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Looking Back: 1988 - Changes planned for Worthington's city parks

One year ago

Two years and two months after taking the helm as Jackson city administrator, Pat Christopherson submitted his resignation to accept the role of county coordinator at Kanabec County.

Worthington Memorial Gardens was under new ownership: Barb and Steve Bents purchased the business from Ewert and Bertha Houtsma.

The King Turkey Day race team for next September was named: Pete Suby, Amanda Walljasper, Jami Cummings and Mike Fury.

Worthington Middle School students spelled their way to first-place finishes in both the individual and team competitions Saturday at the Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee. WMS sixth-grader Xochitl Tobias was the individual first-place finisher, while the WMS team of Tobias, Davis Moore, Kaitlyn Baustian, Kristy Workman and Sam Martin were the overall team champions.

The Worthington Police Department and the Nobles County Sheriff's Department were in the midst of investigating a large bounced check ring involving several people.

Five years ago

MinnWest Bank in Luverne was robbed Wednesday morning by a lone white male, who escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A four-person team from the North Central Associated Commission on Accreditation decided to recommend District 518 for accreditation.

Worthington High School senior Ben Khatt took first place in the garnishing competition at the fourth annual Culinary Skills Challenge at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

Trail's Edge Drive-In Café in Currie opened for the season.

Adrian High School sophomore Marriah Wieneke won the Nobles Cooperative Electric 2008 Youth Tour Contest, gaining a five-day trip to Washington, D.C., for her 300-word essay about energy.

Jeff Britten, former principal of Worthington Middle School and currently District 518's coordinator of teaching and learning, accepted a principal position at a middle school in Grand Rapids effective July 1.

The third annual Worthington Gun Show took place at the Worthington Arena.

10 years ago

Two Worthington residents, Bob Jirele and Jerry Erstad, ran in the 2003 Boston Marathon.

For the second time in less than seven months, an armed robber held up at gunpoint Video Lupita on Worthington's east side. Police offered a $5,000 award for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.

The City of Jackson was preparing for its 150th anniversary, with multiple events and activities slated to take place in the coming months.

25 years ago

Several changes were planned for Worthington's city parks this summer, including an increase in wood duck housing at Olson Park, safer playground equipment and possibly a new neighborhood baseball field.

Worthington's County Market store celebrated its fourth anniversary, with specials including a pound of Driscoll strawberries for 77 cents, a 12-ounce package of hot dogs for 49 cents --and free birthday cake samples over a three-day period.

Worthington High School senior Jennifer Dekker placed second in the American Legion National Oratorical Contest in Denton, Texas, achieving the highest place of any Minnesota contestant in the history of the contest. Dekker won a total of $16,000 in scholarships during the national competition. She was coached by retired teacher Alan Swanson. Winning the national contest was Dilip Paliaph, a junior from Baltimore, Md.

The Fulda Community Players presented "Death by Chocolate" at the Fulda Elementary School gymnasium. Two of the cast members were Rick Wendorff and Charmaine Hager.

The Reformed Church of Steen celebrated its 75th anniversary.

50 years ago

Worthington firemen were called to the home of Dr. Ray Lowry Jr. on South Shore Drive early Saturday when the furnace blower started smoking and filled the house with smoke.

Jackson city police were called to investigate an attempted break-in at the Ray Van Westen service station near the fairgrounds there.

Worthington city police were questioning two local juveniles in connection with an early-morning break-in Saturday at the Log Cabin Grocery, 515 Humiston Ave. A rear window was broken about 1:30 a.m. to gain entry. No cash was taken, but candy and cigarettes were reported missing.

Windom city police were still chuckling over a Saturday accident in which a horse collided with a car --and the car came off the worse for it. Carolyn Jacobson, 20, rural Windom, and her sister were driving toward Windom on River Road northwest of town when they saw a runaway horse speeding toward them. Hanging on for dear life was Dennis Kazemba, 14, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Kazemba, Windom. Just before the animal reached the car, Kazemba jumped off the horse. The horse, in true steeplechase fashion, tried to jump over the car but didn't quite make it. It lit on the windshield, denting the hood and the top, and ramming one foot through the glass. The two girls in the car escaped injury and the horse had only a cut on the

leg. Damage to the car was estimated at more than $200.

75 years ago

On Saturday, Worthington's Memorial Auditorium was host to the "largest contest in the history of District 14, Minnesota high school music league," when more than 1,400 southwestern Minnesota students from six counties participated in an all-day session. The evening program featured massed bands and choruses, with one or two special features. Judges were Carl J. Christensen, director of the band at South Dakota state college in Brookings, S.D., while the vocal music judge was Carl Youngdahl, director of the music department at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D.

An ad for Benson-Sorensen Diary proclaimed, "The completely happy and healthy family drink PASTEURIZED MILK. Science proves that milk is one of the important parts of your diet. Drink at least a quart a day!"

Harold R. Kingery, who lost to the late Frank Baker by 16 votes in the 1934 election, succeeds to the county board position of the deceased official at the next meeting of the Nobles County Board on May 1. The Kingery accomplishment in the 1934 race furnished a most logical conclusion of the dilemma faced by the special committee tasked with choosing a replacement. Kingery operated a modern dairy farm northwest of Worthington on the Diagonal Road, and was clerk of the school board of District 30. He was also a member of the Nobles County Fair Board.

Worthington high school debaters Payson Wolff and Robert Hansberger advanced to the state finals at Stillwater. Their coach was A. F. Kiefer.