Looking Back: 2008 -- City acts on new aquatics center

One year ago Abbey Siri, a Worthington sixth-grader, was crowned Miss Lao New Year 2017 during Saturday evening festivities marking the Lao new year in Brewster. Trish Kramer, along with daughters Kaitlyn Killoran and Elizabeth Kramer, opened Per...

One year ago Abbey Siri, a Worthington sixth-grader, was crowned Miss Lao New Year 2017 during Saturday evening festivities marking the Lao new year in Brewster.


Trish Kramer, along with daughters Kaitlyn Killoran and Elizabeth Kramer, opened Persona Clothing Co. this week in Slayton. The trio had opened an online shop two years earlier, with trade shows and pop-up shops included in their business model.


Ann and Kal Schieck-Solomon of Adrian gave three Nigerian Dwarf female goats to Nobles County 4-H'ers after the youths wrote essays explaining why they wanted a goat, what they hoped to learn and where they would house and feed a goat. The goats were donated in memory of Shelby Schieck, who died following a car crash five years earlier.



Nobles County commissioners accepted the lowest of two bids received for professional services to design and provide construction management on an estimated $870,000 project at the Government Center in downtown Worthington. Water infiltration issue needed to be addressed, among other problems.


Pat Grimmius, Worthington, won the reverse form of the Kiwanis Grocery Dash, earning a $250 Fareway gift card for her ability to replace five items in their rightful spots on the store's shelves in a time of 2:33. Meanwhile, Kim Keninger of Sibley, Iowa, was the grand prize winner, dashing through Fareway and filling her cart with $643.33 in groceries in only two minutes.

Five years ago FEMA estimated that more than $26 million worth of damage was inflicted on southwestern Minnesota during the mid-April winter storm that devastated the region.


Suzy Brandner, a third-grade instructor at Worthington's Prairie Elementary School, was named the 2013 Education Minnesota Worthington Teacher of the Year. Brandner had spent her entire 22-year teaching career to date within ISD 518.



As much as four inches of snow fell around the Worthington area on May 1. The preceding days had seen temperatures of over 70 degrees, so the May Day storm was an unwelcome surprise.


The Worthington Middle School spring choir concert took place, with Cindy Anderson directing 275 sixth- through eighth-grade singers.


Minnesota West was to begin offering certificates and associate's degrees in Language Translation and Interpreting through a new partnership with Century College.


Abraham Algadi took the reins as director of the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation this week.

10 years ago The Worthington City Council voted 5-0 to allocate $4.5 million for a city-owned aquatics center, which would be part of the planned new YMCA on the Minnesota West campus.



Habitat for Humanity volunteers broke ground Saturday on a new house in Pipestone, intended for Samantha Brady and her three children. The Brady family was selected from more than a half-dozen applicants. It was the sixth house constructed to date by the Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter, and the second in Pipestone.


Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington, marked its 135th anniversary this month, with special events planned for each Sunday throughout May.


Worthington Middle School's six-member fifth/sixth grade spelling team took first place in the Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee. Student Oliver Wolyniec was the bee's overall champion.


Three trumpeter swans were released into the wild Saturday morning at the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area near Windom.


The Worthington Hy-Vee store donated 25 trees to the city of Worthington as part of its annual Springtime Party Go Green Week.

25 years ago After several years of planning and construction, Worthington's new water treatment plant was operational, and an open house took place Saturday afternoon. Work on the $3.4 million project began in August 1990. The former plant, on the same site, was built in the late 1950s.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Point of No Return," "Fire in the Sky" and "Born Yesterday."


Worthington teachers organized a cultural fair at Central Elementary School in celebration of International Labor Day. The fair included food, games and cultural information.


The Grassroots Community Theatre presented the comedy "The Nerd" at Worthington Community College's Fine Arts Theatre.


Three Worthington High School FFA students earned state proficiency honors at the annual Minnesota State FFA convention: Chad Bryngelson in electrification, Samantha Wietzema in floriculture and Seth Darling in diversified livestock/beef and swine. The WHS general livestock team also earned a No. 1 spot.

50 years ago Jerry Knippenberg of Minneapolis was the speaker Tuesday night when the distributive education and office education students of Worthington Senior High School hosted the fifth annual Employers Appreciation banquet at the Ehlers Supper Club, with 125 people attending. Knippenberg spoke on the topic, "What Measures Success?"


Worthington High School hosted the Region 2 solo/ensemble competition, with about 400 musicians from over 20 southwest Minnesota schools participating.


In ceremonies Tuesday night, the parents of the late Cpl. Michael V. Peterson of Pipestone were presented with the bronze star and other honors he won before he was killed in action at Cu Chi South Vietnam a few months earlier. Major Dean Knox of the U.S. Army made the presentation at the American Legion Hall.


Jackson High School presented the Greek tragedy "Antigone," with Terryl Steen directing the production. Sue Carpenter was the student director. Pat Smith was in the title role, while Pat Rasmussen portrayed Creon.

75 years ago The Worthington High School band, directed by Vic Moeller, was one of 20 bands invited to take part in the parade feature of the welcome festivities at Sioux Falls, S.D., for Capt. Joe Foss. Capt. Foss, described as "the Sioux Falls ace," had "26 Jap planes to his credit in the southwest Pacific."


Fire of undetermined origin destroyed two stacks of flax straw and part of a third at the Archer-Daniel-Midland company yard six miles north of Worthington on Highway 59 Sunday. Company officials had no idea how the blaze got under way. Nobody knew anything was wrong until a passerby drew attention to the fire. Dense smoke, high winds and lack of firefighting facilities made it impossible to save the 600 tons that were destroyed.


A grand opening took place for the Pillsbury Flour Mills company's new distribution warehouse located at 13th and Sherwood, Worthington. The evening's main feature was a free housewarming dance with Eddie Wilfahrt's seven-piece orchestra of New Ulm. Every woman attending received a free ration book holder to help keep track of ration coupons.


The Omaha Railroad Progressive club had a potluck supper in the recreation room at the armory Tuesday at 7 p.m. Members were asked to bring their own sandwiches, dishes and a covered dish.


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