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WORTHINGTON -- One of the primary musical acts from last year's Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival is returning this week for an encore. Andé Marimba will be back along the shores of Lake Okabena once again, and members of the group are eager for another weekend in Worthington. "We were invited back, and it was fun for us with the lake atmosphere," said Stephanie Garcia, the group's manager, in a telephone interview last week. "We live in New Mexico, and it's so dry.
PIPESTONE -- The way Susan Hoskins sees it, everybody has had teeth at sometime or another. Hoskins, director at the Pipestone County Museum, is therefore hoping a new exhibit, "The Tooth, The Whole Tooth and Nothing but the Tooth: Dentistry in Pipestone County," will appeal to a wide audience. A reception will take place from 4 to 6 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The process of replacing City Administrator Bob Filson is in its initial stages. Bill Bassett, who has served the city on an interim, part-time basis since mid-March, said Wednesday afternoon that he will continue to work until a permanent replacement for Filson -- who died May 12 after battling cancer -- is selected. Bassett, a retired, long-time city administrator in Mankato, had agreed to assist in Worthington in large part due to his friendship with Filson. "We've sent out requests for RFPs (requests for proposals) to executive search firms," Bassett said.
WORTHINGTON -- Interim Worthington City Administrator Bill Bassett shared the good news Monday night with city council members -- the city is poised to receive $800,000 in funding to help clean up the former Campbell Soup Co. plant. District 22B Rep. Rod Hamilton, R-Mountain Lake, reported Sunday night that the bonding bill passed by the State Legislature included money to redevelop the former Campbell's site.
WORTHINGTON -- For 36 years, Julie Kuiper has been a part of children's lives through Hi Ho Preschool. Next year, that won't be the case. Kuiper has announced her retirement from teaching, and the school will move from her Bristol Avenue home to Worthington Christian School this coming fall. A Thursday morning program at American Reformed Church gave Hi Ho students a chance to perform on what was Kuiper's last day.
SIBLEY, Iowa -- Weather conditions Wednesday night were just about perfect for a picnic, and apparently several hundred people in this community agreed. Turnout was strong as usual for the community's annual Picnic in the Park celebration, organized by Sibley Pride and Involvement. The group began a few years when the city set up several organizations, one of which was devoted to community service. "We decided we want to do anything we could to get the community involved and encourage everyone to get together," said Arlene Kuehl, a Sibley Pride and Involvement member and past president.
WORTHINGTON -- It's appearing increasingly likely that city residents will be voting on a local option sales tax referendum in November. During a special work session Monday night, the Worthington City Council discussed how best to move forward on pursuing such a referendum, which if passed would result in the construction of a new community/events center and upgrades at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.
WORTHINGTON -- With the current state legislative session scheduled to wrap up seven days from today, many issues remain unresolved. District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, and Sen. Jim Vickerman, DFL-Tracy, acknowledged as much Saturday during respective phone interviews. Magnus spoke during a break from planting on his farm, and Vickerman was at home. Both are due back in St. Paul today for what they expect to be a contentious final week. Stadium talk On the minds of many Minnesotans are potential stadiums for the Gophers, Twins and Vikings.
WORTHINGTON -- From humble beginnings in a city park to a throng of people inside the local college's gymnasium, the community Dia de las Madres (Mother's Day) celebration has grown over the years. An estimated 300 to 400 people showed up at Minnesota West Community and Technical College Sunday afternoon for the Mother's Day festivities -- an event coordinated by Nobles County Community Action, Minnesota West, UFCW Local 1161, Swift & Co., and Nobles County Integration Collaborative.
WORTHINGTON -- Former Worthington Mayor Robert J. Demuth recalls the first time he encountered Bob Filson. "I met Bob in Washington, D.C., at an American Public Power Association meeting," Demuth remembered Friday night, hours after Worthington's city administrator died at Sunset Cottage after a protracted battle with cancer. "Then, probably about three or four years later, Greg Sparks (then the city administrator) decided to move to Owatonna." That was in 1996, the year Filson was hired for the vacant position.