Looking Back: 2007 - New Worthington McDonald's on the wayA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
New Vision Cooperative employees settled into their new offices along Minnesota 60 in rural Brewster. The new facility housed New Vision’s main offices and was near the fertilizer plant New Vision constructed in 2009.
Southwest Star Concept elementary teacher Rob Graef received $2,090 from Cargill-Miloma to start a GPS project with his history class.
Nineteen bands participated in the parade portion of the 61st annual Tri-State Band Festival in Luverne. The Worthington High School band captured first place in the Class AAA parade competition, besting perennial rival Brandon Valley High School by six-tenths of a point.
Lori Swanson, Minnesota’s Attorney General, visited Worthington Saturday to hear concerns, questions and complaints from citizens.
With a $100,000 commitment from the Minnesota State College and University system, plans for a regional storm water retention pond on the campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College were moving forward. The funding was to cover approximately one-third to one-fourth of the project’s costs.
Five years ago
Construction began on a new business development in Windom. The site, south of McDonald’s and north of the Windom liquor store, was to house a 14,000 square-foot building that would be the new home of a Sanford Clinic, Lewis Family Drug, a home healthcare supply store and an orthodontist’s office.
The 90-year-old barn owned by Carrie and Ed Jones of rural Ocheyedan, Iowa, was among those on the Iowa Barn Foundation tour, which featured 70 barns across Iowa (but only four from the northwest portion of the state).
One Worthington resident was among 34 people arrested by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents as a Sureno-13 gang associate. The week-long sting targeted people with ties to violent street gangs, most of them based in the Twin Cities area.
The new McDonald’s on Worthington’s North Humiston Avenue was likely to open by Christmas, said local franchise owner Steve Jackson at a groundbreaking ceremony for the restaurant.
10 years ago
The Meadows of Worthington celebrated its 10th anniversary with coffee, cookies and tours.
Post 3958 of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Worthington, refurbished its interior. More than a year of work went in to the post’s renovations.
Friends of the Auditorium sponsored the 10th anniversary production of its local variety show. “Corn off the Cob: The Best of the Kernels,” featuring many area amateur entertainers, took place at Memorial Auditorium.
Student enrollment was up 11 percent over last year at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. The growth surpassed the 9.5 percent jump reported the previous year. In all, 671 full-time-equivalent students were enrolled at the Worthington campus.
Harvest season was in full swing in southwest Minnesota, with promising yields predicted due to timely August rains. The Minnesota Agricultural Statistics Service forecasted a record soybean yield of 296.7 million bushels.
25 years ago
Heinz U.S.A., a division of the H.J. Heinz Co., announced it would phase out manufacturing operations at its Sibley, Iowa, factory by May 1, 1988. The Sibley factory employed 24 people, making it the community’s fifth or sixth largest employer, said Dan DeKoter, president of the Sibley Industrial Development Corp.
In the competition between bands at the King Turkey Day parade, the Fulda High School band won the overall award, with the Adrian High School marching band winning first place in Class A.
District 518 school board members voted to adopt stricter policies for student chemical use. The policy was actually stricter than the Minnesota State High School League guidelines, which allowed school districts to adopt policies exceeding its own. The new policy included students in all school activities. High school coaches and athletic director Rex Hein requested the change.
Catherine Zuckert, a political science professor at Carleton College, was the first speaker in the 1987-88 Women’s Awareness series at Worthington High School.
50 years ago
An outbreak of diphtheria in a Sioux City, Iowa, family of 10 claimed the life of a 12-year-old girl and infected five of her siblings.
Eighteen members of the famed U.S. Navy parachute team participated in a jumping exhibition over Lake Okabena on Wednesday. A sound system was set up on the eastern shore so the jump could be narrated.
Howard Bertsch, administrator for the Farmers Home Administration, was a featured speaker at King Turkey Day.
Lorraine Visker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Visker, was crowned queen of Ellsworth’s Fall Festival parade, while Karen Johnson was crowned the new Miss Windom in that community.
Ed Vestrem, 1412½ Second Ave., Worthington, landed a 12-pound northern pike on Lake Okabena this week.
Pamela Matheson, 17, was selected from a field of nine contenders as Miss Worthington 1963 at a beauty pageant and contest in the senior high school auditorium.
A Worthington man was pulled from a burning bed in a smoke-choked, one-room apartment at 2 a.m. Police said a Worthington youth and a Rushmore youth teamed up to force their way through dense smoke to rescue the man, who was identified as Arly Smith, 37, a musician and former resident of West Bend, Ind. He was renting the basement apartment at 1106 McMillan.
75 years ago
Lt. Dale Moore, son of Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Moore, Worthington, was critically injured in an airplane crash at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, but finally regained consciousness. Physicians said his condition was improved, although he had suffered a fractured neck and brain concussion when his plane crashed as he was instructing a student in making a forced landing.
Worthington was chosen as one of the 30 offices for the Minnesota State Employment Service, which was to be expanded on a statewide basis over the next three months.
Leonard J. Monson, living near Brewster, had a narrow escape from serious injury just before noon Tuesday when his four-door sedan was struck by a falling tree about midway of the section west of the old No. 60 corner southwest of Brewster village. Damage to the machine consisted of a crushed hood and top, and a broken windshield. This was the second time Monson’s vehicle had been in a smash-up, the other being a rear-end collision in some little town in Iowa. “Guess I’ll get rid of the thing,” observed the owner. “It’s jinxed.”