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

One year ago

New documents obtained by the Daily Globe showed that former Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert was not officially retired, as previously announced, but rather had taken on the role of advisory county administrator until April 3, 2013. In that position, he would receive a salary of $55.33 per hour, or $115,086.40, over the course of the coming year, from the county. In addition, the county was to contribute to his retirement account, with all salary and retirement contributions continuing through April 3, 2013.

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The Fulda Community Players presented "Welcome to Mitford" at the Fulda Elementary School gym.

The Nobles County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Sy Lonneman & Sons, Adrian, to construct an 80- by 124-foot total confinement barn to house 2,000 head of nursery pigs in the northeast quarter of Section 1, Grand Prairie Township.

Worthington High School juniors Cheniqua Johnson and Larry Leovan qualified to represent Minnesota at the National Business Professionals of America Spring Leadership Conference in Chicago, Ill.

A new, 200-megawatt Prairie Rose Wind Farm, consisting of 119 1.68-megawatt GE wind turbines, was to be built in Rock County and scheduled to be online by December.

Five years ago

Bob Bristow recently took over full ownership of the Demuth Agency on Worthington's Oxford Street from Robert "Bob" S. Demuth, whose father, Robert J. Demuth, founded the insurance agency in 1957.

The Best Independents Restaurant Association awarded Lakefield's Hi-Lo Supper Club with its 2008 Best Casual Restaurant Plate Award.

More than 400 people attended the third annual Sunset Hospice Cottage Charity Banquet at Worthington's American Reformed Church.

District 518 was to perform more thorough background checks on new hires in addition to the current Bureau of Criminal Apprehension checks it was already using, the District 518 Operations Committee decided Tuesday.

The "Gone Country" cast of area amateur performers presented "Legends of the Grand Ole Opry" at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium.

10 years ago

About 20 area women attended a women's self-defense class at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.The session was taught by two SHARP (Sexual Harassment Assault Rape Prevention) instructors.

A group effort by the Saddle Club, 4-H and the Nobles County Fair Board resulted in the old horse arena at the Nobles County Fairgrounds being knocked down, in preparation for a new one to be constructed on the same site in time for the Nobles County Fair in August.

Fifteen Worthington High School students qualified for the state speech meet.

A heavy spring snow sent area residents back to winter and landed District 518 students (among other students in the area) an unexpected snow day. Six inches of snow fell in Worthington, four in Slayton, 10 in Pipestone -- and up to 14 in Albert Lea. Strong winds accompanied the snowstorm.

The Nobles County War Memorial Building marked its 40th anniversary with a ceremony attended by 21 area veterans.

25 years ago

It was a day wet enough to discourage ducks, but hundreds of local children and their parents turned out Saturday morning for the Worthington Easter egg hunt sponsored by the Daily Globe, Hy-Vee Food Store and the Worthington Optimist Club. Wrapped candy and plastic eggs full of prizes were found quickly in spite of the rain.

Happy Chef Restaurant of Worthington was among the 50 Happy Chef locations celebrating the chain's 25th anniversary. Free cake was offered on one day of the celebration.

Zuby Jansen's Crafty Corner, Worthington, recently received a Progress Award from the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

History was reduced to rubble when Ellsworth's New Majestic Theater was demolished. The city-owned building was torn down by Reker Construction of Adrian.

Ann Sprik and Nila Lorenzen opened a beauty shop in Hardwick, called the Hardwick Hairport, last week.

The Jackson Commercial Historic District, a collection of more than 30 buildings dating back to Jackson's development as an early 20th-century railroad community and regional trade center, was named to the National Register of Historic Places. Thirty-two of the buildings were constructed between 1880 and 1928; two others were built in the early 1940s.

50 years ago

Thirty Worthington students were on the annual YMCA spring tour to Washington, D.C., just in time to catch the cherry blossoms in bloom along the Tidal Basin. Mr. and Mrs. Ray Ager, James Gay and George Zeise were accompanying the students on the tour.

Five farm buildings -- a large barn, a brooder house and three smaller sheep barns -- were destroyed by fire Sunday night at the Marvin Kilker farm three miles east and two miles south of Worthington. Firemen from Worthington and Round Lake battled the flames for nearly three hours. Mr. and Mrs. Kilker were in Minneapolis for the day and did not learn about the fire until they returned home later that night.

Arlen Baumhoefner, Worthington High School student, received a blue ribbon for his project at the regional Science Fair Saturday, qualifying him for the state meet at the University of Minnesota in early May. Also qualifying were Round Lake students Marvin Onken and Kathy Koster and Mark Fisher of Fulda. Worthington ninth-grader Paul Espeset received a blue ribbon for his project.

The Nobles County Library was to be closed for four days, said County Librarian Wayne Bassett, to finish moving into the new building. The library would reopen Monday, April 15, in its new location. Hours were from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and from 7 to 9 p.m. daily.

75 years ago

The third annual "Better Homes" show was scheduled for April 21-22 at the Worthington armory, with events to include an "old-time fiddlers contest" and an old-fashioned spelling bee.

Worthington's overwhelming repudiation of the proposition to license the sale of hard liquor was but one manifestation of a disposition on the part of Minnesota towns to tighten up on the alcoholic drink proposition. In Brewster this week, regulation took effect that curtailed Sunday sales of 3.2 beer there. Under the provision, both on- and off-sale of 3.2 beer was prohibited from midnight Saturday to noon on Sundays. Also, voters in St. James indicated they wanted no beer sold on Sunday.

A membership committee, chaired by Lee Anderson, stood poised and ready to take to the field in an intensive drive aimed at a goal of 275 members for the Worthington Golf Club this year. Last year, approximately 175 took out cards at the club. Fees were $15 for men, $10 for ladies; teachers spending vacations away from the city, $5; teachers spending entire year here, regular rates; high school students, $3.50; out of town men, $7.50; and out of town ladies, $5.

The newly formed Nobles County Sportsmen's group called a meeting in the community room of Worthington's city hall for 8 p.m. Tuesday.

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