Looking Back: 1944 -- 99 receive Worthington High School diplomas

One year ago Runnings celebrated the groundbreaking on its new 74,000 square-foot facility along Worthington's Oxford Street. Runnings' COO Dan Hermann said the company hoped for a grand opening in the spring of 2019, following the store's move t...

One year ago Runnings celebrated the groundbreaking on its new 74,000 square-foot facility along Worthington's Oxford Street. Runnings' COO Dan Hermann said the company hoped for a grand opening in the spring of 2019, following the store's move to the new site in February or March 2019.


Members of the Vintage Chevrolet Club of America were planning to hold their 42nd annual Midwest Meet in Worthington from June 11-15. Thirty-five people from around the Midwest, bringing cars from an eight-decade span with them.


The Optimist Club of Worthington hosted a Kids Fishing Derby on Saturday at Chautauqua Park.



The 35th annual Windom Riverfest event took place this weekend.


The city of Jackson received $290,000 in state bond funds for Phase I of the Jackson Memorial Park Project.

Five years ago A strike was averted when negotiators for JBS and the UFCW 1161 reached a contract agreement.


A mid-week downpour left certain area streets flooded and caused water issues in the basements of some local businesses and residences.



Several dozen elementary students enjoyed a week of creative science learning during Camp Invention, an educational program that took place at Prairie Elementary.


The community celebration of Buffalo Days in Luverne welcomed 500 bikers to town as part of the event's festivities.

10 years ago Prairie Elementary fourth-grader Micah Johnson was a state-level winner in the Minnesota Rural Water Association's 2009 Water Week Poster Contest.


Twelve retirees were honored at the District 518 annual staff recognition breakfast. They were Marcy LaVelle, Betty Gieser, Donna Reed, Audrey Westendorf, Joyce Cooper, Dorothy Hagemann, Pat Eggers, Donna Boyd, Karyl O'Neill, Delores Kruger, Janice Wolterstorff and Barb Adams.


Barb Jefson retired after working for 32 years as the records clerk with the Worthington Police Department and Nobles County Sheriff's Office.



An ammonia leak inside the Worthington JBS plant prompted a partial evacuation of the pork processing facility and resulted in nearly 50 JBS employees being admitted to the local hospital for treatment.


The "Amazing" Worthington City Band began its 116th season, with Jon Loy serving as director.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Angels and Demons," "Dance Flick," "Up," "Night at the Museum 2" and "Terminator: Salvation."

25 years ago Mike Max of Bloomington, a Minnesota Sports Channel reporter, was the guest speaker at Worthington High School's 107th annual commencement ceremony. Max hosted the Sports Channel's Prep Sports Weekly and the Dain Bosworth Viking Report programs, among other pursuits. In all, 155 students graduated.


John Thomas, Worthington, received an appointment to the U.S. Naval Academy. Thomas was the son of Bruce and Dorothy Thomas, and he was nominated for the appointment by U.S. Representative David Minge.


Dorthy Rickers' weekly "Mixing and Musing" column shared recipes for Wooden Spoon Cinnamon Rolls, Fannie Farmer Brownies and Tacos in Pasta Shells.


Dorothy Honerman was named Volunteer of the Year at Arnold Memorial Health Care Center in Adrian. Honerman had been active as a Grey Lady for 25 years.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Maverick," "Beverly Hills Cop 3" and "Clean Slate."

50 years ago The 81st commencement of Worthington High School graduated 272 seniors. Superintendent Shirl L. Held praised them as a class that had contributed to the school beyond the call of duty in both scholastic and extracurricular activities. Featured speaker was Jesse Cornish, a Mankato native who had made many trips to Africa as a trader in ivory, ebony and native art. The graduation exercises also included a farewell to Worthington by German exchange student

Dieter Wolfarth, and the presentation of a commemorative plaque to retiring school board member Edmund Blixt. Blixt had been on the local school board since 1947.


Five people were injured, none believed seriously, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday in a collision of two cars six miles northeast of Wilmont.


Thieves broke the glass in a candy dispenser at Dave's Laundromat on Luverne's Main Street over the weekend and stole eight candy bars. Officers said the damage to the machine was estimated at $30.


The first summer concert of the Worthington City Band took place at the Chautauqua Park bandshell at 8 p.m. Wednesday. Two folk groups from the Worthington State Junior College were featured on the program. L.W. Hammer, vocal music instructor at the local college, was the night's emcee. Band selections included Karl King's "United Nations March," "Highlights from 'Exodus,'" "Feelin' Groovy" and James Ployhar's arrangement of "A Balm in Gilead," among other numbers.


A few hundred men attended the annual Farmer-Kiwanis picnic Tuesday evening at the Roger Larson farm. The two local Kiwanis clubs host the farmers at a winter banquet, and the farmers returned the favor with an old-fashioned country picnic. Country-fried chicken was part of the attraction.

75 years ago The barn on the Elizabeth Mersch farm two and one-half miles south of Adrian was struck by lightning early Thursday and burned to the ground with its contents, including two calves. John Mersch was operating the place for his mother. No immediate estimate of the loss or insurance coverage was known.


Doctors and hospital nurses in Adrian were kept busy mid-week with a series of accidents on area farms. Billy, the 14-year-old son of Ed Von Holtum, fell from the cupola of a barn on the family's farm northeast of Lismore. He suffered a right-arm fracture, a sprained left wrist and several bruises. Basil  Roberts Jr., grandson of John Miller, ran pitchfork tines through a foot. Herman Lindeman, rural Rushmore, crushed an index finger in a seeder; doctors said

he would likely lose part of the finger. And Margarget Wester, daughter of J.B. Wester, rural Lismore, suffered a setback in her plans to be an attendant in a wedding when she experienced a severe leg sprain.


Dr. Arnold H. Lowe, pastor of Westminster Presbyterian Church of Minneapolis, delivered the commencement address during graduation exercises at Worthington High School. Dr. P.W. Harrison, president of the board of education, said 99 students received diplomas. Fanchon Nystrom and Rosabell Cantrell received the scholarship awards as top honor winners. The Legion award went to Paul Kennedy, and the auxiliary award to Janice Sather, the 1944 class president.

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