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JACKSON -- A series of public information meetings on a proposed Jackson County/City of Jackson community services facility yielded strong turnout and a number of strong opinions. Arguably the most controversial component of the planned 57,000-square-foot, three-story building is a recommendation by the Jackson City/County Facilities Study Committee -- which hosted the public meetings and has worked for nearly two years on the project -- not to have a referendum vote on the proposal.
WORTHINGTON -- The possibility of including a local option sales tax referendum on the November general election is still under consideration by City of Worthington officials and leaders, Mayor Alan Oberloh said Wednesday. A bill passed by the state legislature last year granted Worthington permission to present such a referendum to voters in 2006, with a specific purpose of building a community/events center and remodeling and upgrading Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON -- City and county leaders gathered under a blue Tuesday afternoon sky to break ground on a spec building in the city's bioscience industrial park. Glenn Thuringer, manager of Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. (WREDC), explained that the 15,000-square-foot facility will be designed so that both ends of the building can be added upon.
WORTHINGTON -- Downtown merchants would self-enforce parking in the city's central business district under a recommendation made unanimously Tuesday by the Downtown Parking Committee. Dollars spent for enforcement of downtown parking regulations have diminished drastically over recent years, and there has been no enforcement -- other than that of no parking rules between 1 and 6 a.m. -- during the last year.
WORTHINGTON -- Sen. Mark Dayton announced Friday that Worthington Regional Airport will receive more than $1.8 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Transportation, through the Federal Aviation Administration. Worthington's airport is one of seven in Minnesota to receive funding. A total of $3,553,229 has been designated, with Worthington's share set at $1,823,158. The new funding is designated for rehabilitation and safety improvements to Taxiway C at Worthington's airport.
WORTHINGTON --There's been plenty of talk around town in recent months regarding two high-profile development projects -- new locations and buildings for Hy-Vee and McDonald's. So what's reality and what's myth? Some details regarding each of the possible projects are clearer than others. Rumors have circulated across the community that Hy-Vee Food Stores, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, either intends to purchase or has purchased property along Oxford Street now occupied by Budget Inn.
HERON LAKE -- A proposal that includes construction of a new 57,000-square-foot, three-story Jackson County/City of Jackson community services facility was presented Thursday night during a public information meeting at Heron Lake Community Center. The meeting, attended by about 65 people, was the first of four that have been scheduled on the proposed project. Additional meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson Resource Center, 2 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Resource Center, and 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Michael's Restaurant, part of the Worthington dining landscaping since 1949, is poised to be sold for the second time in 2½ years. George Coutsougeras of Kansas City, Mo., hopes to purchase the restaurant from Thomas O'Meara and O'Meara's partner, Ray Hall, in the coming weeks, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh said Wednesday. Reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon, Coutsougeras confirmed a deal was imminent. "We have a purchase agreement, but it hasn't closed yet," Coutsougeras said.
WORTHINGTON -- The terminal building at Worthington Regional Airport hasn't changed much in the 30-odd years it's been around. In fact, according to Jim Laffrenzen, the city's director of public works, it's remained almost entirely the same. "The facility hasn't had anything done on it since it was built in the '70s," Laffrenzen said Tuesday afternoon. "All it's ever had is a fresh coat of paint." That's all in the process of changing, and in a big way.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is pursuing an aggressive timeline in developing solutions for improved traffic flow on U.S. 59 between Oxford Street and Interstate 90, it was revealed at Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. Representatives of MnDOT presented a review of the extent and nature of congestion problems to council during Monday's meeting.