LAKEFIELD -- Andrea Ruesch knows exactly when she started work as Jackson County 4-H Program Coordinator, helping kids and families learn and develop leadership skills together. "March 1, 2005 -- and I only count because I love it," Ruesch said. "I consider myself extremely fortunate to be in Jackson County, (because of) the support, the traditions and the willingness of families to do 4-H." Ruesch was a dedicated 4-H'er during her time growing up on a Nobles County farm. She graduated from Worthington High School in 1991.
READING -- "Take Your Medicine," the Reading Community Players' latest comedic dinner theater performance, was designed to tickle audience members' funny bones. The doctor is in, starting with a catered dinner at 5:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Saturday and Sunday, as well as April 3 and 4, at the Reading Community Center. "We are on stage to make people forget about their troubles and to laugh, and just have a great time," said Karen Feit, long-time actress with the Reading Community Players.
WORTHINGTON -- Buzzing, fizzing, oozing and sputtering, along with strange and potent smells, filled the Prairie Elementary gym Saturday morning during the school's first-ever science fair. Students in grades three through four joined together, producing 23 group and individual projects, from volcanoes to electromagnets. Many of the projects utilized scientific method, starting with students asking a question, such as Grayson Christensen's "How much water is in snow?" Christensen then made a hypothesis -- that four inches of snow, when melted, would measure less than four inches of water --
WORTHINGTON -- Jackson County Auditor/treasurer Ben Pribyl, who was under investigation for malfeasance and nonfeasance, this week opted for an early retirement effective March 31. The investigation into Pribyl's performance has been halted and all legal action has been dropped. Pribyl had been in negotiations with the county's personnel committee for an early retirement package for about two weeks before the final decision was made. "We wish Ben well and thank him for his years of service to the county," said Loren Tusa, chairman of the Jackson County Board of Commissioners. The board wil
WORTHINGTON -- Women of all ages will celebrate 97 years of Girl Scouts in the United States starting Monday, when Girl Scout Week begins. "They're demonstrating they're learning courage and competence and building character," said Tammy McCarthy of Worthington, Girl Scout Leader of Troop 30076. Girl Scouts is open to all girls from kindergarten to 12th grade and offers young women opportunities to socialize, try new activities and perform a variety of community service projects. "It's getting girls to do things that a lot of times, they probably wouldn't even try," McCarthy said.
WORTHINGTON -- Rice cakes and cookies, donuts, cinnamon rolls and cookies, three milk cake, sweet biscuits, conchas, turnovers, bolillo bread -- bilingual bakery Panaderia Mi Tierra already had a wide variety of baked goods for sale and a cozy customer seating area when it opened two years ago. Almost right away, though, owners Kerry and Juan Cuate of Worthington realized they would have to expand. During peak times, there was no available seating for customers and there wasn't much room to expand the product offerings, either. Instead of renting half the building at 424 10th St.
WORTHINGTON -- At least 60 people overflowed the council chambers at Worthington City Hall Friday during a legislative town hall meeting, filling the approximately 30 chairs, standing in the back of the room and cramming themselves into the stairwell near the door. The meeting's topic was the state's budget shortfall, and the Minnesota state legislators -- Republican, Democratic, rural, urban, senators and representatives -- gathered to listen to citizens' opinions, not to talk. And listen they did, as person after person came forward to ask the 13 lawmakers not to cut education, jus
WORTHINGTON -- The District 518 Board of Education discussed possible solutions for Prairie Elementary's projected increase in enrollment while maintaining reasonable class sizes at a work session Monday. Prairie's projected kindergarten enrollment next year ranges from 185 to 200 students, with a total of 277 being eligible for kindergarten. "We're looking at nine solid sections of kindergarten next year, keeping in mind we might need a 10th," said Paul Besel, Prairie's principal. Projected enrollment for the school as a whole is 1,077 students -- only 23 students short of the 1,100 studen
WORTHINGTON -- Students from 19 schools wandered the halls of Worthington High School Saturday, speaking quietly to each other, the walls or nothing in particular, practicing for the first speech tournament hosted in Worthington in 10 years. About sixty adult workers and volunteers came together to make the Worthington Trojan Speech Tournament happen, and almost 300 students competed on Saturday. Taking top honors was St. Peter, with second place going to Tracy-Milroy-Balaton and third place going to Murray County Central.