The Globe celebrates 150 years of local news

A timeline showing the history of the Globe, from the fire that destroyed precious archives in 1921 to its most recent move this year.

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Aug. 31, 1872: Western Advance, established by National Colony Co., of Toledo, Ohio, prints first edition. A.P. Miller is the editor.

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1882: Western Advance becomes Worthington Advance, a weekly newspaper.

1894: Name changed to Worthington Herald (weekly)

1908: Name changed to Worthington Advance-Herald (weekly)

1912: Name changed to The Worthington Republican (weekly)


1913: Name changed to The Worthington Progressive (weekly)

Feb. 6, 1921: Fire destroyed the newspaper office, a photo studio and the rear of the State Bank of Worthington at the corner of Third Avenue and 10th Street. The fire destroyed valuable early day photographs and newspaper files.

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1925: Name changed to The Worthington Globe (weekly)

1927-1929: Name changed to The Nobles County Times (weekly, and later a daily)

1929: Name changed back to The Worthington Globe (weekly). Purchased by V.M. Vance

1930: Name changed to The Worthington Globe and the Nobles County Times (weekly)

1937-1939: Name changed to The Nobles County Daily Times (daily)

1940: Name changed to Worthington Daily Globe (daily p.m. publication)


1956: New Worthington Daily Globe building constructed at 300 11th St.

1963: Bob and Jim Vance buy the paper from their dad, V.M. Vance.

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1975: Bob Vance sells his interest in the paper.

1976: Owen Van Essen and Paul Gruchow become stockholders in the paper, still owned by Jim Vance.

June 1, 1985: The Daily Globe goes from a p.m. newspaper to an a.m. newspaper.

Dec. 27, 1985: The Daily Globe is purchased by Midwest Newspapers Inc., of Ames, Iowa. It was owned by Gary Gerlach and Michael Gartner, a former top executive with the Des Moines Register.

March 13, 1987: The Daily Globe is purchased by Thomson Newspapers, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

Sept. 1, 1995: The Daily Globe is purchased by Forum Communications Co., Fargo, North Dakota.


August 1999: A new production facility is constructed adjacent to the Daily Globe building to house the new press, newsprint storage, mailroom and camera plate room.

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Jan. 16, 2017: The Daily Globe moves its onsite printing operations to a new, state-of-the-art Forum Communications printing facility in Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

May 31, 2017: The Daily Globe ends its six-day newsprint publication, announcing it will now publish a twice-weekly newspaper on Wednesdays and Saturdays.

June 3, 2017: The Daily Globe becomes The Globe.

May 20, 2020: The Globe reduces its printed newspaper to one day per week, on Wednesdays, as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Saturday’s edition becomes an e-paper.

April 28, 2022: The Globe building at 300 11th St. is sold, and staff work remotely until their new location is ready.

July 1, 2022: Globe staff begin moving into their new office at 416 10th St., in downtown Worthington.

July 5, 2022: The Globe opens to the public in its new office.

Aug. 31, 2022: The Globe celebrates its 150th anniversary.

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