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HARDWICK -- Don Hansen grew up in this small Rock County community, returned here after serving in the U.S. Army during World War II and remains there today in retirement. It's that life experience that made Sunday night so special for Hansen, along with the other 105 members of Hardwick American Legion Post 478 and the remainder of the community.
WORTHINGTON -- Sen. Norm Coleman, marking the Veterans Day holiday, made his way Saturday across southwest Minnesota, stopping in Luverne and Jackson as well as in Worthington. Speaking at Worthington's American Legion post late in the afternoon, Coleman thanked veterans -- as well as those currently serving in Iraq and Afghanistan -- for their service, and spent about 45 minutes discussing a host of other issues. Early in his remarks, the first term Republican senator spoke directly to Morgan Lebrun, 10, of Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- Todd Henderson isn't ready for snow quite yet -- anytime after Thanksgiving would be just fine with him. The hope is for more white stuff than in recent years, which could lead to increased activity for Frosty Riders, the area snowmobiling organization that has origins dating back to the 1960s. Henderson said the group's numbers have been gradually dwindling over the years, and that fresh faces -- not to mention fresh and more frequent snow -- are both needed. "People that have been in the club for a number of years are getting burnt out a little bit with hit," he said.
WORTHINGTON -- The screens at Northland Cinema 5 have gone dark, leaving Worthington -- once home to downtown theaters and a drive-in -- without a place to go to the movies. "You have reached the Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington at the Northland Mall, and it's my most great regret that I have to inform you that we have closed the theater on a permanent basis, and the theater will not open again," an outgoing message from manager Chester Yackley on the Northland Cinema answering machine began Tuesday.
WORTHINGTON -- Sonny Syhavong will be transported to a juvenile correctional facility in Red Wing and face probation until his 21st birthday following a guilty plea he issued Wednesday in Nobles County Court. Syhavong, 17, pleaded guilty to a felony charge of harassment/violation of an order for protection, in exchange for a dismissal of a state request to treat him as an adult. Two other charges -- deprivation of parental rights/concealing a minor (a felony) and fourth-degree criminal property damage -- were dropped. Syhavong was arrested Oct.
WORTHINGTON -- Third- through fifth-graders will get the chance to party all night this Friday at the Worthington Area YMCA. For the second year, the Y will host a Halloween Bash starting at 7 p.m. Friday and continuing until 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning. While the event has a Halloween theme and falls near Oct. 31, the event is really more about getting youths together for fun and activities. "We had a nice turnout last year, so obviously we felt it was important to do it again," said Andy Johnson, the Y's executive director.
WORTHINGTON -- The City of Worthington will contribute $25,000 from its general fund to assist Nobles County Pheasants Forever in its attempt to purchase land in Bigelow Township, the Worthington City Council resolved Monday. Pheasants Forever, with the assistance of numerous other parties, hopes to purchase land located northeast of Lake Bella that is scheduled to be sold at an auction today.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Visiting as part of a two-day, nine county "Barnstorm for Rural America" tour, John Edwards made a stop Wednesday afternoon at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School to discuss education and other issues. Edwards, a North Carolina Democrat and former U.S. Senator, is seeking his party's presidential nomination. He ran for vice president in 2004 alongside presidential nominee John Kerry. "I grew up in a place that's very similar to this," Edwards told a group of students, school staff and members of the public that filled the school's auditorium.
WORTHINGTON -- Show Jose Lamas a picture, and he just might turn around and paint it. Lamas, of Worthington, will have his work shown beginning Sunday at the Nobles County Art Center, where an opening event will be from 2 to 4:30 p.m. About 15 of his paintings will be on display through Nov. 26. A native of Mexico, Lamas came to the U.S. at age 12 and settled in California.
WORTHINGTON -- The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints will have a new home thanks to action taken Monday night by the Worthington City Council. Acting upon a recommendation from the city's planning board, council members voted unanimously to approve a special use permit for property the church has a purchase agreement for at the northeast corner of the intersection of First Avenue S.W. and Knollwood Drive.