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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 -- 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.
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 ...
ADRIAN -- Mary Lursen has passed on her pride in her Irish heritage to the rest of her family. Lursen was one of about 30 members of the "Metz clan" who participated in Friday's annual St. Patrick's Day parade down Adrian's Maine Avenue. The whole event may transpire over a course of only a few short minutes, but it's been cemented as an annual rite. "When they started the parade out, they gave prizes for the biggest clan, and that was us," Lursen recalled.
WORTHINGTON -- Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center and the Historic Dayton House are teaming up to offer a St. Patrick's Day to remember. It also promises to be a memorable evening for Worthington High School students Liz Erstad and Katy Russell. The duo will dance onstage while accompanied by musical artist Pavlo and his band in a concert scheduled to begin at 7:30 p.m.
WORTHINGTON -- The owner of a local restaurant had his liquor license suspended for 60 days and fined $1,000 as a result of action taken Monday night by the Worthington City Council. Council members voted unanimously to suspend owner Thomas O'Meara's license to sell alcoholic beverages at Michael's Restaurant, effective 12:01 a.m. today. The decision concurred with a recommendation made by the city's liquor committee. Director of Public Safety Mike Cumiskey provided background regarding the rationale behind the liquor committee's recommendation.
ADRIAN -- New York City has a famous, sizeable St. Patrick's Day parade, and so does Chicago, Ill. In fact, the "Windy City" even dyes the Chicago River green for the special occasion. There's no river running through Adrian, but it's probably safe to say that many community residents would want to dye one, too, each March 17. That's because Adrian has carried on its own St. Patrick's Day tradition for many years. "I've been here for 25 years, and I know it (celebration) had been going on before that," said Barb Strassburg, who is responsible for coordinating Adrian's annual parade.
WORTHINGTON -- Enforcement of parking regulations was the primary topic Tuesday at the first meeting of the Downtown Parking Advisory Board in nearly four years. The city committee, which last met April 4, 2002, had scheduled Tuesday's meeting to discuss whether or not it should disband.