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Looking Back: 2008 -- New Slayton human services facility nearly done

One year ago

Bill Gordon, a rural Worthington farmer who was the current treasurer of the American Soybean Association and director for the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association, was in San Antonio, Texas, for the 2017 Commodity Classic. There, he spoke on policy issues affecting soybean farmers in particular and discussed the 2018 Farm Bill.

A sudden change in the weather — from 60 degrees to freezing cold, strong winds and four inches of snowfall — meant Worthington area schools, stores and venues closed on Friday. Forecasters had projected up to 12 inches of snow, but the four to six inches received proved enough to cripple roadways and cause ground blizzards in the region.

Nobles County Community Wellness Partners received a $50,000 grant toward improving sports facilities in Worthington as part of the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee Legacy Fund's "52 Weeks of Giving."

More than 100 District 518 students displayed their artwork at the Student Art Exhibition at the Nobles County Art Center. The art was available for viewing throughout the month of March.

Five years ago

The Grassroots Community Theatre presented the comedy "Contempt of Court" at the Worthington Elks Lodge. Mary Jane Mardesen directed the production, which featured actors Cec Burchill, Marv Zylstra, Jessica Hieronimus, Chip Peters, John Widboom, Megan Bosma and Jay Myer.

A contract dispute between Nobles County Speedway Inc. and the Nobles County Fair Association left the approaching 2013 local racing season in jeopardy.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County, Iowa, distributed $82,700 in grants among 27 different Osceola County nonprofit groups.

Construction continued on the 13,000-square-foot building in downtown Worthington that was to be the future home of the Southwest Mental Health Center. Executive Director Scott Johnson was already considering the need for future site expansion to adequately fill the range of mental health services needed in the area.

The Edgerton Pizza Ranch, owned by Craig and Connie Vreeman, burned at 4 a.m. Sunday. Fifty firefighters battled the blaze, the origin of which was not yet determined.

Tom Johnson began duties as the new Nobles County administrator.

Top finishers in the 2013 Worthington Middle School Spelling Bee were sixth-grader Davis Moore (first), fifth-grader Brigitte Beall (second), sixth-grader Anna Meyer (third), fifth-grader Payton Sauerbrei (fourth), fifth-grader Kalea Appel (fifth) and sixth-grader Christopher Lopez (alternate).

10 years ago

A new 8,000 square-foot human services facility in Murray County was nearing completion in Slayton. The offices expected to share the facility were planning to move into the building by mid-March.

Nathan Landwehr, a Worthington Middle School seventh-grader, placed second at the Southwest/West Central Service Cooperative's Region Spelling Bee at Redwood Falls. Landwehr advanced to the state spelling bee, to take place in St. Cloud in March. Classmate Larry Leovan also competed in the bee.

University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks linked education to economic development in a brief talk with community leaders at Worthington's Historic Dayton House this week.

The field of candidates for the job of Minnesota West Community and Technical College presidency was narrowed to three: Bill Thallemer, Diane Graber and Richard Shrubb.

The Minnesota Sesquicentennial commission awarded a Legacy grant of $5,000 to the Cottonwood County Historical Society for its "Celebration of Cultural Heritage in Cottonwood County" exhibit, as part of Minnesota's celebration of 150 years of statehood.

25 years ago

The former Worthington electrical power plant was scheduled to be completely razed in early April. The Worthington Water and Light Commission awarded the demolition bid to Letourneau and Sons of Duluth.

A Sunday snowstorm caused several vehicle accidents in the area due to resulting slippery roads. Around four inches of snow fell within 12 hours in the Worthington area.

The Worthington City Council approved the Memorial Auditorium Advisory Board's request that a manager be sought for the facility. Thus, applicants for the job were urged to step forward.

Work on Worthington Regional Hospital's new addition was proceeding on pace, with expectations being that a projected completion date of Aug. 1 would be met.

In her "Mixing and Musing" column, Dorthy Rickers included recipes for Whoopie Pies, Different Chocolate Chip Cookies, Vegetable Casserole, Raisin Quick Cakes and Ground Beef Grand Style.

District 518 approved the purchase of three participating school districts' interests in the Prairie Lakes Vocational Cooperative Center. The price paid for the land, building and equipment was $31,000.

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Tony Van Roekel of Sibley, Iowa, celebrated their 60th anniversary with an open house at their home in Sibley.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's Grocery, Worthington, included a pound of Grade "A" butter for 49 cents, a two-pound package of skinless wieners for 79 cents, a 100-pound bag of red Pontiac potatoes for $1.98, a pound of bananas for 10 cents and all Pyrex bakeware items for 88 cents apiece.

Worthington speech students won three first places at the National Forensic League contest (south district) at Mankato, and four individual first places at a Fulda invitational. At Mankato, Elizabeth Fager was first in oratory and interpretation, Carol Nelson won first in girls extemporaneous speaking and Vickie Wittern was first in the humorous division. In Fulda, Scott Wallace took first in discussion, Debbie Wittenhagen was first in storytelling, Scott Rubsam was first in serious interpretation and Ann Kirs won first in extemporaneous poetry reading.

A meal special at Worthington's Dickey Pharmacy, 222 10th St., was a 99-cent turkey dinner complete with dressing, sweet potatoes, salad, roll and butter. Beverages were available for an extra charge.

Five inmates of the South Dakota State Penitentiary were brought to Worthington Tuesday to speak to students at Memorial Auditorium, in the hope their tragic stories could help youth learn from their experiences. They talked about their patterns of poor and illegal behavior that had led to their incarceration.

75 years ago

Felicia Lovrien, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E.E. Lovrien of Ellsworth, was enlisting in the service of the U.S. naval reserve. Her twin brother Paul was already serving with the U.S. naval reserve, and the Lovrien twins were believed to be the first twin brother and sister from the county to offer their services during the present war.

Harry Sowles, manager of Silverberg's, was elected to the board of directors of the Worthington C. and C. to fill out an unexpired term of another local businessman who was recently transferred to a different community.

Membership in Nobles County 4-H clubs was nearing the 300 mark, revealed Kathleen Flom, county home demonstration agent.

Women of Worthington, Adrian and the vicinity contributed close to 10,000 pairs of used silk and nylon hose to the war effort since last November, reported Mrs. Charles Cashel, chairman of women's activities for the Nobles salvage committee. Approximately 500 pounds of salvaged stockings were shipped out of Worthington this week to an eastern point where the defense supplies corporation would use them for war purposes.

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