Looking Back: 2009 — Worthington's Vaske earns MVP award


One year ago

Michelle and Brian Ling, farmers in Bigelow Township, were chosen the 2018 Nobles County Conservation Farmers of the Year.

Final touches were being put on Bedford Industries' Ludlow Park amphitheatre. The amphitheatre had a capacity of 100 people and featured a stage, wooden trellises and elevated seating that faced Lake Okabena. The new structure was funded by Bedford Industries and donated to the city of Worthington.

Paycheck left his opponent, Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, in the dust during the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop, clocking a blazing fast 40.71 seconds while Ruby Begonia notched a sluggish four minutes, 3.77 seconds.

The U.S. Department of Justice issued a statement of interest in a civil lawsuit filed in August by the American Civil Liberties Union against Nobles County and its sheriff, Kent Wilkening. In its motion, the DOJ requested the court deny the plaintiff's motion for a temporary restraining order. In its supporting argument for denial, the motion — which included DOJ Civil Division Assistant Attorney General Joseph Hunt as counsel — claimed the Nobles County Jail's practice of holding inmates at the request of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was and is lawful, contrary to what the ACLU alleged as Wilkening overstepped his legal authority.


Nobles County commissioners set a preliminary levy increase of 8.46%.

Five years ago

Worthington's racing turkey, Paycheck, narrowly lost the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop as the local turkey notched 1:47.17 over the course to Ruby Begonia's 1:41.12.

Guest King Turkey Day speakers Lew Hudson and Jim Wychor reflected on past King Turkey Days and the rivalry between Worthington and Cuero, Texas, for the title of "Turkey Capital of the World" in their oral presentation.

With 482 entrants overall, women had their day with a record number of 246 women running in the Turkey Day 10K (there were 236 male entrants). Cynthia Jerop, 19, clocked a new women's record of 34:56 and was the fifth finisher overall, while Edward Tabut was the men's winner in 31:05.

Two people died after a broadside crash Sunday afternoon at the intersection of Murray County 3 and U.S. 59 north of Fulda.

Four individuals were vying for three spots on the District 518 school board. The quartet of candidates participated in a public candidate's forum Monday evening at the Worthington High School cafeteria.

Local dentists (Dr. Maureen Sorensen, Dr. Grant Sorensen, Dr. Ed McNiece and Dr. Stan Haas) volunteered recently at a two-day Mission of Mercy dental clinic in Mankato.


10 years ago

Nancy Vaske, general manager of the Worthington AmericInn, was honored at a Northcott Hospitality leadership employee meeting as Northcott Hospitality's Most Valuable Player.

Two Worthington Shear Expressions stylists — Coleen Bui and Wanetta Feikema — recently completed special color and cutting training classes in New York City.

On a 5-2 decision, the District 518 school board voted to develop plans for an addition to Worthington Middle School that would accommodate fifth-graders at the building for the 2010-11 school year.

Eleven bands participated in the 2009 King Turkey Day parade, with the "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band, conducted by Jon Loy, leading the way to the music of the Foo Fighters.

Julia Mormann of Adrian located the 2009 King Turkey Day medallion Tuesday morning at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, winning a $100 bill for her efforts.

Arlen Foss was named the 2009 King Turkey Day Parade Marshal, while Kathy and Dan Johnson were selected the year's Honorary Turkeys.

25 years ago


Worthington Painting and Floor Covering, a business owned by Paul and Lois Woll and established in 1972, assumed a new name: Prairie Decorating. The business was located at 1033 Second Ave., Worthington.

Diane Duin was the new manager of Regis Hairstyling in Worthington's Northland Mall.

Margaret Kunerth was named the 1994 Honorary Turkey, an honor presented to her by King Turkey Day president Rick Duellman.

The Worthington City Council approved a preliminary 1995 property tax levy that was six percent higher than the 1994 levy ($1.5 million, up from $1.42 million the previous year).

Daryl Hilfers, Worthington, located the King Turkey Day medallion Wednesday morning at Slater Park, receiving $100 in Chamber Bucks for his find.

Ryan Petersen, son of Doug and Karen Petersen, Adrian, was selected as the Daily Globe Carrier of the Month for August. Petersen was a seventh-grader at Adrian High School and was the 1993 State Junior Olympic cross country champion, and also placed fifth in 1994 at the AAU National Wrestling Tournament.

50 years ago

Worthington's 29th annual Turkey Day parade was judged "an unqualified success" by officials in charge of the fall celebration. The crowd was "a little thinner" but that meant better viewing along the parade route. Grins spread over the faces as the float "World Brotherhood City" passed the Fourth Avenue corner where two young men from Japan — businessmen working for Iwatani and Co. of Osaka who were visiting area manufacturing facilities — stood.

Roxanne Kruger, dressed as the "Muffin Man," was the grand prize winner in Saturday's Kiddie Parade. Kruger was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sidney Kruger, 1221 Omaha Ave., Worthington. Other winners included: Tricycles, John Kaiser; bicycles, Julie and Ginny Boesch; and television characters, Thomas Sietsema.

Six new faculty members joined the staff of Worthington State Junior College for the year. They were Harry W. Stone, Manfred F. Bertelt, Wayne R. Flynn, Kenneth Swift, Larry Wright and Susan Jensen. In all, the WSJC faculty totaled 38 members for the 1969-79 school year.

Two Minnesota students, including one from Worthington, were selected to play in McDonald's All-American High School Band. Stuart Evensen, a baritone horn player with the Worthington High School band who also played string bass in "The Sophistocats" (the school's stage band) and string bass and bass guitar with "The Good Guys" (a popular local instrumental trio), was one of the two. Evensen was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn K. Evensen, Worthington, and would appear with the 100-piece marching band at Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York City, and at the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., on New Year's Day.

75 years ago

PFC Neal C. Nelson, 23, was seriously wounded in France Aug. 28 and presumed to be in an English hospital, it was reported this week. Nelson was the son of Mrs. Della (Nels) Nelson, the widow of a former Indian Lake Baptist pastor, and still lived near the church there.

Mrs. Elma Martin, 69, mother of R.W. Martin, 312 Lake Ave., Worthington, remained unconscious at a local hospital several hours after she had fallen down a staircase at her son's home. The exact circumstances remained unknown, as Martin and his wife didn't discover her until they had arisen for the day. The full extent of Mrs. Martin's injuries was not yet determined since her condition was too critical to warrant complete examination.

Frank MacDonald, who for the past six years conducted a grocery store in Ellsworth, sold the business to Frank Berg of Kenneth and gave him immediate possession.

Sgt. Leonard Johnson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Johnson, Worthington, was a prisoner of war in Germany, according to a telegraph message received by his wife, the former Jean Watson. Johnson was reported missing in action over Yugoslavia some time ago after participating in a heavy bomber raid over occupied Europe.

W.J. Murphy, superintendent of the Brewster school, submitted his resignation in a letter to James McNab, president of the school board. The resignation was to take effect Oct. 13. In his letter, Murphy referred to "the refusal of the board of education to approve salary adjustments recommended by me and the motion made and carried by the board refusing to make any salary adjustments whatsoever for this year."

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