One year ago

Water quality and clarity in Worthington's Lake Okabena had struggled since late June. Blue-green algae blooms pushed toward the shoreline, and the rocks and sand at Sailboard Beach and other waterfront areas were lined with dead and decaying bacteria, plus accompanying pungent odor.

In 2017, Worthington had the lowest crime rate among comparably sized southern Minnesota cities. The FBI and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension's report showed Worthington experiencing a crime rate of 3,782 per 100,000 inhabitants. Also, the Worthington Police Department's crime clearance rate was 58%, above the statewide average of 47%.

Worthington police offered prizes and giveaways at the Tuesday "Night to Unite" event at Centennial Park. Also participating were the Southwest Crisis Center, the Worthington Fire Department and Sanford Ambulance.

Jay Duitsman, Round Lake, won the 2018 Globe's Fair Booth Scavenger Hunt at the Nobles County Fair.

Five years ago

Michael Lang, the founder of Michael's Restaurant in 1949 at Worthington, died this week. The restaurant was initially known as Mike's Spaghetti House.

The 135th annual Nobles County Fair took place.

Jackson Municipal Airport was considering an expansion, with the construction of a new, 4,400-foot runway proposed to permit larger business aircraft to use it.

For the second consecutive year, Carolee Anderson's Worthington H & R Block franchise was named one of the top 100 in the nation.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar was in Worthington to meet with officials from Rock, Nobles, Jackson and Murray counties for an update on recent flood damage in the area.

The sixth annual Mary Kay 5K and Family Fun Walk took place at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, with its proceeds split between the Southwest Crisis Center and the Mary Kay Foundation, which works to combat domestic violence and support research into cancers affecting women.

10 years ago

Juan and Maria Alvarez, and Jose Soto, opened Smart Savings Store on Worthington's 10th Street. The shop offered quality new and used clothing.

A 28-year-old Slayton man entered into an agreement with Murray County Attorney Paul Malone, admitting to breaking into Slayton Equipment on June 5.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony was hosted at the grand opening for Elizabeth Decorations, Worthington.

Coleen Bui was honored at the Worthington National Night Out event for her efforts with the Neighborhood Watch program.

Eighty-eight runners participated in the 28th annual Worthington Area YMCA Fun Run at Olson Park.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra," "Funny People," "Aliens in the Attic," "G-Force" and "Orphan."

25 years ago

Salem Reformed Church of Little Rock, Iowa, celebrated its centennial, with a theme of "100 Years of Faith."

A 10-year-old boy from rural Luverne died when the tractor he was driving rolled over on a gravel road southeast of Luverne.

Pilot John Penney made a pit stop at the Worthington Municipal Airport in his Grumman F8F-2 Bearcat. It was a race plane, and Penney had set a speed record in it of 528 miles per hour at one point.

The 13th annual YMCA Fun Run took place at Olson Park, Worthington. YMCA Physical Director Wayne Klumper reported the 110 participating runners set a record, as the old record of 104 runners was set in 1992.

Lismore's Old Home Day was put on by the Lismore Booster Club. The event featured volleyball games in the city park, kids' games, face painting and a medallion hunt. The day ended with a barbecue supper and a street dance featuring the band Ground Zero.

50 years ago

Worthington's Lake Okabena, previously closed to swimmers due to pollution, was now closed to all water activities except fishing and boating. Also closed by the City Health Officer, as a precautionary measure, were the YMCA indoor pool and the Worthington Country Club pool. Testing was being done by Gary Otnes, regional sanitarian for the state public health department. The lake was expected to remain closed for swimming and other water activities for possibly up to two weeks.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included four 20-ounce bottles of Elf Tomato Catsup for $1, four cans of Geisha tuna for $1, one pound of Armour's wieners for 59 cents, two pounds of seedless green grapes for 49 cents, a six-ounce can of Flavorite lemonade for 10 cents and a 17-pound lug of Elberta peaches for $2.35.

Several hundred bales of hay and straw were destroyed, along with several items of machinery, in a fire on the farm of Everett Holt and Gus Lindquist seven miles north of Worthington. Although the Worthington Fire Department was called, the fire was well out of control by the time the firemen arrived.

Failure to measure up to Minnesota Board of Education standards resulted in 16 state schools, including three in the area, to be placed on the state's warning and advisement lists. Sioux Valley was placed on the warning list, while Jackson was placed on the advisement list. Magnolia was given conditional approval for another year.

Dutch elm disease was confirmed in Lakefield at a home on Fifth Avenue. It was the first in Lakefield to be discovered with the disease, although Jackson County's first case was found two years ago on a farm near Lakefield.

75 years ago

T-4 Nick J. Dillon, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Dillon, Worthington, was slightly wounded in action recently in France. Dillon's outfit had taken part in four invasions.

Sgt. James W. Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Johnson, rural Worthington, was seriously wounded recently on Saipan Island, according to a telegram received this week.

Advertised specials this week at Fairway Market, 422 10th St., Worthington, included five Bartlett pears for 29 cents, a dozen ears of fresh corn for 25 cents, a one-pound jar of currant jelly for 31 cents, cantaloupe for eight cents a pound, minced ham for 30 cents a pound and two packages of Wheaties cereal for 19 cents.

Pfc Herman Smook, a brother of Mrs. Harold Tripp of Worthington, was the first Rock County resident to be killed in action after the opening of the French war front. Word of his death in Normandy on June 10, four days after the invasion began, was received on Tuesday of this week by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Smook. He was survived additionally by two brothers and five sisters.