LaRoche named as featured KTD speaker

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.

Worthington City Council votes to build new aquatic center at Y location

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.

New U of M President visits Worthington

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.

Worthington City Council hears BRDTF update

WORTHINGTON - During a special meeting Wednesday, the Worthington City Council rejected a bid for the 2019 Sanitary and Sewer Improvements project, which came in 77 percent over the engineer's estimate. According to city engineer Dwayne Haffield, only the one bid was received, which came from Duininck Inc. Haffield's recommendation was to reject the bid and advertise again over the winter.

Thompson Hotel goes up for online auction

WORTHINGTON - Despite attempts by several prospective buyers, the Thompson Hotel is now up for auction, a listing that can be found on the Grafe Auction website.

Worthington Assistant City Administrator Jason Brisson said the auction is currently online through September 12. As far as he can tell, the intent is that by end of business on that date, the building will be sold to the highest bidder.