Looking Back: 1993 -- Karl's of Worthington celebrates 20 years

One year ago Greg Wede, Worthington, was named the new executive director of Love INC. The Vacuum and Sewing Dealers Trade Association magazine's April edition featured an article about Wortihngton's Crafty Corner Quilt and Sewing Shoppe, which w...

One year ago

Greg Wede, Worthington, was named the new executive director of Love INC.


The Vacuum and Sewing Dealers Trade Association magazine's April edition featured an article about Wortihngton's Crafty Corner Quilt and Sewing Shoppe, which was owned by Zuby and Ken Jansen.



Teresa Widboom, Worthington, was named the Southwest Crisis Center's Nobles County "Faces of Hope" honoree. Widboom was recognized, along with Faces of Hope designees from the other four counties served by the organization, at an annual fundraising banquet.

Five years ago More than 50 citizens and and local government officials met Saturday morning at the Worthington Fire Hall to share stories of their struggles and strides in the aftermath of last week's destructive ice storm and snowstorm. Gov. Mark Dayton, U.S. Sens. Amy Klobuchar and Al Franken, U.S. Rep. Tim Walz and area legislators all attended the meeting and promised to help.


The ISD 518 board unanimously voted to accept Bud's Bus Service as the transportation company for the district beginning next fall.


The Okabena Club celebrated its 100th birthday, with sixteen members still involved.


Worthington High School choral director Kerry Johnson led 107 of her choral students on a tour to New York City. They performed at a few locations in New York.


10 years ago The third annual Worthington Gun Show took place at the Worthington Arena, on the Nobles County Fairgrounds.


Olivia and Carlos Figueroa was among 55 people receiving their U.S. citizenship at a naturalization ceremony at Windom this week. Individuals from 16 different countries were among those becoming citizens.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Bank Job," "Nim's Island," "Drillbit Taylor," "Shutter" and "Horton Hears a Who."


The K-Kids Club of Prairie Elementary recently completed a food drive for Manna Food Pantry, collecting 860 pounds of food for the charity.



Prairie Elementary fifth-grade teacher Rodney Rowe was reelected to a three-year term on Education Minnesota's governing board.


The Trail's Edge Drive-In Cafe in Currie, owned by Roger and Deanna Hamann, opened for the season.


The Worthington Police Department was profiled in the latest edition of "Minnesota Police Chief" magazine in an article titled "Worthington's Mission: Stay In Touch with Community and Region."


Ten students from the Worthington High School speech team competed in the state speech tournament this week.

25 years ago Immigration and Naturalization Service officers arrested 19 "illegal aliens" Tuesday at several Worthington locations. Nine of the 19 people were taken into custody at Worthington's Monfort Pork plant, and another eight were arrested at the Department of Motor Vehicle Services at the Nobles County Government Center. They were arrested for having false IDs or trying to obtain them. Both INS and Border Patrol were involved in the arrests. By Thursday, 55 illegal aliens had been arrested in the surrounding area, including 18 at Madelia.


Karl's of Worthington celebrated 20 years in the auto/farm/truck parts business. Owners Jim and Pat Karl, along with co-founder Bonnie Karl, offered discounts, drawings and an open house with free rib ticklers as part of the anniversary celebration.


Dr. David Reeves of Worthington Chiropractic Clinic was selected as part of the medical staff for the 1993 U.S. Taekwando Championships, scheduled for May 27-29 at the St. Paul Civic Center.


Currie farmer Steve Cohrs was elected Murray County's first district commissioner. Cohrs prevailed with 260 votes, while his competitor Steve Johnson received 234 votes. Cohrs would fill the unexpired term of Duane Kirchner, who died Feb. 17.

50 years ago Construction of three open picnic wings being added to the Centennial Park shelter house was nearing completion. The work was being done by Jim Meyeraan's Roofing and Siding firm.


Colleen Burns, a freshman at Worthington State Junior College, helped Lawrence Cooper, exalted ruler of the local Elks Club, draw the name of Mrs. Leslie Paul, St. James, as the winner of either a television set or its cash value. The contest had originally been a snowmobile derby, sponsored by the Elks Club and the local Penguin Snowmobile Club, but it was cancelled due to a lack of snow.


Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Gordy's Super Valu included ring bologna for 49 cents apiece, 10 packets of Kool-Aid for 39 cents, a three-pound can of Crisco for 69 cents, bananas for 10 cents a pound, a 25-pound bag of Occident flour for $1.69, a two-pound can of Super Valu coffee for $1.09, a pound of ground beef for 39 cents and a 46-ounce can of Shamrock pineapple juice for 19 cents.


Worthington Senior High School students viewed a touring production of the musical "The Fantasticks" at Memorial Auditorium, presented by the Eastside Theater of St. Paul. Since opening in New York in 1961, "The Fantasticks" held the record for being the longest, continuously running play in New York.

75 years ago Anthony E. Krogman, son of Mrs. Anna Krogman, Lismore, received his commission as a second lieutenant in the army after graduating from the officers training station school at Fort Benning, Ga.


Six mobile First Aid units, the first to be approved in Nobles County, were operating out of Worthington. Three were from the Nobles Cooperative Electric, two from the Worthington Telephone Exchange company and one from the city. The unit drivers had completed 30 hours of instruction in Red Cross first aid and were equipped to give assistance in case of accidents until physicians arrive. Among the drivers were Frank Flynn, Jack Pirtle, Al Goff, George Shirkey and Robert Killen.


Hogs gained five cents on the Worthington market, reaching a top of $14.25, which was still 75 cents short of last weekend's peak of $15. The market skidded from that high to a $14.25 top Monday, then dropped another nickel before mounting five cents. Monday's big drop was due to a weekend announcement that the government was planning a new program to stabilize prices on live hogs.


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