Looking Back - Ground broken on new funeral home in '04

One year ago District 518 hired a second school nurse -- Joni Reitmeier -- to aid student populations at Worthington Middle School and Worthington High School. The position was made possible by a donation from the Worthington Health Care Foundati...

One year ago

District 518 hired a second school nurse -- Joni Reitmeier -- to aid student populations at Worthington Middle School and Worthington High School. The position was made possible by a donation from the Worthington Health Care Foundation to promote health care, enabling the two-year, $90,000 contract.

The Green Earth Players of Luverne performed "A Ghost in the House" at the Palace Theatre. This was the first performance of the play outside of Sioux City, Iowa, where the playwright, John Meyers, resided.

The annual Worthington Area United Way telethon was a bigger and better event than ever, taking place at the Worthington High School gymnasium in the presence of a live studio audience.

The first "snow day" of the season for many area schools, including District 518, was Nov. 11, thanks to freezing rain that became large sheets of ice across much of the region.


Five years ago

Bob and Phil Benson of Worthington's Benson Funeral Home broke ground on their new building on Ryan's Road. The new facility was expected to be completed in time for the business' 100th anniversary in August 2005.

The second annual Worthington Area United Way telethon set a goal of $135,000.

A fundraising effort for the restoration of the 74-year-old pipe organ at St. Gabriel's Catholic Church in Fulda got under way with a dinner and concert hosted at the church.

Worthington High School students performed "Life with Father" at Memorial Auditorium.

Milo Hawkinson and Dan Roos of Worthington's Lions Club received the Helen Keller Sight Awards for their contributions as leaders and workers in the Lions Club organization.

10 years ago

Vista Optical recently took over the Worthington Northland Mall store formerly known as Midwest Vision.


Unseasonably warm and record-setting temperatures brought out plenty of walkers, strollers and bikers across the state. Balmy temperatures in the 70s and 80s were reported across the state, including in the greater Worthington area, for a few days this week. Even International Falls reported a high of 72 degrees on Nov. 8.

World War II veteran Kenneth Hunter Sr., Wilder, was among nearly 300 veterans statewide, and one of seven in Windom, to receive high school degrees this week. Hunter's high school education was interrupted when he joined the military during World War II.

25 years ago

More than 600 Arnolds Park residents attended a regular school board business meeting that ended with the superintendent of schools, William B. Fredin, being fired. In addition, the president of the board was asked to resign and people who came to speak left the meeting with their statements unheard. The firing of Fredin was triggered by a recent board proposal to close the high school, and by a long history of conflict between board members and the superintendent.

A ribbon-cutting took place at the new Waterbed Room Superstore, 1159 Oxford St., Worthington, next to County Market. The store was managed by Tim Piehl.

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Country," "First Born" and "All of Me."

50 years ago

Shari Landers of Fulda competed this week in the "Miss Rodeo of America" queen contest at Las Vegas, Nev. Landers was Sioux Empire Fair and Rodeo Queen prior to the national contest. The 20-year-old Fulda native, the daughter of Mrs. R. H. Landers, was a student at the University of Minnesota' School of Dental Hygiene.


The new St. Mary's Catholic Church of Lake Wilson was dedicated this weekend.

Pamela Jay Wagner, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wagner, rural Adrian, was the very first baby born at the new Dr. Arnold Memorial Hospital, Adrian.

Icy streets were blamed for seven minor collisions in Worthington on one day this week.

Farrington's Super Valu on Worthington's Diagonal Road advertised these specials: a dozen large eggs for 39 cents, a five-pound bag of flour for 39 cents, two pounds of bananas for 25 cents, and a "giant 14-ounce package" of toasted cereal wheat puffs for 37 cents.

75 years ago

A three-act comedy/operetta, "The Bells of Capistrani," was presented by Worthington high school students this month.

Officers of 14 of Nobles County's 20 townships met this week and adopted a resolution opposing the projected plan of placing all highways in Minnesota under state control.

Grocery specials this week at Silverberg's, Worthington, included a five-pound bag of yellow cornmeal for 14 cents, celery for eight cents, two dozen Florida oranges for 29 cents, a 55-ounce package of regular or quick-cooking oatmeal for 17 cents, a pound of "the famous Butternut blend coffee" for 30 cents and three pound of fine powdered sugar for 16 cents.

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