Looking Back: 1989 - 'Siberian Express' rolls into area
One year ago
A local network of volunteers, through AARP Foundation Tax-Aide, offered free tax help to low- and moderate-income taxpayers, especially those age 60 or older.
Justin Stevenson, Worthington, was among spectators attending the recent inauguration of President Obama in Washington, D.C.
Worthington High School seniors Gordy Moore and Elizabeth Luke were the male and female selectees, respectively, of the school’s Minnesota State High School League Triple “A” award, recognizing students who achieve academically, athletically and in the fine arts.
A cast of 56 entertained in the Worthington High School production of “Hairspray” at Memorial Auditorium.
At the 2013 annual meeting of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Convention and Visitors Bureau, Glenn Thuringer received the Friend of Education Award, Pat Remme received the Community Service Award and GuidePoint Pharmacy was recognized with the Hospitality Award.
A 106-year-old Bible that was owned and used by Caroline Ward Dayton, second child and first daughter of George Draper and Emma Dayton, was donated to the Historic Dayton House, Worthington, by Joe Duray of Hastings.
Five years ago
Whitney Behrens, Rushmore, logged more than the required 65 hours of independent work to earn the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest honor available to a Girl Scout. Her project supervisor was Paula Steve of Worthington.
Brown’s Shoe Fit Co. of Worthington recently underwent a major remodel, its first in 15 years. Among the improvements: a new awning, new carpet, displays, doors and windows.
Dispatcher Tonya Aanenson was recognized with the Worthington Police Department Life Saving Award. A City of Worthington employee, Aanenson helped save the life of Gerald Fuerstenberg on Nov. 4, 2008, when Fuerstenberg’s left arm was nearly severed in a lawn mowing accident.
Leo Thorsness, 76, a native of Walnut Grove and Storden, wrote “Surviving Hell” about his six years in Vietnamese prison camps.
Robert Demuth Jr. was hired as executive director of the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, Inc.
10 years ago
Lakeview Nursing Home, Heron Lake, began offering assisted living services in its wing known as Main Street Manor.
Kristin Appel recently began working as the first part-time manager at the Historic Dayton House, Worthington.
Southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa residents shoveled their way out of a snowstorm that dropped up to eight inches of snow in the region. Worthington reported six inches of new snow, while Jackson, Lakefield and Windom had seven. Sheldon, Iowa, received the full eight inches of white stuff.
An increase in patient volume and a sizable adjustment check from Blue Cross helped Worthington Regional Hospital’s financial picture at the end of 2003.
An Ambassadors ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at La Fiesta, 427 10th St., owned by Maria Parga, Worthington.
The Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council received a $120,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. With the funds, SMOC was to purchase three buses that would serve approximately 190 Head Start students in Rock, Nobles, Murra y and Pipestone counties.
25 years ago
Worthington’s Central Elementary School students decorated 600 grocery bags for February’s “I Love to Read” month. The grocery bag decoration was part of Central’s “Reading on the Mall” festivities.
Legislators from southwest Minnesota appeared confident a veterans’ nursing home would be constructed in this corner of the state. Twenty-three communities submitted a total of 37 site proposals in the fall, including Slayton, Windom, Worthington, Luverne, Marshall, Mankato, Tracy and Tyler. Ultimately, Worthington, Luverne, Willmar and St. Peter were among the finalists being considered.
Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column included Date Pudding, Apricot Ice Cream Squares, Light as a Cloud Dessert and Ice Cream Pies.
Frigid Siberian Express air roared out of Alaska, plunging Worthington from a high of 51 earlier on Tuesday to -3 by midnight, with wind chills in the negative double digits. The cold lingered for days thereafter.
50 years ago
Don Timms, Worthington’s new YMCA athletic director, was monitoring the progress being made on the new swimming pool at the local facility. Tentatively, completion was expected by March 1.
Two General Motors executives landed Saturday at the Worthington airport en route to a meeting in Spencer, Iowa. Their plane was a specially built Convair equipped with turbine engines, giving it a cruising speed in excess of 300 miles per hour. A company pilot said the craft was one of 10 similar planes owned by General Motors.
Three members of Ransford Chapter No. 43, Order of the Eastern Star, received pins in recognition of their 50-year memberships in the Eastern Star. They were Mrs. James G. Mott, John Godfrey and George Ray Otto.
Beginning this week, water being consumed in Worthington included some being pumped from the new well field southeast of the city. Less than 350,000 gallons per day were pumped from the new field, just a fraction of the 900,000 to 1.5 million gallons being pumped from other wells.
Beth Karp, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Karp, 601 Lake Ave., Worthington, was a candidate for Winter Weekend Queen at Hamline University, St. Paul. Karp was a junior majoring in English education.
Specials this week at Schaefer’s in Worthington: U.S. choice sirloin steak, 80 cents a pound; Longhorn cheese, 59 cents a pound; a jar of Heinz Worcestershire or 57 sauce, 49 cents; head lettuce, 19 cents; 10 pounds of red Pontiac potatoes, 49 cents; three boxes of Puff facial tissue, 79 cents; and a 22-ounce bottle of Lux liquid, 59 cents.
75 years ago
Robert Soderholm, Reading, was elected secretary of the Nobles County Crop Improvement Association. Other officers were returning from the previous year: President Milford Davis and Vice-President William Noerenberg.
Clarence Young, 45, was chosen Nobles County Sheriff to succeed Elden Rowe. Young, a life-long resident of Nobles County and a Worthington resident since 1926, was sworn in Wednesday. He immediately named Albert Levine, deputy sheriff for the past eight years, to continue in that position. Rowe had resigned to accept the position as superintendent of the state bureau of criminal apprehension, so Young was appointed by the Nobles County board to fill the remainder of Rowe’s term in office.