Looking Back: 2009 — New disc golf course opens in Worthington
One year ago
A new travel plaza with a full-service Sinclair gas station, a Caribou Coffee and Godfather's Pizza was destined for Worthington in the coming year. The project was to be located at the intersection of U.S. 59/Minnesota 50 and Nobles County 57 south of Worthington. It was being funded by a group of Worthington investors who said their goal was to break ground in September.
A second assessment of the carp population in Worthington's Lake Okabena, including data collected in Sunset Bay, showed there was a high number of the invasive rough fish stirring up trouble in the basins. The average length of the carp captured in the lake was 24 inches, and the average weight was nearly seven pounds. In Sunset Bay, the captured carp were an average of 23 inches long with an average weight of six pounds.
Tickets for Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center's 2018-19 season were on sale. Managing director Tammy Makram had programmed a variety of shows that ranged from a Neil Diamond tribute to Popovich's Comedy Pet Theater.
The Worthington City Council unanimously approved to begin advertising for construction bids of a new Beach Nook at Centennial Beach. Demolition of the existing Beach Nook and utility and ground work for the new structure were slated to begin in the fall.
Five years ago
Cory and Jacki Bomgaars purchased Hardy Boots' share of BTU Heating and Cooling, located at 341 Oxford St., Worthington.
Axel Huss presided at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new McKee Company in Crailsheim, Germany. A sculpture symbolizing the bridge of friendship typified by the Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. partnership was also unveiled, and Huss — a former Crailsheim exchange student to Worthington — issued a friendly challenge to Worthington to build the sculpture's counterpart in Minnesota.
Love INC hosted its first summer celebration fundraiser at Centennial Park, Worthington.
Jacob Wietzema, a Sibley-Ocheyedan (Iowa) High School sophomore, was appointed to the Pheasants Forever National Youth Leadership Council.
Chris Dybevick recently transitioned from being captain of the Worthington Police Department to a new role as chief deputy with the Nobles County Sheriff's Department. Dybevick had been employed with the WPD for 27 years.
10 years ago
Martin Aaser, in celebration of his 80th birthday, threw the ceremonial first disc at the opening of Worthington's new disc golf course at Olson Park. The course was funded by about $3,500 in donations from local businesses, groups and individuals, with the project spearheaded by Travis Hoffman of Wilmont and his friend Matt Van Ness.
The 2009 King Turkey Day button, designed by Brad Behrends, was on sale at Worthington businesses. The button displayed the festival's theme for the year, "The Bird is the Word."
Jared Mitchell, Fulda, recently premiered a documentary titled "Important Items" that he filmed during the Fulda Wood Duck Festival. The film featured veterans talking about items they displayed that recalled their memories of war.
Maynard's Food Center of Westbrook held a grand re-opening. It had been over a year since a fire devastated the business on July 5, 2008.
Faculty and staff at Prairie Elementary and Worthington Middle School offered their ideas and perspectives on the possibility of moving fifth-graders to Worthington Middle School in an effort to handle the district's growing student enrollment.
25 years ago
1993 census estimates showed area communities with the following population counts: Fulda, 1,212 in 1990 vs. 1,263 in 1993; Worthington, 9,977 in 1990 vs. 10,183 in 1993; Slayton, 2,147 in 1990 vs. 2,156 in 1993; Luverne, 4,382 in 1990 vs. 4,425 in 1993; Windom, 4,283 in 1990 vs. 4,348 in 1993; and Jackson, 3,559 in 1990 vs. 3,553 in 1993.
Members of Fulda's International Club departed Sunday for a two-week tour of Germany. The group was to spend three days in the German city of Fulda with host families while thereafter visiting Frankfurt, Ulm, Switzerland, Austria and France. A Rhein River cruise was also part of their itinerary.
Visitors from Crailsheim, Germany, to Worthington shared information regarding the city's economy with local citizens and officials. Crailsheim Mayor Georg Schlenvoigt and his wife Eleanore, alone with Crailsheim's head of reparcelling and land development Michael Kneisel, were among the visitors.
Minnesota First Lady Susan Carlson was in Windom, where she read to children at the Windom Public Library as part fo the facility's story hour.
Showing this week at Worthington's Northland 3 were "Clear and Present Danger," "The Little Rascals" and "In the Army Now."
50 years ago
Word was received of the death in action in Vietnam of PFC Akke Timmer, 22, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ekke Timmer of rural Sheldon, Iowa. Timmer died Aug. 6 following action about 30 miles from Danang. He was the fifth Sheldon-area youth to lose his life in the Vietnam war.
The double feature this week at Worthington's Gay Drive-In included "This Savage Land" and "The Love God," starring Don Knotts.
The Worthington Daily Globe began its 97th year of publication with issue number one. The sequence of numbering went back to Nobles County's first newspaper, The Western Advance, published by Dr. A.P. Miller and Prof. R.F. Humiston in 1872. The name of the paper was changed to the Worthington Advance, the Worthington Globe and finally to the Worthington Daily Globe.
The 90th Nobles County Fair took place, with one highlight being Sherwin Linton and the Cotton Kings headlining the grandstand show. Sunday's show also featured an exhibition of square dancing.
75 years ago
Henry Hagge was elected president of the Worthington YMCA-Youth Center program. Although incorporation papers were not yet in place, final plans for the Youth Center in Worthington were nearing completion.
Worthington's Grand Theater was showing a double feature this weekend: "The Oklahoma Kid" starring James Cagney and Humphrey Bogart, and "Pride of the Plains."
Donald Terhark, 7, Rushmore, was wearing tape and bandages about the face and one hand after taking a tumble with his bicycle while having a race with another boy two blocks east of his home. He was taken to a doctor for treatment.
Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Sav-Mor food market included a two-pound package of sliced bacon ends for 29 cents, a one-pound can of Libby's red Alaska salmon for 47 cents, two pounds of raisin nut cookies for 29 cents, a pound of smoked country sausage for 32 cents, a dozen fresh country eggs for 29 cents and a box of California Elberta peaches for $1.93.
A homing pigeon carrying a steel band on one leg with the inscription AU-44-W flew or blew in last week to the home of Mrs. Rudolph Sprink, 1212 Humiston Ave., Worthington. "It seems to be tame," said Mrs. Sprink, "and the bird has taken to a special kind of grain used as chicken feed. Each day it shows up at mealtime and eats with the chickens." There was no explanation as to where the pigeon came from, though Sprink guessed it might have become lost from an army base and couldn't find its way "home."