Looking Back: 2007 - Potential hospital sale brings questionsA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
District 518’s fourth- through 12th-grade music students presented three different music-related presentations: fourth-grade vocal and string students entertained at Prairie Elementary, the Worthington Middle School band, choir and orchestra students shared a “Festival of Music” holiday concert, and 70 Worthington High School choir members presented the fourth annual madrigal dinner spectacle.
Jami Cummings, Brewster, received the Minnesota Sheriff’s Association Life Saving Award for her heroism in rescuing two potential drowning victims from the waters of Lake Okabena in August. Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening nominated Cummings for the honor.
Colleen Gengler retired after a 38-year career as an Extension home economist.
The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra and the Worthington Chamber Singers combined to present a holiday concert at Memorial Auditorium.
The season’s first sprinkling of snow hit the area over the past weekend.
Three Pipestone residents and their alleged Little Falls dealer made court appearances this week in Pipestone County after being arrested late last week for methamphetamine-related crimes.
Five years ago
A winter storm assaulted the area with four inches of snow plus ice that caused the town to lose power for about an hour.
Northland Mall was now home to Lee’s Restaurant, which offered authentic Chinese cuisine. Lee’s was owned by Wun Sung and Hong Ying Li, who recently moved to Worthington with their four daughters. Both Sung and Li were born in China, and Sung had worked in Chinese restaurants for over 17 years.
Many people attending the Worthington City Council meeting questioned what role Avera would play if the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D., came to pass.
The Southwest Initiative Foundation honored Connie Connell, Luverne, for her 20 years of involvement with the organization. Connell was initially an advisory board member and later a two-term board of directors member.
The Worthington Police Department added a new K-9 officer to its ranks —Meika, with partner Officer Brett Wiltrout. The force already included K-9 officer Laika and Laika’s partner officer Randy Liepold.
10 years ago
With 18 months having passed since the murder of 20-year-old state park worker Carrie Nelson, Blue Mound State Park personnel announced they would start a native wildflower garden in her memory, called the Nelson Memorial Garden.
Local merchants were pleased with the turnout of shoppers on Black Friday and the subsequent weekend.
The 83-year-old Pipestone Central School was set to close Dec. 13. Alumni visited this week for a farewell ceremony at the historic school.
Kimberly Schroder opened the Urban Edge Salon on Worthington’s Oxford Street.
An attempt to defrost an outside water spigot apparently caused a home at 1537 Okabena St., Worthington, to catch fire. A heating unit had been placed near a frozen water spigot and sparked a fire on the home’s ground level before spreading.
Worthington’s Olson Park campground was the site of the Festival of Lights, a fundraiser for the Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter.
25 years ago
Ethel Hurlbert, Worthington, was in her 40th year of volunteer service with the local chapter of the American Red Cross.
Joel West started work as Worthington’s manager of economic development and planning recently, filling a position that had been vacant for several months after Phil Swanson resigned the previous spring.
Playing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Flowers in the Attic,” “Hiding Out,” “Teen Wolf Too” and “The Running Man” starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Pipestone County, with a jobless rate of only 2.1 percent for October, had the best employment record of all 87 Minnesota counties for that month, according to statistics released by the Minnesota Department of Jobs and Training. Meanwhile, the October unemployment rate in Cottonwood County was at 7.4 percent; Murray County’s stood at 4.4 percent for the same month, while Nobles and Rock counties both stood at 3.8 percent.
McDonald’s of Worthington celebrated its 10th anniversary with food specials —99 cents for any breakfast sandwich, 39 cents for hamburgers and 49 cents for cheeseburgers.
50 years ago
Plants, as well as humans, were confounded by the unseasonable spell of mild weather, which had extended for more than a week. Trees and shrubs were budding, grass remained green and flowers were still blooming. Daryle Gerber, Worthington park commissioner, noticed swelling buds on a lilac bush in Chautauqua Park. Fifty-degree readings had been customary, and the forecast called for continued above-normal readings for the remainder of the week.
The Jackson County recount board found no numerical errors in the sheriff’s race after checking ballots cast in 17 precincts during the general election. J. R. (Bud) Worshek petitioned for the recount after losing to incumbent Harry Tordsen by 99 votes. Worshek, a former deputy, was expected to file dismissal action as a result of the board’s report.
Mayor A. D. Weck placed the first call through Slayton’s new dial exchange Sunday, said John Kuhlman, manager of the Slayton Central Telephone Exchange. Officials reported that the switchover “went smoothly” for all concerned.
Fifty-eight percent of the boys in the Worthington High School class of 1962 went on to college or specialized training beyond high school, while 60 percent of the girls from the class were in college or vocational training.
75 years ago
Orville Jackson was appointed manager of the Worthington Red Owl stores, succeeding Howard Peterson, who advanced to managing the Red Owl at Madison. Jackson had started as an extra at the store in 1931 and “built up a real following through his careful attention to the wants of the customer. He makes every transaction he engages in a personal matter between himself and the buyer, and is a real asset to the company.”
Worthington educational institutions should “bend their efforts in the direction of educating the youth of the community along lines indigenous to the community,” said Barclay Acheson to assembled citizens of the city, who gave him a highly creditable turnout at Memorial Auditorium. “Here is an outstanding city in one of the richest agricultural communities on the face of the earth,” Acheson said, “and in its curriculum not a single hint of agricultural education.”
Automatic printer-teletypes were now a permanent addition to The Daily Times news facilities. Over these “almost human” machines came the full daily news quota of The Associated Press, linking The Daily Times to 285,000 miles of leased wire for hearing the news of the world, nation and state. The Daily Times invited citizens to stop by and see the printer-teletypes.