Looking back - 1998: Newport Labs opens

One year ago A "Dads and Early Literacy Workshop" was hosted in Slayton. Sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Center, the workshop aimed to help area Early Childhood Family Education directors, probation officers and Head Start workers better un...

One year ago

A "Dads and Early Literacy Workshop" was hosted in Slayton. Sponsored by the Minnesota Humanities Center, the workshop aimed to help area Early Childhood Family Education directors, probation officers and Head Start workers better understand and address the importance of cultivating literacy among young children, with an emphasis on paternal involvement.

The Worthington Area United Way set a goal of $135,000 for its 2008 campaign.

Ramiro and Maria Martinez opened their second Worthington business, Tienda Telvis II, at 423 10th St.

Patient services assistant Carolina Rodriguez of Avera Worthington Specialty Clinics was Avera McKennan's October Employee of the Month.


Five years ago

The Minnesota Soybean Processors' plant near Brewster was about a month away from being operational, with final details of the plant being completed.

A new clandestine drug lab ordinance was to be proposed for Rock and Nobles counties at a public hearing set for Nov. 12.

Palace Motors of Mitchell, S.D., was assuming ownership of Spomer Motors, Worthington, this week. The business, renamed Worthington Motors, also had a new general manager, Brian Nash.

The Worthington Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) group was meeting on the second and fourth Mondays of each month at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington.

10 years ago

Sandy Randall, Worthington, was awarded the Girl Scout Outstanding Volunteer pin by the Peacepipe Girl Scout Council, Redwood Falls. Randall was the service unit manager for the Worthington Girl Scouts.

Luverne native and former Daily Globe photographer Jim Brandenburg hosted a book signing event at Worthington's Cows' Outside. Brandenburg, who rose to fame as a photographer for National Geographic, was signing his new book "Chasing the Light."


Newport Labs, owned by Dr. Wayne Freese, Dr. Craig Pfeifer and the large animal veterinarians of Veterinary Medical Center, P.A., opened in Worthington with seven employees. The company produced specialized livestock vaccines.

Construction was under way on a new building at 1035 Oxford St., Worthington, for Quality Auto Body, owned by Alan Oberloh. The new facility was expected to be completed by December.

25 years ago

Michael's Sicily Lounge proudly presented Todd Lowry, pianist and vocalist, this week, and reminded customers of the featured strawberry daiquiris available in the lounge of the Worthington restaurant.

Mary Mattson, principal of the Lake Wilson grade school, helped develop Ag-Stravaganza, a program for teaching soil conservation to grade school students throughout the state. Mattson served on the governor's Council for Rural Development.

Ginny Kaiser, sixth-grade teacher in Worthington, was one of 16 teachers statewide to receive recognition from the Minnesota Economic Education Teaching Awards program for her three-week social studies course that taught children about forming and running a business.

50 years ago

Playing at Worthington's State Theatre this week was "Damn Yankees," starring Tab Hunter, Gwen Verdon and Ray Walston. The "Kiddies Matinee" featured Gene Autry and Champion in "Cow Town," and "Congo Bill, King of the Jungle," which promised "red-blooded, spine-tingling adventure!"


Worthington's United Fund made another $3,000 leap during the weekend and reached a total of $15,575 toward its $29,000 goal.

An adventurous fawn visited Lakefield Sunday afternoon but failed to endear itself to the owner of a brand-new station wagon. The deer, somewhat out of its element, gracefully bounded up Main Street, gracefully leaped over a parked car and very ungracefully went through the windshield of a second auto -- the station wagon. Crazed by the crash and the broken glass, the fawn ripped and kicked at its shiny and well-upholstered prison. With a frantic lurch, it left as it had entered.

Ellsworth's eight-man football team won the Tri-County league championship with a 40-6 win over Magnolia Friday night.

75 years ago

On Tuesday night of this week, the government thermometer dropped to the lowest point it had hit yet this fall, registering 20 degrees. Several cars left out overnight had steaming radiators in the morning, but it was a light freeze that did no damage. In the northern part of the state, a heavy snow fell.

A young pheasant, wandering away from the battlefront, appeared on the streets of Worthington Tuesday. It showed only a minor case of shellshock and no wounds but when Edward Hodgkinson surrounded it near the Firestone station, it surrendered.

The Rev. Nels Nelson, 66, pastor of the Indian Lake Baptist church for three years, died following a year's illness. "An operation was performed but he became no better. Death was due to a complication of kidney trouble and cancer." Born in Skane, Sweden, in 1867, Nelson's parents died when he was young, and he came alone to the U.S. at 18. He was survived by his wife, two sons, three daughters and two sisters.

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