Looking Back: 1969 -- Major theft between Adrian and Magnolia

One year ago Christoph Salinger, a native of Crailsheim, Germany, who was working toward his certification as an English and geography teacher in Germany, was interning at Worthington High School. He was working with WHS teachers Sam Becker and P...

One year ago Christoph Salinger, a native of Crailsheim, Germany, who was working toward his certification as an English and geography teacher in Germany, was interning at Worthington High School. He was working with WHS teachers Sam Becker and Patrick Mahoney.


Minnesota West Community and Technical College was one of the state's 37 colleges and universities hopeful for financial support from state bonding. Minnesota West President

Terry Gaalswyk said the college's deferred maintenance needs required approximately $12 million.



Clarence Kramer of Worthington celebrated his 100th birthday this week.


Voters in the Windom Area School District voted "yes" overwhelmingly supported a bond vote for construction of a new elementary school and an expansion of the high school's career and technical education programming. The cost was not to exceed $23.9 million.

Five years ago The Rock County Sheriff’s Office arrested two men in connection with a burglary last week at the Hills Bar. The two Beaver Creek men allegedly took $5,760 from the till.


The 2013 crime statistics for Worthington were released, and it was noted that Worthington had its lowest crime rate since 1989. Worthington's crime rate was lower by half than Marshall's and almost half of Fairmont's rate, as well.


The UFCW Local 1161 members were prepared to strike to seek affordable health care and better wages from JBS, Worthington.



The Dance Academy's 18th annual concert had a theme of "Stars and Stripes Forever." The 200 student dancers of proprietor Kay Williams Prunty danced to patriotic numbers, and the show was dedicated to past and present service members as well as to public servants like fire fighters, police and nurses.


Water levels at Worthington's Lake Bella well field remained dangerously low after a prolonged drought and little spring recharge, reported Scott Hain, Worthington Public Utilities director.


The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation named Jeff Rotert as its next executive director. Rotert was previously chief operating officer at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

10 years ago The Long Branch Saloon in downtown Worthington hosted a bilingual bash with cake, candy and pinatas in celebration of Cinco de Mayo.



Stephanie Onken won a sterling silver Rembrandt charm bracelet from Johnson Jewelry, Worthington, for her entry in Rembrandt Charms' "Story of Your Life" contest.


Rolling Hills Bank & Trust was the new name of the bank formerly known as the First State Bank of Brewster. It was located at the southwest corner of Third Avenue and 10th Street, Worthington.


The Worthington chapter of Dollars for Scholars awarded $19,000 in scholarships to 24 Worthington High School graduates.


An "Exercise with the Stars" event at Olson Park took place among the Prairie Elementary second grade classrooms. Celebrity work-out partners included DARE officer Bob Fritz, Mayor Alan Oberloh and a group of parents.

25 years ago The Minnesota Senior Spelling Bee, for contestants 55 and older, took place at the Worthington Community Center. Bernice Camery was the announcer, while Roger Spillers and Mary Wasko served as judges.


Marie Neeb, the 1993 recipient of the local Athena Award, was scheduled to attend the first national Athena Conference in Washington, D.C., from May 19-21. Neeb owned

Neeb's Downtown Flowers in Worthington.


Members of the Neuhof (New Beginnings) Hutterite Brethren colony were building five two-story dwellings that would house up to 150 people at a site the group had purchased there miles south of Mountain Lake.


Hannah Robertson, the eighth-grade daughter of Bill and Julie Robertson, Jackson, was to compete in the 1994 Miss Teen of Minnesota pageant at St. Cloud State University in July.


LaVant Bean, Westbrook, recently was named the state's 1994 Driver of the Year by the Minnesota Trucking Association. Bean's safe driving record, which covered more than three million miles, began in 1961. Bean had driven for Anderson Trucking Service for 13 years. He received a $500 in cash as part of his award.

50 years ago Worthington city aldermen gave a first reading to the proposed annexation of property in the north industrial tract owned by Worthington Industries Inc. While they were at it, councilmen included the Nobles County fairgrounds property and miscellaneous pieces of property adjacent to the industrial tract, as well as residential property near the fairgrounds owned by Peter R. Kappes.


Morland Cary's melodrama "Love Rides the Rails," or "Will the Main Train Run Tonight?" had a three-day run at Jackson's Riverside auditorium. The production was directed by Terryl Steen.


Nobles County Sheriff Dale Peters was conducting an investigation into a major theft that took place earlier in the week at the Gulf Farm Store between Adrian and Magnolia on Highway 16. Thieves broke into a storage building, drove their truck out of sight, and loaded 5,600 pounds of atrazine insecticide powder, which had a wholesale value of $11,000.


There were six candidates vying for seats on the District 518 school board. They were Darlie M. Wallin, Lloyd Standafer, Dr. Raymond W. Lowry Jr., incumbent F.J. (Bud) Harberts, E.W. (Bill) Gerstner and Dr. Glenn F. Benson.

75 years ago Private Raphael L. Vogt, son of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Vogt, rural Fulda, was killed in action on the Anzio beachhead in Italy recently. Vogt was a veteran of the North African and Sicilian invasions. Vogt entered the army on April 18, 1942, at age 18 and was never home on a furlough. His two brothers - Clifford, 27, and Vernon, 21 - had registered in Nobles County under the selective service act. The elder was classified 4-F, while the younger was home on a farm deferment.


Staff Sgt. Richard E. Horak, 19, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.E. Horak, Worthington, was killed in action April 22 over Europe. Horak, an aerial gunner, had been in service only 16 months and had celebrated his 19th birthday on Jan. 19. He was the youngest of the three Horak boys to enter the service.


Robert Paulsen and Donald Gingerich, seniors at Worthington High School and officers of the local chapter of Future Farmers of America, returned this week from the 15th annual state FFA convention at St. Paul.


Hugh Mitchell, 94, former Bigelow township farmer, died April 1 a few hours after suffering a stroke. Mitchell was born Jan. 20, 1849, in New York. He was an 1872 pioneer who homesteaded the northeast quarter of Section 18, Bigelow township. His wife, the former Dora Mills, daughter of a former county auditor, preceded him in death.

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