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Looking Back: 1993 -- Colorado balloons found in Wilmont field

One year ago

The 14th annual Artisans Road Trip kicked off its summer exhibition tour at the Nobles County Art Center. The tour featured artists who were mostly from northwest Iowa and was intended to promote the arts in the region.

The Glee Handbell Choir from Meji Gakuin High School in Japan performed Friday evening at Worthington's American Reformed Church.

A community forum, "People and Police: Making Our Community Safe," took place Sunday afternoon at Chautauqua Park. Topics for the forum included what to do when stopped by police, how to help stop drug and sex trafficking and more. The forum was a follow-up to the recent "Public Forum on Policing."

The Tom and Trish Bullerman family of rural Adrian was named the Nobles County 2017 Farm Family of the Year. They would be recognized along with 80 other Minnesota farm families receiving the distinction in their home counties at Farmfest on Aug. 3.

Five years ago

Several road construction and resurfacing projects began in Worthington just this week.

Bill and Dawn Gordon, who farmed just north of Worthington, were in Vietnam recently as representatives of the Minnesota Soybean Growers' Research and Promotion Council. Their visit was in conjunction with the United Soybean Export Council.

Worthington's Panda House restaurant marked its 25th anniversary with a major expansion and renovation project. Owners David and Mabel Lee had operated the popular Chinese restaurant at the same site since 1988.

Worthington's Hospice Cottage board announced plans to begin construction on the Sunset Cottage Meditation Trail.

The 20th annual International Festival took place in Worthington, with Leann Enninga as festival coordinator.

The 64th annual Dutch Festival took place in Edgerton.

The Nobles County Library scheduled three town hall meetings for late July to present information on the four proposed sites for possible construction of a new Worthington branch library.

10 years ago

A fire that broke out Saturday afternoon destroyed Maynard's Grocery Store, the only grocery in the town of Westbrook. Cause of the blaze, which occurred at 1:45 p.m., was still under investigation. All customers and employees safely exited the store without suffering injuries.

The King Turkey Day board of directors named the 2008 Turkey Day raced team members: Chad Cummings, Jim Henning, Jodi Almberg and Matt Widboom.

Sanford Clinic Lakefield moved to a new location at 209 Main St., Lakefield. Although the new spot had 400 square feet less than the previous location, officials said the space would be used more efficiently and functionally.

Heron Lake was preparing to celebrate its 125th anniversary.

V & M Grocery & Locker Service of Leota celebrated its 35th anniversary by serving free brats, burgers, chips, pop and root beer floats. There was also a drawing for door prizes, including a Weber gas grill.

Richard Shrubb was in his second week as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Hancock," "Wanted," "Wall E," "The Love Guru" and "Get Smart."

25 years ago

Jennifer LeBrun, 12, the daughter of Mike and Lois LeBrun, Wilmont, found two balloons — one pink and one yellow — in the family's cornfields. A note (written by another young girl, Katie Short) attached to the balloons indicated they had survived a 625-mile trip from the Awana Scholarship Camp in Golden, Colo.

June rains in the region set a record. In Worthington, 12.29 inches fell during the month. The ground was saturated and lakes had formed in many area fields.

Henry and Lavonne Pfeil celebrated the 100th anniversary of their Ocheda View Farm's birth. The farm was founded in 1893. The occasion was celebrated with a first-cousin potluck lunch. Only one original building was left standing on the property.

FEMA joint survey teams were stalled in their work to investigate storm and flooding damage in southwest Minnesota by …. more rain.

50 years ago

The Professional Archer's Association meet took place in Fulda over the weekend. Ed Rhode of Muscatine, Iowa, won the competition, which had 57 entrants. Participants came from as far away as 250 miles for the event. It was the largest PAA tournament ever hosted in the area.

Everton E. Cross, 82, and his wife, Lottie Cross, 84, were killed in a two-car collision at the junction of Brewster's main street with Highway 60 at 8:15 p.m. Sunday. Their car collided with a vehicle driven by Neal Eddy, 22, of Sioux Falls. Eddy suffered a forehead laceration plus lacerations and bruises on his arms. It was the second fatal traffic accident of the weekend in the area. A total of nine people lost their lives in Minnesota over the July Fourth holiday week, and the state's road toll for the year to date was 438.

Another traffic fatality — Nobles County's ninth of the year — occurred early Tuesday when a speeding car careened off West Lake Avenue and smashed into two trees on the shores of Lake Okabena. An 18-year-old girl from Reading was killed. She was a passenger in a car driven by James Michael Murray, 20, of Shelby, S.D. The scene of the crash was in the 600 block of West Lake Avenue, just south of the old Cherry Point Grocery. The car was demolished.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Swanson's grocery included a pound of butter for 69 cents, blade-cut chuck roast for 49 cents a pound, a three-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1.19, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, a dozen Grade "A" eggs for 27 cents and a 16-ounce can of Hershey's chocolate syrup for 19 cents.

75 years ago

Loretta M. Harper, Worthington postmaster since July 1, 1933, began a new administration of the post, which was assured this week by Senate confirmation of her recent nomination by President Roosevelt. She had been serving in an acting capacity since the termination of her last presidential appointment on July 1, 1941. The 10 years spanned by the service of Mrs. Harper had been "among the busiest in the history of the Worthington office, and probably the most distinguished by progress of the community."

Walter Wittzel, employed on the Henry J. Beckman farm north of Rushmore, was given first aid treatment at the Adrian hospital after suffering facial injuries believed to have resulted from being kicked by a horse. His lower jaw was crushed, with fractures in three places, and the lower part of his face was deeply gashed. Unable to speak, he could not tell rescuers what had happened to him. He was later taken to Sioux Falls for further treatment.

Newton Fauskee, 74, former Nobles County sheriff and for the past 25 years a Minneapolis resident, died after an illness of several months. Born April 27, 1869, at Decorah, Iowa, Fauskee was a year old when his parents, Ole and Isabella Fauskee, settled on Section 6, Indian Lake Township. He grew up in the neighborhood and eventually joined his father in operating the Indian Lake farm. In 1897 he moved to Worthington and became a deputy sheriff under Sheriff Gilbert Anderson. He ultimately served as sheriff for 10 years, and for a short time prior to his move to Minneapolis, Fauskee was the Worthington police chief. He was survived by his wife, the former Josephine Johnson, and their four daughters.