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Looking back: 2007 - Wood retiring as Minnesota West president

One year ago

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Worthington celebrated its 125th anniversary with a bilingual mass and a potluck fellowship.

Nearly 30 artists displayed their work at the Art Rocks Fine Arts festival in Luverne.

Scott Johnson, executive director of Southwestern Mental Health Center, presented a new plan to Nobles County commissioners calling for construction of a 14,000 square-foot facility, with a total project cost of $2.5 million, at the corner of 12th Street and Fifth Avenue in Worthington.

Windom Assistant Fire Chief Dan Ortmann said the preliminary cause of Friday's fire at the POET Biorefining plant in Bingham Lake was possibly a grain dust explosion in one of the dryers.

Worthington Det. Seg. Kevin Flynn of the Worthington Police Department was selected as the third annual recipient of the Southwest Crisis Center's "Face of Hope" award. Flynn was a 20-year veteran of law enforcement.

Five years ago

For the second straight year, Windom played host to the Minnesota State Donkey and Mule Show, with 33 exhibitors and a total of 42 mules and donkeys involved.

Chuck Skalak opened Skalak Outdoors in the old Pavlis Auction building in Slayton earlier this month.

Much of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa remained in a flash flood watch Monday as the region endured rainfall totals ranging from one to 8.5 inches between early Saturday morning and Monday afternoon.

Charges were recently filed in Nobles County against six Worthington bartenders and clerks for selling alcohol to minors. Alcohol compliance checks were done in Worthington in May, and several businesses failed miserably.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College Ron Wood announced his retirement effective June 30, 2008. Wood had served in the position for nearly a decade.

10 years ago

About 70 members of the Worthington Middle School marching band performed at Valleyfair Amusement Park in Shakopee.

Deb Stoll, a teacher at Worthington High School, recently received the Promising New Professional Award for LD teachers given by the Minnesota Department of Children, Families and Learning. The award was given to teachers of learning disabled students demonstrating exemplary excellence in teaching and practicums.

Heavy, persistent rainfall flooded several Worthington streets on the north side of Lake Okabena. Rainfall topped five inches in some spots.

The West Nile virus was confirmed in three Nobles County horses. So far, 140 cases of the virus had been confirmed in Minnesota. Murray County, with 14 cases, was second only to Wright County (with 17) in the number of cases.

25 years ago

Margene Vortherms was voted Worthington Regional Hospital's August Employee of the Month. Vortherms, an R.N., had been working at WRH since November 1975. She was a full-time staff nurse on the first floor.

More than 2,000 4-H exhibits were on display at the Nobles County Fair this week.

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column this week included Variable Vegetable Bake, Garden Vegetable Croissants, Creamy BLT Sandwich, Frozen Herb Cubes and Amplified Rice Krispie Bars.

Worthington Country Club champions for 1987 were Dan Iblings and LaVonne Lillie. The Sunday championship marked the first title for Iblings and the 11th for Lillie.

Sherry M. Ling, Worthington, was named to the Consultant Court of Personal Sales at the Mary Kay Cosmetics' 24th annual national seminar in Dallas, Texas. Ling had joined the Mary Kay sales organization in December 1981.

Craig and Cathy Rogers had returned to Worthington to open Presto Lube-N-Renew at 1535 Oxford St. The new service station offered fast oil changes with a 14-point maintenance and fluid check, car wash and wax, interior cleaning and more.

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Walt Pipgras opened the Tip Top Café (located in the Bernie's Cities Service building) in Slayton. Mrs. Pipgras was a 25-year veteran of the café business and was assisted by her husband, who recently retired from the Slayton Police Department after 16 years of service.

On the 100th anniversary of the Sioux uprising, the Murray County Historical Society dedicated the last pioneer log cabin of the Lake Shetek area as a historic monument.

Solicitors seeking funds to build a new community swimming pool in Lakefield began making their rounds this week. Dr. G. P. Donaldson headed the committee that would be calling on citizens for help in raising the necessary funds.

The key to the fire truck and mouthpiece for the Sibley, Iowa, fire hall telephone were both missing late Tuesday afternoon when report of a fire was brought in, said Sibley Fire Chief Lyle Spiegel. As a result, the 1950 car belonging to Ted Gruis, Sibley, was completely destroyed by fire.

Mrs. Arnold Kazemba, Worthington Chamber of Commerce secretary, crowned the Junior Queen, Shelly Tille, 5, and Junior King, Greg Prieb, 5, following Worthington's Kiddies Day Parade. They each received $25 savings bonds.

75 years ago

Lily Peterson of the Graham Lakes club and Burnell Kingery of Worthington were winners of the two Nobles County 4-H health championships, for which representatives of 11 clubs competed in a contest at the Southwestern Minnesota sanatorium. Awards were made on the basis of findings made by Dr. S. A. Slater and Dr. W. P. Ross of the sanatorium staff, assisted by Miss Florence McNamara, district field nurse. Winners were entitled to free trips to the Minnesota State Fair, where they would compete in the state competition.

Lightning killed a valuable horse owned by Lee Fiske, a farmer living near Ocheyedan, Iowa. The animal was standing in the yard when the storm broke and an accompanying streak of lightning struck the animal.

Loss estimated at $1,000 or more resulted when flames swept a large barn containing hay and miscellaneous other farm equipment around midnight at the William Buick farm near Reading. The Worthington and Wilmont fire departments were called to the scene. The large structure burned to the ground and about five tons of hay stored within was destroyed, as well as two calves.