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1939: Chautauqua pavilion to be razed

One year ago

Worthington Fire Department was to ask for a new fire truck during the City of Worthington’s budget cycle this year, fire chief Rick Von Holdt announced. The truck would replace a 35-year-old pumper with far less capacity than newer models.

Minnesota West was completing the conversion of a tennis court behind the Worthington Area YMCA into an obstacle course for the college’s athletes and law enforcement program.


A Washington state-based fruit cooperative that had purchased the rights to the B-51 hybrid would soon get a trademarked name. The B-51 apple, sweeter, firmer and less acidic than the much-loved Honeycrisp, was developed at Worthington’s Ocheda Orchard, owned by Chuck Nystrom.

A parcel of land in Worthington Township sold for $13,000 per acre, which was a new record high in Nobles County. The previous record high in the county was $12,050 per acre. The $13,000 per acre price was paid on land with a crop equivalency rating of 87.

Nobles County Commissioners voted unanimously to pursue the former Worthington outdoor swimming pool site as their first choice for the development of a potential new Worthington branch library.

The District 518 school board approved a resolution to place on the November ballot a new per-pupil referendum authorization, and also a request for the proposed remodeling and expansion of two existing district buildings, plus the construction of a new intermediate school. A current district enrollment figure of 2,931 — a number Superintendent John Landgaard had previously projected for the 2015-’16 school year —with continued growth was driving the move.

Five years ago

Wayne Klumper retired after 32 years as program director and 37 years altogether with the Worthington Area YMCA.

Jackson city officials and builders broke ground for Ashley Estates, a 24-unit apartment building at 314 First St., Jackson.

The Worthington City Council approved final plans for the first phase of the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project during a public hearing with Minnesota Department of Transportation officials. A pedestrian tunnel was suggested as a possible safety feature at Morningside Drive and East Avenue.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College was one of nine Minnesota State Colleges and Universities locations to launch an Innovative Energy technician degree program this fall. The two-year program would prepare students for work in renewable traditional energy industries.

The Jackson City Council unanimously approved the first reading of an ordinance that would sell the city’s hospital to Sanford Health for $1.25 million. No member of the public commented on the sale, which was proving relatively uncontroversial.

The estate of the late Harvey Ordung, Luverne, left more than $4.56 million to several Luverne and Rock County organizations.

10 years ago

Doug and Amy Strouth of Ashton, Iowa, were the new owners of the Prairie Queen Bakery in Sheldon, Iowa.

The Worthington Regional Hospital board of directors agreed to proceed with the planning and development of a radiation oncology center in cooperation with Sioux Valley Regional Health Services and other area health care facilities.

The Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Department seized between $33,000 and $50,000 worth of live marijuana plants northwest of Windom, in what was one of two major marijuana busts in southwest Minnesota this week.

County Market, a Worthington supermarket that had served area shoppers for more than 40 years, announced that its doors would close on or before Sept. 30. The store had opened on Oxford Street in 1963 as Gordy’s Super Valu.

The Minnesota Extension Service hosted a session titled “After the Storm: Identifying At-Risk Trees” to aid the public in dealing with damage left following a major storm on Aug. 3.

25 years ago

Within the next few weeks, Minnesota Commissioner of Transportation Len Levine was expected to announce that the Minnesota 60 expansion to four lanes from Brewster to Heron Lake and Windom would be included in the 1994-’95 state transportation budgeting, with work set to start in 1993. The road would connect with the four-lane from Worthington to Brewster that was expected to be completed in 1992.

Playing this week at the Excellence Theater in Worthington’s Northland Mall were: “Honey, I Shrunk the Kids,” “Uncle Buck,” “Casualties of War” and “A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 5.”

Andrew Hagemann Jr. was named to the board of directors of the Worthington Federal Savings and Loan Association.

The Windom Hospital was facing a crisis, having had in July an average patient census of only 1.6 patients, or 58 patient days with 18 admissions. May and June had also been slow, with the hospital posting a net loss for the period of $25,408. “We have a critical need, for the ship is taking on water fast,” said Sioux Valley Hospital management spokesman David Rykhus.

Worthington High School Class of 1924 had its 65th reunion, with six class members attending.

50 years ago

S-Sergeant E-6 Noel B. Stoffel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stoffel of Lismore, was appointed this week as National Historian for the Association of Regular Army Sergeants, a national organization founded in Darmstadt, Germany, by a group of Non-Commissioned Officers for the purpose of enhancing the moral leadership, prestige and Esprit de Corps of the Sergeants of the U.S. Army.

Two men were injured in a chuckwagon accident Sunday afternoon during a race at the Jackson County Fair. Roger Glassnap and Robert Owens, both of Rockwell City, Iowa, were riding horses beside one of the wagons as it rounded a curve headed for the straightaway. When Glassnap’s horse stumbled, the man was thrown under the wheels of the chuckwagon. Glassnap suffered cracked vertebrae, broken ribs, a possible ruptured kidney and bruises, while Owens, who was also thrown from his horse, had more minor injuries.

A new Photofax machine at the Daily Globe immediately joined the paper to the full national Wirephoto network of the Associated Press.

Gordy’s Super Valu, Worthington, celebrated its one-year anniversary with free coffee, cake and cotton candy, along with drawings for prizes and special prices on many products.

Officers swooped down on a rural beer party in progress near Luverne Tuesday night and arrested five juveniles. Sheriff’s officers confiscated five cases of strong beer, although they missed capturing six or seven other youths who ran into nearby cornfields to escape.

75 years ago

The Nobles County 50-Year Farmers Club reached a new high in membership of 53.

Marvin Cramer, 8, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ward Cramer of Cherry Point, was struck and knocked unconscious Wednesday at 8 p.m. by a car. The boy was still unconscious when he reached the hospital, where several stitches were taken in gashes on his neck, head and knee. He was in the care of another lady at the time of the accident, as his mother was spending a few days away at Lake Wilson; efforts to reach her the night of the accident failed.

Worthington’s Chautauqua pavilion, erected 33 years ago, had seen its day “and will soon be on the way out.” At the regular meeting of the city council, members of the park board recommended razing of the structure and use of the material in needed construction about the park and in the improvement of other park areas.

Herman Anderegg of Worthington caught a giant river catfish off the Lake Okabena grade, with the fish weighing eight and a quarter pounds. Herman used an ordinary crappie hook and a minnow to catch the whopper, which “fought terrifically” before being landed.

Mrs. John Katus, 78, a 15-year resident of Worthington, died at her Fifth Avenue home. She was born Feb. 19, 1861, in Austria. She was married to John Katus at Streator, Ill., where her husband spent his early life coal mining. In 1894 they moved to Minnesota, settling on a farm 11 miles east of Worthington for 30 years. The couple had nine children, five of whom survived their parents.