Looking Back: 1931 -- Worthington in midst of anti-rat campaign

One year agoThe Worthington High School Academic Decathlon team, coached by Jodi Hansen, experienced success at the recent state competition in Chaska. Team members included Lyndsey Schock, Nicholas Demuth, Ivan Parga, Sarai Suarez, Orissa Nitibh...

One year ago
The Worthington High School Academic Decathlon team, coached by Jodi Hansen, experienced success at the recent state competition in Chaska. Team members included Lyndsey Schock, Nicholas Demuth, Ivan Parga, Sarai Suarez, Orissa Nitibhon, Dale Hansen and Max Langerud.

Luverne’s 13-member Mock Trial team qualified for state competition.

A follow-up study released this week showed significantly lower recidivism rates and reduced incarceration costs due to the success of drug courts, which were specialized, problem-solving court programs targeting non-violent criminal offenders who suffer from addiction to alcohol or other drugs. The Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court in southwest Minnesota had similar success to report.

An exhibit featuring the former Hollyhock Ballroom of Hatfield was on display at the Pipestone County Museum.

Reed Fricke was recently named the director of Outpatient and Ancillary Services at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. His area of oversight included the departments of Laboratory, Imaging, Rehabilitation, Respiratory Care and Ambulance Services.


Five years ago

A 72-year-old male from Bingham Lake was pronounced dead Monday after a work-related accident at the Bingham Lake Salvage Yard, according to a report from the Cottonwood County Sheriff’s Office.

Members of the Okabena-Ocheda-Bella Clean Water Partnership Joint Powers board voted to request $2 million in legacy funds for Lake Okabena and clean water projects in the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District.

Twenty-five ninth- through 12th-grade Worthington High School orchestra members traveled to Iowa City, Iowa, for the 2011 University of Iowa Orchestra Invitational. High school orchestras from Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois participated in the event. Melanie Loy was the WHS orchestra director.

Worthington native and Worthington High School alumnus Noah Hoehn performed a mix of original and cover songs in a presentation this week at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Hall Pass,” “Gnomeo and Juliet,” “Just Go With It” and “Unknown.”

Twin Cities-based Karla Nweje was in Worthington for a weeklong residency to work with District 518 students as part of a Comprehensive Arts Planning Program (CAPP) grant.

10 years ago


Dr. Leslie McLemore, a civil rights speaker, Jackson State University professor and president of the Jackson, Miss., city council, spoke at Minnesota West in Worthington this week about Hurricane Katrina and the plight of poverty-stricken people.

Worthington Police Department Officer Bob Fritz was recognized with a “Champion for Children” award for his work handling child abuse and sexual assault cases. The award came from Corner House, a Minneapolis-based non-profit interagency child abuse evaluation and training center.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “16 Blocks,” “Ultraviolet,” “Eight Below,” “The Pink Panther” and “Nanny McPhee.”

The Worthington High School speech team placed second in a field of 33 schools at a recent speech tournament at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Toni Ingenthron, the daughter of Casey and Rosa Ingenthron, Worthington, was selected as the 2006-07 exchange student to Worthington’s sister city of Crailsheim, Germany.

25 years ago

The Jackson Clinic Fundraising Committee reported it had secured more than $330,000 in pledges and contributions to date. The estimated cost of the clinic and necessary equipment was $500,000.

A raid in Harris, Iowa, resulted in the arrest of a Harris couple and the seizure of a large quantity of drugs and drug paraphernalia.


Jennifer Kovacs was the recipient of a 1991 Campbell Soup Co. Corporate Scholarship, worth $16,000. The award was based on academic achievement, character, citizenship and participation. Kovacs was the daughter of Joyce Kovacs and Gene Kovacs, a Campbell Soup employee. Kovacs was a freshman at Concordia College, Moorhead.

The February Apple Partners in Education Award recipients at Worthington Junior High School were industrial technology teacher Ken Henkels and ninth-grade student Dawn Thomsen.

50 years ago

The Robert De Cormier Folk Singers performed at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium. Robert De Cormier was the founder, arranger and conductor of the group, and he has once been a conductor and arranger for Harry Belafonte. He founded the group in 1962.

Richard Darbo, executive director of the Windom Chamber of Commerce, submitted his resignation effective March 15. Darbo had accepted a new position with the Rochester Chamber of Commerce.

Drug store break-ins in four southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa counties were believed solved with the arrest of a 30-year-old man from the Twin Cities area. Break-ins had occurred in Heron Lake, Ocheyedan, Alton and Mountain Lake in recent weeks. Narcotics appeared to be the main target in each occurrence.

School bus Number 13, with about 38 public school students aboard, rolled on its side into a soft ditch at 7:50 a.m. near the Larry Ruesch farm one mile north of the Nobles County fairgrounds at Worthington. All passengers escaped serious injury.

85 years ago

A Young People’s Rally was held at the Worthington Methodist Church, with the Rev. R.A. Waite serving as the program’s main speaker.

Mrs. Frank E. Williams, a resident of Nobles County since 1889 and a prominent worker in the Church of the Brethren for the greater part of her life, died Wednesday at her home four miles north of Worthington after a short illness. She was a “power” in the Ladies Aid of the Brethren Church, and for years had taught one of the primary classes. “Her friends are legion, and the tribute Sunday is bound to be widespread and genuine.”

Accepting the invitation of the Worthington city council and the civic and commerce association to return and help with an anti-rat campaign, H.L. Parten, Extension Entomologist, was to return to Worthington on March 10 and 11. While the vicinity of Worthington was comparatively free of rats, there still were some heavily infested locations. A clean-up of rat colonies during early spring would mean the saving of many hundreds of dollars to the community during the summer, fall and winter months. Mr. Parten, while disclaiming any title as a modern “pied piper,” had many remarkable kills to his credit.

Victor Moeller, director of the Worthington school and city bands and orchestra, was preparing a complete orchestration of the beautiful Easter number “Victory” by Henry Wildermere, to be performed by the Worthington Choral Club.

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