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OKABENA -- Southwest Star Concept students will honor classmate and cancer survivor Valoree Stevenson while raising money to combat childhood cancer through a sponsored walk Saturday. Local businesses have agreed to donate money to cancer-fighting charity Alex's Lemonade Stand for each mile participants walk as part of the Team Lemon Walk. "(The walk) is for a really good cause," said Megan Thurk, 17, of Lakefield, part of the Learning to Give class at SCC that organized the walk. "Even within our county there are people who have cancer.
WORTHINGTON -- Children's sermons, speaking Hebrew, disposable cups, hand sanitizers and bumping knuckles are just a few of the ways local churches are fighting the spread of illness during cold and flu season this year. "Part of the worship service in the morning includes greeting each other and saying 'The peace of Christ be with you' and shaking hands as we do that, but people don't have to do that," said the Rev. LeRoy Christoffels of Christian Reformed Church, Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- The eyes have it at Specs and Contacts, Worthington's newest location for eye examinations, contacts and designer glasses. "We've got a wide variety of designer frames, and we have a ton of sunglasses," said optometrist Stephanie Thier, owner of Specs and Contacts. Thier decided to become an optometrist when she was in second grade. She graduated from Pierre High School, S.D., in 1994, the University of South Dakota, Vermillion, S.D., in 1998, and the Illinois College of Optometry, Chicago, Ill., in 2002.
WORTHINGTON -- With luck and good old-fashioned scouting perseverance, Matt Sorensen, 15, will be rocking his Eagle Scout award by the end of the winter, thanks in part to an actual rock. The rock and the surrounding landscaping arrangement Sorensen created is located by the railroad depot at the corner of First Avenue and 12th Street, and the project was completed as part of Sorensen's work toward becoming an Eagle Scout. "My brother (David) was an Eagle Scout and I know it was a hard but rewarding accomplishment," said Sorensen, who has been a Boy Scout since he was 12. The central piece
WORTHINGTON -- Everyone is invited to the Culture Corner Celebration of Hispanic Heritage Tuesday, whether they have Hispanic heritage or not. "We want people to get to know other cultures. They have so much richness, they give so much to our country," said Jaidy Kolander, an aide at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative (NCIC). "It's educational.
WORTHINGTON -- Despite rumors, as of Wednesday no cases of H1N1 novel influenza, also known as swine flu, have been confirmed in District 518. "It's just one of those things. Parents are nervous about it and you can't blame them, and the minute the rumors start flying, they go wild," said District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard.
WORTHINGTON -- Medical professionals advise people to get vaccinated against the seasonal influenza early this year because of limited vaccination supplies, an early flu season and vaccines that stay effective longer. "As in every year, it's a good way to prevent yourself from getting human influenza," said Mark Ludes, a pediatrician at Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics. A seasonal flu vaccine does not protect against H1N1 novel influenza, also known as the swine flu.
LAKEFIELD -- For the fifth consecutive year, local kids and adults will gather to help feed the world through the Jackson County Kids Against Hunger event Friday and Saturday in Lakefield, attempting to bag 100,000 meals for the needy. "We have set the goal again.
JACKSON -- Eighty employees, or approximately 10 percent of the workforce at AGCO in Jackson, will be laid off by Oct. 2, the company announced Wednesday. "I am confident of the strong leadership at AGCO," said Jackson's mayor, Mitch Jasper. "There is no doubt in my mind that AGCO's workforce will be back to full capacity in no time at all. This is just a bump in the road in a wild economy." City officials were informed of the layoffs Tuesday afternoon. AGCO is the largest employer in Jackson and will remain so after the layoffs, continuing to employ more than 700 people.
LAKEFIELD -- The Klima family has the unusual distinction of owning two century farms, although only one of them, the Wasko farm, is official so far. "Maybe next year I'll do the other one," said Richard Klima, who owns the Wasko and Whisney farms with siblings James Klima and Carolyn Enstad.