Looking Back: 2008 -- Ground broken for New Vision plant in Brewster

One year ago Several southwest Minnesota counties were among 57 grant recipients of state funds to improve courthouse security through the Safe and Secure Courthouse Initiative. Nobles, Murray, Jackson and Cottonwood counties were all to benefit,...

One year ago Several southwest Minnesota counties were among 57 grant recipients of state funds to improve courthouse security through the Safe and Secure Courthouse Initiative. Nobles, Murray, Jackson and Cottonwood counties were all to benefit, receiving a 50 percent match in grant money for their respective projects.


The Dorothy Rutgers Memorial Scholarship, supported by and funded through the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation, Inc., was established. The application deadline for the inaugural Dorothy Rutgers Memorial Scholarship was Aug. 1 and allowed for one $2,500 scholarship annually for a local nursing student. Dorothy Rutgers was a 1949 graduate of the Presbyterian School of Nursing and worked as a nurse until her untimely death in a traffic accident on Aug. 12, 1985, at the age of 57.


Jennifer Solt, owner of Threads and Decor, was moving her upscale consignment shop into the former Center Sports building on Worthington's Tenth Street.



The City of Luverne marked its 150th anniversary with a four-day celebration that included numerous events.

Five years ago The newest mile of Jackson's Springfield Parkway Trail was dedicated as part of the community's Town and Country Days celebration.


Ridley Block Operations of Worthington recently completed another expansion and refinement of its product operations by opening a technology center that included a research and development laboratory and a pilot plant facility.


"Dogsbreath Devereaux" was the melodrama performed as part of the annual Old-Fashioned 4th of July celebration at Pioneer Village, Worthington.



Worthington's American Reformed Church marked its 100th anniversary.


Flutist Raul Gross, 17, a native of Estonia, was playing with the "Amazing" Worthington City Band while spending the summer as a guest of a Worthington family.


The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Improvement Committee purchased American flags that were hung by city employees for the July 4th holiday week.


Terri Janssen began her duties as the new Nobles County Community Health Administrator/Health Services Supervisor.

10 years ago Standardized test scores improved slightly for southwest Minnesota schools, with most scoring slightly better in reading and math than they did in 2007. "Improvement's good, but I think overall we have some work to do," said District 518 Superintendent John Landgaard. Schools had yet to be informed as to whether or not they'd achieved Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP).



New Vision Cooperative broke ground on its new, $10 million-plus fertilizer facility at the west edge of Brewster. Once completed, the facility would have the capacity to unload 10,000 tons of fertilizer within 15 hours, loud out 700 tons per hour and store up to 45,000 tons on site.


Sanford Health Network made its presence in Worthington known on July 1 by unveiling its new signage at the hospital and hosting an event to "honor the past and celebrate the future" at Worthington's Pioneer Village.


The melodrama, "Fireman, Save My Child" was performed as part of the Old-Fashioned 4th of July festivities at Pioneer Village.


The Shrine Circus performed two shows at the Worthington Arena. Organizers estimated that between 500 to 600 area children attended the afternoon show.

25 years ago Greg DeGroot of Worthington's Highland Manufacturing was named a recipient of the 1993 Entrepreneur of the Year Award in ceremonies at Minneapolis.


Area farmers voiced their concerns about their fields and crops when legislators, including Democratic Senator Paul Wellstone, participated in a meeting at Hardwick along with U.S. Agriculture Secretary Mike Espy. The officials were present to address questions about government relief for farms hard-hit by recent storms and flooding.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Jurassic Park," "Last Action Hero" and "Dennis the Menace."


Gov. Arne Carlson visited the new Minnesota Veterans Home at Luverne while in the area to assess flood damage across southwest Minnesota.


Heavy rains and flooding continued to plague the region, with 3.54 inches of precipitation recorded in Worthington and nearby towns reporting one to three inches falling. Volunteers with the Nobles County American Red Cross were kept busy helping families who were flooded out of their homes or stranded in vehicles following road washouts.

50 years ago Worthington's precipitation total for June was slightly below average, with 4.66 inches recorded, according to records compiled by J.V. Westerlund, Worthington's official weather watcher. Total precipitation to date was about 2.5 inches below the average and 3.23 inches below the accumulated total at the same time the previous year.


Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Swanson's grocery included a quart jar of Miracle Whip for 39 cents, red ripe watermelon for 99 cents apiece, a 14-ounce bottle of Hunt's fancy hickory catsup for 12 cents, a 10-pound bag of long-burning charcoal for 39 cents, two packages of Wilson's skinless all-meat wieners for 89 cents, a twin-pack bag of potato chips for 39 cents, a 10-ounce bag of Kart jet-puffed marshmallows for 17 cents and 12 12-ounce cans of Shasta pop for $1.


Worthington firemen were called at about 12:15 a.m. to a barn fire one mile north of Worthington on Highway 59. The barn, owned by Mrs. M.E. McGowan of Baton Rouge, La., burned to the ground, as the fire force was unable to save it. Some soybeans stored next to the barn were also damaged in the fire. Firemen placed a value of $150 on the structure; no valuation was placed on the soybeans. The barn was opposite the entrance to the municipal airport.


The Worthington Senior High School marching band was a highlight of the Worthington Fourth of July parade. Parades on the holiday also took place in Leota and Okabena.


Thieves netted about $400 in cash in a burglary early Thursday at the Acoma Inn and Thunder's Nest in Pipestone. Money was taken from the two cash registers, authorities said.

75 years ago Lloyd Stowe became the owner of the business known as the Worthington Ice Company, which was operated for the previous 10 years by A.E. Graf. Stowe had been an employee of the concern since Graf took it over in 1933. Graf, a native of the Lismore area, came to Worthington from Windom 10 years ago. He had built the plant into one of the largest natural ice packing and distributing establishments in the northwest. The Worthington Ice Company served a number of towns in the county as well as putting up large consignments for the Omaha railroad company and servicing refrigerator cars and produce plants.


Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Red Owl store included fresh watermelons for six cents a pound, a one-pound jar of Maxwell House coffee for 31 cents, two 12-ounce packages of Grape Nuts for 27 cents, 10 pounds of California White Rose potatoes for 45 cents, a pound of Land-O-Lakes cheese for 39 cents, three packages of Kool-Aid for 10 cents and a quart jar of mustard for 10 cents.


William Pardau, 1405 Clary St., Worthington, operator of a wholesale bread truck, was hospitalized overnight following treatment of an accidental gunshot wound. Pardau was out shooting gophers at about 2 p.m. when he accidentally shot himself in the hand with the pistol he was carrying. The charge inflicted a compound fracture upon his index finger, and slightly injured his thumb and middle finger.

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