Reminiscing: 2005 — Bid for spec building construction OK’d

One year ago In a continued effort to improve infrastructure, connectivity and citizen health within the community, the local Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) committee and those of surrounding counties recommended developing an active...

One year ago
In a continued effort to improve infrastructure, connectivity and citizen health within the community, the local Statewide Health Improvement Program (SHIP) committee and those of surrounding counties recommended developing an active living plan for Worthington.

The annual Toys for Tykes fundraiser was underway at Worthington High School, with food items for sale to the student body during breaks between classes.

A wall furnace was suspected as the cause of a house fire at 1510 Murray Ave., Worthington.

Due to some shift realignments and a reduction in its temporary workforce earlier this year, AGCO Jackson Operations cut 43 employees from its workforce campus-wide. The cuts represented less than 4 percent of AGCO Jackson’s workforce.

Nobles County was one of 10 counties in Greater Minnesota selected by the Blandin Foundation to be part of a two-year broadband initiative.


Wilmont celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Pacholl Moser Post 2603. More than 250 people gathered for the occasion.

Five years ago
The ninth annual Christmas House Walk benefiting Hospice Cottage Inc. of Worthington took place, featuring the homes of Dan and Tanya Wagner, Diane Graber, Helen Sandersfeld and Rick and Julie Shrubb.

Trends Salon of Worthington, owned by Kris Bosma, expanded and opened Glo By Trends, a tanning salon.

Tom Woods, a 17-year District 518 teaching veteran and instructor at Worthington’s Prairie Elementary School, received the National Citizenship Teacher Post Recognition Award. Woods was nominated by Roger Geertsema, the commander of VFW Post 3958 Volk Janssen, Worthington.

The District 518 school board approved changes to its policies against harassment, hazing, violence and bullying. The policies were changed to make the more readily understandable, according to Superintendent John Landgaard.

JBS of Worthington received a cash incentive of $144,896 from Worthington Public Utilities and Bright Energy Solutions for implementing three energy-saving practices. The efforts were effective in reducing the energy use of the town’s largest energy consumer.

10 years ago
The Worthington City Council approved a $365,089 bid for the construction of a specific building with the city’s bioscience industrial park. The bid award went to Johnson Builders & Realtors, Worthington, which submitted the lowest of nine bids for the project.

The Worthington Regional Economic Development Corp. hosted its annual meeting at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington. The guest speaker was Bill King, vice president for business administration at Cirrus Design Corp., the largest seller of aircraft in the world.


Elizabeth Grote of Sibley, Iowa, celebrated her 90th birthday, even as she continued to participate in a bowling league. Grote had been bowling with a team since 1967.

More than 300 area fifth-graders attended a Kindness Retreat, sponsored by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and presented by Youth Frontiers of St. Louis Park.

Randi Quade recently began work as the youth director at Worthington’s American Lutheran Church.

A Lake Wilson man arrested in September for driving to a McDonald’s restaurant on a John Deere 4040 tractor while intoxicated was found guilty of DWI in Nobles County District Court, having been charged with two counts of DWI and one of open bottle.

Owners Larry and Jean Gamradt replaced their Windom Dairy Queen building with a bigger and better model, making it safer for customers who stopped at the restaurant along Minnesota 60.

25 years ago
Organizers of the Worthington Community Christmas Basket program were preparing for a larger than usual demand for their services during the holiday season.

The third annual Festival of Trees took place at the Lakefield High School auditorium this week.

Harris Waller, the governor of Minnesota-Dakotas District of Kiwanis International, was in Worthington for an official visit, along with his wife, Nancy. The Minnesota-Dakotas District encompassed 199 Kiwanis Clubs with more than 9,000 members.


The Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority board hired Lee Cronk of Sibley, Iowa, as coordinator of the Section 8 program.

Bostwicks clothing store in Worthington was among several owned by the store’s parent company to be closed in the region. A going-out-of-business sale was underway.

The 1991 King Turkey Day officers were named at the organization’s annual meeting. They were Joel Krekelberg, president; Bob Demuth Jr., vice president; Kris Tutje, secretary; and Bill Gerstner, treasurer.

50 years ago
The seniors of St. Anthony High School, Lismore, presented the three-act drama “Dino” in the school auditorium. Meanwhile, the seniors at Round Lake High School performed “Wild About Harry.”

An 18-year-old male from rural Lakefield died in a tractor accident Thursday. The tractor overturned, landing in a ditch with the youth pinned beneath it.

Advertised specials at Tempo in Worthington included plastic-coated playing cards for 28 cents, waterproof plastic baby pants for 14 cents, boys’ corduroy pants for $1.88, ladies’ knit turtlenecks and long-sleeve pullovers for 99 cents, and a gallon of gasoline anti-freeze for 10 cents.

Showing this week at the State Theater in Worthington were “Shenandoah” starring James Stewart and “Joy in the Morning” with Richard Chamberlain and Yvette Mimieux.

75 years ago
The poultry judging team from Luverne was included among the delegation of 165 Minnesota Future Farmers who left by special train from St. Paul Saturday to attend the national convention of the Future Farmers of America at Kansas City. On the team were Raymond Mannigal, Virgil Westphal and Hugh Goeble, with George W. Edmonds as coach.

Worthington postmen and school children were thankful that Armistice Day this year meant a day off. They didn’t have to fight their way through the snow drifts, and the children were able to stay at home on the holiday. Meanwhile, plate-glass windows at the Firestone store at the corner of Fourth Avenue and Third Street were smashed in by the high gale. The storm postponed several other events and resulted in a heavy loss of poultry and livestock in the region. F.E. Mixa of the Worthington Creamery and Produce Company said it was “the worst day in the history of the turkey industry in this section.” As many as 100,000 turkeys were believed to have perished in the Worthington territory in the big blizzard.

Nobles County Attorney Arnold Brecht required three days to reach Worthington after departing Minneapolis, due to the Armistice Day blizzard. The Brechts were among more than 100 motorists marooned at Belle Plaine by an immense drift up the hill southwest of the town. Deep enough to bury cars, the snow barrier was at least three city blocks in length. The peak in gruesomeness on the journey home was reached when they discovered two men frozen to death in their buried sedan about midway in the huge drift.

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