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PIPESTONE — The Historic Calumet Inn, first built in 1888, came within a day of being shut down by the city of Pipestone due to quartzite stones falling from the building’s deteriorated south wall. After a year of previous owners that didn’t comply with city requests to make repairs to the wall, hotel manager Tammy Grubbs recently took ownership of the building and immediately went to work getting a contractor. Her timing, it turned out, was excellent.
WORTHINGTON — There’s a joke in the trucking community about Worthington’s northernmost roundabout, located by JBS. “Who’s going to jump it next?”
WORTHINGTON — Nicholas J. Rivas, 18, was sentenced Friday in Nobles County District Court to the mandatory minimum of 60 months in prison for possessing a firearm after being adjudicated delinquent for a crime of violence, a felony.
WORTHINGTON — KFC has a new look. The Worthington fast-food restaurant reopened its dine-in area Wednesday with a completely redone interior featuring new furniture and a revamped layout. “It’s basically a brand new restaurant,” said manager Rick Steele, who officially took over the store six months ago. “It’s a complete makeover. There’s almost nothing in here that isn’t new — the bathrooms, the buffet, everything.”
WORTHINGTON — Workers at McDonald’s have been wearing hardhats and high-visibility jackets over the last week, and it’s not because they’re starting a new fashion trend. The Worthington fast-food chain is currently undergoing major renovations to its dining area. Construction workers began gutting the restaurant on Aug. 20 and will complete their work by Sept. 10.
WORTHINGTON — Jay Gerber will never forget making his first cell phone sale 27 years ago. One of the first to sell a portable phone in the area, Gerber sold a big, bulky “bag phone” to the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office for a whopping $1,500. “It was huge, it has wires going everywhere, and even then you still had to go on top of a hill to make a call,” Gerber said.
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington will formally purchase the former MC Fitness building on Rowe Avenue this afternoon. The 38,745-square-foot facility will be converted into the new headquarters for the city’s Public Works department and store all of the department’s vehicles, parts and tools. “We’re excited to consolidate all of our departments and equipment so we can have one central location,” said Todd Wietzema, public works director.
WORTHINGTON — Like a series of one-touch passes, the city’s newest public work of art was an exercise in teamwork and precision. A new soccer ball sculpture, decorated with the flags of a wide variety of countries, will be placed in Buss Field later this year. Led by the Worthington Public Arts Commission (WPAC), the creative project started with just a recycled LP gas tank, donated to the commission by Keith Maxwell of Cenex.
WORTHINGTON — Repairs to the Thompson Hotel will be costly. A recent report from Minneapolis consultant Inspec found that most of the hotel’s roof needs to be replaced to fix leaking and other roof-related issues. The total cost would range from $210,600 to $275,400, with an additional $44,000 added if it’s found that extra insulation would be needed to meet contemporary building codes.
WORTHINGTON — A splash pad is officially on its way to Worthington. The Worthington City Council on Monday approved a $490,054 contract with Edgerton contractor Hulstein Excavating to construct a splash pad in Centennial Park. The city hopes to break ground before King Turkey Day and have the project done by April 2019.