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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.
WORTHINGTON -- When the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosts its commencement exercises tonight, students of varying backgrounds will officially complete the challenge of earning a degree. For Sean Kuechenmeister, there was that academic challenge and more. Kuechenmeister, who will deliver tonight's student address, is deaf, and will do so through a sign language interpreter. Recognizing diversity Kuechenmeister graduated from Murray County Central High School in Slayton in 2003 and began attending Minnesota West in the fall of 2004.
WORTHINGTON -- A revised DVD showing off the best that Worthington has to offer is now being used as a recruitment tool for individuals and businesses alike. Bruce Viessman, vice chair of Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp., said the video was distributed to WREDC members during the organization's last meeting at the end of April. The video essentially replaces one produced approximately five years ago, he said. "It's more of an updated video," Viessman explained.
PIPESTONE -- A local production facility will receive an award today from its parent company in recognition of 1 million hours of work without a lost-time incident. Pipestone's U.S. Marine facility, which employs about 250 people, will host a ceremony today during which officials from Brunswick Boat Group will present the Chairman's Gold Safety Award. Along with the honor comes a $10,000 prize from Brunswick that U.S. Marine employees will donate to four charities of their choice, and U.S. Marine is also awarding another $10,000. Tim Woodle, human resources manager for U.S.
WORTHINGTON -- Ticket sales for the first-ever Sunset Hospice Cottage charity banquet and auction seem to indicate the festivity may stick around for awhile. The fund-raiser, scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. Sunday at Horse Barn and Hunt Club in Lakefield, is already sold out, event chairperson Vicki Place said Thursday afternoon. A total of 250 tickets were sold. "To be honest, we didn't have to do much advertising," Place said.
WORTHINGTON -- A widespread power outage across Nobles County late Wednesday night left thousands of electricity customers in the dark for more than three hours. Scott Hain, utilities coordinator at Worthington Public Utilities, said Thursday morning that the cause of the outage had yet to be determined. He added it was his understanding the breaker operation that dropped power occurred at the Elk substation at around 11:40 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- City of Worthington officials are considering additional options for a proposed community center, including renovating a building located on the former Campbell Soup Co. property. The potential construction of a new community center building on old Campbell Soup land now owned by the city has been discussed for more than a year, with money for the project coming from a local option sales tax that could be offered this November.
WORTHINGTON -- For students attending Friday night's prom at Worthington High School, it was a night to remember. That was almost certainly true for WHS junior Katy Russell, who -- with parents Dan and Kari -- hosted a pre-prom party at their Driftwood Avenue home. A total of nine couples enjoyed food before getting dressed for the big night, and a number of parents and friends were also hand to take photos. "This was my idea, and I talked to my mom and she was very excited about it," Katy said. "I just thought it would be fun.
ST. PAUL -- The Minnesota Twins may have picked up a big victory in the Minnesota House Wednesday night, but there's no guarantee their winning ways will carry over into the Senate. That's the perspective of District 22A Rep. Doug Magnus, R-Slayton, who co-authored the new Twins stadium measure that passed 76-55 in the House. "I think they're going to strongly debate several options over there," Magnus said by cell phone Thursday while on the House floor. "I do anticipate they'll try to pull whatever mischief they can to try and drag the governor into this.
WORTHINGTON -- Sterling Drug, a downtown fixture for several years, could soon find itself in a bigger location. Astrup Drug Inc. of Austin, Sterling Drug's parent company, is proposing to construct a 6,000-square-foot expansion and complete a remodeling of a 12,480-square-foot building on property at 511 10th St. and 916 Sixth Ave. Astrup has a purchase agreement for the property, but completion of a deal may be some time away. "We've been working on this for nearly a year now," said Bryan Hagen, manager of Worthington's downtown and Northland Mall locations, on Wednesday.