One year ago

More than 50 area children participated in the Missoula Children's Theatre production of "Princess and the Pea" at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium.

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The Luverne Area Chamber of Commerce prepared to move to its new location in the former Rock County Law Enforcement Center by late January.

Government teacher Bryan Joyce led a group of 25 Windom High School students to Washington, D.C., to witness the inauguration of Barack Obama.

An Adrian woman was killed Friday when the car she was in skidded sideways into the path of an oncoming vehicle. Other accidents were caused in the area by snowy and icy conditions, which prevailed throughout the region.

Five years ago

More than 1,000 people dropped by for the first public open house at the newly restored Historic Dayton House on Worthington's Fourth Avenue.

A new business, Liberty Tax Service, opened an office in downtown Worthington.

Alderman-at-large Mike Woll was sworn in as the newest member of Worthington's City Council, along with re-elected aldermen Bob Petrich and Lyle Ten Haken.

Prominent Worthington businessman Harry Sowles died this week at the age of 97.

A new drug task force, the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force, was being formed by several counties and cities in southwest Minnesota, including Worthington and Nobles County.

10 years ago

Blizzard Beach 2000 took place this weekend at Worthington's First Baptist Church. Two dumptruck loads of sand and thousands of gallons of water made the carnival/beach atmosphere possible for students from Worthington-area churches.

Slumberland opened on Worthington's Ryan's Road, owned by Mike and Cindy Hesch. The Hesches formerly owned Smith Furniture in Luverne.

Worthington native Rich Strom was recently appointed executive vice president of the Farm Equipment Association of Minnesota and South Dakota. Strom owned and operated Strom Power and Equipment Co. in Worthington from 1973-1984.

Forty to 50 jobs were to be cut at Round Lake's Favorite Brands International due to an employment consolidation enacted by parent company Nabisco Foods Company.

25 years ago

David Okarski, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Okarski, Luverne, and a 1968 graduate of Luverne High School, made an appearance as a tennis professional in an episode of "Simon & Simon" on CBS.

At least 20 Worthington city jobs, nearly all of them held by women, drew salaries that fell short of the jobs' demands, according to a study done by city staff. Efforts to establish greater pay equity were to be undertaken.

Ninety students from eight schools participated in a one-day clinic at Worthington Community College. The college sponsored the clinic as part of their Second Annual Area Band Festival. Dr. Harold Krueger of Augustana College was clinician for the event.

A grand-opening celebration for the First National Bank of Brewster-Worthington took place.

The Rodney Reisdorfer house in rural Lismore burned to the ground, despite the best efforts of area firefighters to stop the blaze amid a 25-below temperature and wind gusts of 35 to 45 miles per hour.

50 years ago

A 21-year-old Rushmore man was killed instantly in a two-car collision on a country road near Hull, Iowa, Friday. Officers said the cars collided head-on on a gravel road three miles east and two and three-quarters miles north of Hull. Both cars were demolished.

Firemen from Slayton and Fulda worked throughout Saturday night and into Sunday morning fighting a blaze that destroyed the Mansch Brothers Furniture Store at Slayton and an apartment above the store. Loss was estimated at $150,000.

Silverberg's of Worthington advertised a "$35,000 January Clearance" sale, which included men's dress oxfords in black or brown for $4.97 and $6.97, girls' dresses ranging from $1.57 to $2.57, ladies' and misses' corduroy and wool Mayfair slacks for $3.97 and $5.97, and men's sport coats ranging from $14.97 to $23.97.

The Fulda Fish and Game Club convened at Avoca's Community Hall Friday night for its annual Fish-O-Rama event, featuring mounds of smoked carp "for everyone." Club officials reported "another good crowd" and "another heap of carp gone."

Kenny Roos became the charter member of the new "700" club started at Oxford Bowl Tuesday night. Roos made local sports history when he became the first kegler to ever record a 700 three-game series in the history of Oxford Bowl.

75 years ago

Dorothy Refsell, high school senior, was selected as editor-in-chief of The Moccasin, the high school annual, which "is published every two years," and Delbert Martin, senior, was made business manager of the book. Assisting them were Louise Thompson, junior, as associate editor and Marjorie Sterling, senior, as assistant business manager.

Milford Davis was elected new president of the Nobles County Farm Bureau. E. A. Peterson was elected vice president, Mrs. M. H. Bassett, secretary, and Joe Balster, John Wester, C. G. Larson and Oscar Thompson were elected directors.

Playing this week at Worthington's New Grand Theatre were "Babes in Toyland" with Laurel and Hardy, Mady Christians in "A Wicked Woman," and "Broadway Bill" with Myrna Loy and Warner Baxter.