Looking Back: Worthington's powerful ice storm was five years ago this week

One year ago District 518 officials hosted a public meeting on Tuesday evening at Worthington High School to present several building options seeking to solve the district's overcrowding issues. Public opinion was sought on the proposals, emphasi...

One year ago District 518 officials hosted a public meeting on Tuesday evening at Worthington High School to present several building options seeking to solve the district's overcrowding issues. Public opinion was sought on the proposals, emphasized Superintendent John Landgaard.


Sam Roy, co-founder of Micronutrient Technologies Inc., was a featured speaker at the Worthington Bio Conference, as was Tom Erdmann of Acceligen. Acceligen grows genetically matched organs for transplant.


The Worthington High School Robotics team placed seventh out of 63 competing teams at the 10,000 Lakes Minnesota FIRST Regionals robotics competition in Minneapolis. Team coaches were Tucker Besel and Duane Hansen.


Five years ago The city of Worthington announced the grand opening gala for the new Worthington Event Center would take place on May 18.


Juniors and seniors at Worthington High School experienced the effects of texting while driving, or driving while inebriated, via an Arrive Alive simulator. The simulator and a driving awareness instructor were made possible through a $2,500 grant from State Farm Insurance.


The city of Worthington sold 7.1 acres of land to ISD 518 for $140,000 for the purpose of erecting a new bus garage on the Stower Drive site to serve the school district's transportation vehicle needs.


A 21-member cast presented the musical "Damn Yankees" at the Minnesota West Fine Arts Theater. The production was directed by Eric Parrish.



A state of emergency was declared in Worthington following a powerful and extended ice and snow storm that felled trees, knocked out power and generally wreaked havoc and destruction throughout the region. Thousands of southwest Minnesota residents were without electricity for a few days following the storm.

10 years ago Bob "Bart" Bardwell was the featured speaker at the annual Worthington Mayor's Prayer Breakfast at First Lutheran Church.


Hundreds of community members gathered at the Nobles County Integration Collaborative Saturday for a special welcome event for Worthington's newest members: Burmese refugees. In all, 80 Burmese refugees from the Karen ethnic group were working at JBS Swift & Co. in Worthington.


The Best Independent Restaurant Association awarded Lakefield's Hi-Lo Supper Club with its 2008 Best Casual Restaurant Plate Award. Chef David Adjey, star of the Food Network's "Kitchen Makeovers," presented the award to owner Syd Malchow.


Bob Bristow recently assumed full ownership of the Demuth Agency, 1234 Oxford St., Worthington, from Bob Demuth, whose father, Robert J. Demuth, founded it in 1957. Bristow, Lori Bristow and Bob Demuth were all licensed to meet personal and commercial insurance needs at the agency.



"Gone Country III: Legends of the Grand Ole Opry" took place at Memorial Auditorium Performing arts Center this week.

25 years ago State officials toured Worthington's Lakeview School, as ISD 518 was seeking more than $2 million in bonding from the state legislature to build a new facility.


Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Crush," "Groundhog Day" and "The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn."


The Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation awarded scholarships to student recipients Cynda Christopherson and Gina Ruesch, both Worthington High School seniors. An employee scholarship went to Monica McCoy, Brewster.


Windmill Cafe, Worthington, advertised an all-you-can-eat Easter buffet for $5.95, featuring chicken, ribs, shrimp, yams and apples, mashed potatoes and gravy, vegetables and dessert.


Harris-Lake Park Iowa principal Judy Brueggeman was named the Iowa Elementary Principal of the Year.

50 years ago All that remained of 38 brand new choir robes, intended to be worn for the first time during Easter week services at Pipestone's First Lutheran Church, was a handful of charred fabric. The robes were destroyed the previous Friday in a basement fire at the church which was discovered by the Rev. Robert Sorenson. The fire was believed to have been started by children playing with matches; tentative damage estimate was $4,000.


An Easter vacation teen dance (for youths 16 and older) took place at Touw's Coliseum Ballroom, Worthington. The Dynamic Skeeters and their 10-piece show band provided the entertainment.


One youth was injured and three escaped injury at 8:10 p.m. Saturday when the car in which they were riding ran off a road and crashed about five miles north and three and one-half miles west of Luverne.


Karley's Drive-In, Worthington, advertised 25 cent cheeseburgers ("Thursday only!"), plus five-cent root beer and 19-cent malts as weekend specials.

75 years ago Nobles County's Red Cross war fund mounted to $13,213.28 with more contributions received at the office of campaign chairman Stanley Nelson. That was almost $3,000 over the county's quota of $10,350.


Private Jerry Ellerbroek Jr. of Sibley, Iowa, who had been reported as missing in North African action since Feb. 17, was a prisoner of the Italian government, his family learned Thursday night. No details were given in the wire. A similar message was received by Peter Knapp, clerk of the Osceola County district court, concerning his son, Warrant Officer Peter Knapp Jr., who was reported missing in the same action. They were the only members of the missing Sibley group heard from so far.


Advertised specials this week at Weppler's Food Market, Worthington, included a pound of lean bacon tidbits for 25 cents, ring liver sausage and bologna for 21 cents a pound, Worthmore butter for 48 cents a pound, two pounds of large lima beans for 25 cents, a one-pound bag of egg noodles for 19 cents, 10 bars of Chrystal white soap for 39 cents and two pounds of split green peas for 25 cents.

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