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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WINDOM -- Students, parents and school districts are getting down to last-minute preparations for the high school graduation season. At Windom Area Schools, that means establishing a written policy determining who gets to walk the walk. The Windom School Board planned to meet Thursday for the second reading of a district policy intended to determine who is eligible to walk with classmates at graduation ceremonies.
LAMBERTON -- School teachers have precious little time to collaborate on ways to improve their teaching methods, Education Commissioner Alice Seagren told an assembly of Red Rock Central students and staff Wednesday. "Q Comp changes all that," she said. Seagren officially announced that RRC will become the 16th Minnesota school district to implement the Q Comp performance and professional pay program.
WORTHINGTON -- Windom Area High School principal Scott Backer has been hired for the vacant principal position at Worthington High School. Backer has served as an assistant principal for the Park Center and Forest Lake school districts and was secondary principal at Wabasha-Kellogg before becoming high school principal in Windom for the 2005-2006 school year.
PIPESTONE -- By the time firefighters arrived Monday morning at Viland Implement, it was already too late to save the only John Deere dealership in Pipestone County. Fire had engulfed the main farm machinery building, rendering it a total loss. The investigation, however, continues. Arson is suspected, with possible ties to a recent implement dealership fire in Slayton and others that have been reported in Iowa. "We did determine that it is an incendiary fire.
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council appeared to move closer Monday night to including a local option sales tax referendum on the November ballot. "Several have mentioned to me that we have to go ahead with it this fall," Councilman Leland Hain said. A Worthington School District 518 operating referendum is also expected to be placed on the general election ballot this year. The possibility of two such measures on the ballot in the same year had caused some to question whether both could pass.
WORTHINGTON -- To get an idea of how fast words travel among pilots, Craig Schneidermann -- himself a pilot -- said Friday morning: "Pilots like to talk. They like to talk to each other and say how great they are. They might say, 'I was in Worthington, Minnesota. I went in there, and they have a great facility. They have great fuel prices.' They might have been in here today, and by Sunday that news has traveled to Florida." Schneidermann, employed by Integrity Aviation of Worthington, was part of a large group of locals taking in new surroundings at Worthington Regional Airport on Friday.
WORTHINGTON -- Later this month, Bruce Blatti will participate in his final graduation ceremony at Worthington High School. It may be an emotional day. Blatti is stepping down this spring after serving District 518 for 20 years as its high school principal. "It's going to be tough not to be around the young people, like I have been. They are fun. They're enjoyable," Blatti said, thoughtfully looking back on his career. "I'm sure at graduation, it's going to hit home. It's always been that when students graduate, I don't get to see them.
WORTHINGTON -- Confronted with harsh budget realities and frustrated by their inability to predict the future, District 518 Board of Education members Wednesday attempted to arrive at a consensus on where to set a November operating referendum. Without a funding booster shot, the future looks bleak, said accountant Pat Morphew. "If we don't get any more help from the Legislature, and if we don't pass a referendum, we make $1 million in cuts for each of the next four years, and we still end up in Statutory Operating Debt," he said. From there, Wednesday morning's special meeting focused on s
WORTHINGTON -- You don't need to point to a study to know that gas prices in southwest Minnesota are rising. But U.S. Senate candidate Amy Klobuchar is using a report showing residents of Nobles, Cottonwood, Murray and Jackson counties are paying particularly high gasoline prices to call for a "gas gouging penalty." "It's not the only solution. It's just one thing among many solutions," said the Hennepin County Attorney on Monday. The Democratic senatorial hopeful also chided national leaders for their failure to offer incentives for investment in homegrown renewable energy sources.
WORTHINGTON -- They came in small waves to the Worthington Regional Airport early Thursday afternoon. Four CT-114 Tutor jets, flying in single formation led by Team Commander Major Ian McLean, landed and came to rest for re-fueling. Minutes later, four more jets arrived, approaching the runway in a tight diamond-shaped formation. And finally, three more. Eleven CT-114 Tutors in all.