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Looking Back: 1969 -- Wilmont student a national winner

One year ago Worthington High School presented the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Eric Parrish directed the cast of 29 students. The Worthington City Council approved a one-time $5,000 app...

One year ago Worthington High School presented the Stephen Sondheim musical "Into the Woods" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Eric Parrish directed the cast of 29 students.

 

The Worthington City Council approved a one-time $5,000 appropriation to the Worthington Cemetery Association, which was struggling financially.

 

Two area school districts - Jackson County Central and Adrian - recently received threats about shootings. Charges were later filed against a former 18-year-old JCC student in one of the incidents.

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On School Bus Driver Appreciation Day, the 39 school bus drivers of Bud's Bus Service who drive the ISD 518 students were recognized for their service.

 

The Lao Temple Siri Buddharam was construction an addition to its reunion hall that included a bathroom, showers and kitchen area. Bounlorm Soumetho, chairman of the temple's advisory committee, said he hoped the addition would be completed by May 15.

Five years ago Nick Raymo, a certified hearing aid specialist, took ownership recently of Southwest Hearing Technologies, located on McMillan Street, Worthington.

 

Brandon Berger, a 2011 Worthington High School graduate, performed two shows at Worthington's BenLee's Cafe as part of the a cappella men's ensemble The Limestones of St. Olaf College, Northfield.

 

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With the retirement of longtime First State Bank Southwest leader Alvin Kooiman, Greg Raymo was named CEO of the bank. Raymo had already been serving as the bank's president so added the title of CEO to his existing duties.

 

Prairie Holdings Group purchased 13.88 acres to build a new 21,000 square foot headquarters building in Worthington's Bioscience Park. A 12,650 square-foot manufacturing and distribution center was also slated for the site.

 

More than 100 Worthington Middle School musicians performed in a solo/ensemble festival at the school. The festival, organized by music teachers Jeanette Jenson and Aimon Dwan, involved 42 fifth-grade string students and 60 beginning band students.

10 years ago The King Turkey Day Bowling Tournament involved 240 bowlers from 48 teams in its fifth annual fundraising bowling event.

 

Worthington's Panaderia Mi Tierra bakery was recently expanded and remodeled. The 10th street business, located in downtown Worthington, was owned by Kerry and Juan Cuate.

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Mike Kohan, the new owner of Northland Mall, Worthington, was in town this week to meet with contractors and collect bids on work to revitalize the former Kmart building. Kohan had owned the facility for less than two months.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Slumdog Millionaire," "Taken," "Friday the 13th," "Pink Panther 2" and "He's Just Not That Into You."

 

Advertised specials at a Worthington Hy-Vee stock-up sale included a dozen large eggs for 97 cents, one pound of butter for $1.48, four 12-ounce boxes of Cheerios or Honey Nut Cheerios for $9 and two 16-ounce boxes of TownHouse crackers for $5.

 

The Worthington City Council nixed the proposal to install a geothermal system at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center as part of its addition and renovation project. They opted instead to go with a conventional heating/cooling system, which was projected to cost $300,000 less than the geothermal version.

25 years ago Worthington Regional Hospital was granted renewal of its accreditation by the American Association of Blood Banks.

 

Walter Nesbit recently retired from his position with the Minnesota Department of Transportation at Windom after more than 26 years of service. Additionally, Nesbit, a Worthington native, had logged 23 years as a volunteer on the Windom Fire Department and Rescue Squad.

 

Adrian residents were advised that routine federal testing discovered excessive lead amounts in the local drinking water. The lead was traced to residential plumbing, not the well water itself. Earlier reviews of Adrian water had revealed high levels of nitrates. Lead is not normally present in drinking water.

 

Doug Bahr purchased the former Norm's Small Engine on Worthington's Oxford Street and renamed it Bahr's Small Engine. Bahr was a full-service dealer of Snapper, Ariens, Toro, Stihl and Echo products.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Blank Check," "Blue Chips" and "Grumpy Old Men."

50 years ago The Worthington Daily Globe was the only Minnesota winner announced by the Inland Daily Press Association at its 30th annual contest presentation in Chicago, Ill. The Globe was named third place national winner for offset newspapers.

 

Members of Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic parish in Currie voted Sunday to close their high school at the end of the present term. The vote was 207 in favor of closing and 39 opposed. Continuing shortages of teaching nuns and the rising costs of lay teachers dictated the action.

 

Mary Elizabeth Moser, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Moser, was one of 300 high schoolers from across the U.S. selected in the 28th annual Westinghouse Science Talent search. Moser had also been named 1969 Homemaker of Tomorrow at Our Lady of Good Counsel High School at Wilmont.

 

Mrs. William Kunerth was elected president of the Worthington Newcomers Club, succeeding Mrs. Harris Darling. Other officers were Mrs. Ronald Vogel, vice president; Mrs. Gerald Swenson, secretary-treasurer; Mrs. Gene Bromenshenkel, membership; and Mrs. Bruce Flygare, reservation.

75 years ago Richard Van Citters, 23, a well-known northwest Iowa basketball star who had attended junior college in Worthington, was missing in Pacific action. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Neal Van Citters of Sibley, Iowa, received the message earlier in the week. Van Citters was a Navy aviation ordnanceman, third class, and had enlisted about a year and a half earlier.. A brother, Sgt. Casper Van Citters, was stationed at Camp Robinson, Calif.

 

A humorous item read: The most disgusted woman in recent local history got that way when she returned home to Adrian after spending part of a day in Sioux Falls. She found that in leaving the house she had overlooked the chore of turning out the flame under her coffee pot. On her return, the pot was still on the fire but minus its bottom. With coffee pots practically off the market, the situation is a serious one."

 

Charles Knuth, 614 Grand Ave., Worthington, was severely injured Saturday in a fall from a ladder. The veteran electrician was working out at the G.L. Perkins place in Elk township when, mid-morning, the ladder slipped out from under him. He fell to the ground, a distance of about 12 feet, and struck the frozen earth so hard that both his wrists were fractured. He was expected to be out of action for about two months.

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