One year ago

The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation offered matching grants totaling $37,000 to two local food shelves — Manna Food Pantry and the Worthington Christian Food Shelf.

Patrick Costello, a senior partner in Costello, Carlson, Butzon & Schmit LLP of Lakefield, was recently honored by Minnesota Lawyer as one of its 2018 Attorneys of the Year. Costello was singled out for Outstanding Service to the Profession for his integral role in changing Minnesota law to allow charitable organizations to own farmland.

Following the winter's record-breaking snowfall levels, and with precipitation turning to rain this week, communities across the region faced rising water levels and the threat of flooding. By Thursday, Cottonwood County had declared an official state of emergency.

A new Domino's pizza restaurant was set to open in Worthington in April at 1300 Humiston Ave.

Five years ago

The city of Worthington was in the process of developing an active living plan to help make the community more pedestrian-friendly. The first public meeting on the topic took place at the Worthington Fire Hall this week.

The amateur theater troupe known as the St. Kilian Misfits presented "Hit the Road, Jack" at the St. Kilian School with an 11-member cast. For a second consecutive year, Barbara Strassburg directed.

Worthington High School senior Oliver Wolyniec was named the 2015 Class AA male recipient of the MSHSL statewide Triple "A" award at the 27th annual awards banquet in Minneapolis. Murray County Central High School senior Heidi Bau was chosen the 2015 Class A female Triple "A" recipient, the first MCC student of either gender to receive the state-level recognition.

ISD 518 school board members approved a new three-year contract for Superintendent John Landgaard, with a base salary of $152,000 for the 2015-16 year, $155,000 for 2016-17 and $157,000 for 2017-18.

Clifford "Hooley" Huehn was awarded a 70-year continuous membership certificate from the Charles-Flentje American Legion Post 461 of Round Lake. Huehn served from Sept. 23, 1942, through Oct. 27, 1945.

10 years ago

Newport Laboratories of Worthington celebrated the launch of the company's first vaccine to be mass-produced for the swine industry. Scientists at the company began conducting research for the vaccine in 2003.

Haley Rogers, a Worthington High School sophomore, was selected the 2010-11 exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany.

Jodi Hansen, a physical science and reading teacher at Worthington High School, was named the Education Minnesota Worthington 2010 Teacher of the Year.

The Green Earth Players presented the musical "A Little Princess" at the Historic Palace Theatre, Luverne.

The Misfits theater troupe of St. Kilian presented the group's 22nd production, "Tea and Arsenic," at St. Joseph's Hall, St. Kilian. Audrey Brake coordinated the production.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "She's Out of My League," "Shutter Island," "Alice in Wonderland," "Cop Out" and "Dear John."

25 years ago

Gene Speth of rural Dundee was forced to make an emergency landing in a field south of Kinbrae when the engine in his small plane failed. Speth said it was a "very minor crash" and the plane was only upside down due to the wet conditions in the field.

Scott Sagmoe, 32, Slayton, hit the jackpot in the March 10 drawing of the Minnesota State Lottery's Gopher 5. He won $513,865 and said he planned to save the bulk of it.

Rickbeils of Worthington was holding an anniversary sale in conjunction with its 75th year of operation in the community. Two featured items included a Whirlpool electric range for $749 and a No-Frost, 18.1 cubic foot refrigerator for $649.

Boy Scout Troop 134 sponsored its annual pork chop supper at the American Legion, 1906 Oxford St., Worthington, serving Minnesota pork chops with baked potato, salad, dinner roll and beverage.

50 years ago

The Windom Police Department reported two overnight break-ins, one at the Terrace Park Dairy (where $34 in small change was taken) and one at Soapy's Drive-In on Windom's north edge.

Worthington High School presented "South Pacific," with Scot Rubsam portraying Luther Billis and Jane Meyer seen as Nellie Forbush. Admission was $1 for adults and 50 cents for students.

Merlin Teerink, son of Mr. and Mrs. Gerrit Teerink, was named "Chapter Star Farmer of the Year" at the 31st annual Parents and Sons banquet of the Worthington High School FFA chapter. Teerink was vice president of the WHS FFA chapter and headed the "Corn Drive for Camp Courage" the previous fall.

Colleen Engelkes of Adrian was the top speller in Nobles County, having spelling 65 out of 75 words correctly in a written spelling test that was the 1970 Nobles County Spelling Bee. First runner-up in the written test was Velva Schelhaas of Leota. Brenda Joens, Reading, and Juanita Colby, Brewster, tied for third.

Thieves broke into the Old Country Store south of Wilder at about 3 a.m. Tuesday. Officers were called to the scene when a car was spotted leaving the store and heading south. No report was immediately available on the amount of the loss.

75 years ago

The Rev. Lars Bache-Wiig of St. John's Episcopal Church was appointed to be chairman of a united national clothing collection locally. Worthington Mayor Alvin Graf appointed him. The immediate need was for 150 million pounds of used clothing for persons in war-devastated areas, and the citywide clothing drive would begin in early April. Arrangements would be made to pick up clothing curbside.

Marine Cpl. William D. Cooper, a brother of Lawrence Cooper, 1003 Humiston Ave., Worthington, and a nephew of Worthington resident Earl Cooper, was "in the thick of things" on Iwo Jima. Cooper was one of the seven sons of Mr. and Mrs. H.L. Cooper of Sandstone who were all in the armed forces.

Robins, greening lawns and other harbingers of spring were joined overnight by the first spring rain, which totaled up to .78 of an inch on the Westerlund rain gauge. Wednesday saw a high of 49, while the low for the 24-hour period was 38.