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WORTHINGTON --There's been plenty of talk around town in recent months regarding two high-profile development projects -- new locations and buildings for Hy-Vee and McDonald's. So what's reality and what's myth? Some details regarding each of the possible projects are clearer than others. Rumors have circulated across the community that Hy-Vee Food Stores, based in West Des Moines, Iowa, either intends to purchase or has purchased property along Oxford Street now occupied by Budget Inn.
HERON LAKE -- A proposal that includes construction of a new 57,000-square-foot, three-story Jackson County/City of Jackson community services facility was presented Thursday night during a public information meeting at Heron Lake Community Center. The meeting, attended by about 65 people, was the first of four that have been scheduled on the proposed project. Additional meetings are set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at Jackson Resource Center, 2 p.m. Thursday at Jackson Resource Center, and 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Michael's Restaurant, part of the Worthington dining landscaping since 1949, is poised to be sold for the second time in 2½ years. George Coutsougeras of Kansas City, Mo., hopes to purchase the restaurant from Thomas O'Meara and O'Meara's partner, Ray Hall, in the coming weeks, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh said Wednesday. Reached by telephone Wednesday afternoon, Coutsougeras confirmed a deal was imminent. "We have a purchase agreement, but it hasn't closed yet," Coutsougeras said.
WORTHINGTON -- The terminal building at Worthington Regional Airport hasn't changed much in the 30-odd years it's been around. In fact, according to Jim Laffrenzen, the city's director of public works, it's remained almost entirely the same. "The facility hasn't had anything done on it since it was built in the '70s," Laffrenzen said Tuesday afternoon. "All it's ever had is a fresh coat of paint." That's all in the process of changing, and in a big way.
WORTHINGTON -- The Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) is pursuing an aggressive timeline in developing solutions for improved traffic flow on U.S. 59 between Oxford Street and Interstate 90, it was revealed at Monday night's Worthington City Council meeting. Representatives of MnDOT presented a review of the extent and nature of congestion problems to council during Monday's meeting.
READING -- Look out. Virgil Sludge is back. Fans of the Reading Community Players are apt to consider Virgil a close personal friend by now. After all, the lovable country bumpkin from Lickskillet -- and his family and friends -- has been the subject of two plays in Reading, and a third will be presented beginning next week. "Virgil and the City Slickers," the third chapter in playwright Eddie McPherson's comic series, will be performed March 31 and April 1-2 and 7-8 at Reading Community Center. Friday and Saturday shows will be at 7 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- Through the last several years, the City of Worthington has provided financial assistance for business construction -- most recently last month, when council members resolved to cover about $39,000 in site preparation costs for a proposed Dollar General store on Ryan's Road. While there's the perception that the city is throwing money at huge retailers -- the city has also approved about $80,000 in site preparation money for Walgreens in recent months -- Mayor Alan Oberloh says there's more to the story. "The Dollar General property will go from paying taxes of $1,000 a year t
WORTHINGTON -- Students at Worthington Middle School may still be too young to drive, but that didn't mean they couldn't learn about what can happen when one gets behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. The school's Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) participated Wednesday in "Grim Reaper Day," an event dealing with the effects of drinking and driving.
WORTHINGTON -- Hailing renewable energy "as a great story for southern Minnesota," Rep. Gil Gutknecht visited Worthington Tuesday to pitch his proposed 10 by 10 Act and provide updates on other issues being discussed in Washington. Gutknecht's legislation would require a 10 percent blend of renewable fuel in all gasoline sold in the United States by 2010. The bill, if passed, would follow Minnesota's lead in setting a blend requirement for renewable fuel. "The bad news is there are experts saying that we're importing $700 million worth of oil a day," Gutknecht said. "By next summer ...
WORTHINGTON -- City of Worthington staff and elected officials met Tuesday with a retired city manager about possibly working in that capacity here on a part-time basis. Worthington City Administrator Bob Filson has been hospitalized for the past several weeks, and it is unknown when he will be discharged or be able to return to work.