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Looking Back: 2013 -- Four-lane Minnesota 60 work is celebrated

One year ago Joyce Klosterbuer and Marian Hayenga, Worthington coordinators of an Operation Christmas Child project, were on their way toward meeting a goal of collecting 12,00 boxes to send to children overseas for Christmas. Their 12,000-box go...

One year ago Joyce Klosterbuer and Marian Hayenga, Worthington coordinators of an Operation Christmas Child project, were on their way toward meeting a goal of collecting 12,00 boxes to send to children overseas for Christmas. Their 12,000-box goal was based on the fact that 11,019 boxes were collected the previous year at the Worthington site.

 

The final two members of the Glen's Coffee Clique Last Man Club shared a bourbon toast in memory of their departed comrades. World War II veterans Helmer Haakenson, 98, and LeRoy Luitjens, 93, had fondly shared their bond with 24 members for many years but were the last men standing - and they decided to break into the bottle of bourbon that had been kept in a locked case at Teal's deli in Luverne since 2010.

 

The Worthington High School Trojan marching band performed at the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade on Sunday.

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Officials used golden spades to break ground on Minnesota West Community and Technical College's first student housing development Thursday. Bluejay Villas, a 108-bed, three-story student residential building, was expected to open by fall 2018.

 

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra performed a "Home for the Holidays" concert Tuesday evening at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center, Worthington.

Five years ago Algae that had collected in Lake Okabena lingered as winter arrived, with ice formations in blue and green near the shorelines. Ongoing algal blooms had been a problem for Lake Okabena and other area lakes throughout the preceding spring and summer, due in part to water levels continuing to be lower than normal.

 

Worthington's Hospice Cottage Inc.'s 11th annual Christmas House Walk featured the homes of Mary and Dan Huls, Craig and Pam Bergh, Jeff and Ellen Merrigan and Ron and Kathy Tangen.

 

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Zach Ruzek was the new manager at Brown's Shoe Fit in Worthington.

 

AGCO Jackson Operations was seeking a three-year partial tax abatement from the city of Round Lake, the Round Lake-Brewster school district and Nobles County as it advanced in talks with Ferrara Candy Company to lease the former Farley's and Sathers warehouse in Round Lake. If the abatement request was approved, the AGCO initiative would create 20 new full-time jobs there.

 

The Worthington Area Foundation distributed $18,225 to 15 local organizations during a program at BenLee's in downtown Worthington.

 

After nearly 50 years of effort, Minnesota 60 from the Iowa state line to Interstate 90 at Worthington was open in a four-lane format. The completion of the $67 million project was celebrated at a Friday ribbon-cutting ceremony.

10 years ago Andy and Geraldine Wagner of rural Adrian were honored as the Nobles County Soil & Water Conservation District's Conservationists of the Year. The couple, married for 64 years, worked the Wagner firm initially purchased by Andy's father in 1922, the year after Andy's birth.

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Ide@s Computers, owned by John Cowan and Jason Kruger, moved into a new location at 508 Oxford St., Worthington.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Quantum of Solace," "Body of Lies," "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," "Role Models," "High School Musical 3" and "Kung Fu Panda."

 

Members of a community housing group announced plans to begin a feeding ministry in Worthington at the start of the new year. Named Bread of Life feeding ministry, the program was to be centered at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

 

Mark Nass, an art teacher at Windom Area Middle/High School, was named the 2008-09 Teacher of the Year by the Windom chapter of Education Minnesota.

25 years ago In honor of National Education Week, open houses took place at Worthington area schools on each day of the week, as a means of saying thank you for the contributions of teachers.

 

Featured recipes in this week's edition of Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column were Broccoli Parmesan, Pumpkin Muffins, Deluxe Cranberry Cake, Spiced Carrots with Raisins and Scrumptious Squash.

 

Mel Ruppert accepted the offer to be the first county coordinator of Nobles County. The position was created by Nobles County commissioners earlier in the year. Ruppert, 36, was the current Nobles County court administrator and would assume the new position effective Jan. 1, 1994.

 

Elizabeth Postma, a Title 1 teacher at Worthington's Central Elementary, was chosen the 30th Teacher of the Year by the Worthington Education Association.

 

The Worthington Area United Way had made progress toward its goal of $118,000, with $68,915 currently pledged or in hand, but secretary Karen Almjeld's report revealed the first deadline for achieving the goal had been missed and more work remained to be done to reach it.

50 years ago Members of the Worthington Jaycees erected the sideboards for the new hockey rink at Centennial Park this week. A hockey league for fourth- through sixth-graders was being organized, with a regular schedule of games set for December. The Worthington YMCA was running the program, and the city parks department was to maintain the rink.

 

Slush-covered, slippery roads were blamed for the death of a 50-year-old woman of Cottonwood on Saturday. It was the 16th traffic death of the year in Nobles County - and with six weeks left in the year, that toll was already the highest in more than 10 years. The woman was northbound on Highway 59 about 14 miles north of Worthington at 4:15 p.m. Saturday when her car skidded and crashed head-on into the abutment of a bridge near the north fork of Jack Creek. She was reported to have died at the scene.

 

A Sunday night fire at the Carl Bjorklund farmhouse southeast of Lakefield resulted in $10,000 of damage there. The family had been attending a Sunday evening church service when the fire broke out. No one was injured. The Bjorklunds had five children still at home, while three were grown and living elsewhere.

 

Thanksgiving week specials at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included Hormel's ready made pie crust for 29 cents per one-pound tube, USDA Grade A turkeys for 33 cents a pound, U.S. choice boneless chuck roast for 79 cents a pound, Grade A ducks for 53 cents a pound, Grade A roasting chickens for 39 cents a pound and lean beef short ribs for 39 cents a pound.

75 years ago Rebuilding of the main plant of the Farmers Elevator Company at Windom, which was destroyed a week earlier in a spectacular fire, was likely to be indefinitely postponed due to the wartime priorities situation. Loss of the 35,000-bushel capacity building, which was put up about 30 years ago, would create serious inconveniences for area farmers. Grain in storage at the time of the fire consisted of about 6,000 bushels of oats and 1,000 bushels of flax. C.A. Hofstom had managed the company for 30 years.

 

Showing at Worthington's State Theater was "First Comes Courage," starring Merle Oberon and Brian Aherne. An advertising tagline for the movie read, "Strange romance against the flaming background of war."

 

An article on the home page of the Worthington Daily Globe read, "Even though wartime conditions may prevent you from having turkey, Thanksgiving dinner is incomplete without roast fowl as the entree. Whether your holiday fowl is duck, goose, capon or chicken, use your porcelain enameled roaster so the meat will be juicy, tender and evenly done to the bone. Use only moderate heat to retain more flavor."

 

Craigen Thom, Nobles County Auditor, reported that big game licenses were issued to 150 hunters on a single day this week.

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