WORTHINGTON - During the last Worthington City Council meeting, the council narrowly passed approval for a water park site, making the decision to put it at the site of the current city aquatic center as opposed to the old outdoor pool site. The decision is not final approval, but gives staff authority to explore the idea with Minnesota West, Minnesota State and the YMCA Board.
WORTHINGTON - Paul LaRoche has been named featured speaker for the annual King Turkey Day festival, September 14. LaRoche grew up in Worthington after being adopted at birth. In 1993, LaRoche discovered his biological Lakota family.
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WORTHINGTON - A motion to put a new aquatic center on the same site as the current aquatic center on the Minnesota West Worthington Campus was narrowly approved Monday night, passing 3-2 in favor of working in conjunction with the Worthington Area YMCA to expand the current facility.
The discussion regarding the site became heated at times. The two sites being considered were the YMCA and the location of the former pool, north of the intersection of Park Avenue and Liberty Drive. Councilor Larry Janssen, who was on the committee formed to provide recommendations on sites and layout, was one of the city council members who voted against the YMCA site.
WORTHINGTON - The president of the University of Minnesota visited Worthington on Friday during a tour of the state. Joan Gabel, who was installed as president of the U of M in July, is making the tour to get to know her new state and looking into the needs of each area.
Her impressions of the state and the U of M since she arrived are great, she said.