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Looking Back: AGCO broke ground on latest expansion one year ago

One year ago

The May edition of Minnesota Business named Worthington native and 1990 Worthington High School graduate Jeff Weness to their list titled “The Real Power 50.” Weness, the son of Erlin and Jean Weness, Worthington, led the corporate development and events team for Children’s Hospital and Clinics in the Twin Cities.

Ginnie Cooper, a 1963 Worthington High School graduate and chief librarian and executive director of the District of Columbia Public Library, recently received the 2013 Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture from the American Institute of Architects.

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter distributed $22,900 to 30 Worthington High School seniors and recent grads at the organization’s annual awards ceremony.

Kay Williams Prunty’s The Dance Academy, Worthington, presented its 17th annual spring dance concert, with nearly 200 performers, at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

AGCO Operations broke ground Tuesday on a new $42 million expansion project at its manufacturing facility in Jackson, marking a second major expansion in as many years.

Five years ago

The Long Branch Saloon, Worthington, hosted a bilingual bash with cake, candy and piñatas for kids and adults in honor of Cinco de Mayo.

More than 70 volunteers joined forces to pick up over 2,000 pounds of trash and debris from the public areas surrounding Worthington’s Lake Okabena.

The Worthington bank formerly known as First State Bank of Brewster experienced a name change to Rolling Hills Band & Trust, with a new sign recently being unveiled.

Stephanie Onken won a sterling silver Rembrandt charm bracelet, presented to her by Jeff Johnson of Johnson Jewelry, Worthington. Onken had the winning entry in the monthly Rembrandt Charm’s “Story of Your Life” contest.

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter announced its gift of $19,000 in scholarships to 24 Worthington High School students at the annual presentation ceremony.

Gene Short was the new director of the End-o-Line Railroad Park and Museum, Currie.

10 years ago

Whitney Buesgens, a 17-year-old Murray County Central junior from Slayton, was one of 10 students from across the U.S. and Puerto Rico honored with the national Prudential Spirit of Community Award as America’s top 2004 youth volunteers at a ceremony this week in Washington, D.C. Buesgens had started Camp Love’s Embrace, which served children grieving the loss of parents or other loved ones.

Concerns about costs and feasibility led the Nobles County Board of Commissioners to vote against participation in Lamberton’s proposed waste-to-energy facility.

Three days after fire destroyed the dining hall at Shetek Baptist Camp, camp director Steve Harms announced plans to rebuild.

The third annual Prairie Elementary Carnival night took place, with games, food, bingo, a raffle and silent auction all part of the Worthington fundraising effort.

Paulette Bass, Worthington, was named the Nobles County Family Child Care Provider of the Year.

25 years ago

Two western Nobles County couples were killed in a two-car collision at 4:45 p.m. Sunday on Highway 59, one-half mile south of Slayton. The victims were Elwood and Kathleen Petersburs, both 67, of Lismore, and Isadore Steinhoff, 68, and his wife Mariette Steinhoff, 63, of Kenneth. The two women were sisters. Injured in the crash was a 21-year-old Balaton woman.

Jim Hudson and Margaret McCuen were recently installed as worthy patron and worthy matron, respectively, of Ramsford Chapter #43 of the Order of the Eastern Star.

Advertised specials at Hy-Vee this week included a 16-ounce package of bacon for 79 cents, pot roast for $1.79 a pound, 80 percent lean ground beef for $1.58 a pound, a 120-count package of Mardi Gras napkins for 69 cents, 12-pack Coke products for $2.89, and a 15.25 ounce jar of Prego spaghetti sauce for $1.09.

50 years ago

A stolen car, owned by Henry Wilmarth of Jackson, was recovered Thursday at Estherville, Iowa, sheriff’s officials said. The car was taken April 20 in Jackson. Two Jackson residents in Estherville on business recognized the car and reported it to the Estherville police, who were investigating the theft in cooperation with the Jackson County sheriff.

Fire, discovered shortly before 11 a.m. Friday, destroyed a barn on the Bruce Sathre farm six miles south of Worthington. Firemen from Worthington and Round Lake were called to the scene and prevented the fire from spreading to nearby farm buildings. The fire in the barn was too far along to put out by the time firemen arrived. Mrs. Sathre said the fire may have started from a warming lamp being used to protect baby chicks, 100 of whom were lost in the blaze. The loft was filled with baled hay and stray, which was also lost; it took less than 30 minutes for the entire barn to be leveled.

75 years ago

Twin sisters Ilene and Irene Madison of Lismore were to be valedictorian and salutatorian of the graduating class at Adrian High School. Ilene had an average of 97 and Irene an average of 95. They were the daughters of Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Madison, who farmed northeast of Lismore.

The new rural fire truck operated by the Rushmore department made its first farm run Sunday when the barn on the Prins farm in Ransom township was burned to the ground. Since the barn was far gone when the flames were discovered, the firemen could do nothing but stand by.

S.T. Fair of Reading has a Holstein cow that refuses to recognize there is such a thing as overproduction. The cow delivered its fourth consecutive pair of twins this week. Fair said he bought the cow from William Shanks four years ago. The first year the cow had twin heifers, the second year, twin bull calves, the third year one of each, and the fourth year the same. The first three pairs were saved. The cow was said to have other good qualities, being a good producer of milk.

Vandals attacked the [Nobles County] fairgrounds Wednesday night, it was discovered. The hoodlums cut the water hose, upset the ticket booth, turned over the refreshment stand, broke windows and tried to gain entrance to the club house. The amount of damage was not yet estimated.