Looking Back: 2007 -- Traphagen named District 518 Teacher of the Year

One year ago Minnesota State Trooper James Orlando helped deliver a baby Sunday evening along I-90 in Jackson County when a driver who was transporting his wife, who was in labor, pulled over for assistance. The baby and mom, who were both health...

One year ago

Minnesota State Trooper James Orlando helped deliver a baby Sunday evening along I-90 in Jackson County when a driver who was transporting his wife, who was in labor, pulled over for assistance. The baby and mom, who were both healthy, were then transported to Sanford Worthington Medical Center.


The Worthington Water & Light Commission adopted a policy to make it possible for local residents to pursue green energy through the installation of solar panels.



More than 270 sixth- through eighth-graders performed in the spring choir concert of Worthington Middle School. Cindy Anderson directed the show, which took place at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.


Nobles County commissioners reappointed Stephen Schnieder to another four-year term as the county's public works director. Schnieder began his career with Nobles County in 1983.


ISD 518's Community Education department launched a digital library for residents, with thousands of books (generally for children ages three to 13) available at , with "read" the access word to be typed for both the username and password.


Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, hosted its annual commencement ceremony for graduates.

Five years ago The ISD 518 board met in a work session to address facility recommendations made by the facilities and grounds committee. An early initiative to curtail a severe facilities shortage led the board to scheduled four focus group meetings earlier in the year to gain public input on the matter. The two options receiving the most votes were for either a new high school or a new intermediate school.



About 290 Worthington Middle School choral students, directed by Cindy Anderson, performed in the school's annual spring concert at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.


Michael Hammer began duties as the chief executive officer of Sanford Worthington Regional Hospital/Sanford Worthington Clinic. Previously, Hammer had spent 19 years in a lead administrative role at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center in Merrill, Wis.


Catherine Bushard of Heron Lake was chosen as the 2012 Bernard P. Becker Award recipient. The award was given to honor legal services staff by the Minnesota State Bar Association. Bushard had been employed as an administrative secretary for Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services in Worthington since 1979.

10 years ago The Nobles County Sheriff's Office was investigating burglaries at the Wilmont Liquor Store and the Wilmont Oil Company, where doors were pried open and an indeterminate amount of cash and items were taken.



Physical education and health teacher Mike Traphagen was selected as the 2007 District 518 Teacher of the Year. Traphagen was a 28-year teaching veteran, with 22 of those years spent in District 518. Traphagen was a 1974 Worthington High School graduate.


The Fulda Fire Department received mutual aid from Dundee and Brewster in fighting a blaze at the Donald Heinze residence in rural Dundee. The fire leveled one small storage shed and damaged other buildings on the property, including a quonset hut containing machinery. No livestock were lost in the fire, nor were there any injuries to humans or loss of life.


The Prairie Elementary parent group hosted the school's sixth annual spring carnival at the Worthington school, with games, food, raffles and more as part of the fundraiser.


Declining enrollment in agriculture classes led the District 518 school board to discuss cutting a .4 full-time-equivalent staff position in the Worthington High School agriculture program, but the board ultimately decided against the move.

25 years ago Brian Penning, 13, rural Wilmont, was upgraded to fair condition. He was injured in an April 14 farming accident that nearly severed his right leg between the hip and knee when his leg was caught in a bin sweeper.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "My Cousin Vinny," "Straight Talk" and "Sleepwalkers."


Zuby Jansen, owner of Worthington's Crafty Corner, received the fourth annual Athena Award at the Salute to Women's banquet hosted at Worthington's Coliseum Ballroom.


The Rev. Ernest Nielsen of Brewster celebrated his 25th anniversary as a pastor with a Sunday open house at Brewster's First Presbyterian Church.


The Worthington contest of the Minnesota Senior Spelling Bee took place at the Worthington Community Center. Ruth Hein of Worthington won, prevailing over five other spell-off finalists - Lee Fagerness of Rushmore, Lois Heeringa of Reading, Dale Gould of Worthington and Durky Baar and Dorothy Prins, both of Leota. Hein and Baar advanced to the regional bee at Marshall.

50 years ago As tornadoes raged across the state, 12 people were killed and at least 100 were injured in Minnesota. In the Worthington area, several farms reported damage to small buildings Sunday afternoon during the storm period. A likely small twister struck the Ed Tiedeman farm southeast of Bigelow, and a large cottonwood tree near Bigelow blocked CSAH 2.


Members of the VFW's Third District met in Worthington and elected new officers. Harold Tripp of Worthington was the retiring Third District VFW commander.


Worthington Senior High School walked off with the greatest number of starred ratings in the region/state music contest it hosted on Saturday. Worthington had 43 starred ratings, while Lakefield and Luverne each had 14 starred ratings. In all, 27 schools participated, with a total of 135 starred ratings resulting from among the 304 entries.


Two indignant Worthington service organizations, the American Legion and the VFW, announced they were offering a joint reward of $100 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those involved with the recent desecration of a U.S. flag. A mutilated, burned flag was discovered atop the flagpole at the senior high school Sunday morning. This information appeared on the front page of the Worthington Daily Globe the same day a three-stage photo series was displayed showing a U.S. Navy corpsman trying to assist a fallen Marine who was wounded at the Laotian border in South Vietnam during a fierce battle being waged with the North Vietnamese for a hill. "Marines fought a bloody, often hand-to-hand battle for two days," read the last caption.

75 years ago A team of servers, including 12 senior Girl Scout waitresses assisted by Bert Getty, Glenn Tripp, Harry Rickers, Henry Riss and Jack Schaul, served the food at the annual school patrol banquet in Worthington.


Weekly specials advertised at Worthington's Ahlf's Drug Store included Mennen baby oil for 43 cents, Johnson's baby powder for 21 cents, pablum for 39 cents, a package of 25 Gillette blue blades for 98 cents and three rolls of film (finished) for 25 cents.


The Worthington Boy Scouts collected tons of scrap iron, waste paper, old rubber and other scrap material during a one-day drive coordinatore by Boy Scout troops 119, 120, 121 and 122.


Another contingent of Nobles County men would be called into the army via selective service on Sunday, May 24, the local draft board revealed.

Flowers and some garden items were nipped by a light frost that hit Worthington Saturday night when the mercury dipped to a low of 30. Farmers said the frost wasn't severe enough to damage flax or other crops. The frost came after another .64 inches of rain had fallen the previous day.

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