WORTHINGTON -- After spending the morning watching a court trial involving driving-while-impaired charges, several Worthington High School seniors admitted they were surprised by some aspects of the trial. Judge Jeffrey Flynn convened court at the auditorium in an effort to give high school seniors a close-up look at how many ways a DWI can affect a person's life. He quoted statistics to the students, telling them there were 186 DWI arrests in Nobles County in 2005. "I didn't realize it was that big of a thing," student Libby Tims said. "That is like one every couple days.
WORTHINGTON -- A new movie scheduled to be released in September stars Hayden Christensen of "Star Wars" fame as a man who wakes up during heart surgery but is physically paralyzed and unable to alert his doctor. According to Craig Bergh of Worthington Anesthesia Services (WAS), the most common fear people have about surgery is waking up during the procedure.
WORTHINGTON -- After spending the weekend as the site for a salute to the Grand Old Opry, Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center will do a quick change into a courtroom by Wednesday. That's when Judge Jeffrey Flynn will preside over a court trial in front of hundreds of high school students.
LAKEFIELD -- A vote to rebuild the outdoor pool in Lakefield passed by a landslide Thursday- 496 yes votes to 99 no votes. "We knew the response would be good, but we didn't know it would be this good," Pool Director Lisa Barkeim said. "It was a wonderful turn-out." She estimated that two-thirds of the city's population had stopped at one of the two poll sites to vote. The vote was to decide whether to approve a bond referendum of not greater than $900,000 to replace the existing pool and related facilities with new construction.
WORTHINGTON -- The Friends of the Auditorium have presented a fundraiser show each spring for 10 years, and this year the show is going country once again, with a "Salute to the Grand Old Opry." The production is a collaboration of people from around the area - Fulda, Lismore, Bigelow, Worthington and Sibley, Iowa, just to name a few. "The Auditorium is supposed to be a community building," said manager Margaret Vosburgh.
ROUND LAKE -- It's a tale as old as time and a song as old as rhyme. Girl meets boy, boy turns out to be a big scary beast, they fall in love and live happily ever after. The drama department at Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster High School will present the magical story of "Beauty and the Beast" beginning tonight at the high school. Performances are 7 p.m. tonight, Saturday at 7 p.m. and 3 p.m.
FULDA -- Department of Natural Resources (DNR) officials estimate it would cost about $100,000 to try to change the Fulda Lakes from a turbid water state to a clear water state -- something they are asking Fulda residents for a chance to do.
SLAYTON -- In a small room in the Murray County Memorial Hospital (MCMH) Clinic, several people stand with their noses to the wall and their attention focused straight ahead. No, they aren't being punished; they are painting murals on the wall in the pediatric exam room - a fire station, a Dalmatian with a fire hose and a little boy sliding down a fire pole - all to complement the fire truck exam table the hospital had installed in its newly constructed clinic area. MCMH Clinic Manager Sue Jensen brainstormed with other clinic staff about how to make the pediatric room more inviting. "We wa
WORTHINGTON -- The pool balls are clicking, the video games are beeping, the foosball tables are surrounded and the tables and couches are packed with teenagers. The noise level is at a dull roar as adult volunteers walk through the facility talking with and teasing kids. Just another typical night at MAX 493, the teen center on Oxford Street. The door opens and a Worthington Police Officer walks in.
WORTHINGTON -- The average age of first-time alcohol use is 11 to 13 years old. By eighth grade, 41 percent of adolescents have had at least one drink, and almost 20 percent report having been drunk.