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 -- 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.
ST. PAUL -- One day before the start of the 2006 legislative session, Minnesota Citizens in Defense of Marriage (MCDM) announced an advertising campaign directed against District 22 Sen.
WORTHINGTON -- Ronald Reagan's famous quote, "Trust -- but verified," delivered when the United States engaged in arms reduction talks with the Soviet Union, seems apt in 2006 as Minnesota lawmakers prepare to embark on another legislative session. Democrats and Republicans are promising bipartisanship as the 2006 session begins on Wednesday, but after disastrous results in 2004 and 2005, local legislators are hedging their bets. The most skeptical of all might be first-term Dist. 22B Rep.
WORTHINGTON -- Chairman Bob Jirele confirmed Tuesday night that the District 518 Board of Education appears steadfastly headed in the direction of a referendum in 2006. At Tuesday's regular meeting of the board, Superintendent John Landgaard said that 20 groups at last week's public meeting indicated an interest in pursuing an operating referendum in the fall, with only four indicating opposition.
WORTHINGTON -- Seated together at a table in the Nobles County Government Center Friday morning, state legislators Jim Vickerman, Doug Magnus and Rod Hamilton looked and acted like brothers in a happy family. But after shaking hands warmly and expressing the need to dispense with partisanship, the junior lawmaker of the threesome expressed some reservations. "I have made some bold predictions to others, based on what I've seen in the last two years," said Hamilton, the Republican District 22B freshman representative from Mountain Lake. "In '04 it was a stalemate, in '05 it was a stalemate.
WORTHINGTON -- Senators Norm Coleman, R-Minnesota, Jon Kyl, R-Arizona, and Jim Talent, R-Missouri, announced via conference call Thursday a plan to strengthen methamphetamine enforcement provisions in the Patriot Act. The federal Combat Meth Act provides new tools to states, local law enforcement agencies and prosecutors to combat the production and distribution of meth by restricting the sale of the drug's primary ingredients. Methamphetamine abuse is having "an incredible impact throughout our state, particularly in rural communities," Coleman said.
WORTHINGTON -- The morning after more than a hundred people attended a public meeting to share District 518 budget ideas, the District 518 Board of Education operations committee spoke approvingly of the suggestions. Though many of the ideas were dismissed as unworkable, unwise or based on insufficient information, operations committee members applauded the community's response. "People are wanting to participate.
WORTHINGTON -- If Gov. Tim Pawlenty's 2006 bonding list is adopted by the Legislature, Minnesota West Community and Technical College could be taking on water. Minnesota West's $1.8 million request for repair and maintenance work was approved by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities System (MnSCU) as part of a $110 million state package, but the governor has agreed to only $20 million of that set-aside. Suddenly, West's plan to use $1.1 million for roof replacement at its Pipestone campus is in jeopardy. "Well, you know what -- plastic buckets are cheap. You can always get by.