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Luverne connected to Lewis & Clark one year ago this week

One year ago

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce was seeking nominations for the organization's first-ever Inspirational Woman Award, to be presented at the Salute to Women

banquet scheduled for April 18.

The 11th annual "Gone Country" production took place at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

Worthington Middle School was the site of the Region 12 United States Police Canine Association K-9 trials this weekend. Fifty-five K-9 teams from around the country attended, and Worthington Police Officer Colby Palmersheim called the local hosting duty "a huge success."

A ceremonial "turning on of the tap" occurred in Luverne to celebrate the community's connection with the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System after more than 25 years of effort to make it happen.

After gathering public comment and receiving numerous letters, the Worthington City Council voted unanimously to approve the placement of the Crailsheim bridge sculpture in Worthington's Chautauqua Park, the site originally identified by the city's public arts commission as the ideal spot.

Five years ago

Holly Sammons recently began her duties as Luverne's new Economic Development Authority Director.

Worthington High School's Knowledge Bowl Team 1 was headed to the state Knowledge Bowl competition in April after placing first at the regional meet in Marshall. Team members were Thomas Burns, Dillon Pedersen, Nathan Landwehr, Gordy Moore and Alex Hayenga.

A Gospel theme was on tap for the annual Gone Country performance at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center in Worthington.

Worthington City Council members approved replacement of the sound system for Memorial Auditorium, with an estimated cost of $11,300.

Steven Schulze, court administrator for Pipestone and Murray Counties, was appointed court administrator for Rock and Nobles counties as well. Sandi Hensley retired from her role as court administrator in Rock and Nobles counties effective March 22.

For the third time in recent years, Nobles County Sheriff Kent Wilkening requested to move the county's Emergency Management Director's office to the Prairie Justice Center. Wilkening pointed out that Emergency Management supported the county's 10 fire departments and two ambulance services, and thus appealed to the commissioners because of the close working relationship with the law enforcement center and dispatch.

10 years ago

After seven years of planning and months of construction, the new Dingmann Furniture Home was completed on U.S. 75 in Luverne. The facility encompassed 7,500 square feet and included a visitation room with a capacity for 200 people.

Heidi Heckenlaible was the new network server administrator at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

After new passport requirements went into effect on Jan. 1, Nobles County Recorder Lynn Wilson was urging potential summer/fall travelers to apply for any needed passports as soon as possible. It was taking approximately 10 weeks for passport applications to be processed and new passports to arrive, she warned.

More than 20 cattle producers from southwest Minnesota took part in a Beef Quality Assurance program Wednesday in Worthington. Worthington veterinarian Dr. Steve Dudley and Ron Eustice, executive director of the Minnesota Beef Council, led the meeting.

Worthington's Intervet Inc., a part of Organon Biosciences and Akzo Noble, was included in Schering-Plough's proposed purchase of the company. Schering-Plough was headquartered in Kenilworth, N.J.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Premonition," "300," "The Number 23," "Wild Hogs" and "Bridge to Terabithia."

25 years ago

The Round Lake Sportsmen's Club, including members Delbert Hurley, Leslie Hammer and Carl Manitz, was preparing mulligan stew for the club's fundraiser at the Round Lake Legion.

Firefighters from three towns spent almost 12 hours from late Monday to early Tuesday extinguishing a fire at Gretchen's Fabric and Craft Store, Sibley, Iowa. An Iowa fire marshal was inspecting, but the cause of the blaze was not expected to be known until later in the week. Forty-five firefighters worked to get the fire under control. The blaze was first detected about 30 minutes after a quilting class had departed from the store's basement.

The Fulda Community Players presented "State Fair" at the Fulda Elementary gymnasium.

Donald Linssen and Joel Wiltrout filed for election to the District 518 Board of Education's two open seats. Linssen was seeking re-election to a third term on the board.

50 years ago

Patricia Thiel, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Thiel, Lismore, won first place in the annual Nobles County spelling contest. Thiel was an eighth-grader at St. Anthony School in Lismore. Finishing second in the contest was Verla Tennessen, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vincent Tennessen, rural Worthington. Verla was a  seventh-grader at Worthington's St. Mary's School. In all, 14 contestants competed.

With the addition of Les Ebeling, 22, Sheriff Dale Peters of Nobles County had completed his staff. Ebeling was appointed last week. Ebeling was a veteran of Army service and a former Worthington State Junior College student. He was married and worked for General Trading company prior to his appointment as the third deputy on the sheriff's staff. Other deputies were Harold Tripp and Robert Austin.

Howard F. Schoberg, manager of the Production Credit Association office in Worthington, said eight farmers in the area were using computer service to keep their complete farming records. The computer system in use was called Agrifax, and rates for the service ranged from $100 to $300 per year.

The Chancel Choir of Worthington's American Lutheran Church were presenting Dubois' "The Seven Last Words of Christ." Soloists included Glen Evensen, Lola Milton, Mrs. Kent Morstad, Mrs. Douglas Getzel and Bob Johnson. The cantata was directed by Mrs. Robert Sellberg, with accompaniment from Mrs. Richard Bellows.

75 years ago

A shipment of 39,500 pounds of calcium metaphosphate arrived in Worthington late this week for distribution to 13 cooperators in the fertilizer project being directed by County Agent Gene Stower. The shipment came direct from one of the big Tennessee Valley Authority plants in Alabama to the Nobles County farmers for application to their new seedings of grasses and legumes this spring. It was the third year the farmers had cooperated in the five-year project to test the need for such a  fertilizer on county soil. Some results had been obtained, although Stower said there had been no marked increases in production. Stower worried that the demands of the war could make the fertilizer impossible to get in future years.

A campaign to encourage the planting of victory gardens in Worthington in the coming summer was to be sponsored by the Community Club, if sufficient interest was shown in the project, said Mrs. G.C. Turner, club president.

A Nobles County farmer was in jail in De Smet, S.D., on a charge of sheep stealing after being shot during an attempted theft the previous night near De Smet. The man was hit with a load of buckshot and arrested after he walked into town. He was not seriously injured. A car listed as belonging to a Fulda man was found at the scene of the attempted theft. The sheriff said sheep had been stolen from three separate farms in the area during the past few weeks.