I’ve been thinking lately about traditions. Tomorrow is Valentine’s Day, which means many people will be observing annual traditions, whether that means a romantic date, exchanging cards and/or chocolate or serving breakfast in bed.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council, heeding a recommendation from the Worthington Charter Commission, voted following a public hearing Monday night to alter the city charter to eliminate the requirement for a police civil service commission.
EDGERTON — Betty Huisken has been giving back to the Edgerton community for 45 years and counting. It all started because her husband, Fred, was working as an EMT. Huisken noticed a need medical services had for blood. “You can’t manufacture blood,” she said. “It has to come from people.”
WORTHINGTON — Following a press release last month that announced the closing of 38 Shopko locations, Shopko released an updated list Wednesday of 174 additional closings. This time around, the Worthington location is on the list.
WORTHINGTON — In preparation for Tuesday’s District 518 bond referendum vote, Nobles County tested its voting machines during a public meeting Friday. Chief Deputy Auditor/Treasurer Kris Ray explained that while Nobles County has been using voting machines since 2006, state law requires voting machines to be tested before each election.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington resident and longtime southwest Minnesota devotee Julane Coyer will celebrate her 102nd birthday on Feb. 12.
ST. PAUL — District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, sat in session on the Minnesota House of Representatives Taxes Committee last week in support of HF351, a bill that would expand tax exemption for firefighting and EMS supplies. Since 1991, local fire stations and ambulance services in Minnesota have been required to pay taxes on purchasing supplies. This limits the purchasing power of these services, which in rural areas could make a big difference.
ST. PAUL — District 22A Rep. Joe Schomacker, R-Luverne, voted Jan. 31 against bill HF400, which seeks to reform prevention and treatment for opioid addiction in Minnesota. The Minnesota House of Representatives Health and Human Services Policy Committee convened to discuss the bill and heard testimonies in support of and in objection to the proposed legislation. A few citizens expressed concern that the registration fees may penalize wholesale distributors unfairly.
FULDA — Shannon Cowdin has owned Fulda Vitality Fitness since December 2016, but her business’s recent move and expansion makes it feel like a whole new gym. Cowdin is pleased that the expansion happened so quickly. When she first bought the gym, she hoped to expand it in five years, and she managed to do so in less than two.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington Mayor Mike Kuhle traveled to the state Capitol on Wednesday to attend Legislative Action Day, an event hosted by the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities. Mayors, city council members and city planners from around the state were invited to meet with and hear from their state legislators about policy affecting local communities. Kuhle identified several legislative priorities that will impact Worthington and other southwest Minnesota communities.