WORTHINGTON - Winterfest week has arrived, and with it comes the hunt for the hunt for the Winterfest medallion, worth $100 in chamber checks.
Here is the first clue:
It’s Winterfest, let’s get outside,
So put on your warm winter gear;
With so many great city parks to explore,
You’ll find me in one this year.
Remember, the medallion will be on public property, and those out sleuthing should not have to dig or climb to find it. Anyone who finds the medallion should bring it to the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce at 1121 Third Avenue in downtown Worthington.
WORTHINGTON — In order to protect patients, staff and the community Sanford Worthington Medical Center will be restricting visitors to limit the spread of influenza and other illnesses. Restrictions are being highly enforced for the OB/Women’s Center/Newborn Unit and strongly encouraged for the entire hospital.
Visitors are limited to clergy and immediate family members, including patient, spouse or significant other, parent or grandparent, and siblings age 14 or older, who must be well. Only two visitors per patient are allowed at a time.
No one who has symptoms of influenza, including fever or chills, muscle or body aches or pains, sore throat, cough, stuffy or runny nose, headache, fatigue or loose stools will be permitted to visit.
The restrictions are effective until further notice.
WORTHINGTON – The Rev. Irwin Van Leeuwen was named the 2015 Community Service Award recipient Friday during the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau 84th Annual Meeting.
Van Leeuwen, who recently announced he will retire this summer as pastor of the American Reformed Church in Worthington, remarked he was only supposed to come to the event to pray, but joked that a preacher never turns down an opportunity to speak. He said he had always made a point in each community he had been a part of to join at least one organization that was not church related, which had led him over the years to be a fire fighter, to be on a school board and to be part of community education.
He said he loves the community of Worthington and will miss it when he leaves. There are many others deserving of the award, he added.
The Friends of Education Award was presented to the Optimist Club, and the Hospitality Award was presented to Marthaler Ford.
Randy Thompson, former president of the Chamber’s board, turned over the gavel to Amber Luinenburg, the new president. She outlined the Chamber’s goals for 2015, which include reviewing the transient merchant ordinance, supporting the Oxford Street redevelopment and working on a concierge program to assist in the recruitment and retention of employees.
Goals of the CVB, Luinenburg announced, would be to promote outdoor recreation opportunities, evaluate and make recommendations on sports and recreation facilities and emphasize the need for a centralized community calendar to promote events and avoid scheduling conflicts.
SLAYTON – The Murray County Historical Society continues its Dinehart Luchbox Lecture Series on Thursday, Feb. 5 from noon to 1 p.m. with the presentation “The Language of Flowers,” given by Gaylene Chapman. Chapman is the County Museum site manager and a master gardener. Accompanying her talk will be a designer from VIP Floral to demonstrate the craft of floral design.
Together they will tell the stories of how flowers signify different thoughts and feelings. Flowers and their meanings became very important during the Victorian Age of proper etiquette. Attendees are asked to bring a sack lunch. Coffee will be available. The event is free to historical society members, or $3 to non-members.
ROCK RAPIDS, Iowa — Lyon County is going to be getting some free help with several projects from college students at Iowa State University.
Lyon County Economic Development Director Steve Simons said 27 senior and graduate students from ISU are taking part. The first phase of the class is for them to travel to Lyon County and visit with residents, business people and tour the area.
They will view several attractions in the county including Blood Run, the Depot Museum, Island Park, Rapid Speedway, Rapids Theatre, Locker Park, and more. The next step will be a video conference on February 27 with their ideas for stakeholders to view and give feedback. A video conference mid-design review will be held the week of March 30. The students will return April 27 for final presentations.
Simons invites everyone to the stakeholder sessions, Sunday evening at 6:30 p.m. at Grand Falls Casino & Golf Resort, Monday morning at 10 a.m. at Forster Community Center in Rock Rapids, and Monday afternoon at 1:30 p.m. at the George Community Center.
MINNEAPOLIS - Members of the Minnesota National Guard have learned they won't be going to Liberia to help the US Military’s response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa.
Soldiers from the Rosemount-based 34th Red Bull Infantry Division were supposed to go to Liberia this year in support of Operation United Assistance.
But Guard spokesman Col. Kevin Olson said the division is no longer required.
Last November, the Guard announced that nearly 700 members of the 34th Red Bull would be deployed to Liberia for a six-month period. They were expected to arrive in April and depart in late fall. That mission was later reduced to nearly 300 soldiers. But the number of West Africans who have become infected with Ebola has dropped dramatically.