Looking Back: 1943 -- Worthington earns selection as 'pattern town'

One year ago

Many farmers across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa were distressed when a series of winds, rain, hail and tornadoes moved across the region Friday evening. In some locations, including around Wilmont, hail the size of golf balls fell. Crop adjusters were uncertain as to what effect the storm would have on crop yields.

Enrollment at Minnesota West Community and Technical College was projected to be up three percent over the fall 2016 semester.

The 2017-18 ISD 518 school year began early for the district's 43 new staff members. District 518 Director of Teaching and Learning Katie Clarke said it was the largest group of new staff members to enter the district in at least the last six years.

As part of the 2017-18 season lineup at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, the Grammy-winning group OK Go was to appear locally on Sept. 22, among other attractions.

Nobles County saw a 17 percent increase in foreign-born individuals as a percentage of its population from 1980 to 2015, the highest change in that measure within the state. Data came from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Five years ago

Worthington Middle School seventh- and eighth-graders received iPads at the start of the school year for educational purposes.

A Luverne home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, leaving a family of five homeless. Windy conditions made it difficult for firefighters answering the call to battle the blaze. The family was not at home at the time the fire broke out.

The Worthington City Council recommended a 1.3 percent increase in the levy for 2014. The proposed increase would cover the rise in debt service for the year. That percent increase was $41,828 over the previous year, with a total levy of $936,948.

Vijay Sethi, who served as interim Nobles County administrator from June 2012 through March 2013, died unexpectedly on Tuesday from complications of a chronic lung disease. He was 68 years old and had fully retired to his Moorhead home at the conclusion of his interim service in Worthington.

Winning bidders for a 156.8-acre parcel of tillable land in the northeast quarter of Section 4, Worthington Township, paid $13,000 per acre--a new record, topping the previous record-high land rate in Nobles County of $12,050 per acre.

10 years ago

Gerald Volk was the new Family Life Minister at Worthington Christian Church.

District 518 schools had only one nurse to serve all the district's students. That problem was indicative of what the School Nurse Organization of Minnesota recently discovered in a survey, with 81 percent of respondents saying a nurse shortage existed in the state's schools, and 82 percent saying that was due to insufficient funding.

Heron Lake BioEnergy hosted an open house at its $119 million facility, the first in Minnesota to be fueled primarily by coal and have the capacity to produce 50 million gallons of ethanol annually.

The Worthington Area Language Academy (WALA) was beginning its fourth year of operation with a new director (Tonja Stier) and 10 new faculty and staff members. As the school year was about to start, 87 students were enrolled.

David Sorensen, son of Drs. Grant and Maureen Sorensen, Worthington, received his Eagle Scout merit badge in a traditional Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony at Chautauqua Park. Dr. Harris, Troop 121 Scoutmaster, presented the award.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "The Longshots," "The Rookie," "Star Wars: The Clone Wars," "Mirrors" and "Tropic Thunder."

25 years ago
  1. Glen Thompson, rural Rushmore, and Mabel Luing, Worthington, were named Nobles County's Outstanding Senior Citizens for 1993.

A police officer who was offered a job in Slayton declined it after the situation turned controversial. Jeff Lewis, Richfield, declined the position of police officer in Slayton. He had been hired Aug. 2 to fill a vacancy, but two city council members voted against his hiring because he was the police chief's son and had less experience than another candidate under consideration. Additionally, numerous citizens spoke out against the hiring for the same reasons.

Worthington was expecting a limited tax levy increase of one percent for 1994. The city council anticipated a five percent increase for the following year.

Steven Hawkinson, son of Dan and Sheila Hawkinson, rural Fulda, planned to complete requirements for his Eagle Scout merit badge with a rehabilitation project at 7 Mile Lake Park on the south edge of Fulda, in which he would replace deteriorated parking logs and fence posts.

The Jackson Good Samaritan Center broke ground on a $150,000 dining room expansion project that was expected to be completed by early 1994.

The Murray County Food Shelf in Slayton was finding its shelves empty of products due to recent high demand for its services.

50 years ago

Enrollment at Worthington State Junior College for the coming year was 645.

Showing this week at Worthington's State Theater was "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner" starring Sidney Poitier, Spencer Tracy and Katharine Hepburn. At the Gay Drive-In, the hot ticket was for "The Graduate" starring Dustin Hoffman.

Mrs. Grace K. Holecek, 74, Jackson, was named Minnesota's Outstanding Senior Citizen for 1968. Holecek was recognized at the Minnesota State Fair.

New York Gov. Nelson Rockefeller accepted an invitation to speak at Worthington's annual Turkey Day celebration on Sept. 14.

Thieves were busy in three southwest Minnesota counties overnight, with at least six businesses in Lismore, four in Kenneth and the Slayton Golf Club all being targeted.

Fire caused extensive damage to the Marvin Brott home of Brewster Thursday evening.

75 years ago

Worthington was selected as the "pattern town" of its class for the post-war planning work of the Committee for Economic Development in this district. The Northwest Research committee notified Robert Wolff, chairman of the local Civic & Commerce Association's committee on economic development, of the selection in a letter.

Among Silverberg's advertised daily values was a pound of Folger's coffee for 30 cents, a regular tin of Swift's Premium luncheon meat for 35 cents, a dozen Mason quart jars for 69 cents, a crate of Colorado Elberta peaches for $2.49 and 20 pounds of Bartlett pears for $2.69.

Lightning struck the E.L. Helphrey residence at 408 Nobles St. during the electrical storm that hit Worthington early Wednesday morning. A hole about four feet in diameter was blasted through the roof, strewing shingles throughout the yard. Light bulbs on the second-floor circuit exploded out of their sockets and the rooms were strewn with powered glass. The ridge roll on the house was bent into waves. The first-floor electrical circuit was apparently not damaged.

A meeting took place at the Cherry Point rabbitry for the purpose of organizing a rabbit club in southwestern Minnesota.