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Looking Back: 1993 -- Surprise snowstorm blasts region

One year ago Worthington's Alternative Learning Center hosted a Culture Day. The countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Thailand and Mexico, plus several African countries, were represented. The event was led by the Minnesota Association of Alterna...

One year ago Worthington's Alternative Learning Center hosted a Culture Day. The countries of Guatemala, El Salvador, Thailand and Mexico, plus several African countries, were represented. The event was led by the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs STARS Leadership Development class.

 

The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation presented a $3,850 grant to the Minnesota Cornerstone Drug Court for use in expanding the wellness activities available to drug court participants.

 

The Worthington High School speech team placed third in the small team division at a recent speech meet held at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

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Aida Simon, Worthington, received the Lifesaving Award from the Worthington Police Department for saving the life of a 4-year-old Worthington boy.

 

The Worthington Civil Air Patrol squadron celebrated its 75th anniversary this week.

Five years ago Federated Rural Electric was honored with a national award from the Rural Electric and Resource Council, receiving the "Silver Switch Award" at the RERC's national conference in Louisville, Ky. Andrea Christoffer accepted the award on behalf of Federated Rural Electric.

 

A group of 14 German guests from Potsdam, Germany (sister city of Sioux Falls, S.D.), visited Worthington's Pioneer Village this week.

 

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A recent ranking of overall health among Minnesota counties ranked Nobles County ninth out of the state's 87 counties in the 2013 study - a dramatic improvement over Nobles County's placement at 44th the previous year. Its improvement was due in part to some questions being added and others removed in the survey. Nevertheless, Nobles County's near neighbors didn't fare as well, with Jackson County at 51st, Murray County at 52nd, Rock County at 70th, Pipestone County at 75th and Cottonwood County at 78th.

 

The draft of a master plan for athletic facilities in Worthington was created, and partners (the city of Worthington, ISD 518, Minnesota West Community and Technical College and the Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau) were weeking input from the public about priorities to pursue.

10 years ago Gov. Tim Pawlenty was the keynote speaker at the Bioscience Conference in Worthington. It was Pawlenty's first visit to the conference.

 

The Daily Globe's Women's Expo/Home & Health Show took place at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

 

Richard Shrubb recently assumed his duties as the new president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

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JoAnn Nyholm retired this week after a 45-year career at Worthington Regional Hospital. Nyholm had been the director of nursing at the facility for the past seven years.

 

The Worthington City Council approved the sale of 11.27 acres of land to Bedford Technologies for a new 36,000 square-foot manufacturing facility on the site.

 

Adrian High School junior Katy Slater received the Excellence in Community, Education and Leadership Award from the Minnesota State High School League. She was one of only 40 juniors statewide to receive the award.

25 years ago The Fulda Community Players presented "Bone Chiller" at the Fulda Elementary School gymnasium.

 

The Worthington City Council and Nobles County commissioners met jointly for the first time in several years to address three topics of mutual concern: a geographic information system; legislative issues; and tax forfeited properties.

 

Rep. David Minge officially opened his Windom field office. Windom Mayor John Galle Sr. proclaimed Saturday "David Minge Day" in Windom, giving Minge a key to the city and declaring him an honorary citizen.

 

A "Lois Luncheon" took place at Iven's in Lakefield. All Loises were invited to attend and to "wear an Easter hat."

 

Mark's Towing and Repair, owned by Mark Nelson, relocated from Oxford Street to a larger location at 1566 Rowe Ave., Worthington. Nelson purchased the building, which was formerly the site of Gunter Fuhrmannek's American Precision Golf Corp.

 

An unexpected snowstorm blasted through the area on Sunday, depositing seven and a half inches of snow in Worthington. Road conditions were described as "terrible," most area schools were closed Monday and at least six weather-related traffic accidents were reported. Sibley, Iowa, received 11.5 inches of snow and Luverne, eight inches.

50 years ago Albion F. Wass was honored with a 50-year membership card in the American Legion at the annual birthday party commemorating the founding of the Legion at the Charles Flentje Post No. 461, Round Lake.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's State Theater was Walt Disney's "The Happiest Millionaire."

 

Taps sounded Monday for a 21-year-old sailor, Randall Young, the first Vietnam war casualty from Worthington and Nobles County. Young was serving aboard a Navy patrol boat when he was killed in action March 3. He was buried with full military rites in the Worthington cemetery.

 

The new Bethel Reformed Church, located four miles southeast of Ellsworth, was formally dedicated in ceremonies this Sunday. The Rev. Ronald Sikkema was the current pastor.

 

Grass fires, house fires and corn crib fires sent firemen scurrying throughout the region on Tuesday. The most damaging grass fire burned half a section of land owned by Leslie Hayenga one mile north and one mile west of the corner of Highways 9 and 59 near Sibley, Iowa. Several other fires occurred, including a house fire on the McConkey farm south of Brewster, a grass fire at the Lowell Nasby farm southeast of Jackson, a grass fire at the Leo Crowley farm west of Fulda, a fire at the city dump, and several other grass fires in the region and within the city limits of Worthington.

75 years ago Mrs. Clinton Wilcox and her son, Donnie, 7, of Brewster, were recovering in a Worthington hospital from respiratory irritations arising from inhaling smoke while escaping from their burning home. Clinton Wilcox and two daughters, Gwenneth and Diane, were also treated for after-effects of smoke inhalation but suffered lesser injuries. An overheated furnace was blamed for the start of the blaze, which totally destroyed the large frame house in the northeast residential section of town about 2 a.m. The family barely had time to escape the burning dwelling with their lives and were unable to salvage any clothing or furniture. Clinton Wilcox was publisher of the Brewster Tribune.

 

Advertised specials at the Sav-Mor Food Market, Worthington, included a 16-ounce package of Lushus wide noodles for 17 cents, two dozen sweet Texas oranges for 39 cents, a five-pound bag of yellow corn meal for 14 cents, a one-pound can of Hershey's cocoa for 19 cents and wto pounds of rutabagas for 13 cents.

 

William Yates was elected the new president of the Bigelow elevator at the annual meeting of the 34-year-old cooperative the Farmers Elevator Company. The institution had annual holdings of $100,000. H.M. Russell was named vice president and Roy Selberg was re-elected secretary.

 

A car owned by Lorain Township farmer Russell Jones that was stolen around noon in downtown Worthington was recovered in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The vehicle was stolen by a 16-year-old Austin youth who was suspected of a series of car thefts in Minnesota and Iowa.

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