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1968: Grand opening hosted at ‘new’ WCC

One year ago

Trish and Tom Bullerman were selected as the 2017 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. The Bullermans raised a registered black Angus cattle herd to market quality breeding stock.

GreatLIFE Malaska Golf & Fitness Club, Worthington, was revitalizing its outdoor swimming pool and expected to have it — along with a concession stand and bar, plus a bathroom with showers — ready for full use by next summer.

The Worthington City Council discussed a proposed new gas station project that a group of local investors aimed to build on a 33-acre plot along Nobles County 57 and Minnesota 60, with a goal of being open by June 2018.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Image Committee's "Flower Power - Yard of the Week" awardees were Khanh and Coleen Bui of McMillan Street.

Five years ago

Worthington's International Festival celebrated its 20th anniversary with a full weekend schedule of entertainment, food and cultural activities.

Amanda Walljasper-Tate marked the fifth anniversary of her ownership of Worthington's Schafer's Health Food Store. She had purchased the business in 2008 from Irma Schafer, who had run the shop for many years with her late husband Karl.

Comfort Suite by Choice Hotels recently opened on Worthington's Prairie Drive. Tyler Knutson was the general manager of the facility, which housed 75 rooms in a mix of king and queen bed suites.

The Worthington Police Department received $16,000 after confiscating $80,000 during a drug investigation led by the Federal Law Enforcement Agency last year.

The ISD 518 board gave Superintendent John Landgaard the go-ahead to accept a bid for a new bus garage on Stower Drive, Worthington.

The Nobles County Planning Commission granted initial approval for a conditional use permit to Randy Wiertsema, rural Rushmore, for a manure stockpile in the northwest quarter of Section 25, Little Rock Township, until it would be applied to crop ground in the fall. Earlier in the season, Wiertsema's stockpile of cattle manure spilled its boundaries and ran off into a nearby gravel pit pond.

10 years ago

Torben Schafer, the 2005-06 exchange student from Worthington's sister city of Crailsheim, Germany, was in southwest Minnesota visiting friends for a few weeks.

KIMZ 104.3 FM, nicknamed La Gran D, was Worthington's newest radio station and was a hit with area residents.

A group of 55 cyclists from The Across America North Tour stopped in Worthington in the midst of their 3,650-mile national tour.

Tanner Hummel, a high school sophomore, was unanimously appointed junior alderman by the Jackson City Council at its meeting this week.

Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington announced plans to update its surgical services area, with an estimate of $3 million for the project.

The Adrian Town and Country Association hosted its third annual Christmas in July celebration this weekend.

Fort Belmont of Jackson marked its 50th anniversary as an area tourist attraction. The fort was originally built in the 1860s for protection and had housed 60 to 70 settlers for more than two years.

Sandra Dowie and her daughter, Marcella, recently opened Prairie Moon Gallery in Luverne.

25 years ago

The Nobles County commissioners began reviewing the job description and possible salary for a coordinator position. The commissioners had decided earlier in the summer to combine the county auditor and treasurer positions. The executive secretary position resulting was to be known as "county coordinator" and would be a hired, rather than elected, position.

Recent heavy rains were preventing boaters from using certain popular boat landings on Lake Okabena. Flooding water washed out the boat launch at Sunset Park, among other problematic spots, and weather forecasts foretold continued rain in the coming week.

A new Casey's General Store, under construction on Worthington's Oxford Street across from Northland Mall, was expected to open in September.

A 3-year-old Round Lake boy recently had his club feet surgically repaired at the Twin Cities Shriner Hospital. Members of the SW Shrine Club of Pipestone helped complete the necessary paperwork for the boy's chance to be treated at the charitable facility.

50 years ago

Mary Carol Taylor was crowned queen at the ninth annual Adrian Harvest Festival. Attendants were Sandra Palaschak and Jeanne Klein.

Employment in Worthington reached an all-time high in June with 4,994 people employed, according to figures released by the Worthington office of the Minnesota State Employment Service. That was 163 better than the previous high reached in August 1967. Increased production at food processing plants accounted for the greatest gain during the month.

A group of 20 youths from Minneapolis' near North Side had spent a week on farms in Bigelow and Indian Lake townships. Most of the youths, born and reared in the city, had never before visited a farm.

A gala program was planned for the grand opening Saturday evening of the "new" Worthington Country Club, which had been expanded and completely remodeled. Included in the evening were a semi-formal dinner dance, with music by Tiny Little's orchestra, and a social hour and dinner. The menu featured a choice of cornish game hen stuffed with wild rice or baked filet mignon with sauce.

A 64-year-old Mankato woman was killed at 11:05 a.m. Monday in a one-car accident on I-90 two miles west of Adrian.

Harold E. Davidson, former Worthington mayor and businessman, died Monday at Milwaukee, Wis., at the age of 63. His remains were to be returned to Worthington for services and burial. As owner of a local variety store, Davidson served two terms as mayor, first from 1951-53 and again from 1953-55. He had also served one term as first ward alderman, from 1947-49.

75 years ago

The Brewster Tribune celebrated its 45th birthday and was the oldest business institution in the village to operate under the same firm name. It was established as the Brewster Beacon in July 1898 by Allen Flint of Sibley, Iowa. A short time later it was sold to E.L. Kelley, who changed the name to the Brewster Tribune.

Marjorie Elinor Heig became the bride of Kenneth E. Griffith, and Berdina Baumgard was married to Harold J. Hogan in a double wedding ceremony at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Wildwood, N.J., this week. The men were in the Navy.

The "Chat and Nibble Coffee Shop" on Second Avenue, Worthington, which was operated by L.W. Clark, changed hands and re-opened on Monday this week under the ownership of Lewis E. Clark.

A July clearance sale at Worthington's Montgomery Ward store included "good summer ties" for 31 cents each, boys' socks ("slightly soiled") for 15 cents a pair, ladies' spring coats for $8.30 apiece, a dinette set for $49.88, a table tennis set for 98 cents and ladies' summer hats for $1 each.