2012: Kusz appointed Nobles County Attorney

One year ago A grand opening event took place at Threads and Decor LLC, 916 Diagonal Road, Worthington. The second-hand clothing and furniture store was owned by Jennifer Solt. United Way of Nobles County reached its 2016 fundraising goal of $165...

One year ago

A grand opening event took place at Threads and Decor LLC, 916 Diagonal Road, Worthington. The second-hand clothing and furniture store was owned by Jennifer Solt.


United Way of Nobles County reached its 2016 fundraising goal of $165,000. JBS was again a major contributor to the fund, with its employees giving a total of $122,431.75.



Minnesota businessman Glen Taylor, Mapleton farmer Jeff Ward and Greg Strobel of Pemberton-based Strobel Farms acquired the assets of PM Beef, including the former

PM Beef Plant in Windom. The new owners planned to convert the Windom plant to a state-of-the-art pork processing operation, which they hoped would process 4,000 to

5,000 hogs daily and employ 300 to 400 people.


IDE@S Computers moved in with its parent company, Prairie Holdings Group, in Worthington's industrial park. IDE@S was formerly located on Oxford Street, Worthington, for more than a decade. Brian Grimord was IDE@S general manager.


The annual King Turkey Day bowling tournament took place at Worthington's Oxford Bowl.

Five years ago Marlys Knuth, Slayton, was elected to the board of directors for Girls Scouts of the Minnesota and Wisconsin River Valleys.



Andrea Boeve began practicing at Sanford Worthington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.


Kathleen Kusz, Deputy County Attorney for Nobles County, was appointed Nobles County Attorney effective March 1. Kusz would succeed Gordon Moore, who was moving into a new role as a District Court Judge on March 1.


After a two-hour closed session with legal counsel, the Nobles County commissioners decided there would be no discipline of an employee because allegations were not sustained by an independent investigation. Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert had been investigated as a result of claims he contributed to an adverse work environment. A tape of the closed session was sealed, and the commissioners voted to retain the independent counsel for future investigative actions.


A $2,500 grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council made possible a three-day dance residency at Prairie Elementary, Worthington. Native American dancer Larry Yazzie instructed students at the school during the week.


10 years ago A legislative breakfast event took place Friday morning at the Worthington Country Club. Elected officials attending were Sen. Jim Vickerman and Representatives Doug Magnus and Rod Hamilton. More than 50 people were on hand for the 7 a.m. meeting, which was sponsored by the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Government Affairs Committee.


Worthington High School seniors Quentin Dudley and Hannah Haas were named the Worthington High School MSHSL Triple "A" Award nominees for Region 2AA competition.


Judy Alm received the 2006 Employee of the Year award at Worthington Regional Hospital.


After being without a free-standing bakery for seven years, Worthington had a new bakery: Panaderia Mi Tierra Bakery, opened by Juan and Kerry Cuate on 10th Street.


Sanford Health honored Lynn Dierks of Sanford Clinic, Worthington, with the prestigious Sound Off award. Dierks, a nursing supervisor, received the award for her outstanding work as a patient advocate and dedication to clinic staff and patients.

25 years ago Ellsworth Mayor Rodney Kroese was rumored to have resigned. City officials were not offering public comment on the city's troubles, but Ellsworth's city office was closed on at least one week day without further explanation.


Officials with Associated Milk Producers Inc. (AMPI) were informing employees of the Sibley, Iowa, and Sanborn, Iowa, milk plants that one of the plants would close in the summer. AMPI officials said they wouldn't continue operating both plants, but that neither of the plants was currently adequate. Sibley and Sanborn officials were scurrying to put together economic incentive programs in an effort to retain their respective AMPI plants.


Showing this week at Northland Cinema were "Medicine Man," "Prince of Tides" and "Wayne's World."


Carolann Darling, Worthington, was one of 100 finalists in the annual Pillsbury Bake-Off. Darling was traveling to Orlando, Fla., to bake her qualifying entry: "Ham, Swiss and Mushroom Pizza." Her daughters Nikki and Sally were accompanying her.

50 years ago The Worthington Senior High School debate squad of Conrad Soderholm, Jeff Flynn, Bill Feikema and Bob Feikema were set to represent Worthington in the state debate tournament. Teams from Worthington had placed first in the region in six of the past nine years, under the direction of coach David Kanellis.


Windom's Daughters of the Revolution (DAR) Good Citizen, Janel R. Caldwell, was to represent Southwest Minnesota at the 1967 state DAR meeting at St. Paul in March. Good Citizens from the area and their mothers were guests of Okabena Chapter DAR at the February meeting held in the Okabena Room of First National Bank.


Gloria Hochstein, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hochstein, Dundee, was named Homemaker of Tomorrow at Fulda High School, where she was a current senior.


Worthington posted a low temperature of 15 degrees below zero following a "junior-sized blizzard" the day before.


Dr. Ross DeWitt won the Worthington Toastmasters' speaking contest against a field of five finalists. He won with his talk on "Time for Waiting."

75 years ago A cold wave arrived in the Worthington area, with temperatures dipping to 20 below zero following a storm that left 1.2 inches of snow in its wake.


Nobles County in 1941 had the fourth largest corn acreage, the fourth largest oats acreage and the fifth largest flax acreage of the 87 Minnesota counties. Increased acreages were reported with all three crops, which was not surprising for oats and corn but was with respect to flax. The county's standing with corn was the same as in 1940, but it moved up one step in both oats and flax.


Silverberg's store in Worthington advertised Jell-O for five cents a package, pork liver for 14 cents a pound, two dozen lemons for 29 cents, a dozen Texas seedless grapefruit for 19 cents and a five-pound pail of pure honey (noted as a "sugar substitute") for 49 cents.


Jesse J. Miller took over his new duties as chief engineer of the Worthington power plant and superintendent of municipal utilities. Miller had long experience at Owatonna with equipment similar to that in use at Worthington.


Paul A. Millard, pastor of the Worthington Church of Christ for the past 25 years, resigned his pastorate due to failing health.

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