One year ago

The King Turkey Day board of directors revealed its theme for the 2019 King Turkey Day celebration: "Peace, Love and Turkey Racing." KTD President Doug Tate said the group found the theme appropriate, as it was the 50th anniversary year of Woodstock, among other reasons for the choice.

A little more than a month after Shopko announced the closure of 174 of its stores — including its Worthington location — the company announced Monday that the remainder of its stores would cease operations as well.

United Prairie Bank, which has a location in Worthington but is headquartered in Mankato, celebrated 100 years in business. The Worthington bank opened in 1985 after its acquisition from Farmers State Bank of Round Lake. The local branch currently employed 14 people and had assets of about $100 million.

Windom High School students and community volunteers filled 11,000 sandbags Thursday, with Friday's goal being to have 25,000 sandbags ready as the Des Moines River continued to rise. The river was slated to crest at about 23 feet on Monday afternoon and was already out of its banks.

Five years ago

The Minnesota West Fine Arts department presented "Godspell," a musical by award-winning composer Stephen Schwartz. Eric Parrish directed.

Peter Scholtes, a Minnesota West Community and Technical College sophomore, was elected national vice-president for the Post-Secondary Agricultural Students organization at the group's national convention in Boise, Idaho.

"The Best of Gone Country," sponsored by the Friends of the Auditorium, presented two shows at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. The variety show, featuring volunteer local talent, was a major annual fundraiser for the auditorium.

The eighth annual Daily Globe Women's Health & Home Show took place at Minnesota West Community and Technical College this weekend.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center hired Kelcey Smith as a new staff occupational therapist.

David Mills, a Minnesota West Community and Technical College history, economics and political science professor, hosted a book signing and reception on the school's campus for his first published book: "Cold War in a Cold Land: Fighting Communism on the Northern Plains."

10 years ago

Rachel Pavelko, Worthington, and Genna Nelson, Elgin, were the two Minnesota West Community and Technical College students named to the 2010 All-Minnesota Academic Team for their academic achievements and community service contributions.

Mike Haiar recently began duties as the new store director of the Worthington Hy-Vee.

Worthington City Council members approved the project scope and budgetary parameters for a redevelopment of the former Worthington Area YMCA building into a community center. Total project costs were estimated at $697,918 to create a new 3,200 square-foot building.

The third annual Daily Globe Women's Expo Health & Home Show took place on the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus.

The sixth annual Regional Bioscience Conference took place in Worthington, with Fairmont veterinarian Dr. James Dick and University of Minnesota nanotechnician James Marti two of the event's featured speakers.

Four Worthington High School Business Professionals of America students advanced to national competition, which would take place in Anaheim, Calif., in May. They were He Chen, Jeremy Clark, Shane Pedersen and Danny Khounthavong.

25 years ago

Lakefield's largest company, Kozy Heat Fireplace, hosted an open house at its new 40,000 square-foot manufacturing plant. The company did $3.5 million in business in 1994, and Vice President Jim Hussong said he projected $4 million or more in sales for 1995.

Worthington High School band director Clayton Wachholz introduced an effort to retire Worthington High School band uniforms after 19 years of wear and tear. The Eagles Lodge 3282 gave a $5,000 contribution to the cause, with a minimum of $25,000 needed to purchase 100 new uniforms. The band's membership was expected to top 80 next fall.

Harris-Lake Park (Iowa) Elementary school was named one of the top 142 elementary schools in the nation in the upcoming April issue of Redbook magazine. The school was nominated the previous spring for the fourth annual "America's Best School" program conducted by Redbook.

50 years ago

Judy Schlichte, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lyle Schlichte, Wilmont, was elected Historian for the state Distributive Education Clubs of America organization at DECA's Minnesota convention.

A major snowstorm, the nominal season of spring and the state high school basketball tournament arrived in Minnesota simultaneously, in a race more traditional than surprising. The southern half of the state received between two and 12 inches of snow in the storm that moved eastward throughout Thursday.

Construction on a new Fine Arts building at Worthington State Junior College was expected to begin this year. It was to provide a theater, rooms for art and art-related equipment and music facilities including four private practice rooms, one large-ensemble room and a large instrumental and vocal rehearsal room.

Weekly specials advertised by Swanson's grocery of Worthington included a two-pound jar of Welch's grape jelly for 49 cents, a 20-ounce bottle of Heinz ketchup for 29 cents, a two-pound bag of brown sugar for 29 cents, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, a half-pint of Blue Bunny whipping cream for 34 cents, a five-pound Morrell Pride canned ham for $5.19 and a dozen Grade "A" eggs for 44 cents.

75 years ago

Norman Schwarzenbach, 21, Lake Park, Iowa, was confined to his home after suffering severe leg lacerations Saturday when he was kicked by one of the horses of a team drawing his manure spreader. Despite the injury, Schwarzenbach, who was alone at the time, kept on until he had unloaded his machine. It was an hour before he got to a doctor, who gave him a shot of lockjaw serum.

Hattie Fenske, Worthington grade school principal, said that 200 pupils on average had partaken of hot lunches during the months of December and January. "Naturally it has fallen off some now with the approach of spring," she commented. Supplying the lunches had meant equipping the grade school kitchen with four gas ranges. Preparation of the daily items engaged the full team of Mrs. Jack Fowlds up till noon each day, and required the services of six high school girls for the serving.

Robert Blixt and James Vance, representing the Worthington High School speech department in the regional speech contest at St. James, each captured a "superior" rating, the top classification. Blixt competed in the extemporaneous speaking division and Vance in manuscript reading. Hazel Johnson, speech coach, said that none of the 20 high schools competing succeeded in placing more than two "superiors."