Looking Back - 1984: Renovations continue at Hotel Thompson

One year ago Gerald Volk joined the Worthington Christian Church in the position of family life minister. A backpack giveaway held at Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church benefited over 500 local children, who received backpacks stocked ...

One year ago

Gerald Volk joined the Worthington Christian Church in the position of family life minister.

A backpack giveaway held at Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church benefited over 500 local children, who received backpacks stocked with necessary school supplies.

An open house took place at Heron Lake BioEnergy.

La Tapatia was Worthington's newest Mexican restaurant and was located inside the Long Branch Saloon on 10th Street. Owners were Luis and Luisa Rodriguez.


David Sorensen, a Worthington High School junior and son of Grant and Maureen Sorensen, received his Eagle Scout merit badge in a traditional Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony.

Five years ago

Minnesota West Community and Technical College student Scott Kaminski, 19, started an expansion of Southern Minnesota Door Co. in Worthington.

Don Vermilyea visited the Reading Church of the Brethren while on A Walk Across America, a mission to visit every Church of the Brethren congregation that issued him an invitation. Vermilyea passed his 11,000th mile near Reading; he had begun his journey on Feb. 3, 2002, in Tucson, Ariz.

The first-ever Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Ride rolled on without a hitch in Worthington, with 120 registered bikers engaging in a bike rodeo that included musical entertainment and food.

10 years ago

Kelly Christopherson, Worthington, recently returned from a seven-week mission trip to Latvia through Campus Crusade for Christ.

The Prairie Reapers Power Reunion was held as part of the Nobles County Fair. Reapers threshed more than 50 bushels of oats for a good-sized audience.


Ray Hassing was the new principal of St. Mary's School, Worthington.

Slumberland was soon to open its doors in Worthington, with franchisee owners Mike and Cindy Hesch, Luverne.

District 518 welcomed 31 new teachers for the 1999-00 school year.

25 years ago

Contractors were still at work, renovating three floors of hotel rooms at Worthington's former Hotel Thompson into 39 bright and airy apartments for the elderly (ages 55 and older). About a month's work remained before the Thompson would be ready for grand opening tours.

Jeff Hallstrom and Dave Baumhoefner of Nobles County were serving as 4-H Ambassadors at the Minnesota State Fair. Hallstrom, a member of the Ocheda Beavers, and Baumhoefner, a member of the Clover Blooms, were to staff the information booth in the 4-H Building, dispensing maps, directions and briefings on the day's activities.

Blistering heat closed schools across the region as classrooms became more like ovens. In Worthington, the Tuesday high temperature was 97 degrees --the highest temperature recorded for the town to date in 1984. Tom DeWall, Daily Globe photographer, fried an egg -- in perfect sunny-side form -- on a patch of highway to illustrate the heat's effect.

The 1984 Worthington King Turkey Day race team included Tim Aker, Larry Haugen, Sheila Pederson and Jan Dybevick.


50 years ago

An ominous summer storm, following in the wake of a prolonged day and night heat wave, swept over southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa early Sunday night. Reports were of winds exceeding 75 miles per hour, with casualties including the Brewster Red Owl's plate glass window and six hogs owned by Lars Hellstrom, which were killed instantly when a bolt of lightning split a hog feeder.

Sunday night's brief storm left its mark in many places throughout Worthington, but the strangest damage was to the south wall of the new Worthington Hatchery building on the city's south edge. Workmen speculated that a small funnel could have touched ground here as the north wall, still standing, should have shielded the other and taken the brunt of the storm.

Twenty Worthington residents took a bus to St. Paul on Saturday to attend a pops concert honoring Worthington as the Turkey Capital. They returned early Sunday morning after having a dinner in the state capital and enjoying the music of Rodgers and Hammerstein.

New Worthington attorney Ryan Knapp was selected by the Worthington United Fund board of directors as the 1959-60 campaign chairman.

75 years ago

The Rev. J. Deckman, pastor of Worthington's St. Matthew's Lutheran church for more than 16 years, announced his intention to retire from the ministry.

Lee Fagerness, 14, Rushmore, was struck by a hit-and-run driver and was in a local hospital with a leg broken in several places between the knee and the ankle. The accident happened Tuesday evening as the boy crossed the paving just north of Rushmore to enter a waiting car. The driver of the car that hit him did not stop.


One of the best yields of flax reported this season was from the Dave Herline farm four miles northwest of Worthington. His yield was 19 bushels per acre -- a good yield for that grain in any season, and a particularly profitable one at present prices.

John Nystrom, resident of Indian Lake township for 61 years, died this week after an illness of many months. Mr. Nystrom was born in Jamtland, Kall Sacken, Sweden on Sept. 10, 1852. In 1873 he and his parents came to this country, and he took up a homestead in Indian Lake Township. The following year he married Anna Martha Olson and they took up their residence on the homestead, which is now occupied by his youngest son, Ernest Nystrom.

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