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WORTHINGTON -- For 36 years, Julie Kuiper has been a part of children's lives through Hi Ho Preschool. Next year, that won't be the case. Kuiper has announced her retirement from teaching, and the school will move from her Bristol Avenue home to Worthington Christian School this coming fall. A Thursday morning program at American Reformed Church gave Hi Ho students a chance to perform on what was Kuiper's last day.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Weather conditions Wednesday night were just about perfect for a picnic, and apparently several hundred people in this community agreed. Turnout was strong as usual for the community's annual Picnic in the Park celebration, organized by Sibley Pride and Involvement. The group began a few years when the city set up several organizations, one of which was devoted to community service. "We decided we want to do anything we could to get the community involved and encourage everyone to get together," said Arlene Kuehl, a Sibley Pride and Involvement member and past president.
WORTHINGTON -- It's appearing increasingly likely that city residents will be voting on a local option sales tax referendum in November. During a special work session Monday night, the Worthington City Council discussed how best to move forward on pursuing such a referendum, which if passed would result in the construction of a new community/events center and upgrades at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON -- From humble beginnings in a city park to a throng of people inside the local college's gymnasium, the community Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day) celebration has grown over the years. An estimated 300 to 400 people showed up at Minnesota West Community and Technical College Sunday afternoon for the Mother's Day festivities -- an event coordinated by Nobles County Community Action, Minnesota West, UFCW Local 1161, Swift & Co., and Nobles County Integration Collaborative.
WORTHINGTON -- With the current state legislative session scheduled to wrap up seven days from today, many issues remain unresolved. District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, and Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, acknowledged as much Saturday during respective phone interviews. Magnus spoke during a break from planting on his farm, and Vickerman was at home. Both are due back in St. Paul today for what they expect to be a contentious final week. Stadium talk On the minds of many Minnesotans are potential stadiums for the Gophers, Twins and Vikings.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Worthington Mayor Robert J. Demuth recalls the first time he encountered Bob Filson. "I met Bob in Washington, D.C., at an American Public Power Association meeting," Demuth remembered Friday night, hours after Worthington's city administrator died at Sunset Cottage after a protracted battle with cancer. "Then, probably about three or four years later, Greg Sparks (then the city administrator) decided to move to Owatonna." That was in 1996, the year Filson was hired for the vacant position.
WORTHINGTON -- A revised DVD showing off the best that Worthington has to offer is now being used as a recruitment tool for individuals and businesses alike. Bruce Viessman, vice chair of Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., said the video was distributed to WREDC members during the organization's last meeting at the end of April. The video essentially replaces one produced approximately five years ago, he said. "It's more of an updated video," Viessman explained.
WORTHINGTON -- When the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosts its commencement exercises tonight, students of varying backgrounds will officially complete the challenge of earning a degree. For Sean Kuechenmeister, there was that academic challenge and more. Kuechenmeister, who will deliver tonight's student address, is deaf, and will do so through a sign language interpreter. Recognizing diversity Kuechenmeister graduated from Murray County Central High School in Slayton in 2003 and began attending Minnesota West in the fall of 2004.
PIPESTONE -- A local production facility will receive an award today from its parent company in recognition of 1 million hours of work without a lost-time incident. Pipestone's U.S. Marine facility, which employs about 250 people, will host a ceremony today during which officials from Brunswick Boat Group will present the Chairman's Gold Safety Award. Along with the honor comes a $10,000 prize from Brunswick that U.S. Marine employees will donate to four charities of their choice, and U.S. Marine is also awarding another $10,000. Tim Woodle, human resources manager for U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Ticket sales for the first-ever Sunset Hospice Cottage charity banquet and auction seem to indicate the festivity may stick around for awhile. The fund-raiser, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Horse Barn and Hunt Club in Lakefield, is already sold out, event chairperson Vicki Place said Thursday afternoon. A total of 250 tickets were sold. "To be honest, we didn't have to do much advertising," Place said.