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WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Monday agreed to spend $5,300 to conduct an assessment survey and report of the Thompson Hotel roof. The report, conducted by Minnesota consultant Inspec, will inform the city on the status of the roof and whether it should be repaired or replaced. The city has identified the leaky roof as the root cause of many mold and infestation issues in the apartment complex.
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington hopes to have a splash pad completed and open to the public before Memorial Day 2019. It moved closer to that goal Monday night when the Worthington City Council approved concept plans from engineering firm Bolton & Menk and authorized advertisement for bids to construction contractors.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council on Wednesday approved a conditional use permit for a pair of two-unit duplexes located on Flower Lane near South Shore Drive. The 1-654-square-foot duplexes are being built by Rod Obermoller of Brewster. Obermoller and the city plan to go into a cooperative agreement to pave part of the road leading to the property.
LUVERNE — She’s a two-time professional golf tournament winner, the first woman inducted into the Rock County Historical Society’s Hall of Fame and the namesake of Luverne’s recently established “Jerilyn Britz Week.” In her Luverne home, Britz’s modest trophy case is far too small to hold all of her awards.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Cubs are down one game, but not out, in their amateur baseball playoff series against the Hadley Buttermakers. The heavily favored Buttermakers — having finished the regular season with a 14-5 record compared to the Cubs’ 6-12 — won Wednesday evening with clutch hitting and pitching, pulling out a 10-3 victory in seven innings.
WORTHINGTON — A nine-term representative of District 40B in the State Legislature and former assistant Anoka County Attorney, Debra Hilstrom touts herself as the only attorney general candidate that has written laws that protect Minnesotans, then defended them in court. “I want to be the people’s lawyer,” she said. “I like to say nobody is too big to be above the law and nobody is too small to be below its protection.”
ROUND LAKE — Round Lake Vineyards & Winery was honored as the “Project of the Year” by the Southwest Regional Development Commission (SRDC) during the organization’s annual banquet Thursday, which was conveniently located at the winery. “It was a surprise, we didn’t even know we were going to get it,” Scott Ellenbecker, co-owner of the winery, said. “It certainly is an honor because I know there are a lot of projects in the area.”
REGIONAL — Rents are steadily increasing across Minnesota while wages are generally stagnant, according to a recent report from the Minnesota Housing Partnership. In southwest Minnesota, rents are barely rising, but renters on average still cannot afford a market-rate two-bedroom apartment — a benchmark that shouldn’t be hard to reach, argues Carolyn Szczepanski, MHP communications and research director.
WORTHINGTON — During the kickoff to the 25th International Festival Thursday night, Worthington residents had a candid conversation about immigration’s effect on the city, and the city’s response. Neel Kashkari, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, which serves six states in the Midwest, hosted the event at the Worthington Fire Hall, hoping to learn more about how Worthington integrated immigrants into its community.
WORTHINGTON — The new Worthington Liquor Store, located along Ryan’s Road, will open its doors to customers at 9 a.m. Tuesday. Its Diagonal Road location will close at 10 p.m. Saturday to prepare for the move. Both stores will be closed Sunday and Monday as everything is transferred to the new store.