Looking Back: 1994 -- New daycare center opens in Worthington

One year ago Calissa Lubben, Edgerton, was selected as one of 12 finalists for the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest. Lubben's nomination for the role marked the first time in the program's 65-year history that a finalist hailed from Roc...

One year ago Calissa Lubben, Edgerton, was selected as one of 12 finalists for the 65th Princess Kay of the Milky Way contest. Lubben's nomination for the role marked the first time in the program's 65-year history that a finalist hailed from Rock County.


Worthington's Pioneer Village was set to welcome visitors for its 49th season when it opened for the first time in 2018 over Memorial Day weekend.


The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded $30,000 to 27 members of the Worthington High School Class of 2018. Since 1988, the program had given more than $560,000 to local graduates for their post-high school educational costs.



Worthington High School graduated 181 students at its annual commencement exercises.


The Nobles County Board of Adjustment voted to allow a rural Wilmont farmer to build a 168- by 82-foot total confinement swine barn within 880 feet of a neighboring residence. County ordinance required 1,320 feet, or one-quarter mile, separation between a livestock facility with up to 299 animal units.

Five years ago Randy Donahue, chief deputy of the Murray County Sheriff's Office, retired this week after a 30-year career in law enforcement.


Worthington native Paul Ten Haken, son of Beth and Lyle Ten Haken, Worthington, was recently named South Dakota's Young Entrepreneur of the Year by the South Dakota office of the Small Business Administration. Ten Haken was the founder of Click Rain, a digital marketing company based in Sioux Falls, S.D.



More than 70 teachers, paraprofessionals, administrators and custodians who had worked together at the former West Elementary School in Worthington gathered for a reunion that included tours of the former school and a short program.


Shauna Tweet recently opened T3 Fitness in Adrian.


Vernette Palmer retired after 30 years of service as the city clerk for Lake Park, Iowa.


The Nobles County commissioners unanimously agreed to remove a question from the November ballot that would have sought public support to use Worthington's former municipal pool site for a new public library. Although years of discussion, needs assessment and site exploration for a new library had already taken place, the commissioners cited the need to develop additional funding for the Lewis & Clark water system as the reason for the delay in pursuing the library question.

10 years ago Multiple area fire departments were on the scene of a blaze at the Minnesota Soybean Processing plant in Brewster late Saturday night through early Sunday morning. Residents of Brewster were evacuated due to community safety concerns, with some being sheltered in the emergency at Worthington's American Reformed Church.



Crailsheim exchange student Svenja Wieser was preparing to return to Germany in a couple of months along with Worthington High School student Nicole Janssen, who was Worthington's pick for its representative to Crailsheim for the 2009-10 year. Janssen was the daughter of Mel and Jane Janssen, Bigelow.


Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington named LeeAnne DeRuyter, LPN, as its 2008 Employee of the Year. DeRuyter was a resident of Okabena and had five grown children.


Nobles Cooperative Electric received an Award of Excellence in the Best Marketing Communications Program category for "Living Green," and an Award of Merit for its Compact Flourescent Light program. The awards came from the Council of Rural Electric Communicators and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. NCE's member services manager Adam Tromblay and communications specialist Tracey Haberman accepted the awards.


Loans from local banks and assistance from Southwest Initiative Foundation's Microenterprises Loan Program allowed owner Maria Parga to expand her Worthington business, Video Lupita, to include a full-service kitchen and deli.

25 years ago An open dance, with music by Delmar Dahnke, took place at Worthington's Coliseum Ballroom on North Humiston Avenue on Wednesday evening.


More than 20 children attended a bicycle safety program at Bigelow's Wyatt Park on Saturday.


The Prairie Fire Theater Company involved around 50 local youth, ages seven to 18, in a production of "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs" at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium. The children performed two shows on Saturday. It was the first time the theater company had coordinated a local youth drama performance, and local organizers said they hoped to make it an annual opportunity.


Dick Blom, Leota, was honored for his 18 years on the Nobles County Agriculture Stabilization and Conservation Service executive committee. Blom and his wife, Pauline, had raised four children and farmed for 45 years on their place west of Leota.


Jodi Jueneman, who was the 1991-91 Miss Worthington and a recent graduate of the College of St. Benedict, performed an "Evening in Song" concert at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Worthington. Jueneman was a vocal performance major in college and intended to earn a master's degree as well.


A new daycare center, located in the former Worthington Christian School building at 1118 Johnson Ave., Worthington, recently opened. Teresa Oldewurtel operated the facility, which she said initially was caring for 54 children with a capacity of serving 80.

50 years ago A 61-year-old Ocheyedan, Iowa, was killed in a tractor accident one-half mile east and two miles north of the Ocheyedan junction on a gravel road at about 2:30 p.m. Friday. The accident's cause was not known, but the death was ruled accidental. The man's body was found pinned beneath the tractor, and all four wheels of the vehicle were in the air and the tractor was burning.


Fulda High School graduated a record-high number of students, with 96 graduates of the school being celebrated at the year's graduation ceremony. Eighteen top honor students were named.


Douglas Kraft, son of Mr. and Mrs. Allen Kraft, was valedictorian of the 1969 graduates at Brewster High School, while Linda Gordon, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Erwin Gordon, was class salutatorian.


Michael's Restaurant, Worthington, was celebrating its 20th anniversary this week.


Broadway's musical "Hair" provided the "Age of Aquarius" theme for the Worthington State Junior College banquet and prom, with festivities hosted at the Coliseum Ballroom. Music was provided by local group Bruce Oberman & the Good Guys.

75 years ago Staff Sgt. Leon Hibma was one of eight Minnesotans recently receiving the distinguished flying cross. He was one of three non-commissioned officers so honored as a member of the U.S. Army eighth air force.


Earl Taylor, Adrian, was named Nobles County champion in the annual farm accounting contest for Minnesota 4-H club members. The championships were awarded on the basis of farm records and a written analysis of them.


Taste and odor were expected to be entirely removed from Worthington city water by chlorinating equipment for which the city council decided to ask for bids. J.J. Miller, utilities superintendent, said this was the last step short of installing a complete treating plant. Separate installations were to be made at the three city water supplies, to admit at the wells sufficient chlorine gas to achieve the intended aim.


Nina Doeden, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Doeden, Worthington, arrived in Iceland to serve as an American Red Cross staff assistant. Doeden was a graduate of Worthington High School and the University of Minnesota, and until recently she was employed as Associated Press editor of the Worthington Daily Globe.

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