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WORTHINGTON -- In 1932 -- a mere 76 years ago -- Doris Steen cast a vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She proceeded to vote in several general elections afterward, but until Tuesday had never attended a caucus event. At age 101, perhaps she figured it was about time. "I thought my favorite needed a vote," said Steen, who grew up 10 miles north of Worthington in Nobles County's Seward Township. "I think we're in such a mess from the last eight years, and we've got to do whatever we can to get out of it." So, who does Steen support for president?
WORTHINGTON -- A request for financial assistance from the Community Connectors program dominated discussion at Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. Jerry Fiola, District 518's Community Education director, spoke to council members on behalf of Community Connectors, offering a historical overview of the program and discussing past and future budgets. Fiola recalled that the February 1991 formation of Worthington's Cultural Diversity Coalition -- for which then-mayor Robert J. Demuth was one of the catalysts -- led to the establishment of Community Connectors two years later.
WORTHINGTON -- Structures on the former Campbell Soup Co. property haven't been razed yet, but their demolition became more imminent thanks to action taken Monday night by the Worthington City Council. Council members voted 4-1 to approve specifications for work needed to demolish the primary building and some of the other structures on the Campbell site, with a total estimated cost of demolition at $867,400, including a professional services total of an amount not to exceed $105,980.
WORTHINGTON -- Employees of Worthington Regional Hospital (WRH) needn't worry about retaining current Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) now that the hospital is being sold. That's the opinion of District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, as well as Evan Burkett, chief human resource officer for Sanford Health, which will purchase the hospital from the City of Worthington under a deal approved Monday night by the city council. "They (WRH employees) want to be added to Minnesota Statute 353F, which preserves their benefits," Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, said Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON -- In her first visit to Worthington since judging the Paycheck-Ruby Begonia showdown last King Turkey Day, Sen. Amy Klobuchar gave an overview of her initial year in Washington during a Tuesday afternoon stop at the Blue Line Travel Plaza. Klobuchar, who visited eight other communities Tuesday, is in the midst of a "Main Street" tour across the state. She noted the week had gotten off to a good start with a visit to Redwood Falls Monday evening. "They listened to a Democrat for an entire hour, and they were still in a good mood," joked Klobuchar, who won the U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Putting an end to what has been an emotional debate within the community, the Worthington City Council voted 4-1 Monday night to approve the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital (WRH) to Sanford Health Network of Sioux Falls, S.D. Individual council members spoke at length on the proposed sale and how they came to their respective decisions.
WORTHINGTON -- A little more than a month before the Minnesota Legislature reconvenes, area lawmakers met their constituents Friday morning in a Legislative Breakfast coordinated by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee. The event, hosted at Travelodge Hotel, was attended by all three of the region's legislators -- District 22 Sen. Jim Vickerman (DFL-Tracy), District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus (R-Slayton) and District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake). Legislators took questions from the approximately 40 people in attendance and engaged in informal dialogue.
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WORTHINGTON -- As Central Elementary has continued to be reduced to rubble over the course of the past several days, Jon Benson can't help but be saddened. Benson, a lifelong Worthington resident who served as co-chair of the Friends of Central committee -- a non-profit group that hoped to save the downtown structure from the wrecking ball -- was pragmatic Thursday about Central's ultimate fate. Yet, he wished a different result had come to fruition. "Quite honestly, I have to admit the school either had to be utilized or be demolished," Benson said.
WORTHINGTON -- Coming soon to a movie theater near you ... movies. That's the hope of officials from West Mall Theaters Inc. and Northland Mall, who are reportedly close to a deal that would reopen Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington. The theater, previously operated by TCMCI Theaters, has been closed since Nov.