Looking Back: 1994 — First International Festival hosted in Worthington

One year ago
Steve Berning, Worthington, was undefeated in his class at the National Horseshoe Pitchers Association's World Tournament in Florence, S.C. He took the championship in his division. Berning had been throwing horseshoes since he was a child.

The new Worthington Liquor Store, located on Ryan's Road, opened its doors to customers at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The 25th International Festival took place in Worthington, with entertainment, ethnic foods, a farmers market, demonstrations and artisan booths.

Round Lake Vineyards & Winery was honored as the "Project of the Year" by the Southwest Regional Development Commission at the organization's annual banquet.

Five years ago
Curt Chergosky of rural Lakefield donated a farm valued at $4 million to create three endowments within 4-H as memorials to his late fiancee, Andrea Ruesch.


The 65th annual Edgerton Dutch Festival took place.

After a one-month closure due to flooding, Blue Mounds State Park north of Luverne reopened to visitors. The concrete dam structure at Lower Mound Lake remained littered with debris, as the Mound Creek had risen the preceding month to top several portions of a two-lane road that runs along the park's west entrance.

Forty-two bicyclists and six staff members stopped in Worthington while on their cross-country journey with America by Bicycle. The group was in the midst of a 50-day, 3,700-mile bicycle tour.

The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District planned to seek assistance from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources for a proposed restoration project involving Lake Ocheda. The project aimed to increase water clarity and quality, increase aquatic vegetation and reduce the carp infestation.

10 years ago
Aileen Watson, 99, and Maurine Perkins, 97, were the last two survivors of the Worthington High School Class of 1928. The two were residing at the Meadows and Sunset Hospice Cottage, respectively, and recently met to reminisce about their school days.

The Canby campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College was honored with an Excellence in Curriculum Programming Award for its Wind Energy Technology program.

Sarah Jacobs, a 2009 Worthington High School graduate, was the recipient of the Agriculture Future of America Scholarship for 2009. Jacobs planned to attend South Dakota State University to study agriculture education.

The 16th annual International Festival took place at the Nobles County Government Center plaza.


Hy-Vee announced plans to build a new 65,000 square-foot store and 2,500 square-foot convenience store with fueling stations at a 19.22-acre site approximately 320 feet west of Humiston Avenue. Construction was expected to start in 2010.

Three Nobles County 4-Hers — Kristi Lubben and Benjamin Cunningham of the Indian Lake Progressives, and Brandon Weidert of the Grand Prairie Rockets — reported on their recent week in Washington, D.C.

25 years ago
Kenneth Lutheran Church of Kenneth marked its 100th anniversary with a worship service, catered meal and afternoon historical program.

A walnut tree toppled suddenly, and without prompting from wind or lightning, onto the Heron Lake United Methodist parsonage Thursday morning. The tree was pulled back with a cable attached to a tractor to keep it from crashing through the roof and walls of the structure.

The theme of the 1994 Jackson Town and Country/Crazy Days celebration was "South Pacific," as the Rogers & Hammerstein musical was being performed at Jackson Middle School in conjunction with the community festival dates.

The grounds of Worthington Junior High School were the site of the first International Festival (1994) in Worthington. The Worthington Cultural Diversity Coalition sponsored the event, which included an all-day soccer tournament with eight to nine teams from the area participating, as well as international food (crab rangoon, tamales, apple strudle and Greek delicacies, among other offerings). A Laotian vocalist and Mexican folk band performed, among other entertainment options. An estimated 1,000 to 2,000 people attended, and Mayor Robert Demuth called the event "a great success."

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland 3 Cinema were "True Lies," "The Lion King" and "Little Big League."

50 years ago
A 43-year-old man from rural Adrian lost his life in a gas-filled well pit late Saturday, and three other members of his family narrowly escaped as they tried to save him. The tragedy unfolded when difficulty with the farm's water supply began and the man went out around 11:15 p.m. to check on the problem. When he didn't return to the house, a nephew investigated and saw the man's body at the bottom of the well pit. Ultimately, Adrian firemen and Dr. L.A. Laikola of Adrian rushed to the scene. The man was survived by his wife and five children, as well as his parents.


A Sunday morning fire on the Elgin T. Larson farm completely destroyed a dairy barn. Firemen from Rushmore, Round Lake and Worthington were called at mid- morning, but there was little that could be done except protect other farm buildings. The loss included two sows, a number of feeder pigs, hay, straw and all milking equipment.

Mark Leach, 14, and Bryan Westendorf, 11, of Windom landed an eight-pound northern pike while fishing with a daredevil in Cottonwood Lake.

The Worthington High School chapter of Future Farmers of America and the Worthington Sportsmen's Club cooperated on a large pheasant-raising effort. The State Conservation Department supplied 500 birds, and the FFA'ers raised them on the farms of four separate members. Aiding in the pheasants' release were FFA advisors John Wright and Martin Aaser, and Allen Heidebring and Durland "Turtle'" Carlberg of the Sportsmen's Club.

Dr. John N. Mork, grandson of the founder of the local clinic, and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Mork, was returning to Worthington in service as an internal medicine practitioner. He was educated at Grinnell College and the University of Minnesota Medical School, had interned at Riverside, Calif., and practiced in Oakland, Calif., prior to serving with the military. He also completed a residency in internal medicine at the University of Minnesota hospitals and the Veterans Administration hospital in the Twin Cities.

75 years ago
A fire that broke out around supper time Thursday on the place farmed by Fritz DeGroot, eight miles northwest of Ellsworth, burned the five-room farmhouse to the ground. DeGroot was milking in the barn and his wife was dressing chickens in the yard after starting the kitchen's gas stove. Neighbors rushed to their assistance, and the Luverne fire department aided in protecting other structures, but the dwelling and its contents were entirely consumed. The five-year-old child of the pair was in town with grandparents at the time of the incident.

Sgt. Cornelius Van Regenmorter was awarded the Purple Heart earlier this month for wounds received in action on the Italian front, according to word received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. Van Regenmorter of Rushmore. Van Regenmorter, a paratrooper, was said to be recovering satisfactorily from a shrapnel wound.

Thirteen members of Boy Scout Troop 120, Worthington, received awards at the Court of Honor held at the Lake Shetek camp Friday evening. Those receiving awards included John Thrall, Cliff Karhu, Eugene Phelps, Tom St. John, Tom Nystrom, Burke Hromatko, Merle Feryborg, Robert Willardson, Clarence Benson, Ken Roberts., Jr., Russell Rickers, John Watson and Myron Siewert.

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