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Looking Back: 1992 -- Hansberger crowned Miss Worthington

One year ago

With temperatures cooling down, the Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council and Minnesota Energy Resources were reaching out to remind residents of their programs to

help low-income families pay their heating bills.

Snowmobile enthusiasts were eagerly awaiting a chance to take out their sleds on some snow. The Frosty Riders Snowmobile Club was planning to groom about 150 miles of snow trails in Nobles County, as well as teach aspiring riders how to safely operate their motorized sleds.

Traffic in Jackson returned to normal this week with the completion of a seven-month road construction project. Work included the reconstruction of the Des Moines River Bridge and the renovation of U.S. 71, plus other improvements to aid pedestrians.

Kelli Hinsch, DNP, APRN, recently joined the team of health care providers at Sanford Worthington.

The Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village took place, with hayrides and plenty of local entertainment on display at the historic village. The event had occurred annually since 1989.

Five years ago

The Prairie Ecology Bus Center moved and installed a new education building on its site at Sparks Park on the north side of Lakefield. The PEBC's long-term goal was to have a nature and interpretive center, director Chrystal Dunker said.

After 48 years, members of Grace Lutheran Church, Luverne, finished the restoration of their 1964 Moller pipe organ. The newly installed pipes were custom made in Germany.

Love INC, Worthington, hosted its second Christmas Tree Forest at First United Methodist Church as a fundraiser for the nonprofit organization.

The Albs hosted their 15th annual concert benefitting the Nobles County Christmas Baskets program. Albs members were Arlen Foss, Louise Wickstrom, Galen Benton, Kris Besel and Steve Lynn.

Fulda High School presented "The Wizard of Oz" in the Fulda Elementary School's gymnasium. Rachel Cheadle portrayed Dorothy Gale.

Worthington's former fire station was to be leased by Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

The Worthington Area Foundation distributed nearly $15,000 to 15 local organizations. The foundation's endowment had topped $200,000.

10 years ago

Bill "Brock" Brockberg began duties as the new Veterans Services Officer in Nobles County.

Ten contestants competed in the Worthington Eagles Club Chili Cook-Off. With entries in three categories, first-place winners included Theresa Perry (mild), B.J. Perry (hot) and Verda Somme (homestyle).

Pegasus GC, a computer sales and service store, recently reopened at a new location in Slayton.

The Worthington Regional Hospital board of trustees unanimously recommended the acceptance of a proposal of purchase from Sanford Health of Sioux Falls, S.D.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College had its first official cheerleading squad in more than 25 years, with 12 wrestling and basketball cheerleaders participating.

The 10th Albs and Friends concert took place at First United Methodist Church, Worthington, with two shows on Sunday. The concert, orchestrated by Albs members Arlen Foss, Kris Besel, Louise Wickstrom, Galen Benton and Ken Clark, was a fundraiser for the local Community Christmas Baskets program. Its theme was "Every Day is Christmas."

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Hy-Vee included a pound of bananas for 29 cents, six cans of tomato soup for $1, four 40-pound bags of softener crystals for $10 and four 12-packs of 7-Up, RC or A & W pop for $10.

25 years ago

Worthington High School counselor Betty Buchele was named the 1993 Worthington Education Association Teacher of the Year. Buchele had been an educator in ISD 518 for 31 years.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Dracula," "Home Alone 2" and "Consenting Adults."

Luverne dentist Verland Johnson retired recently after a 35-year professional career in that community.

The Worthington Area United Way reached 77 percent of its goal this week ($88,425 collected toward its $115,000 goal).

Heidi Hansberger, 18, was crowned Miss Worthington 1993 at Memorial Auditorium. Melissa Kolander, Okabena, was the first runner-up. Hansberger received a $1,000 scholarship. Her talent performance was playing Fritz Kreisler's "Praeludium and Allegro" on the violin.

Bob Ludlow, president of Bedford Industries, announced the opening of a factory outlet store on Worthington's 10th Street.

The Worthington City Council approved a three percent hike in 1993 fees at Prairie View Municipal Golf Course. In 1992, $25,564 in property tax dollars went to support the course.

50 years ago

One of the first plowing bees in the area was held at the Lowell Horstman farm in rural Bigelow on Friday afternoon. Horstman was recovering from a recent heart attack. After the few dozen volunteers finished Horstman's field, most of them drove to the yard of a neighbor, William Kluever, and plowed his field. Kluever was injured in a farm accident recently.

Lorris Mix was crowned the new Miss Windom by reigning queen Kathy Sunderman. Mix, 20, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Mix and was a junior at Augustana College.

Worthington State Junior College dramatists presented the play "Dark of the Moon." Admission was $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

Two servicemen from Pipestone were wounded recently in Vietnam. PFC Dan Sullivan, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Sullivan, was struck by a mine fragment on Nov. 21 and was  hospitalized in the Third Field Hospital. PFC Gaylord L. Maranell, son of Mr. and Mrs. Wendell Maranell, suffered wounds in the fighting at Hill 875 at Dak To while  serving with the Fourth Infantry Division. He was evacuated to the 71st Evacuation Hospital for treatment.

75 years ago

Seventy-five Nobles County adult leaders and guests attended the annual 4-H club leaders banquet Saturday evening in the Worthington armory. The program included a buffet supper, community singing led by Violet Soderholm of Elk Township, the introduction of guests, an educational movie presented by high school principal Floyd J. Indall and a talk by Kathleen Flom, county home demonstration agent.

Osborn Pfeil, son of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Pfeil, Worthington, joined the advertising staff of the Worthington Daily Globe this week. Pfeil was married and had two children.

Worthington, the "world's turkey capital," helped boost Minnesota's output of turkeys to the second highest in the nation this year, that number being exceeded only by the state of Texas.

A test blackout for the city of Worthington was scheduled for Dec. 3, announced Raymond E. Mork, chief county air raid warden.

Members of the Worthington chapter of the American Association of University Women had their annual Christmas party in the form of a smorgasbord at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the home of Mrs. F.L. Schade.