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 -- 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.
WORTHINGTON -- Be prepared to wait a little longer before lawmakers in St. Paul get down to serious business with immigration issues. "To be honest with you, we've been focusing on the bonding bill and eminent domain," said District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, on Monday. "The state will tell you we're waiting to see what the federal government will do," said District 22 Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy. "It's not going to happen in two months, I'll tell you that." On Sunday, a crowd estimated at 30,000 marched in St. Paul for immigrants' rights -- many of whom bused in from Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- "Quick and intense" was the way Champion Enterprises courted Highland Manufacturing, according to Highland president Greg DeGroot on Monday. And now that the Worthington modular and manufactured homes builder has been sold, DeGroot sees bright futures ahead for both companies. The sale, which concluded Friday, allows Highland Manufacturing greater access to markets and more purchasing power.
WORTHINGTON -- On immigration issues, all roads lead to Worthington. Or so it seems. Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh visited Tuesday with New York correspondents representing Norway's largest newspaper, who arrived in town with questions about the community's particular immigration and minority issues.
WORTHINGTON -- Item by item, and on a show of hands, the District 518 Board of Education reduced the 2006-2007 budget by $526,333 Tuesday night. Working from a list compiled by the administration, the board went beyond the recommended $498,000 with the stated hope that an influx of funds next year will save the difficult process from being repeated for 2007-2008. "It was asked what kind of affect these cuts have on students.
WORTHINGTON -- Jose Comparan remembers how it used to be, 12 years ago, when he arrived in Worthington and was the only Hispanic worshipper at a local church. "I was seated. And the people seated next to me, they left a seat open next to me," he recalled Tuesday. "But now you go there and they talk to you, and they sit next to you. A lot of (Americans) now go to Spanish Mass because they want to participate." Worthington, indeed, has become a more welcoming community, Comparan said.
LAKEFIELD -- An outdoor municipal swimming pool, or no outdoor municipal swimming pool. For Lakefield voters, that is the question. And it will be decided Thursday, when residents go to the polls to decide whether to approve a bond referendum not greater than $900,000 to replace a decaying city pool and related facilities with new construction. If the bond doesn't pass, said Lakefield Mayor Dudley Hussong, the town will be without a pool for the first time since Aug. 4, 1963. "It needs to pass if we're going to rebuild the pool. If it doesn't pass, the pool will not be rebuilt.
WORTHINGTON -- D-Day for District 518 budget cuts is Tuesday night, when the Board of Education expects to arrive at $500,000 or more in reductions for 2006-2007.
PIPESTONE -- Sheriff Dan Delaney said a serious threat to public safety was averted in Pipestone County on Tuesday when law enforcement personnel were able to capture a 45-year-old Marshall man careening through the county in a high-speed chase. After about a 45-mile chase that began in Marshall, Scott Armand Renneke was apprehended after slamming into an unattended Pipestone County squad car while traveling south on Minnesota 23, approximately two miles north of Pipestone.