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Looking Back - 1986: District 518 budget cuts approved

One year ago Jackson County Attorney Robert O'Connor returned to his regular job after having spent the previous 10 months in Iraq. O'Connor was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. The estimated loss in equity in the swine industry in 2009 within ...

One year ago

Jackson County Attorney Robert O'Connor returned to his regular job after having spent the previous 10 months in Iraq. O'Connor was a member of the U.S. Army Reserve.

The estimated loss in equity in the swine industry in 2009 within Nobles County was $29 million. The statewide figure for loss of equity was $540 million.

Health concerns led Nobles County Commissioner Norm Gallagher to resign from his post. Gallagher had served as commissioner for District 4 since 2000.

The Worthington City Council approved the project scope and budgetary parameters for a redevelopment of the former Worthington Area YMCA location into a community center. Total project costs were estimated at $697,918.

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Worthington hosted the 25th annual Wild Turkey Shootout.

Five years ago

The reigning Princess Kay of the Milky Way, Rebekah Dammann, a Lester Prairie native, visited students at Worthington Middle School to share information about the dairy industry.

The three District 518 Teacher of the Year candidates were Beth Habicht, John Koller and Cheryl Carlson.

Lakefield voters headed to the polls to decide whether to approve a bond referendum to replace a decaying city pool and related facilities with new construction. The proposal passed with 496 "yes" votes to 99 "no" votes, and was to result in about $120 more in taxes annually on a $75,000 house.

Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster students presented "Beauty and the Beast."

At a public meeting, a proposal for a new, 57,000 square-foot, three-story Jackson County/City of Jackson community services building was presented. The preliminary cost estimate for the structure was $8.72 million.

10 years ago

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After six months of operation, Prairie Expo in Worthington had failed miserably to meet revenue and visitor projections. Only 30,000 people had visited the site since its opening Sept. 17.

The 50-member Trojan speech team recently placed second at the Mankato East High School Speech Fiesta.

Winners of the Worthington Optimist Club's local essay contest were Nicole Fritz, first place; Shanna Granstra, second place; and Marit Langseth, third place.

Joe LaCanne, a 37-year education veteran who was currently a middle- and high school art instructor, was named the Windom Education Association Teacher of the Year.

Worthington High School students presented the musical "Damn Yankees" at Memorial Auditorium.

25 years ago

Warm temperatures brought out tanktops and tennis shoes throughout the region Thursday.

With little verbal protest, but a number of letters from concerned parents, the District 518 school board approved the school budget cuts without any changes. Dr. Dale Jensen, superintendent, recommended the cuts Feb. 18 in preparation for a projected revenue shortfall within three years. The approved cuts meant a $67,300 savings for the district. Jensen suggested an operating budget for 1896-87 of $8,546,750.

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Faced with declining patient numbers and increasing expenses, Worthington Regional Hospital began implementing cost-saving measures Tuesday with the dismissal of almost nine full-time employees. Several part-time employees were also notified of a reduction in their scheduled number of hours, said administrator Dave Gehant. This was the third layoff at the hospital in slightly more than two years.

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Color Purple," "Police Academy 3: Back in Training," "Gung Ho," and "Sleeping Beauty."

50 years ago

Sherri McKinley, Miss Worthington, modeled "Easter fashions" and other clothing on Saturday at the Montgomery Ward store on Worthington's 10th Street.

The 55th Anniversary Sale at Worthington's Rickbeils Appliance Store featured a five-piece Formica dinette set for $69.55, as well as specials on sewing machines and sewing machine cabinets.

Worthington's League of Women Voters members promoted the candidates' forum by releasing a goose in Worthington's business district at mid-day, holding signs reading, "Don't be a goose! Take a gander at the candidates before you vote," among other slogans.

After 16 months of looking, the three-county out-patient clinic of the Southwestern Mental Health Center in Luverne had a staff psychiatrist. Dr. L. Edgar Bostan was dividing his time between the clinic at Luverne and another multi-county center at Marshall.

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Sav-Mor food market included Pillsbury cake mixes, 25 cents per package, two pounds of Folger's Coffee for $1.19, a pint box of strawberries for 39 cents, a half-gallon of Wells' ice cream for 69 cents and an eight-ounce bag of Baker's Coconut for 33 cents.

75 years ago

Everett D. Mennenga, for several years laundryman at the Southwestern Minnesota sanatorium, purchased a lot on Second Avenue between Lake and Eighth Streets to erect a one-story, concrete block structure for the installation of a modern steam laundry. Need of such an industry has been felt here for some time.

William Cummings of Sioux City, Iowa, was arraigned in district court in Worthington, charged with the possession for sale of obscene literature. Penalty for the offense is imprisonment for one year and a $500 fine. Police believed they had trapped a large source of such wares.

The old March adage, "in like a lamb, out like a lion," was proving true in the area, as Worthington residents awoke to a town blanketed with snow. While not exactly balmy, the early days of March were decidedly lamb-like in comparison with what had gone before, and today the old Felis Leo was growling and lashing his tail. If it had not been for the snow, Worthington would have been experiencing a dust storm, anyway. There was the old familiar reddish cast to the sky, and automobile headlights, turned on by cautious motorists, had an eery bluish beam.

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