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WORTHINGTON -- The regional storm water retention pond project being built on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College got a $10,000 boost from Independent School District 518 Tuesday night. The Worthington school district's board voted 4-0 -- member Joel Lorenz was not in attendance -- to fund the pond, which will be located on the south side of the Minnesota West campus.
ROCHESTER -- Several days ago, when Bill Keitel gave a brief tour of his downtown Worthington business to some of out-of-towners, he thought little of it. He'll likely think of what transpired Tuesday for the rest of his life. Keitel, who owns The Cows Outside and Buffalo Billfold Co. on 10th Street, introduced U.S. Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday in Rochester. On his way back to Worthington Tuesday night, Keitel marveled at the unlikeliness of what had taken place. "When the Mars lander landed on Mars -- that's what happened to me," Keitel said.
WORTHINGTON -- Accelerating construction of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System is a goal shared by many throughout the region, and it brought both Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Rep. Tim Walz to Worthington on Monday. Klobuchar and Walz, who are both seeking re-election to their Washington posts, met privately with members of the LCRWS board and others in the council chambers inside Worthington City Hall.
WORTHINGTON -- Jeff Knuston sees himself as a problem-solver, and that's probably a good thing given the proximity of the first day of school. Knutson, the new terminal manager for American Student Transportation, which buses District 518 pupils, said he's heard no shortage of concerns about busing as the school year has drawn closer, adding that he's eager to -- and will continue to -- address any issues brought before him. "Starting as of last weekend, when I was at Worthington Middle School, I heard all the concerns," Knutson said Wednesday afternoon.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- For Carolyn Glade Dvorak, Ocheyedan's Days of Olde presented multiple opportunities. Dvorak, who grew up in this Osceola County community, returned from her current residence in DeSoto, Kan., to visit many family members who remain in northwest Iowa.
PIPESTONE -- Stephanie Hall has never taken a ride in a hot-air balloon, though she hopes to someday. Yet Hall, who grew up in Worthington, completed plenty of research and gave a presentation on hot-air ballooning during the Civil War era during the course of Civil War Days Saturday and Sunday at the Song of Hiawatha Pageant grounds. "Hot-air balloons were good as spy vehicles during the Civil War," Hall explained Sunday morning. "They were tethered flights, and frequently balloons carried telegraph equipment so they could track troop movements. The confederates were terrible at it ...
WORTHINGTON -- Classic cars and antique tractors will be coming to downtown Worthington Tuesday night. The third annual Cruisin' Downtown Worthington event, which is scheduled to take place from 5 to 7 p.m. along 10th Street, promises to be bigger and better, Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Retail Committee Chairwoman Amanda Walljasper said. "New this year, the Rock-Nobles Cattlemen are going to be selling cheeseburgers, the Lions Club will be selling popcorn and the Long Branch's tacomobile will be out on 10th Street," Walljasper said.
WORTHINGTON -- Regional law enforcement officers and medical personnel are expected to benefit from training they received this week thanks to a grant obtained by Southwestern Mental Health Center. A four-day, 40-hour program presented by the Minnesota Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) Officer Association began Monday at Prairie Justice Center and wrapped up Thursday.
Professional Twin Cities-based actors mix with community actors in a unique performance of Anton Chekhov's "The Cherry Orchard" at the Historic Dayton House this week. Shows continue today and Sunday, with show times at 3 and 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Hy-Vee.
WORTHINGTON -- Repeatedly citing a balanced budget as his top priority, U.S. House of Representatives candidate Allen Quist urged about 15 people at a Tuesday evening town meeting at Worthington High School to support his effort to unseat three-term Democratic incumbent Tim Walz. Quist, a former Minnesota state representative for six years who has also twice ran for governor and on one other occasion for U.S. House, stressed he is a "numbers guy" who can utilize that trait to demonstrate the peril of growing national debt.