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lifestyles Worthington, 56187

Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

By Jane Turpin Moore

Daily Globe

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One year ago After 34 years of serving the Avoca community, Mary Galles retired from her position as postmaster at the Avoca Post Office.

Toni Smith, education director at the Association of Minnesota Counties, was hired by Nobles County to help staff and departments with the rebuilding process following the departure of former county administrator Mel Ruppert. A believer in openness and honesty, Smith said her first two sessions with department heads included bringing past experiences out in the open.

More than 100 people attended a forum in Worthington Tuesday night to hear Nobles County Commissioner candidates speak at a Candidates’ Forum.

Nobles County Commissioners authorized Sheriff Kent Wilkening to begin the process of replacing the county’s K-9, Chase. The eight-year-old dog had experienced some medical issues with two surgeries in the past year.

For the first time ever, a Heron Lake Watershed District program was selected to receive funds from the Environmental and Natural Resources Trust Fund dollars generated by the Minnesota State Lottery. The HLWD project was earmarked for its full request of $122,000 to complete a few projects located in Murray, Nobles and Jackson counties.

Five years ago

Prairie Moon Gallery opened in Luverne, with owners Sandra and Marcella Dowie.

Aaron Hagen was recently promoted to the role of sports editor at the Daily Globe, Worthington.

The 2005-’06 Crailsheim, Germany, exchange student, Torben Schafer, returned to Worthington for a visit with local friends and acquaintances.

The new Worthington-area Spanish-language radio station KIMZ-FM 104.3 began broadcasting this week. Program director was Jesus Vega.

Fifty-five cyclists from Across America North Tour spent a night in Worthington while en route from Oregon to New Hampshire.

Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington announced plans to update its surgical services area, with up to $3 million being devoted to the renovation project.

The John and Carolyn Penning family of rural Wilmont was named the 2008 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year.

Jackson’s Fort Belmont marked its 50th anniversary with a weekend schedule of special events and activities.

10 years ago

The 10th annual International Festival took place in Worthington.

Doug Pendgraft opened a Worthington office of The Hypnosis Center at 515 South Shore Drive. Pendgraft already had an Okoboji, Iowa, location where his clients learned a variety of behavior modifications through hypnosis.

Windom received two grants recently— one for $37,800 from the Remick Foundation to build a skate park and another for $54,900 from the U.S. Dept. of Transportation to improve the Windom Municipal Airport.

Swift & Co. began the first phase of a three-year, $14.5 million improvement project at its Worthington pork processing plant. Included were ergonomic renovations on the production line and improvements in the employee cafeteria and dressing rooms. The project would add 66,000 square feet and renovate 22,000 square feet of existing space.

Worthington’s Methodist churches celebrated “Lowell and Alta Reinking Day” in honor of the emeritus pastor and his wife, who had served the two Worthington churches since 1989.

25 years ago

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Cheddar Cheese Ball, Brunch for a Bunch, Do-Ahead Brisket and Crockpot Beans.

Al Pierson and his Big Band, U.S.A., performed at Worthington’s Coliseum Ballroom.

Three local 4-H’ers were chosen as state fair demonstration trip winners, including Kari Weness, 12; Benji Hoehn, 12; and Sara Rose, 12, all of Worthington.

A total of four candidates had filed for Nobles County’s Second District commission seat: Gerald Drenth and Delbert Lutmer, both of Lismore, incumbent Frank Gunnink, and Ron Lawrence of Adrian.

Renee Baerenwald opened Mane Attraction on St. Paul Avenue in Fulda.

Photographs by Ric Stewart of Rickers Photography Studio, Worthington, were showcased at the 97th International Exposition of Professional Photography in Orlando, Fla.

50 years ago

Thousands of spectators lined the shoreline of Fulda Lake Sunday to watch the crowning of the new water queen and the boat show presented by the Seven Mile Boat Club. Darlene Dierks was chosen queen while Ruth Ann Bestje and Bernice Mansmith were picked as attendants. The contest rules specified that all entrants must be accomplished water skiers.

Jerry Melson, 31, St. James, suffered a twisted back when he jumped from a moving freight car moments before it was struck by a string of 30 other freight cars coasting down the track. Melson was hospitalized at the Worthington hospital for observation. Railroad officials said the train crew had picked up 30 cars from a siding and had placed them on the main line tracks momentarily while another car, loaded with peaches, was spotted on another siding for local delivery. Melson was riding on the peach car.

Three Iowans were killed and five others injured Monday in a three-car pileup eight miles east of Spirit Lake, Iowa, on Highway 9. Traffic was delayed for nearly two hours on Highway 9 following the accident. Authorities said a tire on one vehicle blew out, causing it to swerve into the path of an oncoming vehicle, while a third car then plowed into the rear of the second car involved.

An estimated 15,000 people watched the first of two Dutch Festival parades at Edgerton. The “Hans Brinker and His Silver Skates” float took first prize among the parade’s entries.

75 years ago

Imperative need of additional park facilities was never so acutely emphasized as Wednesday night, when Chautauqua Park proved entirely inadequate to provide parking facilities for a band concert crowd estimated at 3,000 people. Not only were park drives lined with cars, and jammed with shuttling traffic, with peril to heedless youngsters, but Lake Avenue was parked solid for blocks. All of which was duly noted by the city planning board. Worthington, it asserted, was far behind many towns of less than half the size in park development.

Firemen were called to the residence of Mrs. Mary Wass, 836 10th St., Worthington, late Wednesday night, by a fire which consumed a small frame building at the rear of the premises, together with a light car housed in the structure. The blaze was beyond control when the trucks arrived. It was the first appearance of the new 750-gallon pumper recently delivered to the city by the Luverne fire apparatus company. Mrs. Wass estimated her loss at $100.

Bobby Meyer, small son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Meyer of Kanaranzi township, cut his foot so badly on a sharp rock while taking a stroke in swimming that the surgeon in the Ellsworth hospital had to take three stitches to close the wound.

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