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OCHEYEDAN, Iowa -- While Spencer Howard doesn't make pottery to earn great sums of money, he tries to do great things with the money he makes. Howard, a retired art teacher, owns and operates Fish and Loaves Pottery on his Ocheyedan acreage, along with wife Geri. He chose the name because it relates to his faith. "I am inspired by the story of Jesus miraculously transforming a few pieces of fish and bread into enough to satisfy a crowd of thousands," Howard explains in a brochure for his business.
WORTHINGTON -- The City of Worthington will be a significant player in a new Worthington YMCA indoor/outdoor pool facility, the Worthington City Council decided Wednesday morning. Council members voted 5-0 during a special 6:30 a.m. meeting to allocate approximately $4.5 million for a city-owned aquatics center, which would be part of the planned new YMCA on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus. The total includes about $4.35 million, plus half of what remains in an escrow account for repairs to the city's current outdoor pool.
WORTHINGTON -- Just a few brief days after snow returned to the area, some Snowbirds landed at Worthington Municipal Airport. Eleven CT-114 Tutor jets touched down Wednesday afternoon, each traveling down Worthington's runway and stopping to refuel on their way to Tennessee. About 30 people turned out to see the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, a precision aerobatic team serving as ambassadors throughout North America that puts on more than 60 air shows from May through October each year. "We're on our way to Tennessee for a stopover there," explained Scott Marsh, crew chief for the Snowbirds.
WORTHINGTON -- As swine production practices have changed during recent years, concerns about soil build-up of nitrogren and phosphorous have risen. Robert Koehler, who along with Ann Lewandowski and John Moncrief authored a University of Minnesota Extension Service report, "Effects of Swine Manure Applications on Soil Nutrient Levels and Phosphorous Loss Risk," described how he and his partners studied potential environmental impact. "We did a monitoring study where we took soil tests on nine different Murray County fields over a period of seven years," Koehler said. Amount is impo
WORTHINGTON -- No official business was conducted during the Worthington City Council meeting Monday night, as the council failed to attain a quorum. Four out of five council members are required for a quorum, and only three -- aldermen Mike Kuhle, Lyle Ten Haken and Ron Wood -- were able to attend.
WORTHINGTON -- First, George Erickson enjoyed a long career in dentistry. Then, he became a best-selling author. And, in between all of that -- as part of that, actually -- Erickson logged many miles in the air. The pilot of the plane he called Tundra Cub II -- he's since sold the aircraft -- has seen his share, and he's returning to Worthington next week to recall some of his adventures. Erickson, a dentist in Worthington for 32 years before his retirement in 1988, will be a guest speaker at a special event scheduled for 7 p.m. May 7 at Worthington's Masonic Lodge, 925 Second Ave.
WORTHINGTON -- Sen. Norm Coleman remained optimistic Thursday that a new farm bill will be approved yet this year despite continued opposition from President Bush. After the Senate passed a one-week extension of current farm law Thursday, Coleman spoke on that and other matters during a brief phone conversation with the Daily Globe. "Today the Senate passed another short-term extension. ... We kicked the can down the road one more week," Coleman, a Republican, said. "We're pretty close (to a new bill).
WORTHINGTON -- Fees for Nobles County's Prairieland Transit System will increase for the first time, effective May 1, because of rising transportation costs. Karen DeBoer, director of Prairieland Transit System -- which is part of Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council (SMOC) -- explained Wednesday that both taxi and bus fares will increase by 50 cents. As has been the case, however, dispatched fares -- available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Worthington City Council members could make a decision next week regarding its potential participation in the new Worthington Area YMCA project. During a special council meeting Tuesday morning, representatives from RJM Construction, Black Creek, Wis., and BKV Group, Minneapolis, were present to discuss other YMCA projects and collaborations involved in them. "We asked the YMCA to bring down the construction manager (RJM) and their architect (BKV) because we're trying to find out if we could have a city-owned aquatics center that would be adjacent to the YMCA," Mayor Alan Ober
WORTHINGTON -- It's been a busy last few months for Jay Larson. Larson has started a new business, ARIA Enterprises LLC, and along with wife Dana is building a new home in Worthington's Glenwood Heights addition. In addition to the pride he takes in construction, he is also pleased with the environment-friendly aspect of the project. Part of the reason the new Larson home is "green," he said, is use of Rhino Block, an insulating concrete form that ARIA Enterprises distributes.