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Looking Back: 2009 - Polar explorer speaks at Bioscience Conference

One year ago

The 2013 Worthington High School speech team capped its season with competition at the Section 2AA meet in Mankato.

Ken Zylstra discussed the history of Bigelow as the featured speaker at the Nobles County Historical Society’s annual meeting.

Sanford Worthington Cancer Center has expanded its services and was now offering complete cancer care, with two new providers recently hired — hematologist and oncologist Liangping Weng, M.D., and certified nurse practitioner Robin Uithoven.

After a months-long search, the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. selected its new director, Abraham Algadi. Algadi was to begin his duties in the position on May 1.

A group of 27 farmers from across Minnesota returned home last week from a 10-day “See for Yourself” trip to China to tour production agriculture facilities, visit the Shenzen port and learn how demand for U.S. soybeans would continue its growth to feed China’s expanding population.

Five years ago

The Adrian High School speech team earned the sub-section 10, 3A speech team title in competition at Fulda.

Curves for Women, owned by Bev McCarvel, relocated to Northland Mall, Worthington.

Polar explorer Will Steger was a featured speaker at the Worthington Bioscience Conference.

Nearly 125 people attended the first of three public meetings in Brewster to discuss the possibility of the Round Lake-Brewster school district moving to a four-day school week. Budget concerns were driving the consideration.

The Adrian Public Schools administration hosted an informational meeting Monday night to discuss a possible $1,250 per pupil referendum.

10 years ago

Worthington High School junior Todd Nordell, the son of John and Christie Nordell, Worthington, was selected as the 2004-05 Worthington exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany.

The Fulda Community Players performed “Fiddler on the Roof” at the Fulda Elementary gymnasium.

Julie Dykema opened Picket Fence on Main in the lower level of Textile Treasures at 427 10th St., Worthington.

Demolition began on the Schmitz Grain elevator in Lake Wilson. The structure was severely damaged during a Jan. 12 explosion at the city’s fire hall. A new elevator was to be built across the street from the former one.

Mike Max of WCCO Radio, Minneapolis, was announced as the featured speaker for the annual YMCA cruise dinner later in April.

Playing this week at Northland Cinema 5 were the following: “The Passion of the Christ” starring Mel Gibson, “Walking Tall,” “Home on the Range,” “Hellboy” and “Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed.”

25 years ago

Larry Rockman, owner of Mr. Larry’s Elegante Salon, moved the business from its location of 19 years at 904 Fourth Ave., Worthington, to 218 Ninth St.

The 50th annual meeting of the Osceola Electric Cooperative took place recently at the Sibley-Ocheyedan High School auditorium with 525 members and guests in attendance, the largest ever to attend the annual meeting.

Kay Williams, daughter of Bob and Jill Williams, Worthington, was crowned Miss Minnesota American Coed at the annual state pageant in St. Paul. Williams was to represent Minnesota at the national Miss American Coed competition in August at Honolulu, Hawaii. The 16-year-old competed against 144 contestants, and in addition to claiming the crown, she was voted Miss Coed Personality and received first place in the talent competition with a tap dancing routine.

Seven teachers were placed on “unrequested leave” by the Windom school board due to financial concerns and low student enrollment.

50 years ago

Spirited bidding marked Tuesday’s school board meeting in Jackson, at which bids were opened for construction of the new area vocational school. When it was over, two Windom firms and one from Lakefield were successful bidders, and the total of their bids was slightly below estimates. Work was to start immediately on the site just south of the Good Samaritan Home at the west edge of the city. Complete date was Dec. 15, with the first classes to open in the new building in January 1965.

Worthington’s rate of growth in the past year was reflected in new telephone directories being distributed by the Worthington Telephone Company. The actual number of listings was higher — the 1965-65 directory contained 5,050 listings, compared with 4,760 in the previous year’s book.

Worthington High School speech students, with 32 points, won the District Eight speech contest held at Fulda. Pipestone was a close second with 31 points.

Eight girls were selected as candidates for the District 5 Miss Minnesota semifinal contest to be hosted April 11 at Memorial Auditorium, Worthington. Among them were Pam Year, Miss Worthington; Charlotte Kack of Luverne; and Sandi Falk of Mountain Lake.

75 years ago

Nobles County friends learned this week of the passing of Ella Walden Fisher, one of the first children born of pioneer parents in Bigelow township. Death came to her at her home in Walla Walla, Wash., where she had lived for 51 years after the Walden family moved further west. She was born on the Walden homestead in Section 34 of Bigelow township, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. I.N. Walden. She attended school in Bigelow district 26, when her father used to take the children to school over the prairie snowdrifts with one horse hitched on a rowboat.

Five persons were arrested of what was believed to be a robbery ring for breaking into cottages of the two Okobojis and Spirit Lake resorts during the winter. The arrests followed raids by the Dickinson County sheriff and officers.

Ruby Nylander of Brandon began work as the Jackson County club agent this week. She had a number of years’ experience in 4-H clubs both as a leader and member.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Fairway Market included: pork chops, 21 cents a pound; white eggs, two dozen for 29 cents; bananas for five cents a pound; four large cans of Carnation milk for 25 cents; and chocolate dipped peanuts, 14 cents a pound.