Looking Back: 2005 -- Open house hosted for new Slayton hospice facility

One year ago The Warehouse, a one-stop shop for people in the market for antiques, arts and crafts, collectibles and home d?cor, opened on Luverne's Main Street. Owners were Scott and Cheryl Moe. The Worthington City Council voted to select PBK I...

One year ago

The Warehouse, a one-stop shop for people in the market for antiques, arts and crafts, collectibles and home décor, opened on Luverne’s Main Street. Owners were Scott and Cheryl Moe.

The Worthington City Council voted to select PBK Investments as the redeveloper for Northland Mall. Council members declined to approve a request for partial release of 4.32 acres on a corner of the mall property to Larry Davis, citing a desire to not separate the usable land and to go with the “person…who has a master plan that includes all of the property acreage.”

An addition to a house was a total loss following an early morning fire in rural Round Lake. The Round Lake Fire Department was dispatched at 6:31 a.m. to the Jeff Markus residence, where a recreation room addition attached to the main home by a breezeway was fully engulfed in fire by the time of the firefighters’ arrival. A propane wall heater was the suspected cause of the fire.

Nobles County commissioners authorized a minimal pay increase for themselves during an end-of-year meeting. On a 4-1 vote (with Zylstra in opposition), commissioners increased their annual salaries from $17,860 to $17,950. Per diems remained the same, at $100 per day for meetings attended. In other end-of-year county action, the commissioners adopted the 2015 Property Tax Levy at $12,096,602 (a 5.98 percent increase) and adopted a total 2015 budget of $26,914,386.


Five years ago

Worthington Middle School hosted its annual holiday concert, with tunes on the program including “Winter Wonderland,” “Silver Bills” and “Hanukkah Song” performed by the school’s choir, orchestra and band students.

St. Mary’s School of Worthington received a $15,000 technology grant from the Blandin Foundation. The school planned to match the grant amount and purchase 15 computers, four Smart Boards and seven new Internet access points.

The District 518 school board voted 4-2 to authorize a one-time levy reduction of approximately $1 million for the following year.

Days before two county employees lost their jobs and two more had their hours cut, the Nobles County commissioners approved a pay increase for themselves on a 4 to 1 vote. The commissioners’ salaries were to increase from $17,000 per year to $17,510 as of Jan. 1. Their per diem rate of $100 was to remain the same.

Worthington High School was preparing to start a robotics team in the new year - one of 137 Minnesota schools beginning such programs. Ten to 15 students to date had expressed interest in the robotics team to date.

10 years ago

An open house was hosted at the new Hospice of Murray County in Slayton. Amenities there included four patient rooms, a whirlpool bath and a separate laundry room, all in a park-like setting.


Worthington Regional Hospital staff announced plans to break ground in the spring for a new addition - a radiation oncology center that would make treatment more convenient for area cancer patients.

The Brewster Fire Department was dispatched to an early Sunday fire at the Minnesota Soybean Processing Plant in Brewster. The fire was located in the plant’s extraction facility.

Jason Kruger and John Cowan, co-owners of Ide@s Computers, moved the business to a new location at 337 Oxford St., Worthington. The business was formerly known as Computer Exchange until Kruger and Cowan purchased it.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store this week included spiral hams for $2.29 a pound, 16-ounce tubs of Blue Bunny dip for 99 cents, a 12-count “office pack” of donuts for $4.79, a one-pound package of butter for $1.77 and Mrs. Smith’s fruit pies for $3.89 each.

25 years ago

Showing this week at Northland Cinema were “Kindergarten Cop,” “Almost an Angel” starring Paul Hogan and “Home Alone.”

At least $50,000 in damage was caused by an early Sunday fire that gutted Sheldon, Iowa’s J and B Bar and damaged several other nearby businesses. The fire was reported at 4:55 a.m. Sunday and was likely caused by an overloaded electrical circuit in the bar area.

A pack of coyotes was believed responsible for the death of a steer north of Rock Valley, Iowa, recently.


Randy Johnson, a native of Fulda, was the new manager of the Hardee’s Restaurant in Worthington.

The Cottonwood County Courthouse in Windom was in the process of being renovated to make all floors accessible to handicapped people. Other changes included combining the court offices and courtrooms into one location.

50 years ago

Two women were shot to death in front of St. Ann’s Catholic Church in Slayton as they walked to the 8 a.m. mass. The younger woman, 35, and her mother, 60, were gunned down by the younger woman’s recently divorced husband. At least four of the couple’s eight children, who ranged in age from 4 to 15, were witnesses to the violence. The suspect was being held at the Lyon County jail in Marshall.

A highway crash at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday one mile south of Highway 30 on the Hatfield road resulted in the hospitalization of 10 people at the Pipestone hospital. Ultimately three cars were involved in the pile-up.

A 13-year-old Pipestone boy was listed in fair condition at McKennan Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D., following a gun accident at his farm home Sunday. The boy was hunting when he slipped on ice and fell; the .22 caliber rifle he was carrying discharged, and the bullet struck him in the head.

A 16-year-old boy from Sibley, Iowa, was hospitalized with a concussion following an incident in which he fell from a moving auto driven by another 16-year-old boy. The accident occurred late Sunday evening when the victim and a fellow passenger were exchanging seats in the front of the moving car when the right front door flew open and the boy flew out.

A living Nativity scene at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Worthington attracted about 100 cars, the Rev. Russell Tate reported. Richard Bisbee directed the outdoor production, which used men and youth of the church to enact the Christmas story.

75 years ago

Forms for the band shell footings at Chautauqua Park were expected to be completed on Dec. 20, with the supervisor hoping for continued mild weather to expedite concrete pouring. Completing of the shell, with weather permitting, was expected to be accomplished well in advance of the 1941 park season.

An estimated crowd of 1,200 attended the annual Christmas party of the Independent Dairy and Produce Workers union at the Worthington armory. Talent, almost entirely drawn from employees of the Worthington Creamery & Produce Company and their families, presented a varied program, assisted by members of the high school orchestra under the direction of Victor Moeller, and a vested choir.

Albert J. Johnson was advanced from vice commander to commander of the Arthur Calvin post, American Legion. Johnson succeeded Ed Murphy. Charles Danielson was named the new vice commander.

The Kiwanis Club and Hower theater management entertained about 800 children of Worthington and the vicinity at their annual Christmas party. Cartoon comedies and other features were shown, and as the young guests left the State theater, they were presented with boxes of sweets.

Advertised specials at Council Oak Store of Worthington included fresh oysters for 45 cents a quart, spare ribs for 12 cents a pound, beef roast for 16 cents a pound, a dozen navel oranges for 29 cents, a five-pound box of fancy chocolates for 89 cents and a one-pound “Christmas package” of Prince Albert for 74 cents.

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