One year ago

The Daily Apple, Worthington, celebrated its 10th anniversary with door prizes, a grand prize basket and free food samples.

The Worthington City Council authorized a local option sales tax referendum, and the half-percent sales tax would be on the November ballot. If approved, the $25 million that could be collected over a 15-year period would go to fund projects including an outdoor aquatic center and water park, a field house and recreation center, park and recreation improvements, Lake Okabena water quality improvements, improvements to the Worthington Ice Arena and improvements to the 10th Street farmers market parking lot.

Sonia Garcia, 951 McMillan St., Worthington, was named the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce "Flower Power — Yard of the Week" recipient.

The city of Worthington obtained a court order to make repairs to the Thompson Hotel apartment building.

Five years ago

The first Saturday farmers' markets of the season took place in Worthington last weekend. The late start to the usual market season had been delayed by rainy weather, which slowed crop development.

Around 50 members of the extended Olson family reunited in Worthington over the 4th of July holiday. The descendants of Emil and Marjorie Olson gathered in part due to the advancing age of the couple's two surviving daughters — Dorothy (Olson) Hallstrom, 98, Worthington, and Lillian (Olson) Breul, 86, now of Lancaster, Calif.

Peebles joined the expanding list of stores exiting Worthington's Northland Mall. A store clearance sale was under way, with a close date of July 26 posted.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency said contaminants in the soil at the site of the former Exclusive Cleaners at the corner of 11th Street and Second Avenue, Worthington, were prompting them to seek designation as a Minnesota Superfund Program listing in order to receive dedicated annual funds for the location's cleanup.

District 518 was to receive $209,673 for use with early learning programs, student aid, meals and more as part of the $54 million in new education funding enacted by the Minnesota Legislature and Gov. Mark Dayton.

10 years ago

The Worthington High School Class of '44 celebrated its 65th reunion with a gathering at the Travelodge. Class secretary Vivian Flynn was credited with gathering the class, as she had contacted all classmates and coordinated regular reunions at five-year intervals since the group graduated.

Kristi Loose, a general practice attorney, recently opened a private law office in Worthington. Loose was a native of Lamberton and a December 2008 graduate of the University of South Dakota School of Law.

The Sterling Drug location in downtown Worthington closed, leaving one Sterling Drug location open at the Northland Mall.

Nobles County commissioners approved a request seeking a $400,000 grant to reestablish a juvenile detention facility and program in Worthington.

The Worthington Municipal Airport was to get nearly $3 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Transportation to rehabilitate two runways.

The 16th annual International Festival took place in downtown Worthington.

25 years ago

Cynda Christopherson, the daughter of Dean and Carol Christopherson, was named the Region IX Dairy Princess, thus qualifying to compete for the state title of Princess Kay of the Milky Way. Christopherson, the 1993 Nobles County Dairy Princess, was a rising sophomore at Augustana College, Sioux Falls, S.D., and had grown up on her family's dairy farm south of Worthington.

Gary Butzer of Morton was painting a 25- by 50-foot mural ("small for him") on The Cafe at Round Lake. The Round Lake Community Club was selected as a 1994 "Picture-it-Painted" recipient. The Round Lake mural was Butzer's 101st mural in southwest Minnesota, and it was to depict a boy wearing a straw hat with a stringer of bullheads in his hand, with a pioneer farmer in the background. The mural's timing coincided with the 100th anniversary of Round Lake's incorporation.

St. Mary's Catholic Church of Ellsworth ordained its fifth native son, The Rev. James Seitz. There were 80 families who were part of the Ellsworth congregation.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce, Worthington Area Industries Inc. and the Worthington Convention and Visitors Bureau moved to a new home at the former Vista Telephone Company office at 1121 Third Ave. The relocation ended a four-year search for a new space, as the offices had formerly been housed in a "very crowded" space on Fourth Avenue.

Steve Potts, Lincoln, Neb., received a 1994 Dirksen Congressional Center grant for research work on the U.S. Congress and Congressional leadership. Potts was earning his doctorate in history at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and currently teaching history at Hibbing Community College.

50 years ago

Dr. John T. Frey assumed duties as dean of instruction at Worthington State Junior College on July 1. He earned a B.A. degree at Marquette University, Milwaukee, and a Ph.D. at Iowa State University, both in chemistry.

About 400 pheasants were released near Round Lake. Local FFA members raised the birds, having started with 500 and raised slightly more than 400 to maturity.

After many months of apprehensively waiting for the bad news to arrive, the city of Worthington had two confirmed cases of Dutch elm disease. Daryl Gerber, superintendent of parks for Worthington, was informed by the State Department of Agriculture that the elm branch samples taken from two local residences on South Shore Drive showed the infection.

The Windom Toro plant was to double in space with a $500,000 addition. Presently, the plant employed 220 on the assembly line and 30 office personnel, but employment figures were expected to show a significant increase once the space was completed. The estimated completion date was Jan. 1, 1970, with construction starting July 21.

75 years ago

On July 10, one of the most violent rainstorms in recent years visited Worthington, piling 2.45 inches of precipitation upon the .31 recorded earlier in the 24-hour period, bringing the total up to 2.76 inches. Low spots in the town plat quickly became deep ponds. Residents of the Fourth Avenue neighborhood near the Episcopal and Presbyterian churches said they never saw deeper water at that corner. The second precinct polling place at the Church of Christ was evicted by ankle-deep water in the building's basement.

The 13th annual Red Cross lifesaving and swim school, sponsored by the Nobles County chapter of the Red Cross and the city of Worthington, ended Saturday, chairman Vincent Hollaren announced. With favorable weather, classes were conducted every day of the swim school. Hollaren noted the excellent attendance of out-of-town pupils, which included 72 from Lismore, 68 from Wilmont, 64 from Rushmore, 10 from Bigelow and a number of Girl Scouts from Ocheyedan, Iowa. The out-of-town groups were transported in school buses. The swim school provided training and recreation daily for over 500 children, and it was free for everyone and any child was eligible to attend.

Pfc. Lyall Guritz, well-known to Worthington motorists as a service man at the Tellander-Hagge gasoline station and also a floor man at the garage, was recently killed in action as a member of the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific area. Guritz, 20, was the youngest son in his family, who resided in Middletown Township, Jackson County.