WORTHINGTON — Betty “Jody” Ahrens is well acquainted with travel. As someone who spends half of each year living in Mesquite, Texas, and the other half in Hartley, Iowa, Ahrens certainly knows what it takes to get from one location to another.
One year ago District 518's seven school board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the Nov. 8 general election ballot. District 518 voters would be asked to either approve or turn down a request for $79 million in school building bonds to fund a new high school and renovation of existing buildings to accommodate the district's growing student population.
One year ago Five of Nobles County's 28 tobacco retailers failed an educational compliance check in June. They'd all sold chewing tobacco or cigarettes to minors, but because the checks were made for educational purposes, fines were not imposed on the businesses. A public health educator with Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services said such checks provide an opportunity to educate sales clerks and retailers about state tobacco laws.
WILMONT — Life on the Ennenga family farm located a little more than two miles south of Wilmont meant plenty of work for everyone, but for the three children of LeRoy Ennenga, that wasn’t necessarily a burden.
ADRIAN — The comfortable living room where Landel Bullerman, who will celebrate his 86th birthday in July, relaxes on a pleasant June afternoon has certainly changed through the decades, but it’s part of the very same house where the retired farmer was born in 1931. “Landel was born on this farm,” confirms Marlene Bullerman, Landel’s wife of 61 years. “He had five siblings — one brother and four sisters.”
FULDA — June 9 is a date that Lyle and Merna Beeck would just as soon bypass in any given year. Unfortunately, the calendar won’t allow for selective skipping, but that’s OK with Lyle; with longtime friends, supportive family members and knowledgeable medical staff in his corner, he’ll take every day that continues to come his way.
WORTHINGTON — Lively Latin music is at the top of the playlist for the 125 students involved with Worthington Middle School’s two-week summer band camp. “We’re doing a Latin music show this year,” explained Mike Andersen, director of the WMS sixth- through eighth-grade bands.
WORTHINGTON — When you’re part of a community, stepping up to help neighbors in need comes naturally. So when the Carlson Dairy farm in Kandiyohi County near Pennock was heavily damaged in a storm early last Sunday morning, leaving hundreds of cows without shelter, sustenance and the means to be milked, it wasn’t surprising that dairy farmers from across Minnesota swiftly leaped into action.
One year ago Participants in the University of Minnesota Extension-sponsored "I Can Prevent Diabetes" education and exercise program lost a combined 160 pounds over the course of the four-month class. Nobles County SNAP-Ed educator Maria Paez Sievert led the Worthington class.
WORTHINGTON — With the retirement of 14 employees at the close of the 2016-17 school year, 304 years of combined experience bid farewell to ISD 518 schools. For this group, comprised of teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service workers and other administrative professionals, school’s out not only for the summer but for good.