Looking Back: 2006 -- Groundbreaking takes place for radiation oncology center

One year ago Avera Medical Group Worthington began a collaboration with Access Family Medical Clinic. Rural Health Care Inc., a federally funded health center, was seeking areas in the region that demonstrated a high medical need, and a federal g...

One year ago

Avera Medical Group Worthington began a collaboration with Access Family Medical Clinic. Rural Health Care Inc., a federally funded health center, was seeking areas in the region that demonstrated a high medical need, and a federal grant it received enabled it to offer services on a sliding fee basis so people with limited incomes could receive medical services at reduced or no cost. Avera continued to offer all the same services it previously provided,

and continued to head the surgery center and outreach services.

Although landscaping and a statue were yet to be added to the grounds, progress was being made at the Heron Lake Area Veterans Memorial site. Most recently, a large piece of etched granite was erected. About a dozen local volunteers were making the project a reality.


John Voehl, a renowned Abraham Lincoln historian and reenactor, was appearing in Worthington in a free presentation sponsored by the Nobles County Library, the Friends of the Nobles County Library and the Nobles County Historical Society.

Former Worthington mayor Alan Oberloh opened Pig Town Motors. He had recently sold his business, Quality Auto Body, to Marthaler Inc.

The Minnesota Department of Education released the 2015 Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) scores, and Worthington's scores reflected the overall statewide proficiency, showing a slight improvement in reading scores and a static level in both math and science assessments.

Five years ago In an effort to reduce consumers' costs, Worthington Public Utilities was working to implement an energy saving program.


A community production of "Beauty and the Beast" was underway at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium this month, with Melissa Remme in the role of Belle and Eric Parrish portraying the Beast.

University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler visited Worthington for the first time as part of a two-day trip to southwest Minnesota. His visit included a tour of Newport Laboratories and meetings with several of the company's administrative staff.

The third annual Mary Kay 5K Run and Fun Walk was scheduled for Aug. 13 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. Proceeds from the event benefited organizations fighting cancer and domestic violence.

Cheniqua Johnson, a rising Worthington High School senior, recently represented Worthington and Minnesota at the FCCLA National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif.


Three young men, all back-packing as part of "The Great American Walkabout," stopped in Worthington on their cross-United States trek.

10 years ago Temperatures early this week hovered in the upper 90s in the Worthington area, until showers and thunderstorms brought relief and lowered the mercury to the mid-70s and around 80. Area farmers praised what they called a "million dollar rain" that arrived in time to save many crops.

Dr. Shrirang Mahajan was a new dentist on staff at Worthington's Friendly Dental practice.

Worthington's Hy-Vee store held its third annual sweet corn feed, with "all-you-can-eat" corn for $1.

John and Alyce Resch, Jackson, were honored as the Jackson County Farm Family of the Year.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for a $5.1 million oncology radiation center on the grounds of Worthington Regional Hospital.

25 years ago Funding for Worthington Community College's proposed $1.5 million remodeling project was indefinitely postponed, due to a lack of state legislative approval for the initiative.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "City Slickers," "Hot Shots" and "Point Break."

Mountain Lake city officials were pleased to learn that the shuttered Land O'Lakes plant there was being purchased by ConAgra. Following remodeling, the plant would again be operational and was expected to employ up to 30 people after no more than two years. The Land O'Lakes property, which closed June 30, had previously employed 58 people.

Brenda Hurlbut, Worthington, joined in partnership with Winora Hallstrom at Clothes Encounters on Worthington's 10th Street. Hallstrom had started the business in 1988 with Sharon Anderson, who later went into a different private business venture.

Sunday menu offerings this week at Worthington's Gobbler Cafe included grilled ham steak with pineapple, roast beef, barbeque ribs, roast turkey and dressing, Swiss steak, baked buttered chicken and dressing, or pork roast and dressing. Accompaniments were mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls with butter and ice cream. The price: $5.79.

50 years ago Departing for two weeks at the Minnesota State Elks Youth Camp on Pelican Lake were Bryon Johnson of Round Lake, Ron De Yong of Bigelow, Robert Sachen of Worthington and Don Wisdorf of Fulda. Virgil Gerdes was the exalted ruler of the Worthington Elks chapter, which was sponsoring the boys' time at camp.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy's Super Valu in Worthington included watermelons for 79 cents apiece, home-cured slab bacon for 75 cents a pound, angel food cake mix for 39 cents a package and lean, boneless pork cutlets for 69 cents a pound.

Harold LeVander, the Republican candidate for governor of Minnesota, made a Tuesday morning appearance in Worthington. He began by greeting employees at Armour & Company, then at Campbell Soup Company, before attending a public meet and greet event at the Country Kitchen.

Authorities were continuing to investigate a rash of break-ins. Around 2:30 a.m. at Brewster, Ray's Auto Service was broken into. Two persons were observed near the premises. At Bigelow, two break-ins were discovered, the first at Ed Silvis' Standard Station ($1 in change was taken and the thieves failed to pry open a candy machine) and the second at the George Day Texaco Station, where change was removed from the pop and cigarette machines and between $15-20 was taken from a bank pouch. At Mountain Lake, the Frontier Station was entered and about $12 was taken.

A two-week community evangelistic crusade, supported by 20 Protestant churches, took place in Worthington, based at Worthington High School's gymnasium. The Rev. Dr. John Wesley White was the crusade's featured evangelist.

85 years ago Between 2,500 and 3,000 people gathered at the Worthington municipal airport Wednesday afternoon and evening to take in the air fair staged by the Black Hills flyers and sponsored by Worthington merchants. Featured events included the dropping of an Elgin watch, two guinea hens, a Conklin fountain pen, a Ford wheel and Goodyear tire, and free passes to the New Grand Theatre. Few persons realized the "floating" or "soaring" ability of the average guinea hen until they witnessed it at the airport. Without difficulty, the guineas floated to the earth, while scores of Worthington boys eagerly awaited the landing in order to catch the hens.

Chautauqua opened Tuesday night with an excellent program by the Parnells, and continued with performances of "The Intimate Strangers" and "The Big Pond" by the Bergmann Players. Also on the program were the Filipino Collegians, the Cymbalon Orchestral Quartette and poetess Anne Campbell.

Street oiling was fully under way in Fulda. A total of 15 cars of oil were shipped into Fulda for the work. The oil was heated in the cars before being transferred to the trucks, which sprayed it on the roads. The fresh oil was then immediately covered with gravel, through which the oil then worked to the surface. "Under the new method, the job is cleaner than formerly. The road is treated to two coats."

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