Reminiscing: 1983: MnDOT delivers bad news on 60

One year ago Dr. Christian Morgan, Worthington, was honored as Sanford Clinic Physician of the Year. It was the first time the award was presented, having been established in 2006 by Sanford Clinic physicians who participate in the Sanford Commun...

One year ago

Dr. Christian Morgan, Worthington, was honored as Sanford Clinic Physician of the Year. It was the first time the award was presented, having been established in 2006 by Sanford Clinic physicians who participate in the Sanford Community Service Fund.

For a second year in a row, the Worthington boys' basketball team's season ended at Mankato East High School, this time with a 58-47 loss to Mankato East.

The 14th annual Celebration of Music Festival took place at Luverne Middle School, with about 300 students from 29 area schools participating.

Five Worthington High School Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) students advanced to state competition. They included junior Kristi Kuhl, seniors Michelle Krueger and Qia Chen, and freshmen Jessica Chilel, Kanya Phaly and Susana Murillo.


The Worthington High School girls' basketball team advanced to the first round of the state tournament with a 64-52 win over Marshall in the Section 2AAA final.

Five years ago

Whitney Buesgens, a 15-year-old from Slayton, recently founded Camp Love's Embrace to serve children ages 6-14 who had experienced the loss of a loved one. The free camp was scheduled for May 3-4 at Lakota Retreat Center on Lake Shetek.

The pursuit of a crime suspect ended on the outskirts of Worthington (near the Minnesota 266 exit on I-90) with the 21-year-old male suspect shooting himself. The pursuit originated in Wyoming, continuing across South Dakota and into southwest Minnesota. The man stole and wrecked at least three vehicles, beginning in Casper, Wyo., during the chase.

Worthington Specialty Clinics-Avera Health was recognized by the American Diabetes Association for its diabetic education program.

The Worthington Trojan girls' basketball team fell in a season-ending 61-51 loss to the Breck Mustangs in the first round of the state basketball tournament.

10 years ago

Area counties made the switch to the electronic benefits punch, which was less expensive for the state and counties. Those on public assistance would use the debit card instead of food stamps.


Amber Petersen and Chad Scheitel were Worthington's Academic, Arts and Athletics (Triple A) award winners for 1997-98.

Worthington High School senior Matt Wolf placed fifth in the state Academic Decathlon honors division. Overall, the WHS decathlon team earned 15 medals in state competition.

A 77-year-old Walnut Grove man died as a result of a twovehicle crash five miles north of Worthington on U.S. 59.

25 years ago

The Fulda Raiders girls' basketball team won the District 8 basketball championship for the first time in school history. Pat Uttech, a senior who had averaged 18 points per game in season conference play, collected 21 points and eight rebounds in the 59-39 victory over Hills-Beaver Creek. Meanwhile, the Worthington Trojans girls' basketball team lost 52-46 to New Ulm, failing to win the Sub-Regional 2AA title. WHS players Sue Gasca and Sandy Rogers were, nevertheless, named the Worthington Trojans Athletes of the Week.

Worthington High School's Lance Rogers won the state Class AA 155-pound wrestling title, completing his perfect season. Adrian's Ron Thier won the 132-pound state championship in Class A competition.

The Southwest Minnesota Highway 60 Corporation reaffirmed its stance in support of four-lane expressway status for Minnesota 60 between St. James and Worthington. Members of the Highway 60 Corporation had been supporting the four-lane status for the highway for more than two decades, and were once again disappointed by the state MNDoT commissioner's plan to approve a two-lane road on a realignment between St. James and Mountain Lake.

The Luverne Cardinals boys' basketball team won the District 8 championship with a 56-48 triumph over defending district champion Pipestone. It was the sixth district title in the past seven years for Luverne.


50 years ago

A 35-year-old farm woman, blown through the side of a chicken house by a brooder stove explosion, hobbled more than 100 feet to the telephone and called for help as flames quickly enveloped the wrecked building and threatened a large barn nearby. A doctor at the Slayton hospital, where the woman was taken by two neighbors, said that Mrs. Arthur Deutschman of rural Westbrook was in satisfactory condition, but had suffered first- and second-degree burns over 35 percent of her body. About 300 young chicks were destroyed by the explosion and resulting fire.

Worthington First Covenant Church purchased six lots on the south side of South Shore Drive as a site for a new church, the Rev. Arnold Tamte announced. The church board decided to put the church's present property, at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Ninth Street, up for sale. The congregation's first church was built in 1899, and its present property in 1914. The new property, which was west of the former Okabena Orchards, had been owned by

Bedford Ludlow and J. C.


75 years ago

Mrs. Emily Kraft, librarian at the Worthington Carnegie library for the past several years, submitted her resignation to the library board this week.

School costs per pupil in Worthington were 33 percent less than the average, it was revealed in a comparison between costs locally and those shown in a nationwide survey recently completed by the U.S. office of education. The yearly total cost per pupil in Worthington was figured at $55.76, while the national average was calculated at $84.90.


"All the drunkenness we read about in the Bible and in ancient history was drunkenness on light wine and beer," declared William "Pussfoot" Johnson, famed dry crusader, in an address at Worthington's Methodist church sponsored by the Women's Christian Temperance Union. Distilled liquors were not known until 1,100 years after Christ was crucified, he asserted. Beer with an alcoholic content of 3.5 percent, as proposed by the "lame duck" house of representatives, is an intoxicating drink, the veteran dry worker said, and claims to the contrary are not borne out by the facts.

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