One year ago

Dean Myron Kolpin was the first baby born in 2019 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. The son of Alaina and Quinn Kolpin, Dean arrived at 9:16 a.m. Jan. 2 weighing nine pounds, six ounces.

Brad Shaffer was elected chairman of the District 518 school board in the board's first meeting of the new year. Shaffer had served as board treasurer for the past four years. Lori Dudley was elected vice-chairman, Steve Schnieder was elected clerk and Linden Olson was elected treasurer.

Three new board members joined the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation board at the start of 2019: Jenny Andersen-Martinez, Laura Hoffman and Brian Larson.

Stephanie Neppl was the new executive director of the Osceola County Economic Development Commission office in Sibley, Iowa.

The Nobles County Art Center, Worthington, hosted an opening reception featuring the works of local artists including Paul Swanson, Randy Sands, Bob Stoesz and Deb McConnell.

Five years ago

Project Morning Star, a residential recovery program in Worthington, created a line of locally made natural body care products. The products — soap, sugar scrub, lip balm and hand salve — were being sold exclusively at The Daily Apple.

Ian Jafet Quijano Gomez was the first baby born in 2015 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Ian was the son of Gloria and Juan Quijano and arrived at 6:43 a.m. Jan. 1 weighing seven pounds, nine ounces.

A grand opening celebration took place for Lupita's Mexican Restaurant, 1906 Oxford St., Worthington, owned by Maria Parga.

The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band returned to town on Jan. 2 after appearing as one of 26 bands from 14 states at the Outback Bowl National Music Festival in Tampa, Fla.

Showing this week at Worthington's Cinema 5 were "The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death," "Unbroken," "Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb," "Annie" and "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies."

10 years ago

Blake John Joseph Nyberg was the first baby born at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington in 2010. Blake arrived at 4:01 a.m. Jan. 1. The son of Steven Nyberg and Rose Matias, he weighed six pounds, 10 ounces.

The Missoula Children's Theatre produced "King Arthur's Quest" at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. More than three dozen local youth were involved with the theatrical production.

The Worthington City Council members committed to a public use for the former Worthington Area YMCA building in downtown Worthington.

Blizzard conditions and sub-zero temperatures this week in Worthington and the surrounding region resulted in (two days of) school closures, road closures, hazardous driving conditions and some incomplete postal delivery routes.

25 years ago

After 27 years as administrator at Arnold Memorial Hospital, Adrian, Charlotte Heitkamp was poised to become the CEO at Jackson Medical Center at the start of February.

Cal Wurpts was sworn in as the new mayor of Slayton. Joining him in taking the oath of office were two new Slayton city council members, Chuck Bruning and Dave Baack.

Freezing rain and drizzle resulted in a number of traffic accidents in the tri-state area Thursday afternoon and evening and early Friday. Among the most serious was a rollover accident on West Lake Avenue, Worthington. The driver was hospitalized locally in serious condition, although his passenger was treated and released.

Blimpie's Subs, a national franchise, was to open soon in Sibley, Iowa. Its owner was Randy Heaton, who also operated The Cobblestone restaurant at Sibley.

The Worthington VFW hosted an all-you-can-eat Spam feast.

50 years ago

The newest member of the faculty at Worthington State Junior College was Dr. Eugene H. Fichter, 42, a psychology instructor who formerly taught at Jersey City State College. Fichter cited the quality of life in Worthington as his impetus for accepting the job here.

Jim Wychor of Worthington was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed district. C.C. Campbell was elected vice chairman, while Charles Knuth was elected treasurer and Burr Lambert, secretary.

The Augustana College Concert Band performed a concert at Memorial Auditorium, Worthington. Admission for the concert was $1 for adults and 50 cents for students.

Minnesota gubernatorial candidate Wendell Anderson was in Worthington Tuesday. He met with local officials at a lunch meeting.

Erwin A. (Red) Heintz, a former Worthington businessman and councilman, died unexpectedly following a massive coronary at his home in Decatur, Ark. Heintz had been in the bulk oil business here for over 30 years before retiring and relocating to Arkansas. He was a former city councilman and member of the Water & Light commission.

75 years ago

A.N. Graff, head of the Graff motor supply establishment in Worthington for the past five years, and a former mayor of Sioux Falls, S.D., was presented with the distinguished service medal of the Cosmopolitan club there.

Chaplain John F. Mulholland, former pastor of the Presbyterian church of Round Lake, was promoted from the rank of first lieutenant to that of captain. Mulholland left Round Lake last February to enter chaplains school and was assigned upon completion to the 735th railway operating battalion in New Orleans, La. He went overseas with the battalion, which operated 170 miles of French railways.

Two area men were reported missing in action. Gerald Riemersma, son of Mr. and Mrs. Bert Riemersma, was missing in action in Luxembourg since Dec. 20, while Pvt. Robert Paine, son of the former Worthington residents Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Paine, was reported missing in action in Belgium also on Dec. 20.