Looking Back: 1944 — New billboards grace Worthington entrances

One year ago
Nearly a dozen area residents attended the Nobles County Planning Commission meeting to fight a conditional use permit (CUP) for the proposed Rail to Road transloading facility, and a CUP for a confinement barn was also the subject of controversy. The Rail to Road transloading facility was proposed for a mile west of Minnesota 60 just north of 280th Street, but a group of area homeowners said the increased truck and train traffic would cause safety issues and also bring additional noise and dust to the area.

The Worthington City Council finalized a list of projects to be funded with $20 million raised by the next local option half-percent sales tax. Funds were to be allocated to improvements at the local ice arena, to Lake Okabena water quality efforts, for improvements at the farmers market parking lot in the downtown area, to an outdoor aquatic center, to a field house and to park/rec plus a lakeside marina and restaurant.

Six months after Gold'n Plump closed its doors, Premium Iowa Pork announced plans to transform the unoccupied Luverne facility into a pork processing plant.

The Tom and Trish Bullerman family, rural Rushmore, hosted the Nobles County Breakfast on the Farm that included free pancakes and burgers.

As the Worthington Regional Health Care Foundation marked its 10th anniversary, it celebrated that it had surpassed $2 million in grant awards in that time.


Five years ago
Gov. Mark Dayton and U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, along with other state government representatives, were in Luverne to meet with a contingent of local officials and emergency managers to discuss the impact of recent regional storms on farms and agricultural communities.

An event for the premier of the documentary "Abrazos" took place at the Worthington Event Center.

The Fulda Wood Duck Festival celebrated its 50th anniversary with a theme of "50 Years of Quality Care" in honor of the Maple Lawn Senior Care facility.

The Nobles County Relay for Life had raised $48,200 for cancer research to date in its 2014 campaign.

The Worthington Farmers Market opened this week in downtown Worthington.

Jim Obermoller, a mail carrier for the Worthington Post Office, was honored as the Minnesota Rural Letter Carriers' Association Member of the Year. Obermoller served over 400 customers on his route south and west of Worthington and was a 26-year postal employee.

The Jackson County Sheriff's Office hosted "Take a Kid Fishing Day," which coincided with Jackson's Town and Country Days. More than 100 kids and parents gathered at Ashley Park for the event.

10 years ago
The Nobles County Relay for Life raised nearly $93,000 — a record, given it was the most the event had raised in its 13-year history. Kim Lambert chaired the event.


In an effort to boost interest in the outdoors and create additional habitat, the Nobles County Pheasants Forever chapter and the Ocheda Beavers 4-H Club teamed up to build 19 bluebird houses.

Melissa Kreun recently began working part-time in the rehabilitation department at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington. A 2002 graduate of Murray County Central High School and Augustana thereafter, Kreun had earned her doctor of physical therapy degree at Mayo.

A 1968 Piper 28 plane crashed near Sheldon, Iowa, Tuesday around 11 a.m., instantly killing the three adult males on board.

The Nobles County Commissioners gave SEH Engineering the go-ahead to begin work on plans for a new county library in Worthington. They were hoping to partner with the City of Worthington on a joint library and senior center complex.

The Nobles County Dairy Association sponsored "Breakfast on the Farm" at the Ocheda Dairy on Saturday.

25 years ago
After six years of service to First United Methodist Church and Emmanuel Methodist Church, Worthington, the Rev. Peter Ramstad retired. Ramstad was honored at a church reception along with his wife, Bev, since his retirement date coincided with the couple's 40th wedding anniversary. Associate pastor Lowell Reinking continued at the church and was to be joined July 1 by the Rev. Thorne Wittstruck.

Sarah Hinkeldey, 18, rural Lakefield, was named the 1994 Jackson County Dairy Princess.

Steve Rubis, Worthington's general agent for The Franklin Company, earned one of the company's top sales honors; he qualified for the company's Centurion Club due to his outstanding personal sales totals in April.


The Fulda Wood Duck Festival's 1994 theme was "Salute to Farming." Orrin Clarke was the parade grand marshal.

Slow-moving storms dumped more rain on an already water-saturated region, with five inches recorded at Ellsworth and four inches at Worthington.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Maverick," "Wolf" and "Speed."

50 years ago
John Buysse of Buysse Motors, Worthington, announced he had purchased the business interest previously held by his brother, Frank Buysse. John Buysse's son, Thomas, 24, was to join him in the business effective immediately. To kick off the change in ownership, a pre-Fourth of July sale on all new and used cars and trucks was planned. The local Dodge and Chrysler agency was started on Oxford Street by Frank Buysse in 1955.

Dr. L.C. Strough, staff psychiatrist at the Worthington Clinic and medical director of the Southwestern Mental Health Center, Luverne, was reappointed as a medical advisor to the Department of Health, Education and Welfare, a division of the Social Security Administration, Washington, D.C.

Mr. and Mrs. Gene Maday departed this week for Boulder, Colo., and a tour of duty with VISTA, Volunteers in Service to America. The Madays had come to Worthington 21 years earlier. Gene, a master electrician and refrigeration specialist, worked for Worthington Electric Co., and Ruth taught in the Worthington school system. Now retired, the pair decided the volunteering stint would be interesting. Said Gene, "Retirement is something you finally get tired of, just as it's normal to be tired of working. Besides, I'm tired of fishing and there isn't much else to do."

Patti Sorenson, 18, the reigning Miss Slayton, was the second runner-up in the Miss Minnesota pageant at Austin. She was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Sorenson, Slayton.

75 years ago
The Rev. Lars R. Bache-Wiig was called to the pulpit of St. John's Episcopal Church, Worthington, and would take up his labors locally effective July 1.

Three Indian girls began work this week in rural Nobles County households, the county extension service announced. For all of them, it was the first time they had worked away from home. They spent their first night at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Gene Stower, Worthington, before being taken to their farm homes the following day. The girls were to work at the farms of Francis Runkle, Bigelow; Wallace Perkins, Worthington; and John Moser, Adrian. Arrangements were made as part of the farm help program. The girls came from towns on Lower Red Lake in the Red Lake Indian reservation.

A fire that broke out at midday in Mil's Cafe, a small hamburger stand midway on the 200 block of Eleventh Street, Worthington, created a considerable smudge but did little damage to the establishment. Mrs. Millie Claybaugh was on duty at the time and sait that without warning, the gas plate was all afire. Firemen reported that the blaze ignited an accumulation of grease under the top of the small stove.

Four new rebuilt, redecorated billboards were recently set out at four major entrances to Worthington by the Worthington Civic and Commerce Association. They billed the city as the "business heart of southwestern Minnesota" and noted its population as "over 6,500." Additional attributes advertised were "beautiful homes, churches, fine schools" and "municipal light, power, heat and water."

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