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WORTHINGTON -- Many individuals have helped the Worthington Area YMCA-DeGroot Family Center and City of Worthington Aquatics Center become a reality, including two men who first teamed up 11 years ago to lead a discussion on the Y's future. Mark Shepherd and Greg DeGroot were co-chairs of the initial Capital Campaign Committee that first met in November 1998. "I had just finished my two terms on the YMCA Board of Directors and I was a past president," DeGroot remembered recently.
WORTHINGTON -- This community's brand new supermarket is bringing more than an additional shopping option to town. It's bringing in new residents, too. Fareway Food Stores will open at its Worthington location near the corner of Ryan's Road and McMillan Street at 10 a.m. Wednesday. For four managers at the new supermarket, it marks the latest stage in their Fareway career -- and the beginning of a new life in a new community. For Meat Manager Wade Schueler, Worthington will be the seventh Fareway store at which he's worked.
CUERO, Texas -- After the second of two ultra-close races in the 2009 Great Gobbler Gallop, it all came down to a five-second penalty for touching. Unfortunately for Worthington's Paycheck and his handlers, the penalty gave Cuero's Ruby Begonia the victory Saturday morning and the spoils that go with it -- the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph. Competing in the second stage of the annual Gallop, as part of Cuero's 37th annual Turkeyfest, Paycheck entered the day with a four-second lead as a result of his King Turkey Day win in Worthington.
WORTHINGTON -- A desire to develop additional programming is resulting in construction of a 6,300-square-foot building along Worthington's primary commercial thoroughfare. Prairie Rehabilitation Services, which has long been located within the MC Fitness facility at the corner of Oxford Street and Rowe Avenue, will continue to lease a portion of that building, which will be home to a 24-hour fitness center.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Gordon Willts lives roughly 90 minutes from the farm he owns in rural Osceola County. Yet, he continues to regularly make the trek from the southwest Minnesota community of Tyler to take care of the land. It's the least he can do to honor the legacy of his family. Willts, who gained ownership of the farm in 1998 after the death of his uncle, George, recently completed the paperwork to have the property recognized as a Century Farm.
WORTHINGTON -- Members of the Minnesota Senate Capital Investment Committee descended upon Minnesota West Community and Technical College Wednesday to tour facilities and hear a presentation on the college's desired capital improvement projects. Led by Sen. Keith Langseth, DFL-Glyndon, the committee was in the second day of a three-day tour across southwest Minnesota, during which it is learning more about projects seeking state funding in the 2010 Legislative session.
WORTHINGTON -- A little more than three months after the announcement that Wind Energy Services Inc. (WES) would be opening a Worthington facility, the business is now officially up and running in its location near the Prairie Holdings Group building. Brandon Simmons, a business development specialist with WES, told the Daily Globe that his company opened its Worthington site Thursday.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Sen. Chuck Grassley said Thursday he would continue to work for passage of a bipartisan health care reform bill, stating that while legislation pushed by Democratic leaders has some positives, "there are so many other bad things in those bills" that he wouldn't support them. Grassley spoke before a crowd of about 200 people at Merry Lanes at an event hosted by Sibley Kiwanis. The Republican senator has been on a 16-county tour of Iowa since Monday. "We've been having big turnouts at town meeting, mostly over the health care issue," Grassley said.
LUVERNE -- A 77-year-old Luverne man who admitted to having a sexual relationship with his adopted daughter and fathering her two children was sentenced Thursday in Rock County District Court. Leo Swenson, who was first arrested in October 2008 and charged with one count each of first- and third-degree criminal sexual conduct, was sentenced to 18 months in jail, with that time stayed on the condition that he serve 365 days.
Mark Engelkes of Worthington Excavation moves concrete during the first day of construction work Monday, along Tower St. in Worthington. (Ryan McGaughey/Daily Globe)