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Looking back -- 1988: Evensen hangs up city band baton

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Looking back -- 1988: Evensen hangs up city band baton
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

One year ago

New "Welcome to Worthington" signs were in place at key city entry points, in advance of the annual Windsurfing Regatta weekend. Hagen Distributing donated all the products for the signs.

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A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the grand opening of the new Intivity Center showroom on the AGCO Jackson campus. The 75,000- square-foot addition had been in the works for about five years.

Nobles County's interim administrator, Vijay Sethi, met in his first official board meeting with the county commissioners. Together they began to bring departments together and plan for the county's future.

District 518 was participating in the Summer Food Service Program, with meals provided free of charge to children at five different locations around Worthington.

The Heron Lake Watershed District earned a state award recognizing it for efforts to improve water quality and clarity.

Cheryl Avenel-Navara, Worthington, filed to run for the District 22B Minnesota House of Representatives seat, which was currently held by Rod Hamilton of Mountain Lake.

Five years ago

Josue Robles Fraga, accused of killing his 2-year-old niece, was indicted by a grand jury on a first-degree murder charge, as well as second-degree murder charges.

Worthington High School teachers Gene Lais and Jeff Rogers secured a $3,400 grant from the Southwest/West Central Service Corporation's Center for Rural Entrepreneurship to expand equipment in the high school's sign-making class.

Northland Cinema 5, owned and operated by West Mall Theater Inc. of Sioux Falls, S.D., signed a 10-year agreement with Developers Diversified to stay at Northland Mall.

Yvonne Sieve, a Prairie Elementary first-grade teacher, received the 2008 Celebrate Literacy Award from the Minnesota Reading Association.

The 115th season of the "Amazing" Worthington City Band kicked off, with Jon Loy in his first full season as the band's director. Loy is only the eighth director in the band's storied 115-year history.

10 years ago

Worthington High School graduated 172 seniors in its Class of 2003.

Greg Gruber was the new manager of the Worthington Wal-Mart store.

Two new businesses recently opened in Jackson -- Reggie's Cinema Barista and Seasonings.

A bridge pillar on the west-bound lane where Interstate 90 intersected with Nobles County 9 was severely damaged Monday morning when it was struck by a 1995 International semi-rig. A nine-mile section of I-90 between Worthington and Rushmore was closed for more than a day as a result of the damage.

Owner Jim Surprenant of rural Fulda was surprised when his Shire horse, Martina, gave birth to twin colts -- an extremely rare event, according to veterinarian Dr. Connie McNab.

25 years ago

Betty Bowyer, Worthington, a 22-year employee of Worthington Regional Hospital, was named its first employee of the year. Bowyer was chosen from among 12 nominees.

Gary Chamley was named Adrian Teacher of the Year. Chamley was athletic director, physical education teacher and health class teacher at Adrian.

Glenn Evensen, band director for the "Amazing" Worthington Municipal Band, was retiring Monday after 25 years as director. Evensen was only the fourth director in the band's history and lead the band for a final time at its traditional Memorial Day concert. Galen Benton, a music instructor at Worthington Community College, replaced Evensen effective June 6.

Recipes in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column included Lemon Fluff Pie, Raisin Spice Ring, Raspberry Dessert and Layered Finger Jello.

Sen. Dave Durenberger had a news conference at the Worthington Holiday Inn Wednesday afternoon to talk about the significance of the INF treaty between the U.S. and the Soviet Union.

50 years ago

Memorial Day at the Iowa Great Lakes was marred by a fatal car-train collision at the north edge of Okoboji. Nancy Graves, 15-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mike Graves of Gruver, Iowa, was killed outright. Her companion, Linda Sue Henaman, 16, of Estherville, suffered serious injuries.

Worthington school officials announced a successor for Richard Larson, junior high school music director who had resigned to return to the University of Colorado for advanced education. Charles Kehrberg of Sheldon, Iowa, was to take over effective next week. Kehrberg was a graduate of the LeMars, Iowa, high school, Westmar College at LeMars, and received a master's degree at the University of Colorado.

Torrential rain forced the postponement of part of the track meet in Worthington Saturday, and a thunderstorm wet down the program again Monday night. On Monday, however, officials completed the meet while spectators huddled under umbrellas.

A total of 156 passengers embarked from the Worthington airport during May, which was an increase after two sub-normal months. In May, 149 passengers disembarked at Worthington, while shipments of express, freight and mail held relatively steady.

Smoke damage and charred rafters in the basement were the main losses, other than sleep, at the Charles Erwin Home, 100 W. 10th Ave., Worthington, after a fire broke out. The family's 11 children were asleep in the home at the time, but all managed to evacuate safely.

75 years ago

Several Worthington High School graduates -- members of the school's 50th graduating class -- received awards at Class Night exercises at the Memorial Auditorium. Anthony Gholz received the American Legion award, while Naomi Schafer, class valedictorian, received the Reader's Digest scholarship. The Bausch and Lomb science award was given to James Watson, while Betty Becker was presented with the D.A.R. medal.

Damage to Nobles County roads in storms of the week would top $2,500, Engineer Henry R. Bray reported. In several places washouts occurred around culverts, and water flowing over the highways swept away the gravel resurfacing.

The first graduating class of Worthington Junior College numbered 15 students. Speaker at the day's commencement ceremony was William S. Carlson, director of University High School, Minneapolis.

Worthington polo players traveled to Paullina, Iowa, to engage in a round-robin contest with the Paullina and Spencer, Iowa, teams. A week ago, the locals tied with Paulina 3-3, in a game halted by rain.

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