Looking Back: 1992: Construction wraps up at The Meadows

One year ago Worthington native and comedian Cy Amundson returned to town to perform at a King Turkey Day fundraiser at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Amundson had appeared on "Conan," the Comedy Central Network and Fox's "Family Guy...

One year ago

Worthington native and comedian Cy Amundson returned to town to perform at a King Turkey Day fundraiser at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Amundson had appeared on "Conan," the Comedy Central Network and Fox's "Family Guy" and "American Dad," among other appearances.


Hospice Cottage Inc. of Worthington hosted its first-ever open house and ice cream event. The facility's walking trail, including a contemplative seating area complete with a gas fireplace, was highlighted at the event.



Paul Langseth, Worthington, received the Citizenship Award from the Minnesota-Dakotas District of Kiwanis International at the organization's recent annual convention in Fergus Falls. Langseth was recognized for his efforts in rescuing a driver from a flaming crash on Minnesota 60 near Heron Lake on Aug. 31, 2015.


The Pipestone Civil War Days took place, with re-enactments and a wide variety of historical programs and artifacts included in the festivities.


Tina Schlichte, a cosmetologist with 12 years' experience, opened Primp Salon in downtown Worthington.


Adam Nichols, D.P.M., was the first podiatrist to join the team of Sanford Worthington Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Clinic and recently began seeing patients in Worthington.

Five years ago Worthington native and dance instructor Robyn Murphy announced plans to open the Shining Fame Performance Dance Studio in Worthington in September.



Steve Collins was the new manager of Unclaimed Freight located on Worthington's Oxford Street.


The Worthington City Council committed $31,000 of hospital sale proceeds as a contribution to the regional stormwater retention pond on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.


Bob Lundergard retired in early August after 45 years at the Worthington JBS plant. In that time, Lundergard achieved 24 consecutive years of perfect attendance.


Missy Gruis, a home health care nurse with Sanford Worthington Medical Center, received Sanford's DAISY award in recognition of her extraordinary efforts in nursing. Gruis had spent her 25-year nursing career with the Worthington hospital and had been a home health care nurse for the past five years.



Members of the Dakota Nation and other guests attended a Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation (declared as such by Gov. Mark Dayton) at Pipestone National Monument

to mark the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862.

10 years ago University of Minnesota Professor Louis Mendoza stopped in Worthington in the midst of his 8,500-mile cross-nation bicycle trip called "A Journey Across America." Mendoza, the chair of the U of M's Department of Chicano Studies, was talking with "everyday people" about immigration and their views on Latinos moving to the United States.


PET/CT scans recently became options for patients at Worthington Regional Hospital via a mobile service provided by DMS Imaging. The PET/CT scans were available in Worthington on the fourth Thursday of each month.


Eric Parrish was hired as an instructor of music and theater at the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Parrish held a master's  degree in vocal performance and a bachelor's degree in music with a minor in theater/dance, the latter degree earned at Gustavus Adolphus College.


Rune's Furniture & Carpet of Worthington celebrated its 50th anniversary. Dave and Doug Frisch co-managed the business, and their father, Richard, managed it before them.


The Worthington City Council agreed to purchase 99 acres of land north of I-90 and west of U.S. 59 for $940,000, with the intent it would be used for economic development opportunities.

25 years ago The 63rd annual Pipestone County Fair took place in Pipestone.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "A League of Their Own," "Unforgiven" and "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."


After several delays, construction was finally complete at The Meadows of Worthington, a senior citizen apartment complex. Manager Cindy Penning reported that 19 of the complex's 40 units were rented upon the facility's opening, with much interest expressed in renting the remaining units.


Officials from Luverne and Rock County met with a pool committee, determining to gather a second opinion about the cost of bringing the local pool up to current standards. An initial estimate placed the cost for needed repairs and upgrades at $690,000 or more.


A new clothing store, Braun's, opened recently at Worthington's Northland Mall.


The Frederik Hotel, owned by the Cottonwood County Historical Society, was demolished and the site was leveled and cleaned by the Cottonwood County Highway Department. Future land use of the site was yet to be determined.

50 years ago Sunday night was a "hot one" for Luverne firemen. Flames destroyed the Rock County Sale Barn on the north edge of the fairgrounds in only 45 minutes. Another fire was spotted immediately thereafter in a pile of utility poles staked in a city yard near the fairgrounds. Just over an hour later, a third fire broke out in the  roof of an apartment house at 406 East Main St., Luverne.


Advertised "29 cent" specials this week at Worthington's Red Owl included a dozen ears of fresh sweet corn for 29 cents, a half-gallon of Ma's Old Fashioned Root Beer for 29 cents, a 10-ounce package of Rice Krispies for 29 cents, and a four-roll pack of Charmin bathroom tissue for 29 cents.


The annual V.F.W.-Elks chicken-corn picnic took place in the parking lot between the two clubs on Wednesday night. The cost was $1.25 for adults and 75 cents for  children 12 and under.


Showing this week at Worthington's Gay Drive-In were "Doctor Zhivago," which had been preceded the week prior by "The Viscount."


Employment in Worthington hit an all-time high on July 15, with 4,894 persons holding jobs according to the Minnesota Employment Service.

75 years ago Tom Schrader, son of Mrs. William Schrader of Worthington, was named state fish biologist for Nebraska. Schrader would begin his duties in the position Sept. 1.


Mrs. Russell Bulick of Reading suffered injuries in a washday mishap on Friday. She had severe cuts and bruises afterwards but no fractures. Bulick had attempted  to move the washing machine down the basement steps but missed her footing and tumbled, the machine falling over her and gashing one of her hands so badly that stitches were necessary.


In a one-night presentation at Worthington's State Theater, the feature was "Dutch Minds the Baby." All seats were 11 cents.


Clifford Simon, a former agricultural instructor at Harmony and, most recently, assistant county agent in Faribault County, was the new Rock County agricultural agent. He succeeded J. Kenneth King in the position.


The 4-H livestock judging team that would represent Nobles County at the Minnesota state fair was comprised of Robert Clauson of the Ocheda Beavers; Garvin Soderholm of the Elk Tip-Toppers; and Fred Asbaugh of the Rushmore Central Hustlers.

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