Looking Back: 1966 -- Foreign ag specialists visit Worthington

One year ago The Worthington City Council met for a special workshop to discuss the 2016 tax levy budget, including discussions of prospective budgets for public safety, engineering, community economic development, the Center for Active Living an...

One year ago

The Worthington City Council met for a special workshop to discuss the 2016 tax levy budget, including discussions of prospective budgets for public safety, engineering, community economic development, the Center for Active Living and council/mayor, administrator, clerk and finance pay. Additionally, the council discussed the future of the public Prairie View links golf course after a long-range planning committee recently voted 5-3 to recommend that the city

decommission the entire 18-hole course and convert the area in order to improve Lake Okabena's water quality.

ISD 518 schools began classes on Tuesday, Aug. 25, as they continued to operate under the Flexible Learning Year calendar. The district's administrative staff shifted due to various resignations and appointments, with Josh Noble assuming the reins as principal at Worthington High School, Tony Hastings moving to be the WHS assistant principal, Heidi Meyer moving into the principal's chair at Prairie Elementary, Tony Baartman and Cory VanBriesen becoming assistant principals at Prairie, and Brett Perish moving into the assistant principal role at Worthington Middle School.


Worthington's American Lutheran Church celebrated its 75th anniversary at services on Aug. 30.

The Nobles County Planning Commission took the first step in authorizing three livestock expansion projects and one new cattle feedlot. The new cattle feedlot

would eventually house 6,000 head of feeder cattle in two barns -- each spanning the length of five football fields -- in a portion of the south half of section 22, Olney Township.

Five years ago One person was taken to the Windom Area Hospital after a fire occurred at the POET Biorefining plant in Bingham Lake on Friday afternoon. It was possible the fire

was due to a dust explosion, though that was not a definitive cause at press time.


Incoming freshmen at Minnesota West Community & Technical College's Worthington campus participated in a "Getting Connected" day.

Kevin Flynn, a Worthington Police Department Detective Sergeant, was selected as the 2011 Face of Hope by the Southwest Crisis Center.

Retired ISD 518 educator Renee McCuen self-published a children's book, "Amazing Ants!"

A water main leak presented challenges at Worthington High School only one week prior to the school's opening. With three leaks occurring within three days, the school's sports booster club's fall season kickoff event was postponed for a week.


St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington, celebrated its 125th anniversary.

10 years ago Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Devil Wears Prada," "Snakes on a Plane," "Step Up," "Lady in the Water" and "Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby."

The Gospelaires, a local male quartet dating to 1984 and accompanied by Nancy Hofstee, performed a concert at Worthington's American Reformed Church.

The Nobles County Jail recently received two honors for its staff members, with the Minnesota Sheriff's Association recognizing Monette Soderholm as the Minnesota Jail Administrator of the Year and Sergeant Aaron Ahlers as Minnesota's Jail Supervisor of the Year.

A Dollar General store opened in Windom; Stacy Veen was the store's manager.

Dawn Gordon accepted the position of director of nursing at Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Previously, Gordon was an administrative supervisor at Worthington Regional Hospital.

Two duffel bags filled with suspicious items were found in a dumpster at Worthington's Subway restaurant and led to the arrest of a 19-year-old Worthington man accused of stealing approximately $2,000 worth of merchandise from Ace Hardware.

25 years ago The King Turkey Day committee did not yet have a commitment, but the group had invited U.S. Defense Secretary Dick Cheney to speak at Worthington's 51st annual King Turkey Day celebration in September.

The Windom School Board was debating the hiring of a superintendent. Two finalists for the position had turned down the board's offer of a job. The debate centered on whether to continue making offers as they moved down the roster of potential candidates, to hire an interim or to proceed with some combination of the first two options.

Palace Video, owned by Carlene and Larry Boll, celebrated its first anniversary in Worthington.

Gordy's Inc., Worthington, had purchased the Prairie Market building across from Oxford Bowl and was constructing a 10,000 square foot addition to the west of its present building at 1131 Oxford St.

Jerry Riley, Round Lake, opened a Teen Entertainment Center at 1599 Diagonal Road, Worthington. The center offered dancing and entertainment for teens 18 and under and included pool tables, video games and snacks, as well as the central draw of dancing and music.

50 years ago Monday was Reid Merrill day at the annual Pipestone County Fair. Merrill won every single grand championship in both sheep and swine. Veteran fairgoers couldn't remember such a situation at any of the area's county fairs. Janet Carson of Pipestone had the reserve champion trio, while David Ross of Pipestone showed the reserve champion ewe.

Two trucks collided in an accident five miles south of Pipestone on County Highway 2 Monday. Mrs. Roy Haroldson, 48, of Jasper was in serious condition from head injuries sustained in the accident. The driver of a panel truck, Raymond Renville, 30, of Sioux Falls, S.D., was reported in satisfactory condition with lacerations. The accident occurred shortly after 10:30 a.m.

Worthington's VFW Post 3958 and B.P.O.E. No. 2287 hosted a public picnic, offering chicken, sweet corn and watermelon for only $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for children. The picnic was held on the parking lot between the VFW and the Elks home.

Thirteen foreign agricultural information specialists were in Worthington for a closer look at what made rural southwestern Minnesota tick. The guests were from Ghana, India, Tanzania, British Guiana and North Nigeria.

A 19-year-old Worthington youth was charged with disorderly conduct and possession of firecrackers after he climbed atop the City Hall building and ran on the roof over the liquor store and police department, shooting firecrackers during the incident.

85 years ago After hearing a delegation of Dundee people, Judge G.B. McMurtry released from custody Harry Hammon, who was jailed 10 day earlier on a 60-day sentence for drunkenness. Hammon was freed on condition that he leave the Dundee community after the Dundee people expressed fears that he would return at the end of his sentence to cause further trouble in the community.

Work on a fill to be constructed across the shallow western tip of Lake Okabena by the M.M. Youngman crew had completed excavations for the local school buildings and was awaiting the arrival of machinery. Included in the plan was a large borrowing of dirt from the Stony Point knoll, which was to be graded and turned into an observation parking placed on the proposed boulevard, which was being furthered through the public spiritedness of E.O. Olson.

With completion of the gymnasium floor slab Monday, and arrival of the structured steel, concrete workers on the Memorial auditorium addition to the high school building gave place to steel erectors, who were busy assembling the huge roof trusses for elevation to their resting place. Tall H-beam columns would support the major portion of the roof weight. With that work completed, bricklayers would be able to proceed without interruption.

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