representative Matt Entenza said here Thursday while offering what he called "Operation Veteran Protection." Speaking at Worthington Regional Airport and flanked by several local veterans, the DFL candidate for Minnesota Attorney General said he will work with other state legislators to expand Minnesotans' data privacy collections. He called on the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs to form a public-private task force to proactively protect theft victims, close loopholes
WORTHINGTON -- Twenty-two and one-half years ago, the Worthington Daily Globe was put together via cut-and-paste method and photographs were produced in trays filled with Acufine.
WORTHINGTON -- The City of Worthington seems bent on offering a local option sales tax referendum to voters in November. So, now the focus is clear -- how should supporters sell the idea to tax-paying citizens? "Their first thought would be, 'It's a tax increase; I'm not going to support it.' But if you show them what it's about, you can change their minds," Mayor Alan Oberloh said. On Monday, the Worthington City Council hired Short Elliott Hendrickson (SEH) of Worthington to develop plans for a new community center building and an addition to Memorial Auditorium.
WORTHINGTON -- From upper Canada to lower Mexico, magnetometers form a long line diagnosing waves in space. One of those scientific devices now rests at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Worthington. It's one small piece of a large project designed to detect perturbations (fluctuations) in the earth's magnetic field.
WORTHINGTON -- A $1,000 per-pupil-unit operating referendum was approved on a 4-3 vote Wednesday morning by the District 518 Board of Education. The levy, to be voted upon by Worthington-area residents in November, will be eight years in length. The length of the 2006 referendum was set early during Wednesday's special meeting. Deliberation on its size split along narrow lines, with some board members favoring what they saw as the district's need and others concerned that a figure too large might not survive in the fall.
LUVERNE -- Gov. Tim Pawlenty dispatched his running mate, Lt. Gov. Carol Molnau, to Luverne Wednesday to announce their re-election campaign. Molnau made the standard political speech. It was only after it had ended -- when she responded to questions from the small gathering in the basement of the Rock County Library -- that an element of campaign passion was ignited. When asked to reveal what impressed her most about the governor during their first term together, she had a quick answer. "The fact that he really cares," Molnau said. "He really takes everything to heart. He's sincere. ...