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Looking Back: 1992 -- Groundbreaking set for Hagen Distributing

One year ago

Fraol Balda and Johanna Andrejew were crowned Snowcoming 2016 king and queen, respectively, in celebratory events at Worthington High School.

The Rev. Jim Callahan shared that St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington, was announcing itself as an official sanctuary for undocumented immigrants.

Andrea Duarte, a 2015 Worthington High School graduate and current student at St. Catherine University, St. Paul, was one of 25 young women chosen to serve on the newly established Young Women's Initiative of Minnesota, a first-of-its kind partnership between the Women's Foundation of Minnesota and the state of Minnesota.

The Rev. Jeanette McCormick recently began duties as the new pastor at Worthington's First Lutheran Church.

Renovations at the 75-year-old Ocheyedan, Iowa, town hall began last week.

Buss Field's renovation, which included three new soccer fields, a parking lot and retention pond, was complete.

Five years ago

The Worthington High School choirs presented a fifth annual madrigal dinner. The event, which took place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, involved 150 students in total.

The Rock, Nobles and Pipestone county's Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) hosted a Healthy Community Forum in Luverne to discuss efforts to improve health through better nutrition, increased physical activity and decreased exposure to commercial tobacco products.

The 24th annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village took place, with a highlight being the presence of Santa Claus in the firehall taking requests for Christmas gifts.

Nobles Cooperative Electric donated five new freezers and three refrigerators to the Manna Food pantry this week. A couple weeks earlier, the Worthington Christian Food Shelf received two new appliances from NCE.

The new 15,000 square-foot Fire and Emergency Services Building opened for use in Jackson.

After several failed motions and one failed amendment, the Nobles County commissioners voted 3-2 to table a decision on bonding for capital improvement projects, including a new county library.

10 years ago

A total of four inches of snow fell over the weekend in the Worthington area. Coupled with sleet and freezing rain, the storm brought a power outage to Worthington due to ice problems on the transmission line near the Split Rock substation.

Sung and Hong Ying Li recently opened Lee's Restaurant in the Northland Mall, Worthington. The restaurant offered a variety of Chinese and American menu items.

Nobles County Environmental Services Officer Mark Koster announced the county would host a free collection of electronics, such as computers, TVs, VCRs and microwaves, as a service to county residents at the start of the new year.

Connie Connell, Luverne, was recognized by the Southwest Initiative Foundation for her 20 years of involvement with SWIF, and for her efforts for many years to make Luverne a better place to live.

Meika, a five-month-old female Belgian Malinois, was the Worthington Police Department's newest K-9 drug dog. WPD Officer Brett Wiltrout was Meika's handler and partner.

25 years ago

During his recent visit to the former Soviet Union, Ron Schaap of Worthington stayed with a Ukrainian family that subsisted on an income of $5 per month. Schaap's co-traveler, Lyle TenHaken, had a host family that was living on $4 per month. Sample prices paid for items there were potatoes, four cents a pound; gas, 16 cents per gallon; and a Big Mac, French fries and a drink at the Moscow McDonald's, $1.40.

Nikki Anderson and Beth Junge were December's Apple PIE award winners at Worthington Junior High School. Junge was a second-year math and Spanish teacher, while Anderson was a student.

The fourth annual Christmas at Pioneer Village took place this week.

Prins Trucking, headed by Gary G. Prins, purchased land at 414 Oxford St., Worthington, signaling intentions to permanently relocate its headquarters from Rushmore to Worthington. The company had previously rented a site on Kragness Avenue.

The Worthington Industrial Park attracted its first industry: Hagen Distributing Company, which planned to build a new distribution center and warehouse in the park, with groundbreaking this week.

50 years ago

Jan Van Hulzen, Edgerton, was crowned queen at the 11th annual skating contest Saturday night at Pipestone. Besides Edgerton, contestants were from Woodstock, Lake Benton and Chandler.

The Y's Men's Club of Worthington was selling 2,000 Norway and Scotch pines, plus Montana and Douglas firs, in a Christmas tree sale at the Chicken Coop on the corner of Oxford and Grand. Club president Doug Cole said their full stock of trees sold out the previous year, and the group was hoping for a similar response in December 1967. Proceeds from the sale supported sending local youths to the YMCA's Camp Olson in northern Minnesota.

An old barn on the Art Converse farm three and one-half miles west of Windom burned to the ground Sunday afternoon, and the Windom Fire Department stood by to prevent the flames from spreading. Converse had asked for help in burning it, and the firemen were happy to obligate. The blaze didn't last more than a half hour, as the barn was "pretty well dried-out," according to Windom fire chief Hap Peterson.

An auto carrying three teenage girls home from a basketball game Tuesday night went out of control on County Road 7 seven miles north of Westbrook. One 17-year-old girl remained hospitalized, while two others were treated and released. The car in which they were riding hit the shoulder of the road, went out of control and rolled into a ditch.

75 years ago

Harold Wass, Bigelow Township, was elected president of the Nobles County Farm Management association. Other officers were Walter Strom, Elk Township, secretary-treasurer; and Robert Soderholm, Elk Township, member of the board of directors of the Southwestern Minnesota Farm Management Association for a two-year term representing Nobles County.

Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Reed of Round Lake escaped injury in a car accident Saturday evening when the steering gear of their car failed to function. They were driving into town and the car left the road and ran into a fence. It was later towed to a local garage for repairs.

Movies showing this week at Worthington theaters were "Private Buckeroo" at the State and "Mrs. Wiggs of the Cabbage Patch" at the Grand.

The boys and girls of Worthington and surrounding communities were invited to attend free puppet shows at the children's library on Saturday. Naomi Moles, children's librarian, arranged and directed the plays with a cast of 13 grade school children.

Gloria Kinsman, Worthington High School senior, was named one of the 10 winners in the Minnesota Public Health association's essay contest on Christmas seals. It was the second time in recent years a Worthington student had captured the honor; Ruth Mixa won in 1934.