Looking Back: 2009 — City band pays tribute to Denny Schackel

One year ago

More than 100 visitors — including people from Canada, Texas, the East Coast and other locations in the Midwest — gathered in Worthington for a weekend meeting of the Sudanese Lutheran Women's Missionary Society. Nybar Theal and Nyareat Bol of Worthington were both deaconnesses in the society, and were instrumental in bringing the gathering to Worthington.

The Jackson County Fair celebrated its 150th birthday as part of the annual fair activities.

A semi tractor-trailer carrying a load of market-ready hogs was involved in a rollover crash Wednesday afternoon on Minnesota 91 near the Murray-Nobles county line. The Minnesota State Patrol did not have an immediate tally of the hogs in the trailer, or how many were injured or killed.

The Matt and Polly Timmer family of rural Ellsworth was named the 2018 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. The family operated Mat-Ar-Dor Holsteins.


Five years ago

The Worthington Area Foundation hosted a disc golf challenge and random doubles disc golf tournament at the Olson Park disc golf course to support the foundation's general endowment.

Gov. Mark Dayton was in Luverne to participate in a discussion regarding the future of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water Project.

Brewster Fun Days took place, with a parade a featured element in the festivities.

A non-essential watering ban that had been in place in Worthington for the previous several months was lifted by the Worthington Public Utilities Water and Light Commission. The commission stressed it was important for residents and businesses to continue conserving water.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place at the Windom Area Hospital for the facility's 22,000-square-foot expansion project that would add a surgery department, outreach clinic, main entrance, lobby and expanded waiting area.

Minnesota Commissioner of Health Dr. Ed Ehlinger was in Worthington to discuss how public health could be improved in the community and region.

10 years ago


Jessica Van Western, 10, and Devon Solt, 8, both of Brewster, were selected as the Little Miss and Little Mr. Brewster, respectively, at the Brewster Fun Days celebration.

Representatives from Sen. Al Franken's office held office hours at Worthington's City Hall Tuesday, meeting with community members regarding their concerns. The one-on-one meetings were being held by Franken in 66 cities across the state to gather feedback from citizens.

The "Amazing" Worthington City Band performed its last concert of its 116th season and honored musician Denny Schackel, who had played either trumpet or French horn in the ensemble off and on since 1965. Schackel was preparing for a move to Bellingham, Wash., in August.

District 518 was considering a possible remodeling or expansion project at Worthington Middle School to help accommodate its growing student population.

Construction on a new one-story, 10-bed adult residential facility at the site of the former Central Elementary School in Worthington was due to begin soon. The $1.5 million structure, known as Unity House and operated by the Southwest Mental Health Center, was expected to open in spring 2010.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince," "Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs," "The Proposal," "The Hangover," "Public Enemies" and "Transformers 2."

25 years ago

The Dairy Queen located at 1640 Humiston Ave., Worthington, earned a DQ Silver Cone Award for fiscal year 1993.


Nancy Myrom was promoted to firm administrator at Turbes Drealan Kvilhaug & Co., Worthington. Myrom had been an employee there since 1990.

Ryan Anderson purchased the former Metz Travel Agency, Worthington, from Sharyn Witzel. Anderson, who had previously owned and operated Andy's Pantry on Worthington's Oxford Street for 14 years, hired Patti McNab to help with airlines and office management.

The city of Jackson learned it would receive $734,000 in a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce to help recover from the 1993 flooding. The money would aid in repairs to the sanitary sewer system that ran along the Des Moines River, as an estimate for the project was $1.2 million.

Effective Aug. 1, it would be illegal to thrown old telephone books in the trash. As of that date, telephone books must be recycled. The law was enacted in an effort to reduce the volume into waste facilities.

The Worthington City Council was to vote soon on improvements to Olson Park that would include restroom and shower facilities at the site. The proposed project was estimated at $125,000.

50 years ago

Edward A. Smith, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Smith, Brewster, received a promotion to second class petty officer in the Navy Seabees at Yokosuka, Japan, where he had been stationed for 19 months. In the Navy since March 1966, Smith was in Vietnam for one year before arriving in Japan.

Showing at the Gay Drive-In, Worthington, was Walt Disney's "The Love Bug."

Mr. and Mrs. Frank Koelewyn Sr. of Leota escaped with only minor injuries after an explosion shortly after 5:30 p.m. Monday completely destroyed their house. Authorities hadn't yet released the cause of the blast, pending completion of an investigation into the incident. The home was served by bottle gas appliances, however, and unofficially, bottle gas was being blamed.

Worthington Mayor Robert Demuth announced the appointment of 12 area men to a special City-Rural Study committee. Lew Hudson was chosen to chair the committee, which would study controlled community development and prepare a report to the mayor and city council by Aug. 1, 1970.

Winners of trips to the State Fair at the Nobles County 4-H Demonstration Day were Colleen Meyer, Peggy Dekker, Rita Rose, Mary Soderholm, Don Taylor, Cheryl Becker, Iris Cunningham, Elaine Larson, Kathy Langseth and Paul Langseth.

75 years ago

"The good old American spirit is hard to beat for we still find a laugh or two occasionally," wrote Pfc Elwin Sietsema, who was serving with the fourth Marine division on Saipan Island. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. A. Sietsema, had received four letters from him in one day this week after not having heard from him for a month. Sietsema also wrote, "It's surprising how well I feel considering the hardships we have undergone. We have had very little sleep; I have had my shoes off but once in 14 days." Sietsema had been in the service for about a year.

Mrs. Paul Schafer was the guest of honor at a Tuesday afternoon birthday party at the Lawrence Jacobson home. Hostesses were Mrs. Lawrence Jacobson and Mrs. Herb Schafer.

E.A. Nelson was elected chairman of the board of education at Ellsworth for the coming year. Other officers were Joseph A. Meester, treasurer, and Clifford Beers, clerk.

The Worthington Civic and Commerce Association announced sponsorship of a community participation concert on Wednesday, Aug. 2, at the park band shell. Special singing numbers were to include solos, trios, quartets and rousing audience choruses, said Vincent Hollaren, chairman of the C and C special events committee.

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