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Looking Back: 2009 - 'Obvious' space needs at library warrant study

One year ago

More than 100 people met at the Wilmont Community Center for a presentation about the Nobles 2 Wind project. The Omaha-based Tenaska planned to build between 65 and 82 wind turbines throughout a 42,000-acre section of northern Nobles County. The turbines would generate up to 260 megawatts of renewable energy.

Monogram Meat Snacks of Chandler announced plans to add an additional 30 jobs in 2018, which would boost its employee count to about 455 people.

Morgan Junker, a sixth-grader, took first place in the Worthington Middle School 5th/6th Grade Spelling Bee.

Maria Parga, owner of Mini-Market Lupita on Worthington's Oxford Street, added new energy-efficient freezers and refrigeration cases to her business with the help of a $38,381 Good Food Access Program grant from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture.

The Nobles County commissioners approved $150,000 in tax abatement for New Fashion Pork, LLP, which planned to construct a new, $110 million feed mill in Round Lake. The Jackson-based company was also requesting abatement from the city of Round Lake.

Five years ago

The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presented a check for $169,792 to the Sanford Worthington Medical Center for the purchase of a new ambulance. The new vehicle would replace one of the four in the hospital's existing fleet.

Alyssa Boynton, a Murray County Central seventh-grader, was the champion at the Multi-Region State Spelling Bee at Fergus Falls. Boynton's first-place finish qualified her for the national spelling bee in Washington, D.C.

Worthington's own Celebration Chorus performed at the Celebration of Young Musicians Festival, which took place at Prairie Elementary, Worthington.

Jessica Velasquez-Herrara was named the 2014-15 Worthington High School exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany.

A program to encourage the development of new local housing was on its way after a unanimous vote by the Nobles County commissioners, who offered a five-year tax abatement on all new single-family and multi-unit housing projects in the county.

More than 200 Worthington High School student musicians performed in the annual Region 2AA Large Group Contest Concert at the high school. The school's concert band, choirs and orchestra were all featured in the event.

10 years ago

Sanford Clinic Worthington marked its 10th anniversary. The clinic officially opened its doors on March 3, 1999, and currently had nine providers and a total clinic staff of 42.

Noemi Mena and her husband Juan Carlos Morales opened Mena's Gifts & More on Worthington's Fifth Avenue.

The Nobles County Library was seeking public input on ways to improve its services and facility. In both 2007 and 2008, more than 85,000 individual visits to the library were documented at the 12th Street location. One Nobles County commissioner observed, "The space needs at our library have become so obvious" that the engagement of an experienced library consultant were warranted. George Lawson was hired to conduct a study of the facility.

Roughly 50 business owners attended a meeting about the local option sales tax in Worthington.

The Girl Scouts, including local Troop 30076 led by Tammy McCarthy, celebrated the organization's 97th birthday in the U.S.

25 years ago

Governor Arne Carlson conducted a news conference at the Worthington Airport on Tuesday morning.

When two toddlers played with matches, the result was devastating, as the family's apartment and possessions were destroyed. The incident occurred at the Nobles Square Apartments. Worthington Assistant Fire Chief Bruce Duba commented, "We want to stress how dangerous it is for children to play with matches. We were lucky nobody got hurt."

A gradual meltdown and slowly rising temperatures were helping to reduce the risk of extreme flooding in Worthington and the surrounding area.

Jackson City Council member Larry Lubinus resigned from his public role, as he had accepted a new job with Pioneer Inc. in Iowa and would be moving soon.

The Gobbler Restaurant By-the-Mall, Worthington, advertised two Sunday dinners, each for $4.95. Choices were either a baked stuffed pork chop or barbequed ribs along with mashed potatoes, gravy, salad bar, rolls with butter and either ice cream or sherbet for dessert.

50 years ago

The Worthington YMCA celebrated its 25th anniversary with a public open house that included lobby displays, guided tours and demonstrations by involved young people.

As of the end of February, the total winter snowfall amount in Worthington was 57.8 inches. February brought a total of 21.9 inches, compared with 1.4 inches the previous year and the historic average of 10.4 inches.

Worthington's debate and speech students' overall team performance earned them the Sweepstakes Award in the National Forensic League Tournament at Mankato. Trojan debaters Lee Cotugno and John Harens earned the right to attend the NFL National Debate Tournament in June at George Washington University, Washington, D.C. Coach James Arnott said the award made 1968-69 the most successful year in debate in Worthington school history.

75 years ago

Tech. Sgt. Elmer C. Brunk, was spending a short leave with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. August Brunk, in Rushmore. Brunk had 50 bombing missions to his credit in the African theater. He had earned the air medal with nine oak leaf clusters. With 21 months in the service, Brunk was one of nine out of an original crew of 10 who completed the required 50 missions, entitling him to a trip home. The 10th crew member suffered a compound fracture of his left knee in a crash landing on the Mediterranean the previous August. The 50 missions Brunk flew were completed in less than seven months. Brunk had not suffered an injury of any kind to date.

Jerry Barber, the 4-year-old son of Mrs. Austin Barber, 1200 Third Ave., Worthington, was hospitalized Thursday after tumbling from a second-story window, breaking both bones of his right forearm at the wrist. His only other injury seemed to be a slight facial abrasion.

Dr. A. R. Schmid, veteran treasurer of the Minnesota Dental Association, was re-elected to the post he had held for the past 10 years at the group's 61st annual convention.

The Worthington school faculty presented the faculty play "A Husband for Sale" at Memorial Auditorium. Robert Schultz, Margaret Cobb, Arnold Sanderson and Erling Melby were all involved.

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