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Looking Back: 2008 -- Gary Prins wins Community Service Award

One year ago

The music department's contest concert took place at Worthington High School, with over 225 WHS music students participating in the school's bands, choirs and orchestra.

Third-graders from Worthington's Prairie Elementary toured the Nobles County Sheriff's Office, Worthington Police Department and Nobles County District Court areas at the Prairie Justice Center this week.

Nearly five million pounds of material were recycled by Nobles County residents in 2016, and approximately 10 percent of that total was glass. Nevertheless, Eric Joens, district manager of Schaap Sanitation, said that recycling glass bottles was a less lucrative endeavor than it previously was.

The Worthington Event Center announced it would host an adult prom at its facility on Feb. 17.

Nobles County IT Director Angelo Torres and IT consultant Shawn Larsen of Morris presented Nobles County commissioners with the concept of creating a governmental data center in the former county jail on the third floor of the Nobles County Government Center in downtown Worthington. The space had been unused since the jail moved to the Prairie Justice Center in 2002.

Five years ago

Worthington High School presented the musical "Hairspray" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, with a cast of 56. Jon Loy directed the production.

Worthington High School seniors Elizabeth Luke and Gordy Moore were named the school's female and male selections, respectively, of the 2013 Triple "A" award, which recognized students excelling in academics, athletics and the arts.

The annual Bridal Fair and Prom Extravaganza took place at American Reformed Church, Worthington, with the Daily Globe sponsoring the event.

Loren Gens, who began his 25-year career as a postal carrier, retired as postmaster at the Chandler post office this week.

Staples Enterprises Inc. opened its 15th store — an Expressway in Heron Lake, managed by Scott Hecker.

Kruse Motors and K & S Motors of Worthington were purchased by Aaron Marthaler, who owned dealerships in Glenwood and was seeking to expand his businesses to southwestern Minnesota.

10 years ago

Gary Prins received the Community Service Award for 2008 at the annual Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce banquet/meeting. Prins was the CEO and owner of Prins Trucking, having taken over the business from his father in 1967. The Education Appreciation Award went to the Early Risers Kiwanis Club, while the Hospitality Award was presented to Graham Tire.

Two 17-year-old boys were charged with vandalizing the Ellsworth High School in late August and stealing two pickup trucks. Damage caused during the crime was estimated at $11,000.

The Worthington High School speech team placed second at the Schwan's Speech Spectacular, Marshall, in Class A competition. Coaches were Linda Neugebauer and Mary Hegna.

Chad Harms and Micah Hietbrink purchased Steinle Auto from Mark Steinle and renamed the Worthington Oxford Street business H & H Auto & Repair.

25 years ago

The U.S. Department of Commerce and Economic Development announced it would give a $1 million grant to the city of Windom for use in improving the town's wastewater treatment plant.

The Nobles County commissioners approved up to $8,000 to extend the blacktopped road at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Larry Lang, manager of Michael's Steakhouse, 1405 Spring Ave., Worthington, announced plans to reopen at the same location on April 1. The restaurant sustained extensive damage in a September 26, 1992, fire.

The "Sundown Specials" at Worthington's Holiday Inn this week included Canadian walleye, snow cod, pork chop, hamburger steak, rose fish or grilled chicken breast with either coleslaw, jello or lettuce salad, plus a choice of potato, long grain/wild rice or veggie medley. The meals were priced from $5.50 (for the hamburger steak) to $6.50 (for the walleye).

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Aspen Extreme," "Body Guard" and "The Vanishing."

The Worthington FFA chapter placed third in the FFA Farm Management contest. Team members were Jerry Bentz, Marsha Motl, Chad Lindquist and Shane Brink.

50 years ago

Lavonn Heyen was named winner of the Homemaker of Tomorrow contest at Fulda High School. Meanwhile, Rita Mae Hansen was named Homemaker of Tomorrow at Jackson.

Stockholders of Kanaranzi Elevator Corp. were rebuilding following a fire last fall that destroyed the old grain elevator. A new wood-frame elevator was in the process of going up, with a cost estimate of $140,000. It was expected to be completed by March 1.

The Worthington State Theater was showing "In the Heat of the Night," starring Academy Award-winner Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger.

Ed Flannery, Worthington, was named director of the sheltered workshop in Worthington at a meeting of the executive committee of the Worthington Crippled Children's School, Inc. The official name of the workshop was designated as The Achievement Center (TAC). F. Hardy Rickbeil headed the personnel committee that named Flannery to the position.

Worthington debaters coached by Dave Kanellis won the Region II debate tournament for the third straight year. The winning team included John Darling, John Bunge, Lee Cotugno and Elizabeth Fager.

75 years ago

A teenage Worthington boy was sentenced to the Red Wing training school after a juvenile court hearing resulting from the round-up of a juvenile theft ring. Action against two other youngsters involved was still pending.

Daryl Lambert of the Sky Blazers club captured top honors in the 4-H public speaking contest in Worthington. The contest was on the subject "What the Four Freedoms Mean to Me." Second place went to Fred Ashbaugh of the Rushmore club and third to Carol Stangeland of the Worthington 4-H unit.

A fire in a portable chicken house at the fairgrounds cost E.H. Ziegenhagen 100 chickens, but firemen confined the blaze to the building in which it started. The blaze was attributed to faulty wiring.

A car owned by Elmo Berry, a farmer living northeast of Worthington, was stolen from its parking place on Worthington's Second Avenue at about 6 p.m. Saturday. Berry had purchased around $7 worth of groceries from a Second Avenue store and put a portion of them in his car before returning to the store for the remainder. When he returned with the second load, the car and groceries were gone. The missing car was a 1936 Dodge sedan and as of the following Tuesday it had not yet been recovered.

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