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Looking Back: 1992 -- Got a buck? Buy a lot in Lakefield

One year ago

Nearly 600 people attended the Southwest Initiative Foundation's "Grow Our Own" event at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall. The conference aimed to find ways of helping disadvantaged children succeed. Robert Putnam, a Harvard professor and esteemed political scientist, was the guest speaker.

The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District recently received official notification that it would receive a $428,000 grant to proceed with a project on the former Prairie View Golf Links property, and the local Clean Water Partnership made recommendations to the Worthington City Council to go ahead with the work.

A weekend snowstorm dropped between six and 10 inches of snow across southwest Minnesota, including the Worthington area. Temperatures dropped in the storm's wake, too, with windchills recorded as low as 50 below.

JBS employees in Worthington set a new record by pledging 84 percent of the United Way of Nobles County's fundraising goal. Cynthia Elsing, United Way president, announced JBS employees donated $142,461.20 toward the campaign — more than $40,000 over their 2015 contribution. Just over 80 percent of the company's local employees donated to the campaign.

Damian McGrane, who managed Worthington's Fareway store for the past three years, announced plans to take a manager post in Peosta, Iowa, while Tim Stebbins, currently the assistant manager at an Owatonna location, was to be the local store's new manager.

Five years ago

More than 400 fifth- through eighth-grade musicians entertained at a holiday concert in Worthington this week.

Of the money received for the sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health in 2008, the city of Worthington had nearly $10 million remaining. With the original sale amount being $21 million, and interest payments bringing the total to $22,515,000, $12,615,010 of the legacy funds had been spent to date, leaving a balance of $9,899,990.

Eighth-grader Vince Riley won the Worthington Middle School Geography Bee, while seventh-grader Taylor McCarvel was the first runner-up in the contest.

Minnesota Housing Commissioner Mary Tingerthal visited Worthington to participate in a housing conference at the Worthington fire hall. Worthington's housing shortage was the topic of discussion.

Doug Bauman and Deb Hogenson, Brewster, attended a Christmas party at the White House by way of an invitation from President Barack Obama.

JBS employees in Worthington donated more than $95,000 to the Worthington Area United Way, helping the organization near its $150,000 goal.

10 years ago

Gene Foth, coordinator of Worthington's Manna Food Pantry, received $1,000 (to contribute to the food shelf) as part of his Cargill Cares Volunteer Award.

Cottonwood County recently added a K-9 unit, with K-9 "Cherokee" joining the force with the assistance of handler and Cottonwood County Sheriff's Deputy Dustin Miller.

Local McDonald's franchise owner Steve Jackson opened his new restaurant on Worthington's Humiston Avenue this week.

Worthington Regional Hospital Chief Financial Officer Bruce Viessman reported that the hospital was down almost 10 percent from its budget in total admissions for the year, and over 16 percent lower in medical/surgical and obstetrics admissions.

After a closed executive session to deliberate the topic, the Worthington City Council designated a special meeting on Jan. 7 for the discussion and decision on the bid from Sanford Health to buy Worthington Regional Hospital.

Employees at Farley's and Sathers in Round Lake competed in a gingerbread house contest as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. The houses were later placed on display at area nursing homes.

25 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "A Few Good Men," "A Muppet Christmas Carol" and "Home Alone 2."

Knutson Sales and Service, Lakefield, hosted a grand opening event.

Dick Douglass, 62, editor of the Mountain Lake Observer/Advocate and a former editor/owner of the Lakefield Standard, was retiring at the end of the month. Douglass was a graduate of Worthington Junior College and the University of Minnesota.

Arland Moger received the 1992 Outstanding Supervisor Award from the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation District for his soil conservation efforts. A Dundee area farmer since 1973, Moger was the Area Five secretary/treasurer and played an active role in the Heron Lake Area Restoration Association.

The City of Lakefield was offering lots to buyers for $1. City Coordinator Brian Wagner originated the idea in a bid to spur new home construction, which had stalled in the previous decade. Twenty-five lots were available at the $1 rate.

Worthington's Cultural Diversity Coalition was providing training in "Valuing Diversity," with available options ranging from half-hour to four-hour programs that included videotapes and speakers.

50 years ago

Dan Moen, manager of the Worthington Municipal Airport, asked to be released from his contract effective Jan. 1, and the city council gave its approval. Moen's contract originally extended through April 1.

Bishop's Clothing of Worthington published a holiday ad in the Daily Globe, with the heading, "Give our best to your man." Featured items included men's no-iron dress slacks for $7 to $19.95 a pair, men's and boys' sports shirts for $3.95 to $5.95, men's belts for $2 to $5, men's suits from $33 to $53, and coats for $29.95 to $65.

The Worthington public schools' traditional Christmas concert took place at Worthington Senior High School, with five choirs (three from the junior high, one mixed choir from the high school and a senior high girls' chorus) among the participating musical groups. Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria," sung by the senior high choir along with three soloists, was on the program.

W.E. Beck, publisher of the Spirit Lake (Iowa) Beacon, was recognized as the community's most outstanding citizen of the year at the Kiwanis Club's annual Christmas party. Beck was cited for his efforts toward community improvement, specifically for his part in bringing a large new industry to Spirit Lake.

75 years ago

Don Osbon, Daily Globe shop foreman, suffered a broken collarbone in a fall on the slippery sidewalk in front of the newspaper office on Tuesday morning as he reported for work. Despite the mishap, Osbon stayed on the job for the day after having a physician tend to his fracture.

A health survey was being conducted in Nobles County by August Kalleson, Pipestone, a state public health nurse, with funds provided from the sale of Christmas Seals in Nobles County. Mrs. Kalleson started her work in Adrian last week, and after finishing her inspection of the youngsters in both the public and parochial schools, she would continue on to the county's other villages.

Harold Mulder, Rushmore, and Harlow Benstead, Worthington, left this week for Fort Snelling as county draftees for December.

The ladies of the Kinbrae Red Cross announced they had completed 20 slips, 17 women's blouses, five men's shirts and 24 service kits. In the surgical dressings department, 350 8 x 10 dressings and 1,600 2 x 2 sponges were finished. The ladies met every Tuesday afternoon, and at their latest meeting, they held a small Christmas program and exchanged gifts.

Twenty-four Worthington seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade pupils were initiated into the National Honor Society. Those in the seventh grade chosen for the NHS were Mary Lee Anderson, Raymond Crippen, Richard Gustafson, Bonnie Henricksen, Barbara Lee Little, Iris Ridgway, John Thrall and Joan Vance.

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