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WORTHINGTON — Gubernatorial hopeful Jeff Johnson spoke with area residents in Worthington Thursday, pushing for changes to Minnesota’s health care system, fewer regulations for farmers and reforms to the way the legislature is led. The 2014 Republican nominee for governor and Hennepin County commissioner said Minnesota had one of the best health care models before the Affordable Care Act was passed. Part of the solution to soaring premiums is going back to older concepts, such as high-risk pools.
WORTHINGTON — It was a packed house Wednesday night at Mini Market Lupita for a meet-and-greet with U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison, D-Minn. and District 22B DFL contender Cheniqua Johnson. The two are campaigning for each other — which makes sense, as Johnson, a Worthington native, works as a staff assistant for the attorney general hopeful.
WORTHINGTON — Lakeside Travel Plaza is on its way to Worthington. The full-service Sinclair gas station and convenience store — located at the intersection of U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 and Nobles County 57 south of Worthington — will include a Caribou Coffee and Godfather’s Pizza location.
ST. PAUL — Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton on Wednesday requested more than $21 million in federal assistance to 29 counties and three Tribal Nations for damage caused by heavy rain, tornadoes, straight-line winds, violent thunderstorms, and widespread flooding between June 15 and July 12. In the southwest corner of Minnesota, Nobles, Rock, Murray, Jackson, Cottonwood and Pipestone County are all listed as affected areas that require federal reimbursement.
LUVERNE — It started as a stalwart snack at family gatherings, but Larry Lanphere’s seasoned pretzels have slowly made their way onto shelves in main street businesses. Papa Larry’s Seasoned Bretzels can be found in a dozen businesses, mostly in Luverne. Larry got his first Worthington client recently, when ACE Hardware began selling his pretzels.
WORTHINGTON — Gubernatorial hopeful Erin Murphy is focused on building toward the future, which means investing in priorities like health care, child care, education, infrastructure and broadband. The District 64A representative, former DFL Minnesota House Majority Leader and former executive director of the Minnesota Nurses Association stopped by Worthington Tuesday, where she touched on a number of issues affecting southwest Minnesota residents.
WORTHINGTON — Two longtime Minnesota health care professionals will visit Worthington Wednesday to discuss potential solutions to the state and country’s health care issues and hear from area residents on their health care experiences. Carol Engelhart, a longtime Twin Cities nurse, and her husband Ken, a longtime doctor and co-chief of primary care at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs Health Care System, will host a health care forum from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Westminster Presbyterian Church.
WORTHINGTON — “Rewarding” is the adjective most commonly used by child care providers to describe their occupation. Providers commonly understand the hours are long and the paycheck isn’t huge, but the payoff — to personally see the results of guiding a child through their formative years — makes it more than worthwhile.
PIPESTONE — There’s a reason Pipestone Civil War Days is only put on every two years — it’s a massive undertaking. With nearly 100 volunteers and at least 250 re-enactors, the biennial event manages to reenact many of the Civil War’s biggest moments and battles, and give glimpses into the lives of its most important figures, in just two days.
PIPESTONE — The Pipestone Housing Redevelopment Authority (HRA) is weighing turning over its Section 8 housing choice voucher program, and the Worthington HRA has been identified as a potential recipient. The federal program — which subsidizes rent payments so the renter does not pay more than 30 to 40 percent of their gross income — is administered by regional HRAs.