One year ago

Jackson-based New Fashion Pork celebrated the groundbreaking of its new $10 million state-of-the-art feed mill in Round Lake Wednesday. CEO Brad Freking and his wife, Meg, and sister Susan, gripped shovels and took celebratory scoops of black dirt. In addition to creating nine new jobs, the mill would give area crop farmers another market to sell their grain. The mill was poised to process 2.5 million bushels of corn, 13,000 tons of soybeans and 45,000 tons

of dry distillers grains annually.

 

The Vintage Chevrolet Club of America held its car show in Worthington this week.

 

Tara's Bridal owner Tara Kraft hosted a grand opening for the business at its new location, 1607 N. McMillan Street, Worthington. Tara's Bridal offered custom-fit dresses for all ages, along with accessories, bags, casual tops, tuxedos and more.

 

A Sioux Falls, S.D.-based company was seeking a conditional use permit from Nobles County to construct a rail-to-truck transloading facility northwest of Org in Worthington Township.

Five years ago

The Worthington High School Trojan marching band, directed by Jon Loy, unveiled its all-new 2014 parade show, "Les Miserables," at a preview performance on Clary Street in front of Worthington High School.

 

The Worthington Hy-Vee store opened its new Market Cafe this week. The in-store restaurant offered free food to customers on Wednesday as staff prepared for the restaurant's official opening day.

 

The Lismore fire department responded to a house fire at approximately 6 p.m. Wednesday. No one was home at the time of the blaze but four pets - two dogs and two cats - were lost in the fire, and the house was considered a total loss.

 

Darin Rehnelt was the Honorary Chair of the 2014 Nobles County Relay for Life.

 

WCCO-TV's Liz Collin and Lauren Casey were in Worthington for two days, covering the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta as part of the station's "Goin' to the Lake" series. The pair broadcast live from the shores of Lake Okabena on Thursday and Friday, and for three hours live from BenLee's Cafe. Collin is a Worthington native and a Worthington High School graduate.

10 years ago

McKenna Hinrichs was crowned the 2009 Little Miss Ellsworth at Family Fun Days in Ellsworth, the celebration marking Ellsworth's 125th anniversary.

 

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Tan-U, 1610 North McMillan, Worthington. The business was under new ownership, with Todd and Kim Schroeder as the new proprietors.

 

Several dog owners established Friends of the Worthington Puppy Park to raise funds for a new chain-link fence and trees around the park's perimeter. An estimated $4,000 was needed to complete the project.

 

Dan Jensen, Worthington, a three-time cancer survivor, was honorary co-chair of the 2009 Nobles County Relay for Life. His fellow co-chair was Jeff Meyer, who survived a brain tumor.

 

The theme of Fulda's annual Wood Duck Days was "Salute to Veterans."

 

Construction of a $3.5 million Worthington Events Center, and a proposed $7 million adjacent hotel, was postponed until at least the spring of 2010. City officials maintained the project remained a priority.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Taking of Pelham 123," "Up," "Night at the Museum 2," "Land of the Lost" and "The Hangover."

25 years ago

A storm system with rain, strong winds, hail and twisters hit the area on Sunday, causing flooding at low-lying intersections in Worthington. Two to five inches of rain fell in the area, and a transformer fire was sparked at Rushmore. Adrian, which was already hard-hit with precipitation and flooding last week, received another five inches of rain.

 

The Second District American Legion Convention took place in Worthington, and a parade along 10th Street marked the occasion in public fashion.

 

A 20-year-old Worthington woman was injured in a horse-riding accident at Ellsworth's Dairy Days. She was taken by helicopter to McKennan Hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., due to back injuries.

 

The "Amazing" Worthington City performed held its weekly concert at Chautauqua Park, with Arlen Foss serving as emcee and "The Saints of Dixie" providing intermission entertainment. With Galen Benton directing, the band's selection included "It's a Small World," "Home on the Range," and "In the Mood."

 

A Friday vote was to decide the fate of two area elevators - Consolidated Co-op and United Co-op. The two co-op boards had been working on merger plans for months, and a consolidation would occur by Sept. 1 if the plan was approved.

50 years ago

Worthington students Lee Cotugno and John Harens departed for Washington, D.C., to participate in the National Speech Tournament from June 15-20 at George Washington University. They competed as a debate team, and also in original oratory and extemporaneous speaking. They were accompanied by debate coach Jim Arnott.

 

Robert V. Hansberger, one of Worthington State Junior College's most distinguished graduates, was the featured speaker at the 32nd annual WSJC commencement ceremony. "There are no harsh lines in nature; only man builds fences," Hansberger said, adding that the danger in compartmentalization and applying labels was the risk of those labels becoming substitutes for truth. "Labels cancel thought unless they are used as the tools of thought." Hansberger was chairman of the  board of Boise-Cascade Corporation. He earned a mechanical engineering degree at the University of Minnesota and an MBA at Harvard.

 

Robert Reker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Reker, Springwater Township, Rock County, was killed in action in Vietnam, where he was serving with the U.S. Marine Corps. Reker, who would have turned 21 in July, had been in Vietnam for two months. He was a graduate of Jasper High School.

 

Bill Donwen was working alone at Lee's Gulf Service, Jackson, when two of the three gunmen who left a trail of robberies and one shooting victim throughout southern Minnesota entered the station. The pair ordered Donwen to the cash register at gunpoint, took an estimated $150, then fled after ordering Donwen to the station's second room. The Saturday afternoon holdup was the first armed robbery in Jackson's recent history.

75 years ago

Summer playground activities began this week at three Worthington parks, under the sponsorship of the city park board and the schools. Central Park, Pirtle Park and Millard-Walker Park were the sites of the activities, which included croquet, tetherball, horseshoes, ring toss, bat and deck tennis, badminton, archery and washer toss, plus swings, ladders, sand boxes and other standard equipment. John Curran was the overall superintendent, with Don

Woelfle, LaVerne Hartman and Raymond Karhu as assistant superintendents at the parks from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., and again from 1:30 to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

 

Advertised specials this week at the Anderson-Fairway Market, located at 422 10th Street, Worthington, included "picnic snacks" (six-ounce package of potato chips for 27 cents, a 17-ounce jar of Libby's deep brown beans for 16 cents, a six-ounce jar of Old Monk olive butter for 29 cents), a 12-ounce can of Spam for 33 cents, two rolls of paper towels for 19 cents, a dozen Sunkist lemons for 39 cents and a one-pound can of Hill's coffee for 30 cents.

 

Work was underway, with a September occupancy as the aim, on a large addition to the plant of the Worthington Creamery and Produce Company, R.W. Bergstrom, president, said. The project included the addition of a third floor to the main plant building and a new feeding floor. A second elevator was included in the plans to serve all three floors, as was greatly augmented compressor capacity. The probable investment amount in construction and equipment was not

disclosed.