Looking Back: 1993 -- District 518, teachers reach contract agreement

One year ago The Worthington Water and Light Commission approved a plan to illuminate the section of the city's walking/biking path that stretches from 10th Avenue to Oxford Street, and the path that runs through Olson Park and around the southwe...

One year ago The Worthington Water and Light Commission approved a plan to illuminate the section of the city's walking/biking path that stretches from 10th Avenue to Oxford Street, and the path that runs through Olson Park and around the southwest corner of Lake Okabena. Worthington Public Utilities electric superintendent Pat Demuth estimated it would take 65 fixtures to light both sections, at a cost of $58,800, plus an extra $17,000 for labor and installation. The project was expected to be completed by the following spring.


A new report shared that the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. had delivered nearly $1.1 million in gap financing loans to 22 businesses in Nobles County since 2010. The expansions realized by the low-interest loans resulted in creation or retention of 68 full-time jobs and another 22 temporary or part-time jobs.


The Worthington City Council ended a five-month saga by approving a conditional use permit for a Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council childcare facility to be located on Pleasant Avenue south of Pleasant Park.



The Splash'n Jackson Committee announced it would bring its splash pad project to fruition, with an anticipated August 2018 completion. The approximately 2,000 square-foot splash pad was being designed in Jackson's Memorial Park with multiple areas for age-appropriate fun.

Five years ago Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson visited Windom and participated in a Veterans Day program at Windom Area High School that honored local veterans.


The Worthington City Council approved a request to allow boat lift storage at Slater Park.


Worthington High School presented the fall play "Parents Just Don't Understand" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.



Jackson native David Ellefson's new book, "My Life with Deth," shared details about his rock and roll career with the band Megadeth.

10 years ago Le Lucht was recently named the Multi-Cultural Affairs Coordinator at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.


The Green Earth Players of Luverne became the first theater troupe to perform "A Ghost in the House" outside of Sioux City, Iowa, where the playwright resided and the play had premiered.


The Worthington Area United Way telethon was expected to be "bigger and better than ever," with live entertainment in the Worthington High School gymnasium, food, product vendors, a silent auction and more. More than $5,000 was raised during the telethon; the local United Way's goal for the year was $135,000.


Freezing rain and eventual snowfall made travel hazardous and prompted many area schools, including District 518, to close on Wednesday.



Immanuel Baptist Church of Westbrook celebrated its 100th anniversary, with a celebratory theme of "100 Years of God's Faithfulness."


Worthington Middle School students voted in a mock election, with the following results: President/vice president, 202 votes for Obama/Biden, 91 for McCain/Palin; U.S. Senate, 135 votes for Al Franken, 91 for Norm Coleman, 20 for Dean Barkley; U.S. Representative, 192 votes for Tim Walz, 53 for Brian Davis, 18 for Greg Mikkelson; District 22B representative, 138 votes for Richard Peterson, 131 for Rod Hamilton.

25 years ago District 518 administration and the Worthington Education Association reached a tentative agreement on contracts for the 1993-94 and 1994-95 school years. The proposed salary increase for the two-year period included a 1.82 percent increase for the first year and a 3.5 percent increase for the second year. Superintendent Bruce Thomas and Worthington Education Association president Judy Schmidt, representing the 189 teachers of the district, agreed it was a "fairly negotiated settlement."


Angela Friedrich, 30, was an exchange teacher from Germany who spent time in Curtis Pearson's Worthington High School German classroom this week. Friedrich taught English and Russian at the Potsdam-Leibniz Gymnasium and had spent the five preceding weeks at Lincoln and Washington High Schools in Sioux Falls, S.D.


Temporarily slowed by the year's excessive rainfall, the system designed to remove contamination from an Adrian site was operating again. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency's tanks and spills division was overseeing the groundwater cleanup plan due to the potential health hazards at the Adrian Municipal Well Field site in northern Adrian.


The 13th annual truckload salt sale was underway at Fleet Family Center, Worthington, with a 40-pound bag of solar crystals selling for $1.84 and a 40-pound bag of salt pellets going for $2.39.

50 years ago An annual Homemakers Fair took place Saturday at Pleasantview school in Lakefield. There were exhibits of crafts and demonstrations of macrame knotting and plastic bag crocheting. Other attractions included glass flowers, "fun with terry," rainy-day crafts and many Christmas ideas.


Mr. and Mrs. Richard Horak, formerly of Worthington, were recovering at a Brookings, S.D., hospital after they had been overcome by gas from a faulty heater in their apartment on the South Dakota State University campus. Both were unconscious for a period of time. Linda Horak was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Schmidt and was teaching in the Brookings vicinity, while Richard Horak was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Horak and was an engineering student at SDSU.


Gene Gale, a Worthington resident of three years, joined Sears as an appliance salesman. Before taking the Sears position, he'd spent 23 years in the Army, the last 14 of which were as a recruiter.


Students from Sibley, Iowa, performed Gilbert and Sullivan's "The Mikado."

75 years ago Lester Marotzke, the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. Fred Marotzke of Lismore, had the thumb of his left hand completely torn off in the grain elevator while moving corn.


The Worthington Boy Scouts campaign to collect old newspapers and magazines was postponed due to a storm. The storm also was worrying area turkey and lamb producers, with the snow causing issues for the animals.


A Brewster soldier, Tech 4th Gtr. George Easterday, the son of Amos Easterday of Brewster, was reported wounded in the Mediterranean area.


Joe Ray, 68, picked almost 20,000 bushels of corn this fall for Milford Davis and five neighbors. Ray had lost the fingers of his right hand in a corn picker accident 14 years earlier but continued to pick corn ever since and was considered an expert with the machinery.

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