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WORTHINGTON -- Momentum continues to remain strong on fund raising for a new Worthington Area YMCA. YMCA Executive Director Andy Johnson reported Friday that a total of $1,785,000 had been raised to date, a "huge growth" from the $1,002,000 that had been accumulated through mid-September.
WORTHINGTON -- The Historic Dayton House will be the site for individuals and businesses interested in economic development. The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp (WREDC) will host a social from 5 to 8 p.m. today. People who wish to attend are encouraged to contact the WREDC office at 372-5515. According to Glenn Thuringer, WREDC's manager, tonight's social represents a change in the way the organization is conducting its traditional annual meeting. "We're replacing the more banquet-style type meeting that we've had in the past," Thuringer said.
WINDOM -- Mary Pawlenty first asked the youths and adults inside the Windom Area High School gymnasium to think of their greatest days. Pawlenty, the State of Minnesota's first lady, then challenged the students in the gym to make sure they make those sorts of days happen. "My biggest fear is not that you won't have those peak moments," said Pawlenty, the guest speaker Monday at the 21st annual Windom American Legion Post 206 Veterans Day program.
WORTHINGTON -- The first reading of a much-discussed rental housing ordinance is in the books -- perhaps. The Worthington City Council approved Monday night the first reading of a new ordinance pertaining to minimum standards for rental housing units. The vote was 4-1, with councilmen Lee Hain, Bob Petrich, Lyle Ten Haken and Mike Woll in favor and Roger Nelson against. Three readings of the ordinance are required for official adoption, with a second reading scheduled for Nov. 27 and the adoption for Dec. 11.
WORTHINGTON -- U.S. Rep.-elect Tim Walz breezed through southwest Minnesota Friday on a "victory tour," making area stops in Windom, Worthington and Luverne. During Walz's Worthington stop at the Pizza Ranch, the Democrat who unseated six-term Republican Gil Gutknecht said he planned to make Worthington a focal point of the 1st District. "We're planning on a satellite office in Worthington," said Walz, a retired National Guard command sergeant major and a Mankato West geography teacher. "This at the heart of our ag base, and this is a growing area.
WORTHINGTON -- A federal official will be the keynote speaker at the dedication of Worthington's new memorial for veterans. Brig. Gen. John Wissler, now serving as senior military assistant to the deputy secretary of defense, will be the featured orator at a dedication ceremony for Freedom Veterans Memorial Park, scheduled for May 27. Wissler, who graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy, has roots in Brooklyn Park. "I thought it would be neat to have a Minnesota boy," said Simon Koster, a member of the Freedom Veterans board.
WORTHINGTON -- District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton will be back in St. Paul for two more years, as the Mountain Lake Republican edged DFL challenger Richard Peterson in a race too close to call Tuesday evening. Elsewhere, District 22 Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, was re-elected over Republican challenger Bill Weber of Luverne, and District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, toppled DFL foe Mike McCarvel of Brewster. With all 74 precincts in District 22B reporting, Hamilton had 51.51 percent (7,713 votes) compared to Peterson's 48.41 percent (72.49).
WORTHINGTON -- District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus was well on his way to capturing a third term Tuesday, as he was maintaining an 11-point lead over challenger Mike McCarvel with 96 of 99 precincts reporting. In the race for District 22 Senate, longtime incumbent Jim Vickerman, first elected in 1986, was poised to earn another four years in St. Paul.
WORTHINGTON -- Joseph Parker officially began his tenure Monday as Worthington's city administrator, spending the day working with outgoing interim administrator Bill Bassett. Bassett has filled in on an interim basis since shortly before the May death of Bob Filson.
WORTHINGTON -- Candidates for state, county, city and school board offices gathered Thursday afternoon for a brief forum at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. The forum, sponsored by the college's Student Senate, had a format in which each group of candidates answered one question on an individual basis.