One year ago

Worthington and the surrounding area woke up to snow — nearly seven inches in some locations — on Oct. 14, but two days later temperatures neared the 60-degree mark.

A candidates forum for the positions of Nobles County auditor/treasurer and recorder took place at Worthington High School Tuesday night.

Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center hosted "Corn off the Cob Goes Broadway," with local performers presenting song, dance and comedy.

Although Ruby Begonia won the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in its hometown of Cuero, Texas, Worthington's racing turkey Paycheck had a lower cumulative time for the two 2018 races and brought home the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph. It was Paycheck's fourth consecutive win in the annual challenge.

Five years ago

Ruby Begonia, the racing turkey from Cuero, Texas, won the second heat of the Great Gobbler Gallop at Cuero's Turkey Fest with an overall time of 3:30.18 to Paycheck's slower cumulative time of 4:19.17. With that win, Ruby Begonia clinched her sixth consecutive grab of the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph.

CLIMB Theatre of Inver Grove Heights performed original plays "Jays Away" and "The Actors' Union Club" in four performances for Prairie Elementary students in Worthington. The plays addressed the topic of bullying: how to handle it and support others.

Sanford Health announced it purchased the former Avera Clinic building on Worthington's 10th Street. Sanford planned to demolish it to make way for potential future expansion.

Windom's BARC center hosted the Haunted Sghoul House leading up to Halloween.

Pastors Scott Barber and Kristine Stewart were co-leaders of an effort to host a Feed My Starving Children food pack event in Worthington in late March.

10 years ago

Officials gathered for a grand re-opening of the Windom Municipal Airport Saturday morning. It was one of the final events to cap off a month-long salute to aviation at the Cottonwood County Historical Society.

After the second of two ultra-close races in the 2009 Great Gobbler Gallop, Worthington's racing turkey Paycheck was on the wrong side of a five-second penalty for touching and lost the second leg of the two-part race. The Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph went to Cuero's Ruby Begonia.

Two people died Monday morning after a head-on collision between two vehicles traveling east of Wilmont on Nobles County 25.

The Worthington City Council approved the installation of six bag dispensers near Lake Okabena. The Lake Okabena Improvement Association was paying for the first 4,000 bags, in the hope their availability would reduce the amount of animal waste entering the local water stream.

25 years ago

Former U.S. Senator Rudy Boschwitz was in Worthington campaign for the District 22A I-R candidate Mike Driscoll.

Delmer Dahnke played for the Saturday night dance at the Fulda American Legion from 8 p.m. to midnight.

A Thursday night apartment house fire left 15 people homeless, and five people were transported to Worthington Regional Hospital to be treated for smoke inhalation and burns.

The Parents at West advisory group began erecting a 50-by-60-foot play structure on the west side of West Elementary. The $30,000 for the new playground set resulted from fundraising efforts by the parent group.

Recipes listed in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column this week were for Lemon Poppyseed Bread, Apple Fluff Salad and Crescent Roll Dessert.

Mae Ackerman of Currie celebrated her 100th birthday. Ackerman was the eldest of six children but the only surviving sibling from her family. She had 23 grandchildren, 47 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren and continued to live alone in her small blue and white house in Currie, benefiting from regular Meals on Wheels deliveries.

50 years ago

In its regular newsletter, Campbell Soup Co. announced a new major medical coverage for all hourly employees effective Oct. 1. Benefits were to be payable for expenses incurred in connection with non-occupational injuries or illnesses, and the plan paid 80% of the covered expenses incurred during each calendar year in excess of basic benefits. The maximum benefit for an employee or dependent was set at $10,000 per unrelated illness or injury.

E.W. (Bill) Gerstner, chairman of the Worthington United Fund, renewed his "give your fair share" appeal to local residents. Pledges currently totaled $5,093, only 12% of the fund's $40,000 goal. Gerstner said that figure was "disappointing."

A cow owned by William Doeden, rural Worthington, was struck and killed by an automobile driven by a Round Lake resident at about 7:45 p.m. Friday on County Road 5, two miles south of Worthington.

With Armour now in its sixth year of operation in Worthington, the company hosted its Harvest Festival and Armour Appreciation Week. Armour planned a week of special sales at retail meat counters, two sessions of a free cooking school at the State Theatre, free Armour's hot dogs and beverage served Wednesday evening at the courthouse, and ribbons and prizes for the winning entries judged "biggest" and "best" harvest products from farm and garden. Finally, a hog placed in a pen on the courthouse lawn was the subject of a "guess its weight" contest, with the winner receiving the animal's cut and wrapped pork ready for freezing.

75 years ago

Private Alvin M. "Doc" Rogers of Reading, a cousin of Mrs. Donald Lutner, 1111 Humiston Ave., Worthington, who had long been with the Fifth army in the fierce fighting up the Italian peninsula, was making a normal recovery from wounds at a base hospital in Italy, according to word from his brother, Clifford, of Lake Wilson. Pvt. Rogers was wounded in the left shoulder Aug. 29, when the Fifth was having a bitter battle around the lower reaches of the Arno River near Pisa. He was awarded the Purple Heart, which was sent to his sister, Mrs. Floyd Rowley, Reading.

The Rushmore Community Club announced plans for its annual pheasant hunt, scheduled for Oct. 23. Captains and their men were Allen Espeset with Floyd Greig, Ben Oltman, William Wilson, Del Shore and William Fagerness and Loren Willemssen with Louis Lietz, Peter Boots, A.C. Constable, Andy Malmquist, Si Johnson and John Mulder.

The Brewster consolidated school district took delivery this week from the Tellander-Hagge concern of a fine new school bus, one of the largest and best equipped ever seen in the community. Arrival of the big yellow coach and two truck chassis, one riding the other pickaback, gave a pre-war touch to the Fifth Avenue corner on 10th Street Thursday.