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Looking Back: 2012 -- AGCO gets zero-interest loan for expansion

One year ago The Nobles County Art Center was planning an exhibit of the works of A.E. Schar for July, according to art center co-director Tricia Mikle. Schar was a "local legend" in whose name an annual A.E. Schar Award for Excellence in Paintin...

One year ago

The Nobles County Art Center was planning an exhibit of the works of A.E. Schar for July, according to art center co-director Tricia Mikle. Schar was a "local legend" in whose name an annual A.E. Schar Award for Excellence in Painting was awarded.

 

Prairie Elementary kindergarten teacher Roxanne Kremer was to be recognized in June as the Minnesota K-5 Teacher of the Year 2016 at the VFW's 113th annual convention in Rochester. Kremer was the 2012 ISD 518 Teacher of the Year.

 

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The Achievement Center (TAC) marked its 45th annual fundraising rummage sale. The sale, which runs for three weeks, took place at the Worthington Ice Arena and was coordinated by Gwen Clausen.

 

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders attended "A Future to Believe In" rally at Sioux Falls, S.D., this weekend.

Five years ago For the 11th year, trumpeter swans (five in 2012) were released at the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area near Windom.

 

AGCO of Jackson received a $740,000 no-interest loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The funds were to be applied to a major expansion project at AGCO's Jackson campus.

 

The Nobles County Commissioners were preparing to accept bids on a project estimated to cost $600,000 for upgrades in the mechanical and electrical systems at the Nobles County Government Center on Worthington's 10th Street.

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Linda Hemmert retired after working for 18 years as a Head Start teacher in Worthington.

 

The 16th consecutive dance concert of Kay Williams Prunty's The Dance Academy took place at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

 

Lonnie and Regan Roloff of Adrian were planning a June 9 "Cruise for Cancer" to raise funds for a new foundation, "Cancer Doesn't Discriminate."

10 years ago Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Spiderman 3," "Lucky You," "Fracture" and "Disturbia."

 

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Prairie Elementary, Worthington, was the host site for the Beginning and Second Year Band Festival of the Minnesota Band Directors' Association. Students and their directors from 12 Minnesota schools participated in the event.

 

Three trumpeter swans were released into the wild by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the DNR at the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area near Windom. It was the sixth year swans had been released at the site.

 

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded $18,000 to 26 qualifying Worthington High School seniors.

 

Bill's Hometown Market recently opened in Heron Lake; Bill Wurdema was the owner. It was the first grocery store to operate in Heron Lake in several years.

 

A new and improved municipal pool, named the Lakefield Family Aquatic Center, was set to open in Lakefield on June 1.

25 years ago Worthington's "City Crime of the Week" involved a stolen lawnmower taken from a South Shore Drive residence. It was suspected that the "thief" may have thought the mower had been placed out for the city's spring trash collection.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "My Cousin Vinny," "Straight Talk," "Lethal Weapon 3" and "Sleepwalkers."

 

Worthington's Water and Light Commission continued to be on the hunt for a new underground water aquifer after its latest efforts at test drilling sites in the area turned up dry, and funds for exploration were dwindling.

 

Recent water quality studies, with two years of data, showed that Lake Okabena had an extremely high phosphorous level. Lakes Ocheda and Bella were similarly high in phosphorous. Ideally, phosphorous levels should be between 70 and 100 parts per billion, while the local lakes were in excess of 200 parts per billion.

 

Worthington Paint & Floor Covering, owned by Paul and Lois Woll, recently celebrated its 20th anniversary.

 

Happy Chef of Worthington advertised a Mother's Day breakfast buffet for $5.49 per adult and $3.49 for kids, plus a lunch/dinner special at the same prices that included 1/4 baked chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, dressing, vegetable and dinner roll.

50 years ago Two young men - one from Slayton, the other from Jackson - were new employees in Worthington's city engineering department. Mike Gillette, 21, of Slayton and Bruce Skalicky, 20, Jackson, were the new hires. Gillette was assistant city engineer while Skalicky was a draftsman. Both reported to City Engineer Maynard Lueth. Both were graduates of area vocational-technical schools.

 

A head-on crash of two cars injured three people at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday. The crash occurred east of Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Highway 9. That same day around 6 p.m., a crash three miles east of Rock Rapids, Iowa, injured four people.

 

In the first joint installation ceremonies hosted by the two groups, Fred Korthals took office as president of the Worthington Jaycees and Mrs. Fred Ehlers was installed as president of the Mrs. Jaycees. Mrs. Gene Fujan was in charge of the arrangements for the event, which took place at the Ehlers Supper Club.

 

The Nobles County planning commission received word it was getting a $13,127 urban planning grant. Emphasis was on economics, schools, parks, probable growth and related county facilities.

 

Thieves forced open a rear door to gain entrance to the Farmers' Elevator at Bigelow. They rolled the safe 21 feet out of the office and into a corridor, where it tipped over. Attempts to open it were fruitless. Sheriff Dale Peters said a wall was smashed when the safe was overturned, and the office floor was damaged.

75 years ago The Girls Chorus from the Worthington Wonder Workers was named the outstanding vocal group competing in the 1942 4-H music festival at Adrian. Henry Brower directed the chorus. Meanwhile, Lu Jean Tinney, pianist from the Bigelow club, won top honors for her piano solo, and Rodney Langseth, an Indian Lake 4-H member, won first place for an accordion solo.

 

Esther Widman presided as toastmistress at the annual mother's banquet of the Business and Professional Women's Club in Worthington.

 

A group of Worthington residents went to St. Paul to attend the 32nd annual meeting of the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America. Representing Worthington were Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Durbahn, Mr. and Mrs. V.M. Vance and Mr. and Mrs. Paul E. Peterson.

 

Nobles County farmers signed up to purchase $159,719 worth of U.S. war bonds a year - an average of $13,309.99 per month - under the voluntary pledge campaign just

completed at the direction of Nobles County Agent Gene Stower.

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