One year ago

Seventh-grader Ella Smith of Windom prompted the school district to recycle students' milk cartons. She did so by inventing a simple contraption that allowed students to first dispose of any excess milk before flattening their cartons and tossing them into a square-sized slot in a garbage can separate from other food waste. Her milk carton recycling station earned second-place distinction at the Minnesota State Fair's Youth in Action competition.

A dozen Nobles County kids dually enrolled in 4-H and the EDGE afterschool program at Worthington Middle School got to experience the Minnesota State Fair last week as part of 4-H Springboard. They were first-generation 4-H members working to become acquainted with the opportunities available to them in the organization.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for Wortihngton's new splash pad at Centennial Park. Worthington Noon Kiwanis raised more than $40,000 for the project, and a $50,000 grant from the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, plus additional contributions, meant the community put $112,272.27 toward the project. The remaining $377,682 cost would come from the city of Worthington's Community Growth Fund.

Five years ago

The King Turkey Day race team members for the local celebration's 75th anniversary year were Jason Vote, Kevin Prins, Pete Suby and Dan Huls.

Daniel and Scott Versluis located the King Turkey Day medallion beneath a bench at the former Campbell Soup Co. parking lot at 3:40 a.m. Thursday.

Susanne Murphy, King Turkey Day president, tapped Jim Wychor as the KTD parade marshal and Jerry Fiola as the KTD honorary turkey.

Roger Zarn, Worthington, won the Sweepstakes Award at the 2014 Minnesota State Fair for his cross-stitched depiction of Santa Claus.

Nineteen members of the Worthington High School Class of 1944 met for their 70th class reunion Wednesday at the Worthington Pizza Ranch. Class secretary Vivian Flynn was credited with having kept the class connected throughout the 70-year period.

10 years ago

Maria DeLeon recently opened Elizabeth's Decorations in downtown Worthington.

Joe Anderson joined the staff of Sterling Drug, Worthington, as a pharmacist. A 2009 graduate of South Dakota State University, Anderson was also a native of Worthington.

Les Vogelaar, Worthington, dug up a tremendous tuber from his vegetable garden. The potato was an unusual shape and grossly oversized, capable of serving three people comfortably. "I've never seen anything like it," Vogelaar said.

The 10th annual Fort Belmont Rendezvous took place at Jackson, with an old-fashioned black powder shoot and a tomahawk-throwing contest among the event's activities.

Major General Larry Shellito, Minnesota's Adjutant General and thus the state's top military official, was the featured speaker at the King Turkey Day presentation.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, had an 11% increase in full-time equivalent students over the previous year's count.

25 years ago

Paycheck's Treasure Chest opened Tuesday at the RSVP headquarters, 321 11th St., Worthington. The King Turkey Day shop had in previous years been set up in an empty shop on Worthington's 10th Street.

Leatha Orrison, a resident of Crossroads Care Center, Worthington, celebrated her 100th birthday this week. Orrison was born in 1894 in Ransom Township to Henry and Bertha Shore. She recalled the first telephone and the first mail service her family received. Orrison was a 1912 graduate of Worthington High School.

Frederick Manfred, 82, of rural Luverne died this week at the Luverne Community Hospital. A noted novelist who coined the term "Siouxland," Manfred published more than 30 works in his lifetime.

Pharmacists Bryan Hagen and Jason Turner joined the staff of Sterling Drugstore in Worthington. Hagen was serving as manager and pharmacist at the downtown Sterling Drug site, while Turner was a staff pharmacist at both the downtown and Northland Mall locations.

50 years ago

Three reigning beauty queens were in Worthington for the Miss Worthington Pageant Thursday evening at the senior high auditorium. Miss Iowa, Lois Ann Koth; Miss South Dakota, Nancy Jean Nickelson; and Miss Minnesota, Judy Claire Mendenhall, were all present for the event. In addition, invitations had been sent to eight area queens. "The Jaycee-sponsored pageant promises to be one of the most entertaining features of Worthington's annual Turkey Day celebration," the article observed.

Evangelist William Caldwell was leading an evangelistic crusade from Sept. 9-14 at the Assemblies of God church, 5th Avenue at 13th Street, Worthington. Services were at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and Sunday at 11 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Linda Johnson, Worthington, won a third-place trophy for her heroics in the Powder Puff stock car race at Jackson Saturday night.

A plowing bee at the Allen Rowe farm near Harris, Iowa, Saturday attracted friends and neighbors of the Rowes. Mrs. Rowe was hospitalized at Spirit Lake with injuries suffered in a fall while painting a farm building. In all, 65 acres were plowed to help the family.

Showing this week at Worthington's State Theater was "Finian's Rainbow," starring Fred Astaire and Petula Clark.

75 years ago

Serenus Halverson has been "lugging for the past week painful evidence" of an attempt a week earlier to play Good Samaritan to motorists with tire trouble about a half-mile from his home on U.S. 16. Plying a tire pump, Halverson was hit by one of the trucks of the Collins carnival caravan, en route from Jackson to Madison, S.D., and hurled 10 or 15 feet, suffering a severe abrasion of the right forearm as well as other lesser injuries.

Mrs. F.D. Sontag, 224 Church Ave., Worthington, was duly awarded the "good neighbor orchid" on the "Breakfast at Sardi's" radio program from Los Angeles. Harry Von Zell, subbing for regular announcer Tom Brennan, read the recent letter written by Red Cross chapter treasurer Mrs. Leonard Thrall. Thrall nominated Sontag for the honor. She was principally hailed for her part in the organization of the local quilters group.

R.P. Free, a veteran Worthington carpenter and builder, celebrated his 91st birthday at the residence of his son-in-law, W.E. Brown, 1124 Seventh Ave., with whom he took up abode two months ago after several years in Sioux Falls. With him was Mrs. Free, who was due to turn 90 later in the year.