Looking Back: 1969 — Contract awarded for medical center expansion


One year ago

Worthington's JBS workers pledged $153,544 for the United Way of Nobles County's 2019 campaign. The United Way's overall 2019 campaign goal was $198,000. Cindy Elsing, co-chair of the United Way fund drive at JBS, said the production department at the facility made up 69% of the total contributions, with management pledging 31%. "We're changing lives in Nobles County," said Elsing.

Mayra Pinales was a new bilingual youth outreach coordinator at the Southwest Crisis Center, working with victims of labor trafficking in an eight-county service area.

Worthington's only chemical dependency treatment center, Meridian Behavioral Health, closed its doors this week after having a five-year chemical treatment center presence at the Prairie Justice Center, Worthington.

DeWayne McIntyre was the new store director at Worthington Hy-Vee. McIntyre, a Missouri native, had previously worked for Hy-Vee at locations in Missouri.


Five years ago

The Worthington Water and Light Commission awarded a bid for a project to replace an existing 25-year-old supervisory control and data acquisition system, which operated various systems within the water department. Worthington Public Utilities manager Scott Hain said that, normally, the systems should be replaced about every seven years. The winning bid for the project was $317,000.

At the co-op's annual meeting, New Vision Co-Op reported annual sales of more than $451 million, with an annual income of nearly $6 million. Of that total, $1.4 million was paid as cash apportionment to members, $1.4 million was allocated as member equity and $3.1 million was retained by the company.

The southwest region of Minnesota, including Worthington, had its first taste of hard winter Dec. 15-16. Rain turned to ice, followed by dangerously high wind gusts (39 to 53 miles per hour) and plummeting temperatures. One-tenth to one-quarter inch of ice accumulated, while Fulda and Slayton received between one to three inches of snow.

10 years ago

The Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter dedicated its newest house at 804 11th St., Worthington, for a family of three. Don Basche, Worthington, served as site coordinator for the project.

The Worthington City Council continued discussions regarding possible reuse of the former Worthington Area YMCA, noting there was interest in the project from the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership.

Ben and Krista Petersen, owners of Slumberland of Worthington, donated 20 mattress sets that were then distributed through Catholic Charities and the Southwest Crisis Center.


Seventh-grader Oliver Wolyniec was the 2009 champion of the Worthington Middle School Geography Bee.

Miriam Gerberg, a Minnesota West Community and Technical College music instructor, was an American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers Award recipient for her music compositions.

25 years ago

Lakefield hunter Steve Van Hal had two witnesses — Dick and Scott Boell — when he downed three deer with one shot. Van Hal had his .45 muzzleloader trained on a doe about 40 yards away and fired, but a fawn stepped in front of the doe at that moment. His bullet struck the fawn's neck, passed through the doe and settled in the buck.

A 100th birthday open house took place Sunday afternoon for Tressie Jochims at South Shore Care Center, Worthington.

District 518 students and staff began a 12-day holiday break on Thursday, Dec. 22.

Sixth-grader Aaron Vasecka won West Elementary School's fifth annual Geography Bee. Rory Kluever was the first runner-up in the contest.

Eleven Woodcrafters of Worthington made 270 items that they donated to the 1994 Community Christmas Baskets program.


50 years ago

Dr. Raymond W. Lowry Jr. was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Minnesota State Automobile Association (AAA) at its 63rd annual meeting at the St. Paul Hilton Hotel. The AAA had recently inaugurated a Tripmobile service in Worthington.

The Worthington Senior High School Concert Choir presented its Christmas concert at 3 p.m. Sunday. A girls' chorus, a mixed ensemble, the Choraliers and a brass ensemble rounded out the program. Director David H. Blegen said both traditional Christmas music and a variety of styles from around the world would be featured.

The major expansion program planned by the Worthington Medical Center got the official go-ahead this week. Hudson Brothers Construction Co., Worthington, was awarded the general contract on a 16,058 square-foot addition, which was expected to cost between $400,000 and $500,000.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included Wilson's smoked picnic hams for 39 cents a pound, a 50-pound bag of Occident flour for $3.49, an eight-ounce package of Elf cream cheese for 29 cents, a round half-gallon carton of Worthmore ice cream for 69 cents, a 40-ounce Chef Pierre pumpkin pie for 99 cents, and five six-ounce cans of Flavorite frozen orange juice for $1.

75 years ago

Transients seeking a few easier miles were believed to have taken the 1930 Model A coach, owned by Clyde Patch of Adrian, from its parking place on the street at about 4 a.m. Sunday. The machine, drained for the night, overheated and jammed about three miles east of Adrian, where it was later found, Marshal Tom Robinson explained.

Cpl. Sherman L. Ayars, a nephew of Mrs. Walter Pfeil, 300 13th St., Worthington, was killed in action in Germany Nov. 26, it was disclosed this week. Cpl. Ayars was a member of a cannon company with the First army and had taken part in the invasion of Normandy. He was in continuous action around St. Lo for 43 days without rest, and his entire outfit received two presidential citations.

Leonard E. Meier of Cherry Point had been missing in action on Leyte island in the Philippines since Oct. 25, according to word received by his wife this week.

Pictured enjoying the annual banquet of the Worthington school patrol were Keith Hansberger, son of Mr. and Mrs. LeRoy Hansberger, and Oscar Heig, a Legionnaire. The Arthur Calvin post had sponsored the school patrol since its organization 12 years earlier, and the post hosted the annual event.

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