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1992: Worthington hosts mayoral conference

One year ago

Joel Poppe of Lakefield was recognized by the National Weather Service for his 20-plus years of collecting climate data. Poppe was one of more than 80 volunteers in the Sioux Falls, S.D., area who was part of the Network Cooperative Observer Program. He collected daily and monthly weather data that was used by the NWS for forecasting needs.

Fifty-two students from Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School spent two hours raking leaves for community members in Westbrook as part of the Earth YES program.

The Nobles County Board of Commissioners approved a one-time payment of $7,500 for Project Morning Star on a 3-2 vote. The non-profit organization, which provides stable housing for people in recovery, had requested a $125,000 appropriation to help run the program.

In a feature newspaper article, a former Worthington woman shared her story of domestic abuse to illustrate the problems women and children (the most common, but not the exclusive, victims) face from domestic abusers. October is Domestic Violence Awareness month.

Five years ago

Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, claimed the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph as she won the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in a lightning-fast 54.21 seconds. Her total time of 3:04.29 easily bested Paycheck's sluggish 9:06.04, so the Worthington race team had to settle for the Circulating Consolation Cup of Consummate Commiseration.

A juvenile male was arrested and charged with DWI after he drove his vehicle through the Miles Drive garage of Jim and Rita Gengler.

The Worthington Water and Light Commission voted to implement a complete ban on non-essential water use within the Worthington city limits due to low well levels and persistent drought conditions.

On a 4-2 vote, the ISD 518 school board members approved a new $113,000 scoreboard system for the Worthington High School gymnasium. The bulk of the cost would be paid

for by business sponsorships amounting to $11,000 for five years of advertising on the board. Six business sponsors were already secured, reported Superintendent John Landgaard, and four more were expected to be finalized within a week.

10 years ago

Jan Donahue of Windom, known as the Military Comic, performed at a gathering of women at the Minnesota Governor's residence in St. Paul.

Worthington's Paycheck won the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph by winning the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in Cuero, Texas. Cumulative race times for the season were 4:48.22 for Paycheck and 5:15.22 for Ruby Begonia.

Worthington's Taco John's unveiled its newly expanded parking lot and an interior facelift. Taco John's first opened in Worthington in 1976; Cheri and Matt Oleske had operated the restaurant since 1977. Meinders Construction was the general contractor for the improvements.

Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards made a campaign appearance Wednesday afternoon at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School in Sibley, Iowa.

The Brewster Elementary Safety Patrol, using 18 fifth- and sixth-grade students, assisted younger students in safely crossing the road at the end of each school day.

A 24-year-old Luverne man was arrested this week on charges of criminal sexual conduct against a juvenile female younger than 13. She was believed to have been his only victim.

25 years ago

Worthington's racing turkey, Paycheck, defeated its opponent, Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas. Ruby Begonia thus lost the second round of the Great Gobbler Gallop and the cumulative races of the season. Overall, Paycheck had 13 annual wins to Ruby Begonia's seven.

Jason McCarthy, a 22-year-old Worthington man, won $10,000 playing the Minnesota Lottery on a $1 ticket from a "License to Play" card.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Last of the Mohicans," "The Mighty Ducks" and "Under Siege."

Michael Halvorson was named director of marketing for Sathers, Inc., of Round Lake, announced company president William Bradfield.

Kevin Wachal opened his own taxidermy studio in Lakefield.

Worthington hosted the Minnesota Mayors Conference for the first time. Venues including the Holiday Inn, the Worthington Country Club, Memorial Auditorium and the Ocheda Apple Orchard were used for the guests.

Delafield Evangelical Lutheran Church in rural Heron Lake marked its 90th anniversary.

Hanson's Furniture, located on Worthington's East 12th Street, was holding a going out of business sale. Its ad read, "Quality service since 1932."

50 years ago

Herbert Aldridge of Spirit Lake, Iowa, caught a 12-pound, 14-ounce walleye in Big Spirit Lake over the weekend. With a length of 31 inches and a 17-inch girth, it was the largest walleye caught this season in the Iowa Great Lakes.

Cottonwood County suffered its first casualty of the Vietnam War. Roger Carey, the 18-year-old son of Carl Carey of Windom, was killed in action Saturday. Carey was serving with the U.S. Marines. He was a 1966 graduate of Windom High School and had been home on leave in August before returning to Vietnam in early September. He was the ninth casualty of the war from the Globe's circulation territory.

75 years ago

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Red Owl included oleomargarine for 18 cents a pound, pickled pigs feet (bulk, seven cents; or three for 20 cents), hockless picnic hams for 36 cents a pound, Canadian walleyed pike for 23 cents a pound or spiced herring for 27 cents a pound.

Worthington went over the top in its city-wide scrap metal drive, collecting 116,790 pounds. The 60,00 goal was easily exceeded during the two-day drive. Elmer Ziegenhagen, agriculture teacher at Worthington High School, was in charge of the metal drive.

Worthington's rural fire truck made a run to the Peter Hawkinson farm south of town Thursday to put out a blaze which spread into a corn field. Mrs. Stanley Brady was burning off some old hay ground preparatory to starting the fall plowing when the fire got out of control.

The Nobles Cooperative Electric's two-county REA system headquartered in Worthington sold to its 1,571 a total of 178,417 kilowatt hours last month. The vast amount of that was consumed by farm members (164,079 KWH).

Three hunters were arrested in the vicinity of Worthington Saturday for carrying set-up guns in their cars as the annual pheasant shooting season started. The arrests came after the conservation department had announced prior to the season opener that it would make a concerted effort this year against hunters who failed to break down their guns or put them in cases while carrying them in their cars.