Looking Back - 1985: 'Belly full,' Slayton police chief resigns

One year ago Three area high school seniors -- Brandon Brockshus of Bigelow, Jack Kelly of Windom and Heather Steele of Spirit Lake, Iowa -- were among the roughly 8,200 high school seniors receiving National Merit scholarships based on their per...

One year ago

Three area high school seniors -- Brandon Brockshus of Bigelow, Jack Kelly of Windom and Heather Steele of Spirit Lake, Iowa -- were among the roughly 8,200 high school seniors receiving National Merit scholarships based on their performance on the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test.

Barb Jefson retired after 32 years as a records clerk for the Prairie Justice Center's Law Enforcement Center.

At a special meeting, the Worthington City Council discussed how to spend the $23 million in hospital sale proceeds. Options being considered included a soccer field complex, an adult community center, trails, parks and lake improvement, a new fire hall and green initiatives, among other ideas.

An ammonia leak at Worthington's JBS plant led to nearly 50 employees being treated at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington. Those affected experienced headaches, lightheadedness and some respiratory problems.


Five years ago

The reigning Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Tina Rettmann, spoke to hundreds of local schoolchildren at the Ocheda Dairy south of Worthington about the benefits of consuming milk and other dairy products.

The Currie Presbyterian Church was relocated to the End-o-Line Park in Currie. The move, which cost $65,000, was sponsored by Zorada Silvernale Hoge, who said the church had been hers for "my lifetime." Hoge was baptized at the church on Sept. 18, 1915.

Class officers Amery Kuhl, Katie Soderholm, Joann Loosbrock and Jessica Reitmeier spoke at the 2005 commencement ceremony honoring 172 Worthington High School graduates.

The Sibley, Iowa, city council considered a $1 million water improvement project and an elevated water tank.

10 years ago

Worthington native Joseph Crippen, now a Lutheran minister in Northfield, appeared on the game show "Jeopardy."

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars Chapter awarded a total of $13,600 in scholarships to 33 Worthington High School seniors.


Worthington High School graduated 183 students in the Class of 2000 at the school's 113th annual commencement ceremony.

Greg Peterson, a 1971 Worthington High School graduate, and his business partner sold a chunk of their business, VTC Inc., to Lucent Technologies for $100 million. Their privately held company's 700 employees shared in $16 million of the profits. Following the sale, Peterson and his partner formed a company called PolarFab to manufacture silicon for Lucent and other semi-conductor companies.

25 years ago

The Slayton City Council accepted the resignation of Police Chief Birney Hill. In his letter of resignation, Hill expressed disappointment over what he viewed as lack of support for his administration and enforcement of ordinances by the Council and said he could not go on working under such conditions. "I just had a belly full," Hill asserted.

For the second time, the Worthington City Council turned down a request from the Northstar Chapter of the Multiple Sclerosis Society for a gambling license. The license would have allowed the organization to run a pull-tab gambling operation at the A & T Tap. The city council turned down the request on a 4-1 vote.

Strong winds, hail and a probably tornado cut a path of storm damage from the far southeast corner of Nobles County and through the center of Jackson County to Lakefield Thursday evening. Dozens of families were left with damaged homes, debris-strewn yards and splintered farm yards. The storm hit Lakefield shortly after 6 p.m. and sent live power lines down to the ground, sliced apart billboards on I-90, tore up trees by their roots, and destroyed some buildings and damaged others.

50 years ago

Fred Schaap, local garbage contractor, was awarded a contract for another year on the low bid which he submitted to the City Council. The bid was $1,302 for garbage service in addition to municipal dump service and privileges at his dump site located one mile northeast of Worthington on Hwy. 60.


Floyd R. Smith, alderman from Worthington's first ward for two terms who was defeated in a bid for alderman-at-large in April, was appointed this week to the Worthington Water and Light Commission.

Martin Roggen, cashier of the State Bank of Worthington, received recognition from the Minnesota Bankers Association for his outstanding work in organizing the American Institute of Banking study groups in this area. Vernon Kirk, vice president of the bank, was recognized for similar work in 1953. This was the first time in Minnesota that the same bank received the honor more than once.

Two men were successfully retrieved from Heron Lake during a 45-minute rescue effort after their sailboat overturned on the lake. They clung to the capsized sailboat for more than 1½ hours before being rescued.

75 years ago

Jean Wright of Graham Lakes Township was the winner of the historical essay competition carried on recently in Nobles County schools by the Nobles County Historical Society. Wright received a prize of $3 in cash.

Around 85 creamery men and cream buyers from territory surrounding Worthington met at the old fire hall Tuesday night to attend a school of instruction sponsored by the Worthington Creamery & Produce company.

The Worthington High School class of 1935 boasted the record for the highest number of graduates the school had yet had, with around 100. There was a close race for first honors between Margaret Johnson, valedictorian, and the two salutatorians, Dorothy Refsell and Mari-alice Thompson, the tie for second place being only .09 of one percent below the top position.

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