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Looking Back: 2008 - WHS band marches in Chicago Thanksgiving parade

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lifestyles Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

One year ago

A ground-breaking ceremony took place for the Goodwill Industries store to be built in Worthington. The 11,000 square-foot facility was projected to be open in May.

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The pool of candidates vying for the Nobles County Administrator post was narrowed from 41 applicants to 10 individuals — three women and seven men. The remaining 10 were asked to complete questionnaires in the coming week.

The 15-year-old tradition of the ALBs concert was to continue, with more than 35 local people set to entertain at Memorial Auditorium next week. Proceeds from the concert benefited the Community Christmas Baskets program.

Worthington High School’s choral department was preparing for the fifth annual madrigal dinner, this year themed “A Midwinter’s Dream Knight” and scheduled to take place in early December at Memorial Auditorium’s great hall.

Fulda High School students presented a theatrical version of “The Wizard of Oz,” with Rachel Cheadle featured as Dorothy.

Worthington’s former fire station was to be leased to Minnesota West Community and Technical College for use by the school’s automotive and cosmetology programs.

Five years ago

Worthington City Council voted to retain Short Elliott Hendrickson Inc. (SEH) as the provider of architectural services for the addition and renovations to Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

A new, 24-unit townhome project was to be under construction in Worthington within a few months, with Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership overseeing the development.

The Worthington High School marching band was in Chicago, Ill., to participate in the 75th annual McDonald’s Thanksgiving Parade.

More than 170 meals were served at Worthington’s First Lutheran Church as part of the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner. Another 44 meals were delivered to people at their homes.

Worthington High School students raised over $7,000 for “Toys for Tykes” with various food and beverage sales at the school in the preceding week.

10 years ago

A police standoff on Arkansas Avenue in Adrian ended without incident. A man with access to at least one firearm held law enforcement officials at bay for at least one hour before voluntarily walking out of a two-story yellow house on the town’s west side. At least three shots were fired by the man before he was coaxed from the house without a weapon.

A weekend storm dropped five inches of snow across southwest Minnesota.

About 75 people participated in the 14th annual Bowl for Y-Pals fundraiser at Oxford Bowl in Worthington.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s County Market this week included a pint of Kemp’s whipping cream for $1.39, one pound of Crystal Farms butter for $1.48, a 34.5 to 39-ounce can of Folger’s coffee for $3.98, a five-pound bag of Green Giant russet potatoes for 88 cents and an eight-ounce tub of Cool Whip for 99 cents.

25 years ago

Playing this week at Excellence Theater in Worthington’s Northland Mall were “Punch Line,” “Feds” and “They Live.”

Twin brothers Feodor and Edgar Ulbricht of Lakefield celebrated their 90th birthday. They were born Nov. 20, 1998, in a sod house at Ashton, Neb. Their father, a minister, had emigrated from Germany to the U.S. and married their mother in 1896.

Cameron Moore was the first-ever economic development director for Osceola County. His office was located in Sibley, Iowa.

50 years ago

Thirty-five friends and neighbors showed up at the Zane Brunk farm near Brewster to lend a hand in picking 60 acres of corn and plowing 35 acres of land. Brunk was suffering from a serious back injury and was awaiting surgery.

Several local businesses and agencies were closed in observance of the funeral for President John F. Kennedy, who was shot and killed a few days earlier. St. Mary’s school in Worthington was closed all day, and a requiem high mass was celebrated at 10 a.m.; Worthington stores were closed until 1 p.m.; Nobles County offices were closed all day; and parochial schools in Wilmont and St. Kilian were closed all day. It was “one of the quietest Mondays on record — and one of the saddest,” observed the Daily Globe of the funeral date.

One of the honor guards at the Kennedy bier in the East Room of the White House in Washington, D.C., was Airman 1-c Ronald Roos, 21, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyril Roos of Sibley, Iowa.

Minnesota’s 1964 state mechanical corn picking contest was to be staged at the Swanson Brothers’ farm, 2½ miles west of Lakefield on Mill Road.

75 years ago

The temperature reading in Worthington on Nov. 26 was four degrees above zero, with indications pointing to a dip below zero during the overnight period.

Worthington’s total of new housing projects crept closer to the 80 mark, as by Wednesday night permits were approved for two more residences in the greatest homebuilding year in city history. One was a story-and-a-half frame, 24 x 34, including a built-on garage, being put up by William Roos on the new portion of Tenth Avenue, No. 515. The other was to be built by Melvin O. Stangeland on a five-acre tract west of the Hagge addition in the Diagonal Road territory.

Donald Hunt suffered painful but not serious injuries Thursday night in an automobile accident caused by meeting a car with blinding lights on the gravel road south of Rushmore. Before his vision cleared, Hunt crashed into a bridge railing and was thrown from the car. Julian Spielman, his companion, was unhurt. Hunt was found to have severe cuts and bruises about the face, and a gash in one knee which required several stitches.

Ardor of Worthington turkey scramblers and uncertainty of Okabena ice both received testimony when four boys who gave chase to balloons broke through and were submerged to their armpits. All four shivering, dripping lads were loaded into the Hanson ambulance and rushed to the Clinic hospital for treatment.

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