Looking Back: 1992 -- Plan to demolish auditorium unveiled

One year ago Worthington Middle School students organized and participated in the school's first Multi-Cultural Fair. Students representing 19 different countries and cultures shared their customs, food and other information with their fellow cla...

One year ago

Worthington Middle School students organized and participated in the school's first Multi-Cultural Fair. Students representing 19 different countries and cultures shared their customs, food and other information with their fellow classmates. Molly Scheidt, a co-advisor of the WMS student council, said the fair had been a work in progress throughout the school year.


The Southwest Regional Development Commission conducted a Livability Survey in March, and staff presented the results to the Worthington Regional Economic Development Commission board. Many respondents indicated Worthington should have more "curb appeal," while others said they would like to see an art display or a heritage festival in the downtown area. Others requested more restaurants and amenities such as a movie theater.



Tom Sietsema, the son of Dorothy (and the late Elwin) Sietsema of Worthington and a 1979 Worthington High School graduate, was a 2016 recipient of the prestigious James Beard award in the Dining and Travel category for a series, "America's Best Food Cities," he wrote for The Washington Post. Sietsema had been the Post's food critic since 2000.


The Worthington City Council approved an agreement for consultation costs associated with the upcoming reconstruction of Oxford Street.

Five years ago Minnesota West Community and Technical College celebrated Arbor Day with a program and the ceremonial planting of a Black Hills spruce tree on the grounds of the Worthington campus. The tree was one of 180 expected to be planted there throughout the spring.


Construction workers at the site of the Murray County Medical Center expansion project discovered a time capsule in a concrete block. The capsule had been in place since 1951 and was found to be loaded with newspapers, hospital documents and old medication boxes.


The Nobles County Planning Commission members approved two livestock barn expansions, the creation of a new open manure storage pit and the establishment of a rural home business.



The Worthington City Council heard an update on the proposed event center project, as an architect explained the 13,000 square-foot structure would have a main ballroom with a 438-person seated capacity and a standing-room capacity of 600. The project's estimated cost was $3,588,845.

10 years ago Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty made a stop at Worthington High School, renewing his calls for education reform and applauding the community for its bioscience initiatives. Education Commissioner Alice Seagren accompanied him on the visit.


For the fourth time in five years, Worthington Public Utilities earned the American Public Power Association's Electric Utility Safety Award for safe operating practices. The 2006 designation followed those of 2002, 2003 and 2004, when the WPU incident rate was also zero.


Adrian's First Baptist Church celebrated its 60th anniversary. The Rev. Timothy Barr was the church's current pastor.



Worthington High School choral students, directed by Joseph Osowski, and the Murray County Central choir, directed by Chad Felton, were among those selected to appear at the inaugural "Choirs of Note" festival hosted at Marshall High School. Choral legend Dale Warland worked with and critiqued the participating choirs.


The Fulda Community Players presented a rescheduled production of "Father Knows Best."


Ellsworth students Travis Chapa and Amy Bechler attended their high school prom dressed in outfits constructed of approximately 1,700 feet of multi-colored duct tape.

25 years ago Wonder World Preschool Care Center of Slayton was placed on probation for a second time by the state Department of Human Services for failing to use enough staff with the proper qualifications and failing to place children in proper age groups. The new probationary period ran from April 3 to Oct. 1, while the center's previous probationary period (assigned for similar violations) was from Jan. 7-April 1, 1992.


Worthington Regional Hospital continued its move toward expansion when the board agreed to instruct architects to proceed with the next phase.


The city of Worthington unveiled a downsizing plan that could eliminate four full-time city positions (including one police officer) and result in the closing and demolition of Memorial Auditorium. City Administrator Greg Sparks presented the plan. Also on the list was the elimination of lifeguards at the Centennial Park swimming beach, cutback of subsidies to the local taxi service and cutting $3,000 from the summer recreation program. Community Services Director Randy Griffith said, "The new ice arena can accommodate many of the activities currently taking place" at Memorial Auditorium.

50 years ago Worthington Senior High School students earned one "A" rating and two "B" ratings at the state speech contest in St. Paul. Conrad Soderholm won the "A" in discussion and Elizabeth Fager (storytelling) and Tom Peterson (discussion) garnered the "Bs." ("A" denotes superior while "B" denotes excellent.) Dave Kanellis, Trojan speech coach, said the local team finished among the top five or six, with Winona placing first.


The Worthington State Junior College Dramatists presented "The Whole Darn Shooting Match," a comedy directed by Richard Bisbee.


Herbert Stromquist of Northfield was hired as the new principal of Worthington's Central Elementary School. Hattie Fenske was retiring from her position as principal at the end of the school term.


Gunter Georg Metzger was announced as the student from Crailsheim, Germany, who would spend the coming year in Worthington. Gunter, 20, was the oldest of three children.

75 years ago Peter Schmitz, Dundee, was in a Slayton hospital with fractures of both legs and several broken ribs. He suffered the injuries when he tumbled to the highway from a rapidly moving automobile after a door against which e was leaning suddenly opened.


The Worthington male chorus presented its third annual concert at Memorial Auditorium, under the direction of Stanley Nelson. Mrs. Viggo Larsen was the accompanist.


About 80 Standard Oil agents gathered for a 6:30 p.m. dinner at the Hotel Thompson. Heading the official Mankato division party was F.J. Swindell, manager. Sales and advertising plans were gone over in detail.


Approximately 100 of the 156 persons named in a recently published roster of the Worthington air raid warden organization reported for registration and finger-printing. Chief Warden H.O. Kragness decided to keep striking while the iron was hot and immediately announced another registration meeting for the next night.


R.S. Hurd, the sole remaining Civil War veteran in Worthington and all of Nobles County, celebrated his 97th birthday on Sunday. Hurd had been alive during five of the United States' seven wars. Ever since his Civil War days, Hurd "has had a deep and abiding hatred for war and warmakers. He says war is a terrible business, and admits to being puzzled that the world continues to resort to it."


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