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Looking Back -- 1992: Amy Watje earns ‘Miss Charolais USA’ title

One year ago

Worthington Police Chief Troy Appel was awarded the annual City of Worthington Excellence and Leadership award this week. Appel was a WPD employee for more than 20 years before being named police chief in 2014.

Cooperative Farmers Elevator of Ocheyedan, Iowa, announced it would begin construction of a new feed mill next spring. The 160-foot concrete slipped mill would produce 3,000 tons of complete feed per day, totaling 780,000 tons of feed per year.

The Nobles County Library was offering its annual Winter Reading Program beginning Jan. 1, with incentive prizes for adult readers.

An early morning Christmas Day fire left 10 people from two Worthington apartments homeless. The fire occurred in a house that was attached to the former Video Lupita store at the intersection of Sherwood Street and East Avenue.

Five years ago

Three finalists were named for the Nobles County administrator post: Janice Fransen, Jackson County coordinator; Thomas Johnson, the managing director of public works for Eagle County (Colorado); and Charles Kell, village administrator of Little Chute, Wis.

Following the recent tragic shooting at an elementary school in Newtown, Conn., ISD 518 administrators reviewed safety procedures at its various buildings.

Lyle Ten Haken, a 12-year member of the Worthington City Council, and Mike Woll, an eight-year member, both prepared to end their city council careers as of Dec. 31. Woll and Ten Haken had opted not to seek re-election to four-year terms in the November election.

The City of Heron Lake decided to build a veterans memorial to honor those who had served. It was to be located near the Heron Lake Community Center and budgeted to cost about $80,000.

Wilmont Liquor's last day of business was New Year's Eve. Barb Hebig, the manager, said the Wilmont city council had kept tabs on the store's steadily declining bottom line. The business had recorded losses in two out of the past three years, and public sentiment in a recent hearing was that it should be closed.

10 years ago

The Daily Globe published letter to Santa Claus from local first- and second-grade students. Here are a few: "Dear Santa, could I vist you at the North Pole sometime? I helped my mom and dad put up the Christmas tree. Santa, can I please have a race car? Love, Bailey." "Dear Santa, I have been good. For Christmas I would like a puppy. Thank you, Sydney." "Dear Santa, how do you and your animals fly? I listen to my mom. I want a computer. Thanks. Love, Joeslyn."

For the second year in a row, an anonymous benefactor left a gold Krugerrand coin in the Salvation Army kettle at Worthington's Shopko. Wally Scholten, "Keeper of the Kettles" in Worthington for the past 15 years, said the coin was likely worth around $800, and that much of the money donated to kettles in Worthington stayed within Nobles County to support organizations and efforts locally.

The Bay Street home of Arnold and Shirley Kazemba won first place in the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Lighting Contest. Daryl and Karen Doeden of Apel Street were the second=-place winners, while Khanh and Coleen Bui of McMillan Street took the third-place prize.

December was a busy month for land auctions in the area, and the average price of farm land surpassed 2006 levels in all six southwest Minnesota counties. For 2007, the average price per acre was $3,501 in Rock, $3,511 in Nobles, $3,558 in Jackson, $2,732 in Pipestone, $2,712 in Murray and $3,632 in Cottonwood -- all increases over 2006.

25 years ago

Richard L. "Dick" Lynch, 42, died at Luverne Community Hospital after suffering a heart attack following a staff holiday party. Lynch had been a funeral director in Adrian since 1977 and also operated funeral homes and chapels in Worthington, Wilmont and Luverne. His death was a shock to the entire community, as he was an exceedingly active and involved resident. In addition, Lynch was currently the Minnesota Funeral Director Association's executive board secretary/treasurer. Lynch was survived by his wife, Diane, and three children between the ages of eight and 13.

A holiday "Lois" luncheon took place Dec. 29 at Iven's Cafe in Lakefield.

The Bedford Outlet Store, which opened recently in downtown Worthington, was declared an immediate success. The store offered a variety of craft supplies as well as crafting classes.

Work on Worthington Regional Hospital's new addition was proceeding so well that it was expected to be completed and open three weeks earlier than originally projected (mid-September rather than mid-October), according to hospital administrator Mel Platt.

Amy Watje, 19, daughter of Val and Bev Watje, Worthington, earned the title of Miss Charolais USA. Watje was the first Minnesotan to receive the title. She was a Worthington Community College graduate who planned to attend the University of Minnesota to continue her agriculture degree, after spending the coming year representing the cattle industry on a national basis.

50 years ago

The first female postal clerk in at least recent Worthington Post Office history was employed during the holiday rush. Mrs. Roger Veldhuizen was hired Dec. 14. Earlier, the post office had a woman postmaster, but Veldhuizen was apparently the only female employed by the local post office in some time.

A disastrous fire in Windom just before Christmas caused considerable damage in the downtown business district. Destroyed were Oden's Jewelry, Quevli's Department Store, Northside Drug and Ronnie's Supermarket. An initial loss estimate was placed at $500,000. Occupants of eight apartments were safely evacuated from above the burning businesses. The only serious injury was to a bystander, Don Wood of Windom, who slipped on ice and broke his leg. In addition to the destroyed businesses, several others sustained heavy smoke damage.

Edgerton Christian grade school marked its 50th anniversary celebration Wednesday evening. Dr. Nick Wolterstorff spoke on "For What - -These 50 Years?"

Dale G. Froehlich, Madison, Wis., visited Worthington Senior High School just prior to Christmas. Froehlich was the national secretary-treasurer of Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) and the Wisconsin state DECA president. Dave Haugen was the instructor of the local DECA program, which was in its fifth year.

75 years ago

Worthington residents slipped, slithered or skated to work Tuesday morning after a light rain of the previous day caused highways, streets and sidewalks to be coated with an icy film. The state highway department reported that all central and southern Minnesota roads were covered with ice; sanding crews went out the previous night and continued working through the morning.

Donald Linn Klas, 1020 Seventh Ave., Worthington, was one of 212 second lieutenants in the U.S. Marine Corps promoted to the rank of first lieutenant, marine headquarters in Washington, D.C., announced. Of the 212, 10 officers were from Minnesota. Lt. Klas was serving in the air corps somewhere in the south Pacific.

The seventh annual Kiwanis party of the children of Worthington and vicinity attracted a capacity house to the State Theater on the afternoon of Dec. 22. The Hower management, which initiated the collaboration in 1936, presented on the stage the Gar-Williams band in a short program, and on the screen a western entitled "The Apache Kid." Pop-eye and Krazy Kat cartoons were also shown, as was the Three Stooges.

Henry Slikkerveer, a member of the Sibley police force, was following his nightly routine of trying back doors when the recent sleet made him lose his footing and fall flat. Unfortunately, Slikkerveer's .32 calibre automatic in his right holster went off effectively, striking a 13-inch gash in Slikkerveer's hip and along his thigh. Slikkerveer hobbled to his car and drove himself to the hospital. The doctor recovered the bullet and took a few stitches. Slikkerveer got the rest of the night off and was on furlough.

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