LAKEFIELD — Megan Hall of Lakefield owns and operates Simply Sweet Cheesecake, which has been open since February 2015. She credits her husband, Nelson, with the idea to open a cheesecake bakery. Hall used to make cheesecakes just for fun and bring them to parties and events. Nelson constantly told her how delicious her cheesecakes were and encouraged her to sell them.
WORTHINGTON — The 14th annual Gone Country showcase next Saturday at Memorial Auditorium will “pay special tribute to our country,” according to co-producer Cindy Elsing. The show will include a presentation of flags by the local color guard, a performance of the national anthem to open the show and a few patriotic songs throughout the set. Elsing said each year, Gone Country features “the best of the best” local talent, including a band, singers and comedy.
OCHEYEDAN, Iowa — This time of year, northwest Iowa residents will notice three crosses rising from the crest of Ocheyedan Mound. The crosses are managed by Ocheyedan Christian Reformed Church and erected by the church’s youth group each year.
WORTHINGTON — In a special meeting Wednesday, Worthington City Council received updates on various city construction projects, as well as new developments with the Hotel Thompson. Public works building Director of Public Works Todd Wietzema explained that work on the new Public Works building began about a month ago. Demolition is mostly finished on the main floor and the upstairs, and framing began Wednesday.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission received an update on storm recovery, studied local energy statistics and awarded a bid for water reconstruction during its Monday afternoon meeting. WPU General Manager Scott Hain updated the commission on the community’s recovery from last week’s ice storm and power outages.
REGIONAL — Area farmers are still recovering from the necessary adjustments needed to keep operations running after last week’s ice storm knocked out power to thousands of homes, farms and businesses. Hundreds of residents were still without power on Tuesday, though crews are hoping to have all power restored sometime today.
WORTHINGTON — Minnesota Chamber of Commerce Director of Communications Jim Pumlaro visited Worthington Tuesday to outline the Chamber’s legislative priorities this session. The Minnesota Chamber of Commerce comprises about 2,300 businesses statewide, 78% of which have 100 or fewer employees. Pumarlo explained that the cost of doing business in Minnesota and taxes on business are perennial challenges addressed by the Chamber.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council voted to proceed with a street resurfacing project in the Homewood Hills neighborhood following a preliminary assessment hearing Wednesday evening. Worthington Director of Engineering Dwayne Haffield presented the plan for the project to city council members and the public. He explained that since the project was not petitioned for by neighborhood residents, it required a four-fifths vote by the council.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council tackled zoning issues and Hotel Thompson business during its regular meeting Monday night.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council heard a number of zoning ordinance requests during its regular meeting Monday night. A second reading of a proposal to allow L-zoned properties to have water-based structures that connect to sewer and water facilities was passed. Council member Amy Ernst, who sits on the Planning Commission, explained that rather than continuing to grant variances to allow this individually, the commission feels that it would make more sense to just change the ordinance.