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Looking Back: 1993 -- Ryen, Wendland open The Stag

One year ago

Nearly 300 young orchestra students entertained at the ISD 518 all-school orchestra concert Monday evening at the Worthington High School gymnasium.

Maria Del Rosario Barrera was the new owner of Ax Portrait Studios on Worthington's Oxford Street.

Gwen Post, R.N., was named the new director of nursing and clinical services at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

A concrete roller hockey court was under construction at Worthington's Centennial Park, suitable for street hockey or roller blade hockey recreation.

Wind speeds of 50 to 80 miles per hour afflicted southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa early Tuesday morning, leaving area residents picking up the pieces from heavily damaged farm buildings and tree debris.

Karl's TV, Audio and Appliance of Worthington was undergoing a major remodeling project at its store. A grand reopening was scheduled for June 7.

Nobles County Community Services Director Stacie Golombiecki, along with Family and Social Services Supervisor Krysta Anderson, highlighted the need for additional foster parents in the county.

Five years ago

It was spring concert season in Worthington, and the 240 fourth- through 12th-grade orchestra students in ISD 518 presented a concert on Monday evening at Worthington High School's gymnasium. The following night, the district's 350 fifth- through 12th-grade band students were in concert there.

Finishing touches were being put on the new Worthington Event Center early in the week, in preparation for the center's Grand Opening Gala set for Saturday evening.

Sarah Hayenga joined the ownership team of Worthington's Real Estate Retrievers office. She had been a realtor with the company for more than five years.

With 14 retirements and board approval for 10 new positions, ISD 518 administrators were busy with the hiring process for the 2013-14 academic year.

Maria Schneider, a Windom native and two-time Grammy winner, was recognized once again for her work by the Jazz Journalists Association with the group's 2013 Composer-Arranger of the Year award. Schneider's latest CD was titled "Winter Morning Walk." Schneider had lived in New York for the past 30 years.

Although the city of Worthington was using less water than it had a year earlier, its well levels were still 4.5 feet lower than they had been the previous year at the same time. Hence, the city was maintaining its non-essential watering ban.

10 years ago

Despite rainy conditions, the March of Dimes' March for Babies event took place in Worthington, with dozens of participants walking around Lake Okabena. Local participants raised over $12,000, as the national March of Dimes organization celebrated its 70th anniversary.

In what was hailed as good news for Minnesota Soybean Processors of Brewster, Gov. Tim Pawlenty signed legislation to increase the state's biodiesel requirement from 2 percent to 20 percent by 2015.

Murray County Central's West Elementary School was named one of eight Minnesota School(s) of Excellence in 2008 by the Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association.

Worthington City Administrator Joe Parker resigned, and the hunt for a new city administrator was on. Parker had been on the job since Nov. 6, 2006. Gary Hoffmann, a retired president of Worthington's Wells Fargo Bank, was recommended to serve as interim city administrator.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Speed Racer," "What Happens in Vegas," "Iron Man," "Prom Night" and "Made of Honor."

25 years ago

Officials in Luverne and Rock Rapids continued assessing the damage caused by weekend flooding of the Rock River. In Luverne, most of the damage was in the vicinity of the City Park, including the ball diamond and tennis court areas. Later in the week, it was determined more than $2.5 million worth of damage was incurred in Luverne due to flooding. Meanwhile, Jackson residents were battling the flooding Des Moines River, which had peaked at 15 feet, 10 inches. A dike system and sandbagging were keeping the water reasonably under control, however.

Dale Ryen and Stan Wendland opened The Stag, Worthington, under their ownership. Orville Hokeness was the store's former owner. The Stag carried a collection of clothing and featured brands such as Levi's, Arrow, London Fog, Woolrich and Haggar.

Adrian School District 511 received a $262,000 interest-free loan to remove asbestos from Adrian High School.

The Rev. Bart Mueller, an area pastor, was preparing to leave June 13 for a mission trip to the former Soviet Union (Russia, Latvia and Lithuania) under the auspices of the Lutheran Laymen's League. Mueller was leading a group of 12.

50 years ago

Mrs. Wilbur Geary of Pipestone, the state president of the Women's Christian Temperance Union, was the featured speaker at the District Two South Convention of the WCTU, held at the Worthington Church of Christ. "Co-operators with God" was the theme of the meeting.

Mrs. Ben Schroer of Reading was named the 1968 Nobles County Mother of the Year. At age 59, Schroer was a mother of eight and grandmother of 25, and had additionally taken on the care of three nieces and a nephew who were left motherless by a tragic car crash eight years earlier. Schroer said she loved to embroider, and she had taught religion to Catholic children in the area for many years. She and her husband, Ben, would celebrate their 41st anniversary in August.

Worthington's Calvin-Knuth Post of the American Legion celebrated its 50th anniversary with a banquet, including charter members as special guests. Twenty-four of the 37 active 50-year members were present for the occasion, and a number of awards were given.

An Eagle Scout Court of Honor for Michael C. Bomgaars, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Bomgaars of Nobles Street, was hosted at First Lutheran Church, Worthington. Scoutmaster Ben Hanson made the presentation. Bomgaars had earned 27 merit badges in the course of his Boy Scout career.

75 years ago

Winter made a brief return to Minnesota on May 12, leaving about an inch of snow in Worthington and elsewhere in southern Minnesota. Cold temperatures returned on the heels of the snow, with frost and freezing temperatures--and an overnight low of 31 degrees.

A.L. Davis, longtime businessman and former Adrian mayor, died in the Adrian hospital Tuesday evening from the effects of a stroke suffered several months earlier. Davis recovered from that seizure, but his general health graduatlly declined. Davis was born Oct. 23, 1867, in a Galena, Ill., house that was the home of U.S. President Grant when the general lived in Galena before the Civil War. By a peculiar coincidence, Davis' father was a sutler in General Grant's forces during the war. Davis' family later moved to a farm near Grundy Center, Iowa, and he himself came to Adrian in 1904 to open a harness shop.

Names of the 10 highest ranking students in the 1943 Worthington High School senior class were announced by Principal Arnold Sanderson. Top honors went to Muriel Horak, who had maintained an average of 95.86 in her four years of high school work. The runner-up was Wendell Frerichs, with an average of 94.16. Students ranking third through 10th were, respectively, Audrey Anderson, Gloria Kinsman, Connie Herbert, Dorothy Singer, Mary Irene Peters, Maxine Conley, Doris Sprink and Mildred Morfitt.

Members of Faith Palmer's Brownies became regular Girl Scouts in a "flying up" ceremony Saturday afternoon. Sally Ann Hagge was announcer for the program. The girls were to be known as Troop No. 2 and would be sponsored by the Round Table club.