ADRIAN — At the risk of perpetuating a stereotype, it’s not difficult to discern that Dr. Carl Ole Hallum is of Norwegian descent. First, there’s his name. Then there’s his gently understated manner and dry sense of humor. Finally, his modesty more than betrays his Scandinavian heritage.
WORTHINGTON — Lisa Brandt didn’t necessarily plan to make southwest Minnesota her permanent home. Now, nearly 33 years into her career as a lab technician with Avera Medical Group/Access Family Medical Center, she knows she’s here to stay.
WORTHINGTON — If investing in a community’s kids means investing in its future, then the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation (WRHCF) is definitely paying it forward. With its recent announcement of a $50,000 matching grant to the Worthington Area YMCA’s Strong Kids campaign, the WRHCF demonstrates yet again its commitment to improving the health and wellness of all area residents — especially the youngest ones.
One year ago Student jazz bands from Worthington High School and Worthington Middle School (WMS) performed their annual "Jazz Night" concert at WMS. Special guest performer was Bruce Obermann, a 1968 WHS alumnus and percussionist. Ezekiel's Wheel, owned by Sam and Emily Espey, opened in downtown Jackson this week. The shop offered bicycle repairs and much more.
WORTHINGTON — Corn and soybeans proliferate in southwestern Minnesota — and the talent that grows around here is similarly impressive. “Gone Country is our chance to feature local talent in two shows that serve as major annual fundraisers for the Friends of the Auditorium,” said Tammy Makram, managing director of Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC).
One year ago Grace Moody, a Worthington High School sophomore, was selected to be the 2017-18 student ambassador to Worthington's sister city of Crailsheim, Germany, at the annual Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. banquet.
WORTHINGTON — Call it a win-win. Double victories over two days of competition cinched a state berth for a portion of the Worthington High School (WHS) Knowledge Bowl team. Wednesday’s sub-region contest at Southwest State University, Marshall, yielded the first win for Worthington 1. The following day, the five-member squad repeated their feat of the previous day and came away as the Region 8 champions. “It’s an incredible honor to make it to state,” confirmed longtime WHS Knowledge Bowl Coach Pat Rolfes, noting that her last team qualified in 2015.
WORTHINGTON — Comedy and culture collide in the best of ways when Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center (MAPAC) hosts two shows later next week. First up is “Seedfolks,” an acclaimed production of the Minneapolis-based Children’s Theatre Company (CTC). But lest the sponsoring theater’s name scare away adults, be assured it’s a production for people of all ages.
One year ago More than one in six children in southwest Minnesota live in poverty, a level significantly higher than before the turn of the 21st century. A report authored by a team from the University of New Hampshire Carsey School of Public Policy found that 17 percent of children in southwest Minnesota were either poor or "deep poor," compared with 10.3 percent in 1999. Patty Wetterling spoke at Windom Area High School Tuesday afternoon.
WORTHINGTON — Ten outstanding young spellers put their brains to work on Wednesday during the annual Worthington Middle School 5th/6th Grade Spelling Bee. “You are the top spellers out of 450 students in the fifth and sixth grades here, so you should all feel good about yourselves,” exhorted Hollie Hibma, a WMS fifth-grade teacher and co-coordinator of the bee with WMS colleague Paula Wolyniec.