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Looking Back: 2008 -- Council approves demo work at Campbell's site

One year ago

The City of Worthington saw more housing units constructed in 2016 than in any of the previous five years, according to the 2016 Building Permit Survey Report and the 2017 Population Estimate. Over the last five years, Worthington had seen the construction of 135 housing units in total. The main contributor was the Grand Terrace Apartments, a 48-unit complex north of Oxford Street and west of the Grand Avenue extension.

Worthington's Sunset Park was the intended site of the annual Deep Freeze Dip and the pond hockey tournament, two of the planned activities for Worthington's Winterfest.

Darla DeKam, Worthington, located the Worthington Winterfest medallion in Chautauqua Park, claiming a $100 prize for her efforts.

The Heron Lake Watershed District was seeking willing landowners in Nobles, Jackson, Murray or Cottonwood counties to participate in a new reserve program focusing on cover crops.

Five years ago

With water temperatures at 10 degrees, 47 people jumped into Lake Okabena for the Deep Freeze Dip, raising $25,000 for the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim program.

Jaden Nickel, a Worthington 8-year-old, was featured in the American Heart Association's upcoming ad campaign. Her image was used on promotional posters in the Twin Cities area and in Minnesota Monthly magazine. Jaden, the daughter of Jeff and Tina Nickel, Worthington, was born with endocardial cushion defect.

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., visited Brewster as part of a tour of the Minnesota Soybean Processors plant on the second day of her Homegrown Energy Tour across Minnesota.

Minnesota Twins Manager Ron Gardenhire, along with former Twins catcher Terry Steinbach and middle infielder Brian Dozier, were in Worthington for the 2013 Minnesota Twins Caravan stop at the Worthington Area YMCA.

Additional volunteers were needed for ISD 518's adult basic education and English as a second language classes in both Fulda and Worthington.

10 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Alvin and the Chipmunks," "Juno," "Charlie Wilson's War," "Enchanted" and "I Am Legend."

A film about Worthington's Historic Dayton House, written and directed by Ray Lowry, appeared on Pioneer Public TV.

Jerry Mills, a singer/songwriter and motivational speaker, presented a program titled "Don't Doubt the Dream" to ISD 518 educators in a meeting held at Prairie Elementary. Mills presented on issues ranging from learning disabilities, learning styles and motivating at-risk and challenged students.

Marty Conatser, the American Legion National Commander, visited the Fulda American Legion on his four-day tour of Minnesota American Legion posts.

Worthington City Council members voted 4-1 to approve specifications for work needed to demolish the primary building and some other structures on the former Campbell Soup Company site in Worthington. The cost estimate of the demolition was $867,400.

The Nobles County Sheriff's Department was awarded a LIDAR — a piece of equipment used in speed detection — from the Minnesota Safe and Sober Program sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety. The LIDAR was valued at $3,000.

The Luverne Education Association voted to accept a package offered by the Luverne Public Schools for a 9.91 percent total package increase over the next two years.

25 years ago

A 41-year-old Arnolds Park, Iowa, man was charged with attempted murder in Dickinson County, Iowa, after participating in a murder-for-hire scheme. He was being held in the Dickinson County jail with a bail bond set at $1.025 million.

Matt Fredrickson, a seventh-grader and the son of Kyle and Cindy Fredrickson, won the Worthington Junior High geographic bee, while sixth-grader Matt Wolf, son of Kay and Randy Wolf, won the West Elementary geographic bee.

The Worthington City Council defeated a request for a recycling education program, which would have cost $6,156.77 and benefited the entire city. Earlier in the same meeting, new council member Mike Driscoll was sworn in, as was the re-elected mayor Robert Demuth.

Twenty-seven Lakeview School students were evacuated from their rooms early Tuesday morning after a fire broke out in an adjoining building. No one was injured in the blaze, which appeared to have started in the building's attic. Another fire in town at roughly the same time left 12 adults and seven children homeless, and kept firefighters scrambling, when a multi-family dwelling on Worthington's 14th Street was destroyed.

District 22A Representative Ted Winter, D-Fulda, was appointed vice chairman of the Minnesota House Tax Committee.

50 years ago

One man was killed and another injured when the car in which they were riding smashed head-on into a bridge abutment on Highway 23, one-fourth mile south of Ihlen. Killes was Jerold J. Facile, 24, of rural Sherman, S.D.; injured was the driver, Larry G. Holt, 22, of rural Jasper. Facile had just returned home from a tour in Vietnam three and a half months earlier.

Mr. and Mrs. Robert Ferguson of rural Heron Lake had the first baby of the new year born at the Heron Lake Hospital. Their newest daughter was born at 11:17 a.m. Jan. 10, weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces. Back in 1950, the Fergusons previously won the hospital's jackpot of prizes for the first baby of the new year when their daughter, Linda (now a high school senior), was born at 6 p.m. Jan. 2.

The annual Minnesota Ministers' Institute of the Assemblies of God Church was in Worthington Monday through Wednesday. It was the first time Worthington was selected to host the annual institute, which had been hosted for 30 years. The local Assemblies of God church was founded in 1940 with the Rev. O.E. Carter as its first pastor.

Peggy L. Boots, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Boots, Rushmore, was named Worthington Senior High School's Homemaker of Tomorrow for 1968. Peggy's hobbies were sewing, reading and skating. She planned to enroll in the Alexandria Vocational School after graduation to study interior design.

75 years ago

Vernon Greig, a farmer living north of Rushmore, lost two cows Tuesday in an unusual accident. Greig had hired a truck to haul his eight cows to the new place to which he was moving. When the truck was partway up a steep, icy hill, the cows bolted or slid to the back of the truck, lifting its front end into the air. The trucker was helpless except to keep his foot on the brakes to avoid having the entire truck slide downhill onto other loads of machinery. A tractor was secured to pull the truck down, but the two cows smothered before that could be accomplished.

John Hoffman, acting superintendent of schools since the previous superintendent John Dirks left early in 1941 with the national guard company, was re-appointed to the position for the duration of Dirks' absence.

Showing this week at Worthington's State Theater was "Yankee Doodle Dandy" starring James Cagney. All of Worthington's theaters were cooperating in the national observance of United Nations week. As part of the observance, there was a special showing of the film "Wrecking Crew" for school children at the State Theater, with a Popeye cartoon and a Grantland Rice sportlight, "Fighting Spirit," also on the theater bill.

Top places in the western lamb feeding project went to six Nobles County 4-H boys. Edward Lewis, Westside, was the winner, while Carol Taylor, Westside was second, James Taylor of Westside was third, Lee Anderson of Lorain was fourth, Robert Ludlow of Worthington was fifth and James Lewis of Westside was sixth.

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