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Looking Back: 1993 -- Chamber prioritizes community appearance

One year ago

At Worthington High School's 130th commencement, 191 members of the Class of 2017 graduated and stepped into their futures.

A recently completed traffic study near Worthington Middle School at the intersection of North Crailsheim Drive and Oxford Street proved there was a need for an established school speed zone on both roads.

The final segment of the Lewis & Clark water system received the funding needed when Gov. Mark Dayton announced he would sign a bonding bill including the project. The connection to Worthington was expected to be completed by November 2018.

After 32 years in the position, Bob Hansen was retiring as an attorney for Osceola County, Iowa, in late July.

Five years ago

The Rev. Gordon Orde retired after a 41-year career as a United Methodist minister. Orde had served Worthington's First United Methodist and Emmanuel Methodist churches for the past 12 years.

Worthington native Jessica Zuehlke co-wrote with Jim Stowell "A Wagon Load of Shoes," a play based on the true story of Worthington's 66-year partnership with the city of Crailsheim, Germany.

The 14th annual Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival took place. 2013 Worthington High School graduate Elizabeth Luke created the winning design of the local celebration's official 2013 T-shirt, featuring a lime green background with citrus-colored lettering.

First State Bank Southwest loan officer Mark Vis was selected as the Outstanding Community Lender of 2013 by the Independent Community Bankers of America. Vis was one of eight lenders selected nationwide in eight separate categories.

Dr. Steven Dudley, Worthington, was named to the United Prairie Bank board of directors. Dudley was the managing partner of Veterinary Medical Center and Prairie Livestock Supply.

Alexia Hansen, a Westbrook native, was hired as laboratory manager at Sanford Worthington Medical Center.

White Wolf Web, a printing facility in Sheldon, Iowa, was heavily damaged by a major blaze early Tuesday morning. Four fire departments fought the fire, which fortunately resulted in no injuries.

10 years ago

The Buergerwache Band of Crailsheim, Germany, was set to visit Worthington and entertain attendees as part of the Worthington Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival.

About 60 members of the Dakota Territories Model A Club and the Horseless Carriage Club were in Worthington to tour the Historic Dayton House and Spomer Classic, as well as making stops in Adrian and Luverne.

Christine Hillesheim was the new owner of Professional Hair Design, Worthington, a business she purchased from Judie Johnson. Johnson had owned the salon for 15 years.

The owners of Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington's Northland Mall signed a 10-year agreement with Developers Diversified Realty, the mall's owner and developers.

Yvonne Sieve, a Prairie Elementary first-grade teacher, received the 2008 Celebrate Literacy Award for the Minnesota Reading Association.

The "Amazing" Worthington City Band began its 115th season of Wednesday evening concerts in Chautauqua Park during the months of June and July.

25 years ago

The Worthington Hy-Vee store in Northland Mall was offering a two-piece chicken dinner with mashed potatoes, coleslaw and roll for $2.22 on Tuesday.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce made the community's appearance one of its two priorities for 1993, according to the chamber's Executive Vice President Darlene Macklin. Several programs were involved in the community appearance improvement effort, including a push to encourage neighborhoods to develop flower themes and an initiative called "Clean up, fix up."

Kenneth Matushek and Pat Flaherty were named account executives at Sathers Inc., Round Lake.

Belmont Lutheran Church of rural Lakefield celebrated its 100th anniversary.

City of Worthington officials and the Nobles County commissioners were arguing about who should pay for yard waste disposal from Worthington properties. The county's recycling contract with Schaap Sanitation Inc. expired June 1 but was extended to July 1 because the parties couldn't agree on who should pay for the yard waste disposal.

50 years ago

Showing this week at the Gay Drive-In, Worthington, was a double feature: "The Patsy" starring Jerry Lewis and "Fort Utah," featuring John Ireland and Virginia Mayo.

Workmen were putting the finishing touches on the new Lakefield community nursing home to be known as "Colonial Manor." Final inspections were expected to take place in mid-June, with the hope it would be open for occupation by July 1.

Isadore Schutz of Adrian landed one of the largest northern pike caught in the state this year at Lake Shetek on Sunday. It took Schutz about 45 minutes to land the 29-pound record breaker, caught with a chub for bait.

Cub Pack 134 had its own Worthington 500 Sunday afternoon at Ludlow Park, as the whole troop gathered for a picnic and pinewood derby races. The pack's grand champion was Randall Markman. Other winners were Doyle Markman, Kenny Henkels, Kelly Jurgensen and Scott Junker.

75 years ago

Theft of $1,405.56 in cash at the Luverne branch of the Worthington Creamery and Produce company was reported by Rock County Sheriff Neil Roberts. Roberts said entry was made through a rear door of the plant, and the lock was smashed off the door of a cooler. Ole J. Lee, a special agent of the Minnesota bureau of criminal apprehension, was joining local criminal officers in investigating.

Sales of the 47 head of purebred Herefords on the block at the Minnesota Hereford Association's auction in Worthington totaled $12,915, or an average of approximately $275 per head. The 27 bulls sold for $8,705, or an average of $322.40, while the 20 females brought $4,210, or an average of $210.50. The sale attracted about 1,000 people, with buyers from Minnesota, Iowa and South Dakota.

A sharp drop in the temperature on Friday sent the mercury down to a low of 41 degrees. That was a decline of 34 degrees from the high of 75 the previous afternoon.

Showing at Worthington's State Theater were "Redhead from Manhattan" and "Arabian Nights."

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