SLAYTON — The Hut is celebrating 50 years of business in the Slayton community this week. Owner Sue Isder said her parents, Trace and Pep Hafner, along with her sister, Terri, opened the store in 1969, when Isder was a teenager. Before that, the Hafners owned Slayton Drug, as Isder’s father was a pharmacist. The post office next door had just moved to a new location, and the Hafners jumped at the opportunity to expand with a gift shop.
SLAYTON — The Murray County Board of Commissioners met in special session Wednesday morning to select finalists for the county administrator position. The board consulted with Gary Weiers of David Drown Associates, whom it had hired earlier this year to advise throughout the hiring process. Weiers has helped counties throughout Minnesota reorganize their leadership structures.
BRAINERD — Although he’s gone, Lew Hudson’s legacy remains. Hudson, a former regional editor of the Daily Globe, died Wednesday at the age of 91. Anyone who knew Hudson from work association, or as a friend, described him as a man of remarkable character and vision.
PIPESTONE — A small tornado formed Tuesday afternoon in Pipestone, damaging to the roofs of three buildings. Pipestone County Emergency Management Director Casey Sievert said she’s in the process of reviewing surveillance videos from the highway department. “It pretty clearly was a small tornado” as shown in some of the videos so far, Sievert said.
IHLEN — Split Rock Burgers & Brews opened for business Friday at Ihlen’s 102 Waldo St. in the building that was home to The Glass House before that restaurant closed last year. “I couldn’t have asked for a better soft open weekend,” said owner/operator Darcy Gabar. She explained that guests were given comment cards to describe their experience at Split Rock.
WORTHINGTON — At the regular meeting of the Worthington City Council Monday night, Director of Community Development, Planning, Zoning and Building Services Jason Brisson presented further developments regarding the Hotel Thompson. The Thompson’s receiver, Lighthouse Management Group, has received two offers on the property. One offer proposed purchase and redevelopment that could be started quickly. The receiver rejected this offer.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council discussed a number of community improvements during its Monday night meeting, including the storm water pollution prevention plan, an application to join the Beyond the Yellow Ribbon support network and local-option sales tax projects. The meeting opened with a public hearing regarding the city of Worthington’s stormwater pollution prevention plan.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council conducted a public hearing as part of its regular meeting Monday night to solicit community feedback regarding the storm water pollution prevention plan. The city’s municipal separated storm sewer system permit is up for renewal this year, and a few minor adjustments have been made to increase efforts to prevent pollution. No members of the public commented on the plan that was presented.
FULDA — Fulda’s annual Wood Duck Festival begins Monday evening and runs through next Sunday. This year’s theme is “Grow With Us.” Here’s the schedule of events, which includes some new activities. Monday 6 p.m., youth track meet (registration begins at 5:30 p.m.), Fulda High School track . Tuesday 5, 6 and 7 p.m., youth baseball/softball, FHS baseball field.
HERON LAKE — Laker Honey LLC out of Heron Lake has entered into a partnership with Worthington’s Forbidden Barrel Brewing to supply the honey for the microbrewery’s honey-brewed beers. The partnership joins five others that Laker Honey has made with area businesses during its eight years of operation. Kevin and Julie Mathias of Heron Lake started the business in 2012 and have been forging partnerships along the way.