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WORTHINGTON -- Michael's Restaurant, an eating option in Worthington for nearly 60 years, may have served its last dinner. The restaurant, owned by the Lang family for most of its existence prior to being sold twice since December 2003, is now closed, owner George Coutsougeras said Friday. "Tuesday was our last day," Coutsougeras said by telephone. "We were not doing enough financially. It was kind of slow. ...
WORTHINGTON -- The Worthington City Council awarded the low bid of $345,270 for demolition of the former Campbell Soup Co. facility during its Monday evening meeting. The bid was awarded to Veit and Co. of Rogers, one of 13 companies to bid on the project.
WORTHINGTON -- Cold enough for ya? Area residents had to be asking that question of one another Wednesday, as the mercury plummeted to record-low readings and delayed the start of multiple school days around the region. In Worthington, School District 518 made its decision on a two-hour-late Wednesday start at around 10:15 p.m. Tuesday night. "They were talking minus-40-plus wind chills, and we'd had some drifting," said Dave Skog, the district's director of management services.
WORTHINGTON -- A former Prairie View Golf Links clubhouse manager will return to the course this spring as a result of action by the Worthington City Council earlier this week. Alice Hoffman, who has been serving as the City of Worthington's assistant city clerk since last April, will be transferred back to Prairie View to fill a position vacated by the depature of Bryce Negrete, who worked at the golf course one year.
WORTHINGTON -- An improvement plan for a portion of 27th Street west of U.S. 59 was approved Monday night by the Worthington City Council following a public hearing and a discussion of about 30 minutes. City Engineer Dwayne Haffield initially presented an improvement project that entailed grading, base construction, bituminous surfacing, extension of municipal wastewater collection and extension of municipal water distribution from 27th Street to 2,570 feet west on 27th Street.
WORTHINGTON -- City leaders are well aware that Worthington seniors are in need of a new, permanent facility -- and have been for some time. Finding the best means of coordinating the completion of a multi-purpose senior center, however, requires a great deal of coordination and teamwork, agreed Lyle Ten Haken and Mike Woll, city councilmen who have served on the city's senior center committee. Since fall 2006, the city has utilized two rooms at MC Fitness as a temporary senior center.
WORTHINGTON -- In 1932 -- a mere 76 years ago -- Doris Steen cast a vote for Franklin Delano Roosevelt. She proceeded to vote in several general elections afterward, but until Tuesday had never attended a caucus event. At age 101, perhaps she figured it was about time. "I thought my favorite needed a vote," said Steen, who grew up 10 miles north of Worthington in Nobles County's Seward Township. "I think we're in such a mess from the last eight years, and we've got to do whatever we can to get out of it." So, who does Steen support for president?
WORTHINGTON -- A request for financial assistance from the Community Connectors program dominated discussion at Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. Jerry Fiola, District 518's Community Education director, spoke to council members on behalf of Community Connectors, offering a historical overview of the program and discussing past and future budgets. Fiola recalled that the February 1991 formation of Worthington's Cultural Diversity Coalition -- for which then-mayor Robert J. Demuth was one of the catalysts -- led to the establishment of Community Connectors two years later.
WORTHINGTON -- Structures on the former Campbell Soup Co. property haven't been razed yet, but their demolition became more imminent thanks to action taken Monday night by the Worthington City Council. Council members voted 4-1 to approve specifications for work needed to demolish the primary building and some of the other structures on the Campbell site, with a total estimated cost of demolition at $867,400, including a professional services total of an amount not to exceed $105,980.
WORTHINGTON -- Employees of Worthington Regional Hospital (WRH) needn't worry about retaining current Public Employees Retirement Association (PERA) now that the hospital is being sold. That's the opinion of District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, as well as Evan Burkett, chief human resource officer for Sanford Health, which will purchase the hospital from the City of Worthington under a deal approved Monday night by the city council. "They (WRH employees) want to be added to Minnesota Statute 353F, which preserves their benefits," Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, said Wednesday.