One year ago

Minnesota West Community and Technical College presented its fall musical, the family-friendly "A Year with Frog and Toad," featuring Sam Martin and Than Than Kyaw. The production was directed by Eric Parrish.

A U.S. veteran, Minnesota politician and motivational speaker appeared in Worthington to share how his life changed following a near-death experience during his mission in Iraq. John Kriesel, a Minnesota National Guard veteran and former member of the Minnesota House of Representatives, spoke at the Wellness Center of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

Four Worthington-area families opened their homes for the annual Hospice Cottage Christmas walk. Hosts were Kathy and Ron Tangen, Tiffany and Dusty Neugebauer, Alesha and Rob Carstensen, and Terri and Randy Janssen.

The Worthington High School Concert Choir under the direction of Kerry Johnson performed at the Minnesota chapter of the American Choral Directors Association 2018 conference at Mahtomedi. The local choir appeared after being nominated for the honor by Seana Graber of Luverne High School.

Five years ago

Veterans Day programs took place at schools and service organizations throughout the region. At Worthington Middle School's ceremony, the eighth grade Festival Singers sung "Letters from War" as part of the program.

Kevin Flynn was appointed captain of the Worthington Police Department. Flynn was an 18-year veteran of the local force.

The eighth consecutive fifth- through 12th-grade District 518 band concert ended the marching band season complete with a waffle feed prior to the show.

An open house at The Achievement Center, Worthington, took place to mark the 50th anniversary of the organization's parent company, Hope Haven, whose primary mission was to find employment opportunities and provide vocational training for disabled adults.

The 12th annual Hospice Cottage Christmas House Walk featured the homes of Worthington residents Paul and Tammy Fishel, Kenneth and Ellen Hoefker, Roger and Sharon Johnson, and Sam Becker.

Amy Hassebroek marked her 40th year as an R.N. at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Hassebroek was an OB nurse who primarily worked the night shift during her lengthy tenure.

10 years ago

Mubarik Musa, a Worthington High School sophomore, won the Class A individual boys' cross country championship title with a time of 16:1.8 at the St. Olaf College course. Musa was the first WHS runner to win a state cross country championship title in 64 years.

Buffalo Billfold, owned by Bill and Lauri Keitel, Worthington, was given an Award of Excellence at the ArtSplash juried art festival in Sioux City, Iowa, recently. The Keitels and their business were also featured in the August edition of Midwest Living magazine.

Murray County Central High School presented the musical "Beauty and the Beast," with Dan Beech portraying the Beast and Rachel Carlson depicting Belle.

Worthington High School's fall play, directed by Gillian Giebner, was "Robin Hood." Eric Van der Linden was seen in the title role.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "A Christmas Carol" starring Jim Carrey, "Couples Retreat," "This is It," "Saw VI" and "Night at the Museum 2."

25 years ago

The Pipestone-Jasper High School marching band performed as halftime show entertainment at a Green Bay Packers game in Green Bay, Wis., on Nov. 13. Bob Carlson directed the group.

The Stag Clothiers on Worthington's 10th Street recently introduced women's clothing into its line of merchandise. Previously, The Stag offered strictly menswear.

Schwan's of Marshall began making ice cream again after its Marshall plant shut down on Oct. 7 due to a nationwide outbreak of food poisoning linked to ice cream. State and federal officials speculated the company's pasteurized ice cream mix became contaminated in trucks that also carried raw, unpasteurized eggs.

The Minnesota Retail Merchants Association named Richard "Dick" Rickbeil the recipient of the 1994 Distinguished Service Award. Rickbeil, the CEO of Rickbeil's in Worthington, was the third-generation member of the company's founding family.

50 years ago

An 82-year-old Wilder man died as the result of a traffic accident two miles north of Wilder. He was driving a farm truck loaded with shelled corn when the vehicle overturned as it maneuvered from a township road onto County Road 18. The retired farmer had been helping with the corn harvest on a nearby farm.

Three Central Elementary School students qualified for the Presidential Physical Fitness Award after passing the fall test administered by physical education instructor Don Kuiper. The qualifying students were LeAnn Bauermeister, 12; Dawn Buntjer, 11; and Mike Brower, 10. To qualify, students had to score in the top 15% of their age and weight division nationally in each of the following physical tests: sit-ups, pull-ups, standing broad jump, shuttle run, 600-yard run, 50-yard dash and softball throw.

The Adrian Drama Club's play "The Physicist" was presented in the East Elementary building at Adrian this weekend. Players included Marg Shreck, Loren Hassebroek, Gene Scheidt, Lyle Boots and Lu Anne Knips.

A 22-year-old Brewster teacher suffered critical head injuries while en route home to Reading. The car she was driving collided with a truck and pole trailer owned by Interstate Power Company and driven by a 48-year-old Slayton man. The crash occurred on County Road 14 three miles west of Reading.

75 years ago

Otto Knuth, resident of Brewster since 1895, died there Saturday. Services for him were held at Trinity Lutheran Church, Brewster. Knuth's second wife and seven children by two marriages survived him.

Harry Greier was named president of the Worthington Kiwanis Club for the coming year at the annual election. Other officers were Stanley Nelson, vice president; M.C. Leonard, treasurer; and Milford Davis and Ted Johnson, directors.

Dundee's First Lutheran Church congregants burned the mortgage to their facility at special Sunday evening services. The $12,000 building was dedicated about two years earlier. Current pastor was the Rev. A. M. Youngquist.

Facilities of the local Y-Youth Center were used by 4,154 boys and girls and 257 adults during the month of October, reported director Dale Hvistendahl. The open recreation periods at noon, after school and evenings accounted for 2,804 or more than half of the total attendance.