Looking Back: 1991 -- Worthington's Rogers wins national award

One year ago A week after the water supply was shut off at Blue Mounds State Park due to the discovery of E. coli bacteria, restesting of the lines revealed the system was clear of the bacteria and again safe to use. Members of law enforcement an...

One year ago

A week after the water supply was shut off at Blue Mounds State Park due to the discovery of E. coli bacteria, restesting of the lines revealed the system was clear of the bacteria and again safe to use.

Members of law enforcement and other government agencies gathered in Fairmont for the South Central Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths workshop. MnDOT District 7 engineer Greg Ous, who shared traffic-related death statistics, was among the speakers at the event.

For the sixth time since 2009, Worthington High School sent members of its Concert and Trojan Choirs to a Minnesota Twins’ game to sing the National Anthem before the first pitch was thrown.

Waldemar and Michaela Pazurek, parents of 2014-’15 Crailsheim exchange student Vanessa Pazurek, visited Worthington and participated in a graduation party for their daughter. The Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. committee was marking its 68th year of a sister city relationship with the German town of Crailsheim.


The Mark Hodapp family of rural Adrian was having a record year in the number of multiple calf births among its 95-cow beef herd, with one set of triplets and nine sets of twins being born in the spring.

Scott and Jenny Ellenbecker announced a three-day grand opening of the Round Lake Winery from June 5-7. The 18-acre vineyard was established in 2007 and was located on the shores of Round Lake.

Five years ago

Sally Anne Benson retired after 32 years of working with the Worthington Montessori School, most of them spent as the preschool’s directress.

The 124th annual commencement took place at Worthington High School, with 137 seniors graduating. WHS physical education and health teacher Brad Grimmius was selected by the students as the ceremony’s guest speaker.

A renovation project began at the Murray County Law Enforcement Center, Slayton. The center was to be closed until the construction was completed, with an alternate service location provided.

Worthington Area Orchestra presented its second concert of its inaugural year, with 34 string players performing at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. The program included a jazz-based set as well as compositions by Mozart and Aaron Copland.

The Nobles County Planning Commission approved a new conditional use permit for feedlot expansions near Adrian.


Sisters April and Chelsey Johnson, rural Heron Lake, were the first in the 58-year history of the Princess Kay of the Milky Way program to vie for the state title at the same time.

10 years ago

After 36 years of guiding young children’s lives, Julie Kuiper retired as co-director of Hi-Ho Preschool, Worthington. Kuiper had served an estimated 1,800 students over the years.

Worthingtonians Audrey Reisdorfer, Julie Morphew and Jodie Morphew became a three-generation nursing family when Jodie received her Registered Nursing certificate at Minnesota West earlier in May.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “The DaVinci Code,” “Over the Hedge,” “Poseidon” and “Ice Age 2: The Meltdown.”

About 200 people participated in the WalkAmerica event and walked around Lake Okabena to raise $25,000 for the Southwest Prairie Chapter of the March of Dimes.

Queen Sheba Restaurant opened in the Hotel Thompson building in downtown Worthington, becoming the first Ethiopian restaurant in the city. Tsehau Retta recently relocated from Las Vegas, Nev., to run the restaurant.

Worthington High School made a change, moving its commencement exercises from Sunday afternoon to Friday evening after many years of the previous schedule. Approximately 175 seniors graduated.


25 years ago

A home approximately nine miles northwest of Heron Lake was destroyed by fire early Saturday morning. No one was in the house at the time of the blaze.

An item in the Daily Globe’s business section noted that the River Hills Mall, an enclosed regional shopping center, was currently under construction near the intersection of U.S. 14 and Minnesota 22 in Mankato. July 31 was slated for the mall’s grand opening.

The current four-year contract between Monfort Pork and Local P1161 of the United Food and Commercial Workers Union was due to expire in one month, with union and company officials yet to meet. Monfort had 1,200 employees at its Worthington plant, 875 of whom were union members.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “The Marrying Man,” “The Hard Way” and “King Ralph.”

Rosie Rogers, Worthington, received the annual National Association of Housing and Redevelopment’s outstanding achievement award for the Minnesota chapter at the group’s annual meeting at Brainerd. Rogers was hired as housing manager for the local Housing and Redevelopment Authority five years earlier.

Jeff Stanislawski was scheduled to begin work as the Rock County Agricultural Extension Agent on June 17. Stanislawski was previously an ag instructor at Marshall Senior High School.

50 years ago

Gary Schimbeno, son of Mr. and Mrs. Leon Schimbeno, 217 West Clary St., Worthington, was named honor student at Worthington Junior High School. Each year, an honor student was elected by the school body for his achievements in scholarship, citizenship and service. The winner received a medal and had his name inscribed on the permanent trophy which hung in the school hall.

Tom Jensen was named valedictorian of Round Lake High School, while Sandra Huehn was the school’s salutatorian.

Rich Lauring, 26, a native of Coleraine, was the new pharmacist at Dickey Thrifty on Oxford Street and at Dickey Pharmacy on 10th St., Worthington. Lauring was a 1963 graduate of the University of Minnesota Pharmacy School.

Friends and neighbors of William Duggen, rural Westbrook, gathered at his farm to plant 55 acres of corn. Duggen was unable to complete the work because of an injury.

A class of 46 young people was confirmed Sunday by the Rev. M.W. Lieske at the 10:30 a.m. service at St. Matthew Evangelical Church, Worthington.

85 years ago

Worthington’s largest graduating class (78) received diplomas from President J.A. Snyder of the Board of Education on May 29.

Hostilities ceased Sunday in Nobles County’s war on crows, and the few black pests that remained in Nobles County “are taking stock, checking up on the casualties and deciding whether to remain in such inhospitable territory or not.” High man for the shoot was “Deed” Atrops, who bagged a total of 5,030 points. Ernest Schmidt was second with 3,070, while A.G. Verlautz was third with 1,960.

At the regular Kiwanis luncheon, the program (sponsored by James G. Mott) took the form of an observance of the 50th anniversary of the American Red Cross society. The Rev. W. E. Mahle gave an “interesting summary” of the half century of history, and Mrs. C.J. Becker of Adrian made an exceelent report of her visit as delegate to the national convention in Washington, D.C., in April.

Mr. George D. Dayton invited the entire delegation of Worthington music contest students to be his guests at breakfast Saturday morning in the fourth floor tea room of the great mercantile building in the Mill City. As expected, the breakfast itself was a gastronomic treat, prepared in the peerless Dayton kitchens. A gigantic baked apple was the entree, followed by flawless ham and eggs, piping hot buttered toast, nut muffins that “melted in the mouth,” crisp fried potatoes and little pig sausages, with accompaniments of jelly and and faultless coffee. But the real treat came when the host arose in his place to give the assemblage a little talk, which was a gem. It was clear Mr. Dayton’s affection for the scene of his early labors in Minnesota had not been dimmed by his nearly 30 years in Minneapolis.

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