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LAKEFIELD -- Thanks in large part to a charitable donation, there are many changes taking place at the Colonial Manor nursing home in Lakefield. There was plenty happening Wednesday at the health-care facility, as old beds were removed from Colonial Manor and loaded onto a semi truck. All the beds in the 43-bed facility are being replaced, a staff member said. "Emma Slottach, a long-time resident here who had been one of our volunteers previous to admission, left us a very generous donation," said Margo Isebrand, director of nursing at Colonial Manor.
WORTHINGTON -- Students may not return to school until Sept. 5, but there were plenty of teachers inside Worthington High School on Monday morning. New teachers gathered inside the WHS media center for the start of week-long orientation and in-service programs, with District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard and other administrative staff on hand. Twenty new teachers have been hired, the superintendent said. "These are not new positions to the district," Landgaard emphasized.
WORTHINGTON -- For close to 12 years, a Long Lake family has been taking part in Wild West re-enactments throughout the Midwest. Worthington was this weekend's stop, as the family that goes by aliases of J.T. Justice (father), Belle Anne (mother) and Leana Lot (daughter) took on their roles at the Wild West Extravaganza at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Members of the Old West Society of Minnesota, all three have been around since shortly after the club's inception. "It started out with one man in a garage with five other buddies playing cowboys," J.T. remembered Saturday.
WORTHINGTON -- Sam and Amanda Baumgarn have been competing together in 4-H beef shows for several years, but they accomplished a first on Saturday. Sam, who will be a sophomore at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, was overall grand champion during the Nobles County Fair's 4-H Beef Show.
WORTHINGTON -- Ben Doeden was looking forward to the start of the 4-H dog show Wednesday morning. As the Worthington fifth-grader stood beside his 2-year-old golden retriever, Karamel, the youngster noted the agility portion of the show -- the first part of the competition -- was his favorite. "We go up, down, over and through," Doeden said of the outdoor obstacle course that tests a dog's agility. "It's running around with my dog having fun. I like agility the most.
WORTHINGTON -- A plan to restructure the kindergarten program at Prairie Elementary got a boost Tuesday night from the District 518 Board of Education. The board voted unanimously to approve the hiring of a half-time Title I teacher and an additional full-time paraprofessional to staff the district's kindergarten program.
WORTHINGTON -- A crowd of well more than 100 people -- ranging in age from babies who are future students to nonagerian Hardy Rickbeil -- gathered Monday in front of Worthington High School for a rally in support of the District 518 school referendum. The event, organized by the "Vote Yes" Committee, was coordinated to officially launch a drive encouraging support for the eight-year, $1,000 per-pupil-unit operating levy referendum that will be offered to voters in November.
WORTHINGTON -- A dance license application for the upcoming Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Rally was approved Monday night by the Worthington City Council despite concerns about music volume. Richard Hartzler, who lives on Rust Road, told council members he lives a half-mile away from Pioneer Village -- the site of the rally's dance -- and said he could still clearly hear the music during the 2005 event. "I have nothing against the rally," Hartzler said. "My concern is with the volume of the music.
WORTHINGTON -- A steering committee promoting a "yes" vote for November's District 518 operating levy referendum will officially kick off its drive this morning. A press conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. in front of Worthington High School, with the general public invited and encouraged to attend. Lawn signs and informational sheets will be distributed at the event. Gordon Moore, one of the steering committee members, said in a Friday meeting that the group formed in June and has met on a weekly basis.
ST. PAUL -- A press release issued Friday by Dist. 22A Rep. Doug Magnus announced that a segment of U.S. 59 from Marshall to Worthington will not be reclassified by the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT). A recommendation put forth by MnDOT had suggested changing the portion of U.S. 59 -- as well as a section of Minnesota 19 from Redwood Falls to Marshall -- from principal arterial to minor arterial highways. Roadways with a lower classification level could wait longer to receive money for improvements. In Friday's press release, Magnus said an intervention from Gov.