WORTHINGTON — Following a walk-through of the Thompson Hotel, the Worthington City Council voted Wednesday afternoon to proceed with the planned re-roofing project and also to tag the residential floors of the building as unsafe for human habitation. The building tour, which included city council and Worthington HRA board members along with representatives from the engineering firm Short Elliot Hendrickson, revealed the Thompson’s squalid conditions.
WORTHINGTON — “If we want to see good human beings in this society, families are responsible for it.” So says Nathalie Nkashama of Worthington, who — with and her husband, Mcnay — work to strengthen families professionally and personally wherever they go. Both Nathalie and Mcnay grew up in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
EDGERTON — Kyle and Sarah Landin of Edgerton were 21 and 22 years old, respectively, when they found out they would not be able to have children biologically. The moment the doctor started talking about options, the Landins had the same thought: adoption. “Only God could have put that in our minds at the same time,” Sarah reflected.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington City Council voted Wednesday afternoon to tag the Thompson Hotel as unsuitable for residence. The city will give current residents 90 days to vacate the premises, but the start date of the 90-day countdown is still unknown. Jason Brisson, the city’s director of community and economic development, said staff will have city attorneys make an evaluation before posting an official tag on the building.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Planning Commission voted Tuesday evening in favor of recommending a zone change in order to accommodate an addition to the Golden Horizons assisted living facility. Owner KC Properties plans to add a 16-unit memory care unit to Golden Horizons — a well-documented need in the Worthington community.
REGIONAL — Lanny Bosma of Woodstock went with a group of about 20 area residents this past weekend to help with flood relief in Nebraska. The group hailed from Woodstock, Pipestone, Edgerton and other regional communities. Bosma said it was a joint effort between several church congregations. Conditions are bleak for our Nebraska neighbors, Bosma explained.
STORM LAKE, Iowa — Five Democratic presidential candidates attended the Heartland Forum Saturday afternoon to present their plans to support rural and agricultural America.
LISMORE — Longtime Lismore resident Joyce Erdman has devoted her life to serving her community. She has spent decades devoting her time and energy to various organizations, and says service makes her feel good and provides a productive way to use her time.
FULDA — When southwest Minnesota native Aaron Cheadle joined the U.S. Army in 1985, he was a senior in high school. “I can’t say I gave it much thought,” he said. Joining the military just seemed like the right thing to do. Cheadle’s father had served in the U.S. Navy in Korea, and two uncles in World War II. His namesake uncle fought in the Army in WWII and was killed in action in Germany two weeks before the war ended.
WORTHINGTON — The Bicycle Alliance of Minnesota (BikeMN) will hold an event from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nobles County offices to train ambassadors for the Walk! Bike! Fun! program. Safe Routes to Schools Program Manager Michelle Kiefer explained that the training is a workshop for adults about events they can plan in the community to engage kids and promote pedestrian and bicycle safety.