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Looking Back: 1993 -- Blades turning at Iowa’s first wind farm

One year ago

Tim Christensen, 52, of Luverne, died. Christensen was the principal of Adrian Middle and High School, and the news of his unexpected death was a shock to the schools.

Worthington High School presented a production of "South Pacific" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Directed by Eric Parrish, the show had a cast of 44 students.

Nobles County was to get a veterans transport vehicle, following a decision this week by the Nobles County commissioners.

The Grassroots Community Theatre of Worthington presented the comedy "Capisce?" at the Worthington Elks Lodge.

Kim Rockman and Roni Feit were spearheading an effort to bring a food co-op to Luverne. A public input meeting on the matter was set for March 15.

Five years ago

Kaila Meier of Edgerton was recently crowned Ms. Minnesota Universal. Meier was a 2002 graduate of Pipestone High School.

Construction was proceeding on pace for the Worthington Event Center, with a target completion date of May 1 in sight. The first event was scheduled at the facility on May 18.

The Worthington High School speech team placed first at the Redwood Valley speech tournament, with coaches Linda Neugebauer and Anna Korver supervising.

Dennis Heidebrink, the 28-year owner and operator of Kirby vacuum sales and service, added Heidebrink Monuments to his Oxford Street business lineup.

Worthington natives Cy Amundson and Joel Hoekstra recently sold a TV pilot to MTV.

An expansion and improvement of the Westbrook Library was completed, allowing for more spacious display of the library's collection and greater ability and flexibility to host library programs for patrons of all ages.

The Nobles County commissioners decided not to pursue a $500,000 Minnesota Department of Education grant that could be used toward the construction of a new library due to concerns about to what accepting the dollars might obligate them.

10 years ago

KFC on Worthington's North Humiston Avenue received a Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassador Progress Award for its recent remodeling effort.

The Pipestone County Sheriff's Department and the Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force completed four drug busts within the past three weeks in the communities of Pipestone, Holland and Jasper.

ISD 518's Prairie Elementary students celebrated "I Love to Read Month" with guest reader visits and specially themed reading days.

Bruce Viessman, Worthington, was named vice president of finance for Sanford Health Network, Sioux Falls, S.D. Viessman had been the chief financial officer of Worthington Regional Hospital for the past 20 years. He was to start his new position on April 1.

A fourth cattle herd in northern Minnesota tested positive for bovine tuberculosis, meaning that new restrictions could be placed on cattle producers in the area who often transported cattle across state lines.

25 years ago

Ronald L. Lindsay was named publisher of the Daily Globe. He succeeded Reg Durant, who was promoted to publisher of the News Messenger in Marshall, Texas. Thomson Newspapers owned the Daily Globe, which was one of 162 newspapers owned by the conglomerate.

The Sept. 26, 1991, fire that heavily damaged Michael's Steakhouse of Worthington was intentionally set, state fire officials announced. Owner Michael Lang and his son Larry Lang were cleared of any suspicion or involvement in the incident, but no primary suspects had been identified. Officials were offering a reward for information that might lead to the identification of the crime's perpetrator.

Windmill blades on Iowa's first wind farm near Allendorf, Iowa, began turning recently. Wind power was being promoted as a better form of energy, with the possibility being held out for more wind farms being developed in the area in the future.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture uncovered low levels of chemicals at 2630 East Ave., Worthington, the future site of a recently approved salvage yard. Chemical dumping had occurred at the site some time ago, the state authority determined. High quantities of toxic chemicals could affect the ground water quality in the area.

50 years ago

Coincidences abounded when it came to Worthington Junior High School custodians Vernon Ruppert and Henry Brunner. The two both celebrated their 62nd birthdays on Valentine's Day, and both happened to have been given the middle name of "Valentine" by their parents. They lived two blocks apart on Worthington's Burlington Avenue. Co-worker Mrs. Tony Reynolds made a cake for them to celebrate the occasion.

Two "big nights" of teen dances took place over the Valentine's weekend at Touw's Coliseum Ballroom, Worthington. On Friday night, the Dynamic Skeeters and their 10-piece show band were playing, and on Saturday night Eddie Skeets and his "all modern band" performed.

The Armour Star Pork bowling team rolled a 2,729 to win the championship in the Worthington Ladies Bowling tournament. Team members were Wanda Lundeen, Marilyn Heinrichs, Wilma Sponder, Mavis Walbran and Maxine Majewski.

75 years ago

Sales of the Worthington Creamery and Produce Company were reported at the corporation's recent annual meeting by founder and president E.O. Olson as being $4,977,415.04, an all-time high and only about $22,500 short of the $5,000,000 mark. Huge increases were made in the various departments during 1942. Sales of eggs were up $452,904.04 over 1941, poultry sales mounted $285,206.41, butter was up $152,256.97 and the hatchery $306,204.

Sheriff L. P. Deuel and Police Chief V.H. Geisendorfer attended a quarterly conference of southwestern Minnesota law enforcement officers in Windom. The meeting was called by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Ole Lee of the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension also attended the session at which draft evasion and other wartime problems were discussed.

John Runge, 48, a junk yard employee whose body was found Monday morning in an alley in downtown Sibley, Iowa, where it had apparently lain for more than 24 hours, came to his death by natural causes. A coroner's jury made the determination. The body was not far from a soft drink parlor, and it was supposed that Runge, leaving the place, stumbled as he went down in the alley and was quickly overcome by exposure.

O.W. Taylor, who had managed the Worthington Montgomery Ward store since October 1937, announced he would transfer soon to Bismarck, N.D., to manage the company's store there.