One year ago

The "Amazing" Worthington City Band wrapped up its 125th season with a final concert in Chautauqua Park. Mike Peterson conducted the band.

Concept plans for a new splash pad feature in Centennial Park were approved by the Worthington City Council. The proposed 4,950-square foot concrete splash pad with a wet zone of 3,550 square feet was expected to be completed and open to the public by Memorial Day 2019.

The Worthington City Council agreed to spend $5,300 to conduct an assessment survey and report of the Thompson Hotel roof.

The Dundee American Legion Post 386 celebrated its 100th anniversary, with events including a parade, a pork chop supper and a street dance.

As part of a series of major renovations to Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, new seats were installed in the facility's lower level this week.

Five years ago

The Clayton and Carla Schilling family of Ellsworth was selected as the 2014 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. The Schillings were among 73 families statewide to be honored, and they were to be recognized along with the others at Minnesota Farm Fest on Aug. 7.

One year after a devastating motorcycle accident, Wayne Klumper of Worthington participated in the 2014 Worthington Area YMCA Fun Run at Olson Park.

Dr. Ahmad Yusuf joined the staff of Sanford Worthington Clinic as a family practice physician.

Federated Rural Electric marked its 79th anniversary with a pork loin sandwich meal at the Jackson National Guard Armory.

The former Kilbride clinic at 701 11th Street, Worthington, was being rehabilitated by a group of local investors. The structure was the location of the Kilbride clinic from at least 1926 to 1951.

A 50-year-old Lake Park, Iowa, man was arrested after allegedly stealing more than $1,200 worth of barbed wire rolls from the Bomgaars store in Luverne.

10 years ago

Chris Engler and Danyel Schweigert opened The Massage Place on Worthington's 10th Street.

The Wii Phat team from Fulda lost a combined 131 pounds, or 11.3% of their body mass index, to win the 2009 Avera Worthington Specialty Clinic's Weight Loss Challenge. The total weight loss of all participants was 1,413.5 pounds, equivalent to a 1.68% overall body weight loss. The five members on the winning Wii Phat team were Brian, Regan and Jim Vander Beek, Sara Deuschle and Troy Reed.

Four juveniles were injured Saturday evening when their four-wheel ATVs crashed on a rural Worthington farm.

Tonic Sol-Fa, an a capella men's group, performed in concert at the Adrian High School gym. The group's members were enrolled in the Midwest Music Hall of Fame.

The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band's week of band camp wrapped up. The band, under the direction of Jon Loy, had prepared a new show for 2009, "March Out Loud," featuring tunes from the Broadway musical "Wicked."

25 years ago

Recent talks with the Minnesota Department of Education and the Minnesota Department of Human Services created a dark cloud of doubt surrounding the future of Worthington's Lakeview school. Superintendent Bruce Thomas told the District 518 board shared that the state departments questioned why the school was not being closed. It was founded in 1959 as a program for handicapped students, and District 518 took it over in 1960.

A one-car accident on a Jackson County road killed two Spirit Lake, Iowa, residents (ages 20 and 28) late Sunday night.

Former Worthington resident Claire White, now of Nashville, Tenn., landed an acting role in an episode of "America's Most Wanted."

Murray County's fifth annual Ethnic Day took place at the Murray County Fairgrounds.

The Prairie Fire Children's Theatre presented "Aladdin and His Magic Lamp" at Sioux Valley School, with 41 area kids acting in the presentation.

50 years ago

The cost of educating students in St. Mary's School, Worthington, last year was set at $119,473, according to the first annual report published by St. Mary's Parish. Total student enrollment in the school's six grades was 270. Receipts from the local parish were $44,456, with tuition fees amounting to $2,716. Federal aid amounted to $9,357 and contributed services totaled $63,247.

A quarter-million dollar addition/expansion at the Bigelow elevator was nearing completion and was expected to be ready for the fall's harvest.

Worthington's Lake Okabena was still considered polluted, according to Dr. B.J. Desai, city health officer. Desai recommended that parents keep small children out of the lake, and that older swimmers should consider for themselves whether or not they wanted to swim in the waters. "I wouldn't recommend swimming; rather, it will be a matter of individual judgment," said Desai. Representatives from the state department of health were coming to Worthington this week to test the water, and an announcement would be released following that assessment. The lake had been considered polluted since the record-setting 6.37 inches of rain fell four weeks earlier.

Bishop's Clothing of Worthington advertised a "Bargain Bonanza," with men's suits ranging in price from $27 to $69, men's sport and dress shirts for $2.59, men's ties for 77 cents or $1.29 and men's "Western style" straw hats for $3.

75 years ago

The threshing season got underway in Nobles County this week on the farm of William Recker, four miles north of Ellsworth, according to Ralph Rice, county farm help assistant. A field of early Kersian oats, cut over a week ago, was being threshed by a three-man crew, Rice said. The first three loads of bundles produced two triple-box loads of oats, which weighed about 34 pounds to the bushel, machine-run.

Two sisters from Dundee were featured in a photo and brief description. Pvt. Eleanor and Pvt. Berenice Herron of the Marine Corps women's reserve were daughters of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Herron of Dundee. They'd been together since their enlistment in February and began their training at LeJeune, N.C., before being transferred to Cherry Point, N.C. Their current locale was California, where they were gunnery instructors. Before entering the service, they both taught in Nobles County until about six months prior to their enlistment, when they worked as stenographers in Long Beach, Calif.

Members of the Worthington Saddle Club officially chose Friday, Sept. 8, as the day of Worthington's annual horse show, according to Gene Stower, club secretary. Previous plans for holding the meet on Labor Day were abandoned when it became apparent that many horsemen from the surrounding territory had made arrangements to attend other celebrations then. More than 30 horsemen from communities 50 miles or more from Worthington were expected to attend the show.