Looking back -- 2011: Dick Rickbeil retires to end 91-year family business run

One year ago Volunteers and donations were sought as the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event dates drew near in Worthington. A campaign to bring in both food and dollars for the Worthington Manna Food Pantry was under way, with the Worthi...

One year ago

Volunteers and donations were sought as the Feed My Starving Children Mobile Pack event dates drew near in Worthington.

A campaign to bring in both food and dollars for the Worthington Manna Food Pantry was under way, with the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation offering to match financial contributions at the 50 percent level. During the March campaign in the previous year (2014), Manna Food Pantry exceeded its $75,000 goal in dollars and goods received, and was hoping for a similar result in 2015.

Former district court judge Jeff Flynn resigned his status as a senior judge in order to begin practicing law again after a 31-year hiatus. Flynn joined his son at Jesse A. Flynn Law Office in Worthington.

The Bio Science Park was to add an additional 15,732 square-foot building to the site following the Worthington City Council’s approval of a five-acre land sale to Bioverse.


The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter received the 2014 Outstanding Achievement award for having the highest habitat expenditures in the nation at $1,330,465.

Skyla Rautenkranz, a Worthington High School sophomore, was selected as the 2015-16 exchange student to Worthington’s sister city of Crailsheim, Germany.

Steve Robinson was selected to serve as city administrator for Worthington.

Five years ago

The Nobles County Pheasants Forever Chapter was named the 2010 Minnesota Chapter of the Year. The chapter planned to celebrate the honor at its 29th annual banquet this month. There were 77 Pheasants Forever chapters statewide.

An architectural rendering of the proposed Worthington fire hall was presented to the Worthington City Council for design approval. The fire hall would have a footprint of 17,870 square feet.

Dale Carlson, Worthington, was recognized as the recipient of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce’s Friend of Education Award. Carlson had been out of state at the time the award was initially announced during the annual Chamber of Commerce meeting and banquet.

Recipes included in Beth Rickers’ “Lagniappe” column included Rotel Soup, Potato Beef Casserole, Crescent Treats and Blender Hot Fudge Sauce.


Dick Rickbeil was retiring as manager of Karl’s TV & Appliance, Worthington, at the end of March. His retirement marked the end of 91 years (since 1920) of a Rickbeil being in business in downtown Worthington.

10 years ago

Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Don Habicht announced his retirement effective July 20. Habicht had been employed with WPU for over 25 years.

Hundreds of hogs died in a hog confinement barn fire at NIK Pork, three-fourths of a mile east of Highway 60 on the Iowa side of the state line. Fire departments from Bigelow, Sibley, Ocheyedan and Little Rock responded to the call for help.

The Blue Mound Figure Skaters Inc. hosted the organization’s 15th annual show at the Blue Mound Ice Arena. “The World on Ice” was the show’s theme, and it involved more than 100 skaters from the surrounding area.

The Worthington High School speech team placed first in a field of 23 teams at competition in Fairmont. Leading place holders for the Trojans were Jessica Loosbrock, John Weitgenant and Chad Vaske, who all notched first place finishes in their respective categories, while Santhi Nalla logged a second place slot. Karri Wolf and Jessica Weitgenant placed third in their categories.

25 years ago

A despondent man threatening suicide surrendered to law enforcement officers after 90 minutes of tense negotiations. The man was in a room at the Oxford Hotel, 1801 Oxford St., Worthington.


Although it had offered bingo games each Saturday night since 1959, the American Legion Post #4, Lakefield, decided to return its bingo license to the state, citing red tape and gaming regulations it no longer wished to comply with.

An informational meeting on the proposed Minnesota 60 widening (between Worthington and Brewster) in 1993 and 1994 drew 50 people to the Brewster School gym. The proposed project was to start north of I-90 at Worthington and run to the east Nobles County line.

50 years ago

A Monday fire at the Brewster home of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Isder took the lives of five children, ranging in age from 1 year to 5 1/2 years old. In addition to the loss of the children, the Isders lost all their belongings in the fire.

Workers at the Armour and Company plant in Worthington were in the third day of work stoppage due to a dispute with management. Workers at the plant left their jobs on Monday. There was no indication as to when the dispute would be settled, or what the nature of the conflict was.

Worthington and Round Lake firemen battled a fire at the Rodney Langseth farm about three miles southeast of Worthington for roughly five hours Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. A machine shed, a portion of a granary, a tractor and other lesser machinery were reported destroyed. A Worthington Fire Department spokesman said there were 500 cars filled with curious people at the scene, and that their cars hampered emergency vehicle access along the road. The spokesman appealed to the public not to chase fire alarms. The Langseths had been returning home from a 4-H swim party at the YMCA when they saw the fire from one-half mile away and turned in the alarm.

Six candidates filed for three open Worthington City Council seats. They included Dean Chapman, Harry Greier, James Gay, Leo Lester, Ed Goodwill and Woodrow Glad.

85 years ago

Round Lake joined the ranks of Nobles County towns which had experienced a bank failure when the State Bank, the city’s oldest financial institution, failed to open its doors Monday. A. P. Robert of St. Paul, former examiner for the state banking department in the Duluth district, arrived Wednesday to take over the business of liquidating the affairs of the institution.

Dr. S.A. Slater of the Southwestern Minnesota Sanitorium was on the program of the 27th annual meeting of the National Tuberculosis Association in Syracuse, N.Y. His topic was “The Comparative Study of the Pirquet and Mantoux Tuberculin Tests in School Children.”

Installation of the superb new pipe organ in the Worthington Methodist church was underway, and would continue for up to 10 days. The organ had 17 stops and 577 pipes in all.

Allan Thornton, son of Judge and Mrs. M.P. Thornton, 1218 Burlington Ave., Worthington, left Sioux City, Iowa, Monday as part of the Morningside College debate team for a tour through Iowa, Illinois, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

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