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Looking Back: 1943 -- Worthington morning alarm sounds an hour early

One year ago

The University of Minnesota Extension Center for Community Vitality recently received a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to study how rural communities recruit and retain residents to supply their workforces. Kent Olson, associate dean of the Center for Community Vitality, said, "Our main goal is to find out what are some of the good things places like Worthington or Wilmont are doing with newcomers and help other communities that are still trying to figure it out."

With 8.2 percent of Nobles County adults living with a diabetes diagnosis —  a full two percent more than the Minnesota average of 6.1 percent —  the Nobles County Community Service's Community Wellness Partners were offering an "I Can Prevent Diabetes" program in cooperation with University of Minnesota Extension SNAP-Ed educators and lifestyle coaches. To date, the program had served 38 people, who had lost a collective 211 pounds.

Members of the Worthington High School choirs, directed by Kerry Johnson, led the crowd in "God Bless America" and "Take Me Out to the Ballgame" at the Minnesota Twins game at Target Field on Memorial Day.

Journey Ministries announced that a new downtown Worthington coffee shop would replace the former BenLee's by late summer/early fall, It was to be known as Phileo's.

Five years ago

Jo Haugan retired after 36½ years at the Nobles County Library.

The 2013 King Turkey Day race team was announced, with Amanda Walljasper, Jason Vote, Jami Cummings and Brian Almberg set to manage Worthington's racing turkey Paycheck in the fall's Great Gobbler Gallop.

Colleen Somnis was named the 2012 Employee of the Year at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Somnis had initially worked at SWMC from September 1967 through December 1969, before returning to SWMC in January 1989. She had served as a housekeeper, janitor and linen aide over the years.

Two local businesses were closing within the space of three weeks: the Old Home Bakery Outlet on the east end of Oxford Street and the Christopher & Banks clothing store within the Northland Mall. Sue Flesner had managed the OHBO for 31½ years, and was scheduled to stay on duty there until its official closing date of June 8.

A large stockpile of cattle manure, coupled with recent rains, led to a significant manure spill in Nobles County's Little Rock Township. Nobles County Environmental Services Director Wayne Smith and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency were investigating its cause and severity.

Nearly 50 first- through sixth grade students participated in the seventh annual weeklong Camp Invention at Worthington's Prairie Elementary School, coordinated by Jodi Hansen with the help of other ISD 518 colleagues, local volunteers and leadership interns.

10 years ago

Two Worthington High School Business Professionals of America (BPA) students — junior David Bardan and sophomore He Chen —  qualified for and participated in the national BPA competition at Reno, Nev. Bardan finished in seventh place in the prepared speech category, while Chen was 25th in Java programming. Penny Troe was the WHS BPA advisor.

Construction was nearly complete on a new six-bay fire hall, located near the southeastern corner of Ellsworth. The 25-member local fire department had purchased two new fire trucks in 2007 with the help of FEMA grants.

A newly completed veterans memorial was dedicated on Memorial Day at Hardwick. The Hardwick Area Veterans Memorial was a tribute to 230 men and women from Hardwick and surrounding communities who had served in the nation's armed forces.

Jenny Kaddee and Amy Dalen opened Hair & Beyond salon in the former Nobles Co-op building on Worthington's 10th Avenue.

Lee Pick, a 63-year-old farmer from rural Avoca, died recently. His death was ruled an equipment accident after an investigation into the incident. Pick was apparently thrown from a skidloader while he was working alone, and the skidloader ultimately landed on top of him.

25 years ago

Greg Duellman, Worthington, took top individual honors at the fourth annual Economics Challege at Mankato State University. Duellman, a Worthington High School senior, was one of five students on the Worthington Economic Challenge Team, which was coached by Pat Shaughnessy. Duellman also received the E. Dale Peterson Memorial Award at the event for earning the most total points in both the large and small school categories.

The Worthington City Council voted to crack down on parking violators in the downtown Worthington area (known as the Worthington City Center). Fines for illegal parking were being increased, with the cost for first-time offenders being $4 (up from $2). Second-time offenders (within 90 days of a first fine) would be assessed $10; third-time offenders were to pay $25; and subsequent violations would cost offenders $35. Each fine would increase by 50 percent if not paid within five days.

District 22 DFL party officials announced that Jean Burkhardt of Wellcome would replace retiring district chairman Greg Boll.

Eddie Deutsch, Luverne, was elected to lead the Military Order of the Cooties for 1993-94. Cooties membership was open to all VFW members.

The Gordon Drug Coffee Shop of downtown Worthington advertised its "home-cooked" weekly lunch specials, all for $3.50 apiece: Monday, meatloaf, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and tea biscuit; Tuesday, coney dog, potato chips and baked beans; Wednesday, chicken ala king over biscuits and fruit salad; Thursday, beef sirloin tips over noodles with green beans and bread; and Friday, barbecue beef and potato salad.

50 years ago

The Worthington Municipal Airport, along with the Worthington Jaycees and the Worthington Chamber of Commerce, planned a Fly-In Breakfast on Sunday featuring food, aerobatics by Howard Sevdy, the Sheldon Ski-Hi Divers (parachute jumpers), and penny-a-pound rides all day. However, low clouds and rain hampered the event, with some of the activities being rescheduled for Memorial Day.

The Boy Scout Troop 121 held its annual ham and pancake supper on Wednesday evening at Chautauqua Park. The cost was $1 per adult and 50 cents per child. "Help send the boys to camp," urged the troop.

Mrs. James Heideman and Mrs. Walt Tiesler won $100 each playing "mini-bingo" at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington.

Worthington Senior High School graduated 266 seniors in Thursday evening commencement exercises.

75 years ago

Mrs. John Garloff, 35, of Lake Park, Iowa, suffered severe cuts and bruises when she was struck by flying parts of a cream separator that exploded at her farm home. Her 13-year-old daughter was turning the separator when the spindle's vibrations caused the bowl to explode.

Worthington people accustomed to start their days to the roar of the power house whistle got to work an hour earlier on Wednesday, when the blast sounded at 6 a.m. instead of its usual 7 a.m. A voice at the power house said simply, "Someone made a mistake," in response to an inquiry about the reason for the premature blast. Cafes all over town, accustomed to a rush just before 8 a.m., were busy an hour earlier than usual. Everyone was good-natured about the early alarm for it was believed that never before, since the whistle was installed in 1916, had there been such an occurrence.

A deer was seen roaming the area up the Reading diagonal road, across the highway from the H.R. Kingery place. City police made a hurried census of the park deer pen on the lake's south shore, but all eight deer were in the city pen. Police therefore concluded the roaming deer was a stranger.

Fourteen Worthington high school boys were seeking full-time farm jobs for the summer and would be available for "try-outs" Saturday on farms in the vicinity, an item on the Worthington Daily Globe's front page announced.

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