Looking Back: 2007 -- Karen Buchman retires after 29 years with city

One year ago The Worthington Planning Commission approved Northland Mall zoning changes and a property annexation. The move designates the former mall property as an area of "general business" rather than a shopping center, one-family and multifa...

One year ago

The Worthington Planning Commission approved Northland Mall zoning changes and a property annexation. The move designates the former mall property as an area of "general business" rather than a shopping center, one-family and multifamily residential areas.


The Mixed Blood Theatre of Minneapolis brought its play "Theory of Mind" to the fine arts theater on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical

College. The play, written by Ken LaZebnik, explored the experiences of Bill, a 17-year-old college-bound boy with autism.



The Fulda Community Players presented an historic drama depicting Franklin Delano Roosevelt's early days with polio called "Sunrise at Campobello."


Worthington Public Utilities was given the Certificate of Excellence in Reliability by the American Public Power Association.


Among the topics addressed at the 12th annual Worthington Bio Conference were avian flu and the need for businesses to "grow your own" skilled workforce members.


Congressman Tim Walz conducted a 90-minute "Congressman on Your Corner" event at the Nobles County Government Center.


Five years ago Steve and Barb Bents were the new owners of Memory Gardens Inc., having purchased the business from Bertha Houtsma and Gary Ewert. The business included cemeteries in

Worthington (Worthington Memorial Gardens), Slayton, Luverne, Windom and Spirit Lake, Iowa.


Two years and two months after taking the helm as Jackson's city administrator, Pat Christopherson resigned to accept the role of county coordinator for Kanabec County.


Worthington High School senior Jackie Martin competed in the storytelling category at the MSHSL speech tournament at Chanhassen High School.


The Fulda Community Players presented "Welcome to Mittford" in the Fulda Elementary School gymnasium.



The Nobles County Planning Commission approved a conditional use permit for Sy Lonneman and Sons, Adrian, to construct an 80- by 124-foot total confinement barn to house 2,000 head of nursery pigs.

10 years ago Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Blades of Glory," "Meet the Robinsons," "Shooter" and "The Last Mimzy."


The Grassroots Community Theatre presented "The Odd Couple: Female Version" at Minnesota West Fine Arts Theater.


The Regional Bioscience Conference took place in Worthington.


A Home, Health and Garden Show, sponsored by the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau, took place at Worthington's Northland Mall.


Brittany Berger, the daughter of Jeff and Janice Berger, was selected as Worthington's student ambassador to Crailsheim, Germany, for the 2007-08 year.


Whitney Buesgens, the young founder of Camp Love's Embrace, was the guest speaker at the annual Mayor's Prayer Breakfast in Worthington.


Rex Hennings was the new owner of Worthington Glass, having purchased the business from 25-year business owner Roger Nelson.


Karen Buchman retired after nearly 29 years of employment with the city of Worthington, the last eight as city clerk.

25 years ago Fulda's Town and Country Association was anticipating completion of the town's new golf course.


The Blue Mound Opry, featuring country music, debuted at Luverne's Palace Theater.


The Slayton school board adopted a resolution approving cooperative sponsorship of high school athletics with the Chandler/Lake Wilson school district. The cooperative effort was pending until Chandler/Lake Wilson and Edgerton dissolved an existing agreement between their schools.


Adrian native Carmen Johanning recently was crowned Miss Central Minnesota in ceremonies at St. Cloud State University. Johanning, 23, was the daughter of Pat and Denny Johanning. Johanning was currently a chiropractic student living in Bloomington. She won both the evening gown and the talent segments, the latter with her vocal solo of "I Dreamed a Dream" from the musical "Les Miserables."


Residents in a three-block area within Worthington's north-central district were without power for just over half an hour Thursday night due to a faulty underground primary cable.


The Noble Chordsmen presented their spring concert, titled "Barbershop Boulevard," at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium.

50 years ago Mrs. Gladys Swanson of Duluth, the state president of the Minnesota Division of the American Association of University Women, made Worthington one of her stops on her "get-acquainted" tour of local branches. Norma Johansen was president of the local branch and Mrs. Marcella Gosch was a charter member of the local branch and one of  the visit's organizers.


Educators, churchmen and civic leaders met in Worthington Thursday to examine the effects of church and school consolidation on society. The program was sponsored by the Extension service, the Minnesota Council of Churches and area school officials.


Fifteen schools from three states, creating a total of 263 youths and 23 advisers, participated Saturday in the model United Nations program at Worthington Senior High School.


Three area young men - two from Milford, Iowa, and one from Luverne - were dead as the result of weekend auto crashes.


Showing this week and next at Worthington's New State Theater was David Lean's "Doctor Zhivago."

75 years ago Arthur Sherwood, newly elected secretary of the Worthington Civic and Commerce Assoiciation, officially began his new duties this week. He succeeded Bob King, who had left last winter to become secretary of the Chamber of Commerce in Rapid City, S.D.


The Nobles Red Cross war relief fund neared the $7,000 mark, rising to $6,992.07 as contributions continued trickling into the county chapter office. A list of contributors and the amounts they donated was included with this information.


On the basis of intentions signed to date, Nobles County farmers were to increase their flax acreage about 50 percent over the 1941 total in answer to the government's appeal for an all-out production of that crop.


"Christian Roots in Democracy" was the title of a study lesson presented by Mrs. S.E. Rowlands at the Bigelow Women's Society of Christian Service, held at the home of Mrs. Neil Houtcooper. Mrs. F.L. Lane was the assistant hostess, and Mrs. O.F. Johnson was in charge of the prayer circle.

Delayed by heavy snow and rains late in March, Nobles County farmers were expected to take to their fields in force next week if the present mild weather continued. Precipitation as of April 1 this year totalled approximately five inches - nearly double the normal of 2.56 inches as of that date.

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