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2008: Sale of Worthington Regional Hospital is approved

One year ago

Glen Gust, a Vietnam War veteran, former Luverne mayor and a 29-year fire department volunteer, retired after 40 years and nine months of managing/owning Glen's Food Center, Luverne's only full-service grocery store. Gust sold the business to the Teal family in December, and it recently reopened as Teal's Market.

At the start of the new year, the Worthington Taxi Service lowered its rates and expanded its weekend hours, with weekend service now extending from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Worthington City Council's newest members — Chad Cummings, Amy Ernst and Alan Oberloh — were sworn in at the council's first meeting of the new year.

For the second straight year, Worthington High School agriculture teacher Matt Tripp was awarded a Curriculum for Agriculture Science Education (CASE) grant to advance agriculture education. Tripp received a $3,000 grant to be used to purchase equipment for the program, while the previous year he'd received a $2,600 grant to fund his tuition for a CASE certificate course.

Five years ago

United Way of Nobles County reached its fundraising goal of $150,000 this week.

With three new commissioners having been sworn in at the start of the new year, the Nobles County board members had more questions and not enough answers to approve a proposed $13 million capital improvement plan that would allow for the construction of a new Nobles County Library facility in Worthington.

The Missoula Children's Theatre involved a cast of more than 40 area youths in a production of "Hansel and Gretel" at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Nobles County commissioners unanimously voted to proceed into the contract negotiation stage with Thomas Johnson, the leading candidate for the county administrator position. Johnson was currently the managing director of the public works department in Eagle County, Colorado.

The Nobles/Rock Drug Court celebrated its first year of operating. The southwest Minnesota drug court was one of 41 within the state.

Angela Klaassen located the Worthington Winterfest medallion at the Centennial Park bridge and claimed $100 in Chamber Checks for her find.

With more than 32 percent of its student body ill with the flu, Worthington Christian School closed its doors for two days.

10 years ago

The Missoula Children's Theatre led a cast of about 50 area youths in a production of "The Pied Piper" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

The Worthington City Council voted 4-1 to approve the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health Network of Sioux Falls, S.D.

The Worthington High School choir, under the direction of Joe Osowski, was named a 2008 Choir of Note, resulting in the choir being invited to participate in the Choirs of Note competition at Southwest State University in Marshall from May 1-3.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., visited with area citizens Thursday at Worthington's Blue Line Travel Plaza. Klobuchar discussed the Farm Bill, health care and other issues brought forward by citizens in attendance.

New Vision Cooperative General Manager Frank McDowell and agronomy division manager Dennis Weber discussed plans for the co-op's proposed 45,000-ton fertilizer blend and combination herbicide/seed storage facility near Brewster at this week's meeting of the Nobles County board. New Vision hoped to begin the $10 million project in April.

Worthington High School seniors Erin Schutte and Tim Bents were selected as the school's nominees for the MSHSL's Triple A award, which honors students who excel in academics, arts and athletics.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Worthington's Empowered Fitness, marking the business's grand opening. Troy Schulze was the owner.

25 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "A Few Good Men," "Home Alone 2" and "Aladdin."

Worthington city crews picked up Christmas trees this week as a free service to Worthington residents. Citizens simply had to take their trees to the nearest street corner.

M.C. Fitness, co-owned by Mark Ossenfort, purchased the Supreme Courts building in Worthington as of Jan. 2. The sports club originally opened in March 1992.

Worthington's Farmers Home Administration office was on the list of Minnesota Farmers Home Administration offices to be closed under a streamlining proposal from the U.S. Agriculture Department. Several state Soil Conservation Service offices were also on a list of upcoming closures.

Worthington Postmaster James Haefner reported that more than 20,000 Elvis Presley stamps were sold during a three-hour span Friday afternoon. The Elvis Presley stamps went on sale at noon nationally, and in Worthington 50 people had lined up in advance of the release time. With 24,000 specialty stamps initially available for sale at the Worthington post office, Haefner said fewer than 4,000 remained by 3 p.m. and he expected those to be gone by the office's closing time on Saturday, if not before.

50 years ago

Otto Lindemann of Bigelow was elected chairman of the Nobles County Board of Commissioners at its annual meeting. Lee Anderson of Worthington was elected vice-chairman. Salaries for county employees and elected officials were adjusted, with highway department workers receiving an across-the-board increase of eight percent and courthouse employees receiving increases ranging from $10 to $35 per month. The county auditor's salary was increased from $11,200 to $11,500, the treasurer from $9,200 to $9,400, the sheriff from $10,700 to $11,000 and the county attorney from $6,700 to $7,200, among other raises. The commissioners were to receive salary increases the following year, going from $2,820 to $3,300 effective Jan. 1, 1969. Commissioners' average per diem amounts were $515.

The architect's drawing for the second Worthington State Junior College building at the site on the northwest side of Lake Okabena was approved, President W. Donald Olson announced. The activities building, estimated to cost $350,000, would have a 109- by 73-foot gymnasium, with 670 bleacher seats, as its feature. The existing classroom-office building on the junior college site was completed in the fall of 1966.

Faye Gulden was named the 1968 Homemaker of Tomorrow for Round Lake High School. A senior at the school, she was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Gulden of Round Lake.

Donald E. Rickers was elected president of the Worthington Chamber of Commerce for 1968.

75 years ago

Seventy-one different types of offenses were commiyted by criminals in Nobles County during the 12-year tenure of Arnold W. Brecht, retiring Nobles County Attorney, who was not a candidate for re-election in 1942. Brecht compiled a summary from his annual reports to the state attorney general, as required by law. Violations of the motor vehicle law accounted for more than one-quarter of the 2,262 convictions Brecht obtained as a prosecutor, while the number of cases of drunkenness ran second in the compilation.

The Indian Lake Baptist Church conducted its annual business meeting and announced its new officers, including Peter Trvaille, vice chairman; Linden Moberg, church clerk; C. G. Larson, treasurer; David Larson, financial secretary; Mrs. P.H. Nystrom, pianist; Dorothy Travaille, assistant pianist; Magnus Swedberg, deacon; Milton Larson, trustee; Emory Norberg, Sunday school superintendent and Mary Nystrom and Alvin Anderson, church auditors.

Almost two tons of tin cans were collected in the city-wide drive conducted this week by the Worthington street department, Harry Bloom, street commissioner, estimated. The tin cans were collected as part of the nationwide campaign to salvage them for the war effort.

Henry Hennekes, 72, former mayor of Adrian and a resident of Nobles County since 1895, died at his Adrian home after an illness of several weeks. Hennekes was born March 5, 1870, at Petersburg, Ill. He moved with his wife, the former Mary A. Domeyer, to Grand Prairie township in October 1895. Hennekes served as a member of the village council and as mayor.