Looking Back: 1966 -- Ancient mammoth tusk found along Rock River

One year agoJulie Wellnitz, Nobles County Library Director for the past three and a half years, announced her resignation effective Feb. 20. Wellnitz was leaving Nobles County for a new career as a media and information services program manager w...

One year ago
Julie Wellnitz, Nobles County Library Director for the past three and a half years, announced her resignation effective Feb. 20. Wellnitz was leaving Nobles County for a new career as a media and information services program manager with the Moorhead Public Schools.

The Worthington Area Christian Ministers Association and Love INC sponsored a workshop titled “Meeting Your Neighbor in a Diverse Community: Cross-Cultural Conversations for Community Engagement,” with a goal of initiating more conversations among neighbors and their greater communities.

The Nobles County Library book club was kicking off 2015 with a new book list for its quarterly book club meetings.

Accusations of lies, as well as requests to clean up railroad ties and take care of noxious weeds, were issued by the public during a Nobles County Board of Commissioners meeting this week. The owner of Minnesota Southern Railway appeared before the commissioners to provide an update on improvements to the rail line after last June’s flooding had wiped out portions of the track.

Five years ago


Participants obtaining pledges for the Deep Freeze Dip in Lake Okabena raised $40,000 for the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight. With an air temperature of 10 degrees, 61 people jumped in the lake waters.

Two Sunday barn fires on Sunday left several dogs dad in rural Edgerton and killed more than 1,800 pigs on a farm outside Melvin, Iowa.

Sanford Medical Center Worthington maintenance department employee John Csobor received the Blue Chip Award from the Worthington Police Department for the help Csobor provided the police department during a recent search at the hospital for a troubled patient.

Chad Cummings became a co-owner of radio station US 104, Worthington, and was named vice president of Absolute Communications L.L.C., licensee of US 104. Cummings had been the US 104 general manager since the station got its start in June 2008.

Worthington JBS employees raised $60,556 for the United Way of Nobles County’s annual campaign.

Area teachers Greg Antoine of Luverne and James Siedschlag of Murray County Central were among 108 candidates for the 2011 Minnesota Teacher of the Year honor.

10 years ago

A pedestrian was struck by a vehicle while walking along Minnesota 60 near the Worthington Swift & Co. plant at 7:33 p.m. Saturday. The man was taken by ambulance to Worthington Regional Hospital and later airlifted to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital.


Danielle Berg, Revere, purchased Scrapbook Paradise, Worthington. Berg also owned Once Upon a Time, a Marshall scrapbooking store.

Two local boys - Brandon Meyerdirk and Cody Ingenthron, both of Worthington - achieved the rank of Eagle Scout. The youths were members of Boy Scout Troop 134.

The fifth-grade students in Kathy Miller’s class at Worthington’s Prairie Elementary wrote a special poem in the cinquain style about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

In order to balance the budget for the 2006-07 school year, the District 518 board needed to make $525,000 in cuts. A proposed operating referendum had failed to pass in November, leading to the necessity for budget cuts.

Within the span of a few days, Nobles County Cooperative Oil Company completed a merger and consolidated two of its Worthington locations into one. Its 10th Avenue location was closed, with all staff and products moved to its Second Avenue facility.

A semi-truck loaded with corn was hit by a train in Bingham Lake in front of Ethanol 2000. The trailer was ripped into several pieces and massive amounts of corn were spilled, but no one was injured.

25 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Godfather Part III,” “Home Alone” and “Kindergarten Cop.”


A new computerized Automated Weather Observation Systems Plus III (AWOS) at Pipestone Municipal Airport promoted local and national pilot safety, said airport manager Clarence Taylor. AWOS was installed at 14 municipal and county airports in Minnesota in early September with funding from the Minnesota Department of Transportation and licensure by the Federal Aviation Administration.

Advertised specials at the Worthington Hy-Vee store this week included a 12-ounce can of frozen orange juice for 79 cents, a 32-ounce bag of Lyndon Farms hash browns for 89 cents, Country Pride split chicken breasts for $1.28 per pound, a 20-ounce package of Oreo cookies for $2.37, three one-pound packages of Hy-Vee margarine for $1 and a 10.5-ounce can of Planters Select Mixed Nuts for $4.59.

Officials from Worthington Area Industries and the Southwest Regional Development Commission signed a contract to initiate a housing study in Worthington.

Two southwest Minnesota men were named to Gov. Arne Carlson’s special commission on state and local government. Worthington Mayor Robert Demuth and Luverne city administrator Steve Perkins were the appointees.

50 years ago

Worthington Police Chief A.W. (Shorty) Shelquist urged city car owners to observe the 24-hour parking time limit on city streets. More than 30 tickets had recently been issued to people who had left their cars parked curbside for longer than 24 hours. Long-term parking hampered snow removal operations, which led to the ticketing.

Henry Rohlk, a Rock Rapids, Iowa, centenarian who celebrated his 100th birthday three years ago by dancing a jig, died this week at the Restmore Convalescent Home following a lengthy illness. The father of Walter Rohlk and the grandfather of Nobles County Auditor Pauline Rohlk, both of Worthington, Rohlk would have turned 103 had he lived just a few days longer.

Worthington Mayor Joe Roos accepted a $1,000 award from the Institute of International Education - Reader’s Digest Foundation for excellence in the field of international educational programs. Dr. Charles Frankel, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs, bestowed the citation.

An ancient mammoth tusk was found along the Rock River near Rock Rapids, Iowa. Kenneth Dammann of Rock Rapids, an employee of the C.A. Peterson and Sons Construction company, was operating a dragline when he noticed a part of the tusk in his bucket.

85 years ago

Lightly attended as usual, the annual meeting of the Worthington Golf Club at the fire hall Friday evening was a satisfactory affair, reviewing as it did the most successful year in the history of the organization. From the standpoint of membership, finances and betterments of the course, 1930 was epoch-making.

Emma Willard Chadwick Dayton, the wife of George Draper Dayton, died at their home at 2020 Blaisdell Ave., Worthington. Mrs. Dayton had been ill for about a week with pneumonia. She had turned 75 years old on Jan. 9. Her immediate family was at her bedside at the time of her death. Mrs. Dayton had moved to Worthington with her husband in 1883, and lived in Worthington until the family moved to Minneapolis in 1902.

Advertised specials this week at Goff’s Grocery, Worthington, included three pounds of Monarch coffee for 99 cents, a large package of oatmeal for 19 cents, three pounds of large white beans for 21 cents, two pounds of pure lard for 25 cents and a 49 pound bag of flour for $1.29.


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