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WORTHINGTON — Dream Catchers, a faith-based summer program for children of immigrants in the Worthington area, is back for a third year — and the kids are ready to learn. Beginning in June, kids ages 9-15 will spend their Tuesdays on a farm south of Iona, where along with planting and growing corn, tomatoes and potatoes, they practice practical life skills such as public speaking, teamwork and leadership.
WORTHINGTON — Recent concept plans show what an expansion to the city’s outdoor aquatic center could look like. Concept drawings done by Delano design firm USAquatics show an outdoor pool that includes a 2,500-square-foot splash pool, 1,275-square-foot activity pool, 2,800-square-foot lazy river and other features such as water slides.
WORTHINGTON — Even a million-dollar idea isn’t worth much when you don’t know how to market it, or if life’s everyday interruptions and stresses keep getting in the way. The fourth annual #Market Smarter event — taking place June 20 at the Worthington Event Center — will once again teach smart marketing techniques for the modern business climate, but also put a focus on how to create a healthy work-life balance.
WORTHINGTON — If the Nobles County Historical Society moves into the Armory Business Center, it would need more money to make things work, NCHS board member Jerry Fiola told Worthington City Council members Wednesday. Fiola said the county might give the Armory to the NCHS, but the organization needs funds to make renovations to the building and maintain a new, larger museum space. He suggested the city could help.
WORTHINGTON — The city of Worthington is preparing an action plan to mitigate the cost associated with the inevitable arrival of emerald ash borer, an invasive beetle that has wiped out entire populations of ash trees. The notorious pests have been spotted in Martin County and Minnehaha County, S.D. — both around 60 miles from Worthington. City forestry officials believe it’s only a matter of time before they touch down in Nobles County.
REGIONAL — Gov. Mark Dayton on Friday authorized reimbursement to Nobles County and Rock County for repairs made due to an April 13-14 winter storm that caused power outages, flooding and wind damage. Nobles County was given $41,783 in state disaster assistance. Rock County, in which most power lines were downed, was given $546,665.
SLAYTON — Murray County has hired Mark Nipp as interim director of sheriff to manage various operational matters and “protect employees” within the Murray County Sheriff’s Department. Nipp, a former police chief in Arizona and independent contractor with Arizona firm Municipal Solutions, will “discuss and address any concerns of harassment or discrimination and may take action to address and remedy the situations as they arise,” the county said in a statement Thursday.
WORTHINGTON — Humberto and Oscar Piceno, the father-son combination that long ran Tacos Lupe, officially opened their new restaurant this week. Lupazo Mexican Grill will feature the same menu, employees and traditional Mexican food as Tacos Lupe, but at a new 10th Street location and with a full-time, fully-equipped bar.
WORTHINGTON — The Worthington Investment Network (WIN) has purchased a building on the corner of Ninth Street and Third Avenue, with the intent to lease it to a new business. The space is intended to house a new brewery. More details on the deal will be revealed in the coming weeks once the lease is signed.
WORTHINGTON — The Eagles Lodge will host a benefit dinner and silent auction for Randy Schmidt from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday. Schmidt, a Worthington resident and longtime employee at JBS, was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer in early March. The cancer has metastasized to the brain.