Looking Back: 2008 - Council approves sale of Worthington's hospitalA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Some new construction and remodeling of the Murray County Law Enforcement Center was under way, with completion of the project scheduled for Feb. 1.
A grant from the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities Program enabled WGTN-TV 3 to be accessed through the Internet. Formerly, the cable station was only accessible to cable subscribers in Worthington.
Families of deployed National Guard members were treated to an afternoon of food and fun at the Blue Mound Banquet and Meeting Centre, courtesy of the Luverne National Guard Armory and a long list of sponsors and supporters.
Steve DeGroot, Worthington, retired after 43 years as a Public Works Department employee with the City of Worthington.
After months of remaining silent, Nobles County commissioners hired an attorney to represent them in a case regarding allegations of an adverse work environment in county offices. While Nobles County Administrator Melvin Ruppert was not mentioned by name, at least two county employees confirmed on the record that Ruppert was under investigation.
Five years ago
Carolee Anderson was the new owner of H & R Block in Worthington. Former owner Larry Iten would continue to handle some clients’ tax preparation needs.
The Worthington City Council voted 4-1 Monday to approve the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health Network of Sioux Falls, S.D. Lyle Ten Haken cast the lone dissenting vote. More than 200 people attended the special meeting of the council, which was at the Minnesota West Fine Arts auditorium, and while a few people carried signs protesting the proposed sale, there were no outbursts or negative reactions during the proceedings.
Dozens of local children participated in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “The Pied Piper” at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium.
The Worthington High School choir, directed by Joseph Osowski, was named a 2008 “Choir of Note.” The group was one of four selected out of 15 auditioning ensembles. As a result, the WHS choir would be in the Choirs of Note competition May 1-3 at Southwest State University in Marshall.
10 years ago
The Movie Gallery recently opened at 1171 Ryan’s Road, Worthington. The outlet was part of the nation’s third-largest chain of video/DVD rental stores.
An overflow crowd of local Hispanics and visitors gathered this weekend at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative’s offices to observe the celebration known in Latin America as the Dia de los Reyes Magos (Day of the three wise men).
Temperatures climbed into the unseasonable upper 50s in the Worthington area and throughout the state. Ice fishermen attempted to pull ice houses off Lake Okabena before they sank, and some golfers tried a few holes at the Worthington Country Club, although it was officially closed.
The American Taekwondo Association’s Iowa Regional Tournament was hosted at Sheldon, Iowa. More than 600 people participated.
25 years ago
Delbert Lutmer retired after a 37-year career with the U.S. Postal Service. He had been Lismore’s postmaster since June 12, 1971.
Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Three Men and a Baby,” “The Princess Bride” and “Raw,” starring Eddie Murphy.
Worthington Community College President Conrad Burchill requested $2.9 million to spend on large-scale renovation and the construction of another building (a student center and a resource center) at the college.
Seventeen cheerleading squads from the region participated in a competition at Worthington’s Northland Mall. The contest was sponsored by the mall and K101 Radio, Luverne. University of Minnesota hockey cheerleaders judged the event and hosted a clinic afterwards.
50 years ago
The Daily Globe offered an all-new product this week as the switch was thrown for the first time on an “ultra-modern” Vanguard offset printing press. The purpose of this “milestone effort” was to provide Globe readers with the finest possible printed news page permitted by modern technology. Pictures were to be clearer and more detailed and news columns more distinct.
Four hungry young people charged with breaking into a Calumet tavern were captured in their bullet-marked car after running a roadblock set up by the Spirit Lake Police Department. A resident of Calumet reportedly witnessed the break-in shortly after midnight and took the license number of the car. Items reported taken by the youths, whose ages were 17 (two), 15 and 14, included 11 cigarette cartons, three boxes of candy bars, a quantity of popcorn, potato chips and $1.50 in cash.
The Boy Scouts of Sibley, Iowa, spent Saturday (Jan. 5) gathering up all the Christmas trees in their town. The greenery was hauled to a vacant lot where the whole pile was burned with appropriate ceremony.
Jackson County’s last traffic death of 1962 and the first of 1963 happened within two miles and two weeks of each other. Walter Schumann, 42, Round Lake, died in a collision between his car and one driven by Mrs. Nannie Tweedy, 70, Round Lake, Monday at 3:30 p.m. at the intersection of county roads 14 and 9, four miles south of Okabena. That was just two miles south of the intersection where Carl E. Folkers, 59, Lakefield, died on Dec. 28.
75 years ago
Low temperature records piled on each other’s heels in the Worthington picture Saturday morning (Jan. 8) as sub-freezing weather spread over the south, moving in from the Great Lakes region. Officially the low reading was 16 below, and at 1 p.m. the thermometer had climbed to only three above.
Herbert Vahlsing, 33, was dead, his life crushed out in the hoisting machinery being used in ice harvesting operations at Worthington. The accident that saw Vahlsing slip and fall astraddle a moving shaft, which elevates the cakes of ice from the water to a switching tower. He then became wedged in the mechanism, which inflicted fatal injuries at about 10 a.m. Sunday. Mr. Vahlsing apparently threw out the clutch on the machinery and went out to put the chain in place.
Victor Moeller and his Worthington high school band were invited to take part in the Minnesota Bandmasters Clinic, to take place in Minneapolis in February. The local band was one of several outstanding bands in the state to be used in the demonstrations staged for the state’s bandmasters in the annual affair.