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Looking Back: 2006 -- City, YMCA approved deal for new Y facility

One year ago The Minnesota West Community and Technical College's nursing program acquired a new Laerdal SimMan Essential mannequin that would assist nursing students with hands-on training efforts beginning in the coming fall semester. Minnesota...

One year ago

The Minnesota West Community and Technical College's nursing program acquired a new Laerdal SimMan Essential mannequin that would assist nursing students with hands-on training efforts beginning in the coming fall semester.

Minnesota Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith was in Luverne to meet with city and Rock County officials. Their discussion centered on economic development and revitalization efforts in the community.

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The traffic signal light at the intersection of Omaha Avenue and Oxford Street (U.S. 59) in Worthington was to be deactivated effective Aug. 13. Cross traffic from Omaha Avenue would need to comply with a stop sign before entering the intersection, however.

A public meeting to discuss future plans for Oxford Street took place Wednesday evening at the Biotech Advancement Center, Worthington.

Former Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh received the Jack Murray Award for his excellence in service to the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities at the organization's recent three-day conference in Duluth.

The Worthington Police Department recently donated 30 ballistic-resistant vests to the Armor of God project. The vests, valued between $1,200 to $1,600 each, were  ones that had been retired locally -- some in the 1990s -- and were given to smaller police departments that couldn't afford them.

Five years ago Efain Patino opened El Mexicano #3 on Worthington's 10th Street, next to Top Asian Foods. Patino already owned two other shops (in Storm Lake, Iowa, and Denison, Iowa), hence, the "#3." The store offered a full-service meat counter plus a wide variety of other foods and goods.

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The family of Rolf and Joan Mahlberg was named the Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. The Mahlbergs farmed in Bigelow Township south of Worthington.

A wet spring and long state government shutdown meant the Minnesota 60 project was behind schedule for the season and would force the detour to remain in place through the winter, officials from the Minnesota Dept. of Transportation announced.

The Worthington Fire Department was called to a trailer fire at the Worthington Travel Plaza. The fire in the trailer, which was loaded with paper products, was quickly extinguished.

The District 518 Board of Education was considering the possibility of hiring a technology integration specialist to aid staff members in becoming proficient with incorporating technology in their lessons.

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Weg's Blue and White Dairy of Bigelow received an okay from the Nobles County Planning Commission to construct a 110- by 244-foot livestock barn at its property in Ransom Township.

10 years ago An Ambassadors' Progress Award was given and a ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at Johnson Builders and Realtors, honoring the business' new office building at 1114 Oxford St., Worthington.

The Worthington City Council unanimously approved an agreement between the city of Worthington and the Worthington Area YMCA to assist in the construction of a new YMCA facility. The city agreed to pay the YMCA $146,000 annually for 20 years, in part to include a swimming pool in the facility. The pool was considered to be a key component of the agreement.

Sibley-Ocheyedan High School FFA adviser Mike Earll was selected to represent Iowa in leading the 2006 Outstanding Middle-Secondary School Agricultural Education program at the National Association of Agriculture Education convention in Atlanta, Ga., in November.

The Northwest Iowa Two-Cylinder Club made its first visit to Worthington over the weekend, with around 40 tractors camping at Pioneer Village on Saturday night.

The city of Jackson was to receive $80,000 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Transportation to help build a new terminal building at the Jackson Municipal Airport.

Scholtes Auto World, Worthington, recently helped raise $1,000 for Prairie Elementary with its minivan "Drive for the Kids" program that was operated in conjunction with the school's May carnival.

25 years ago Northern and eastern sections of Worthington were pummeled by golfball-sized hail late Saturday evening. The oversized hail damaged roofs and siding, broke car and

truck windshields and caused body damage to many vehicles. Meanwhile, the southern and western areas of Worthington experienced only small hail pellets and wind-driving rain. The worst of the storm lasted approximately 15 minutes.

Fraternal Order of Eagles members in Adrian continued a tradition of support for local health care with a $5,000 donation given to the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation.

New businesses which recently began operating in Luverne included Peil's Cardinal Drive-In, Aid Association for Lutherans and Tri-State TeleCom.

The Minnesota Job Service office was unusually busy on Monday following the layoff of 479 Monfort Pork employees. Monfort had announced the previous Friday it was temporarily discontinuing its night shift at the Worthington plant due to "unfavorable market conditions."

The opening celebration of the $1.17 million Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa, was pushed to Aug. 1 due to construction delays.

50 years ago Harold Haspels, 23, of rural Ellsworth was hospitalized in Luverne with injuries he suffered at 12:15 a.m. Friday when the motorcycle he was riding struck a car driven by a rural Adrian resident. The mishap occurred at the I-90 interchange with Highway 75 south of Luverne. Officers said Haspels was thrown from his cycle and suffered a broken wrist, plus bruises and abrasions.

About 200 volunteers armed with flashlights combed South Shore Drive late Friday night searching for a lost child -- Erick Mitchell, 4, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Mitchell, Worthington. But the boy never saw the flashlights; he was sound asleep on the edge of a cornfield only a couple of blocks away from his home. The massive boyhunt commenced when his mother called the police station at 10:17 p.m. Earlier she had noticed the boy's absence, looked through the surrounding neighborhood, but was unable to locate him. The fire alarm was sounded to alert firemen to join police in the search. He was found around midnight by one of the searchers, Elvin Thue.

The 18th annual "Song of Hiawatha" pageant took place at Pipestone near the Pipestone National Monument.

Leuthold and Thoresen Clothiers on Worthington's 10th Street advertised its semi-annual clothing clearance, offering suits for $35, sport coats from $19 and slacks ranging in price from $6 to $15.

85 years ago Worthington firemen made a fast but futile run to the Dwyer farm, about six miles north-east of Worthington, in response to an alarm. The Dwyer's story-and-a-half dwelling was burning briskly from the roof down. There was little to no water on the place, with the nearby creek as dry as a bone, so all they had to work with was 86 gallons in the booster tank of the triple-combination. With a brisk breeze coming from the northwest, blowing the fire away from the other buildings on the site, there was nothing else for those present to do but let the flames have their way. The dwelling burned to the ground.

Persons living in Leota were rejoicing because Uncle Sam had "finally seen fit" to give them a post office and better mail service. The new post office was to be located in the DeBoer and TenCate store in Leota.

Initial steps toward providing an adequate system of sewage removal for Worthington were taken when William Buell, a Sioux City, Iowa, engineer who specialized in such plants, was authorized to proceed with a survey and make a report. A week earlier, council members had inspected plants at Storm Lake and Orange City, Iowa, as well as at Pipestone and Marshall, where such installations were found to be already either in full operation or well advanced.


A new feed grinder was installed at the Worthington Farmers Elevator this week. Manager F.J. Page said the addition to the elevator's equipment made it possible to "handle any kind of grinding."

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