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 -- 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 -- 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.
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.
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.
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.