Looking Back: 1995 — Area cemetery marks 100 years


One year ago

The Worthington High School Concert Choir, directed by Kerry Johnson, joined with the St. Michael-Albertville's 80-voice top choir in a free concert Saturday at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. The STMA choirs were under the direction of Joseph Osowski, who conducted the WHS choirs from 2006-09, and Brandon Berger, a 2011 WHS alumnus. The program included Berger's new composition, "The World I Dream."

Worthington Middle School sixth-grade language arts teacher Jodi Madsen was named the 2019 Education Minnesota Worthington teacher of the Year. Other award nominees for the year were Tiffany Neugebauer and Judy Heitkamp.

Two Worthington High School Business Professionals of America students qualified for national competition after faring well in the state contest. New Bu and Alvaro Fernandez-Rodriguez would attend the BPA National Spring Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., in early May.

The Reading Community Theater presented the comic "Farce of Habit" at the Reading Community Center, with an eight-member cast. Sandy Wood directed.


Murray County Historical Museum Director Janet Timmerman and Geraldine Pedersen of Jasper were recognized with Lifetime Achievement Awards from the Minnesota Alliance of Local History Museums.

Five years ago

The first meeting of the Nobles County Safe Roads Coalition, an offshoot of the Traffic and Safety committee, took place. The Worthington City Council had approved the formation of the Safe Roads Coalition in the hope it could lessen the county's traffic and safety issues by implementing safety programs through collaboration across the region with Zero Deaths coordinators out of Mankato.

A fire destroyed a house at 709 Pershing Blvd.., Worthington, and also burned the house next door at 713 Pershing Blvd. Strong winds of 30 miles per hour and greater contributed to the problem. The destroyed house was being rented; no injuries were reported.

A case of highly pathogenic avian influenza was detected in Nobles County. The HPAI H5N2 case in Nobles County marked the fourth case of avian influenza in Minnesota in just the past three weeks.

10 years ago

With the advent of springlike weather, Worthington Police Officer Bob Fritz urged motorists to keep an eye out for pedestrians and bicylists, and in turn encouraged those people to be alert for vehicles. "Both need to obey the rules of the road," said Fritz. "If everyone does their part, everyone will be safer."

New Vision Cooperative's grain division manager Dan Uttech said that six of the company's 13 elevators had received deliveries of corn within the past week. Farmers who had been harvesting the remnants of last year's corn crop were finding it had over-wintered rather well and had dried down naturally in the field, with moisture contents of 14 to 16 percent common.


25 years ago

Ransom Cemetery, located in Ransom Township, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The Worthington High School gymnasium played host to Jose Cole's International Circus.

About 1,500 people attended a city council meeting at which the city of Spencer, Iowa, opposed a proposed Monfort Pork plant arriving there.

Wayne Smith began duties as the new Resource Conservation and Development Coordinator for Nobles County, succeeding Shane Missaghi.

50 years ago

North Dakota native Edward F. Kolberg assumed his duties as Worthington's new assistant manager of utilities. He moved to Worthington with his wife, LaVonne, and their young children: Kaarin, 3, and Morgan, 2.

The annual Fireman's Dance took place at Memorial Hall, Fulda, featuring Tiny Little and the Band of Band Leaders.


Mrs. William Boddy was installed as worthy matron, and William Boddy as worthy patron, of Ransford Chapter No. 43, Order of Eastern Star. They succeeded Mrs. A.J. Scherff and Ray Meyeraan in those respective posts.

Michael's restaurant of Worthington was celebrating its 21st anniversary during April. An ad read, "Serving the finest of fine foods in an atmosphere of Italian elegance." This week, Michael's offered a free meal for children under age 12 when an adult entree was purchased.

The operators of the Hotel Thompson Coffee Shop, Mr. and Mrs. Walter Hay, announced the closing of the restaurant they opened in November. The couple, from Mitchell, S.D., indicated their future plans included "an extended vacation." The hotel was interested in finding a new operator for the facility, and inquiries were asked to be directed to J.M. Mitchell at the hotel registration desk.

75 years ago

The Rev. J.H. Steger, pastor of Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church in Wilmont for nearly 17 years, was being transferred to the parish in Adams, Minn., this week. Father Steger was a native of Canton, Minn., where he was stationed for six years before coming to Wilmont.

At least one Worthington citizen had a ringside seat at the capture of the Ludendorff bridge at Remagen, Germany, recently. Cpl. Clifford D. Roth, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Roth, 911 Milton Ave., Worthington, was a member of the Ninth armored division combat command, elements of which made the first crossing of the Rhine by a foe of the German Reich in 125 years, a point which Corporal Roth proudly highlighted in a letter his parents recently received.

Pfc. Joseph Burns, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ed Burns, Worthington, was wounded in the recent Iwo Jima invasion and was recovering at a base hospital somewhere in the Pacific from wounds suffered in that conflict. He was a member of the Third marine division.

Pfc. John W. Parker, USMC, son of Mrs. Myrtle Parker, 911 Strait Ave., Worthington, died a few weeks ago of wounds suffered in action on Iwo Jima in the Volcano islands, according to a message from the marine corps high command that his mother received just this week. The Strait Avenue marine had long skirted the fringes in most of the tough spots of the Pacific War. He was with Carlson's Raiders in the famous Makin Island raid, lived through the terrors of the Guadalcanal in the early days of the Solomons campaign and was long in more or less continuous action on Bougainville.

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