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Looking Back: 1964- Rural Adrian man survives 'one in a million' crash

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One year ago

An internal investigation was under way at the Luverne Veterans Home, although the Minnesota Department of Veterans Affairs was offering little explanation about it. Assistant Administrator Craig Barsness began serving as interim administrator there the week before.

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Tom Johnson began work as the new Nobles County Administrator.

The Pizza Ranch in Edgerton, owned by Craig and Connie Vreeman, burned down early Sunday morning. Cause of the blaze was under investigation.

After nearly three years of the Flexible Learning Year (FLY) program, 22 area school districts (including District 518) submitted an application to the state Department of Education to participate in the program for another three years. If approved, FLY would again exempt the participating schools from a Minnesota state law preventing schools from beginning academic years prior to Labor Day.

Worthington Middle School sixth-grader Davis Moore won the school’s annual spelling bee; fifth-grader Brigitte Beall was the first runner-up.

Five years ago

Three area school districts — Windom, Southwest Star Concept and Round Lake-Brewster — were considering implementing a four-day school week to help cut costs. Savings on such a schedule would primarily come from transportation and energy reductions.

Representatives of the BioBusiness Alliance of Minnesota met in Worthington with regional bioscience leaders.

Panaderia Mi Tierra bakery, Worthington, owned by Kerry and Juan Cuate, expanded its business and remodeled both its new and existing spaces.

The Worthington City Council authorized a study of Prairie View Golf Links and the Worthington Country Club that aimed at improving course operations. The $7,000 study was to analyze the courses and the golfing options in the area in terms of golf market, revenues, expenses and operations.

The District 518 school board met to discuss how to handle increasing enrollment at Prairie Elementary, including a proposal to move fifth-graders to Worthington Middle School.

10 years ago

Worthington was selected as one of 12 sites for the 2004 U.S. Windsurfing Association’s National Race tour events. The races would take place June 11-13.

On Thursday, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency issued an air pollution health alert that included southwest Minnesota. A high level of concentrated fine particles was in the air, and air indexes in the region were well above 100, the number considered unhealthy for certain at-risk groups.

Senator Mark Dayton visited southwest Minnesota to survey damage at Lake Wilson following the recent devastating explosion there, and to help dedicate the new Murray County Professional Building in Slayton.

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Microwave Meat Loaves, Swiss Chicken, No-Egg cookies and The Best Popcorn Balls.

Board members signed a letter of intent with Fagen Engineers Inc. for a proposed $50-60 million Generation II ethanol plant near Heron Lake, which could be operational as soon as March 1, 2006.

25 years ago

Showing this week at the Northland Mall movie theater, Worthington: “Mississippi Burning,” “Twins” starting Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger, “The ‘Burbs” starring Tom Hanks and “The Land Before Time.”

Two area schools — Storden-Jeffers and Slayton — began offering breakfast to their students recently, even as legislation was introduced at the state capitol that would expand the school breakfast program to all Minnesota schools if 35 percent of parents requested it and in districts where 40 percent of students were eligible for free or reduced lunches.

Luverne Superintendent Norman Miller told those assembled at a community meeting that a financial crunch was on the horizon for the school district if local programs and state funding continued on their present courses.

Leonard Rogness, 88, was honored on his birthday for his 50 years as a tenor in the Lutheran Church choir at Kenneth.

Pop Wagner appeared in concert in Worthington this week, singing (among other numbers, “When It’s Peach-pickin’ Time in Georgia, It’s Gal-pickin’ Time for Me.”

50 years ago

In what officers called a “one in a million” accident, 18-year-old Elmore M. Eagen Jr. of rural Adrian was trapped in a wrecked car for eight hours early Friday. The car left a gravel road about seven miles northeast of Adrian about 1 a.m. Friday and rolled down an embankment, coming to rest almost inside a concrete culvert beneath the road. Eagen was trapped and unable to attract the attention of anyone until almost 9 a.m. Friday when a passerby spotted the wreckage and stopped to investigate. Other than facial cuts and frostbite, Eagen came through the ordeal in fairly good condition. He was hospitalized at Adrian. The temperature sagged to minus-1 during the hours he lay in the ditch.

Rosanne Maher earned the highest rating in the 1964 Search for the American Homemaker of Tomorrow at Fulda High School, Principal M.W. Mischke announced. Her examination paper would be automatically entered in judging for the State Homemaker of Tomorrow title.

75 years ago

Worthington Third Avenue residents living near the 13th Street corner, focal point in a drainage controversy, met again this week. The meeting, following a consultation with the city council and Engineer W. E. Buell, sought unity of area opinion as to what should be done to alleviate damage complained of by the group. An agreement eventually settled on a proposition calling for a larger outlet on 14th Street, the city low point, and also some method of diversion of street drainage from the uptown buildings from the present system, which sends it all down Third Avenue to an existing 12th Street sewer. It was believed those measures would help.

Brewster’s new gymnasium-auditorium addition to its school building, just completed at a cost of $42,000, was dedicated Feb. 27. A public works administration outright grant of $18,810 enabled the community to have the new, permanent public improvement. The rest of the financing was local.

The choir of the Fulda Presbyterian Church had begun rehearsals for an Easter cantata titled “The Lord of the Easter Tide,” which it would present on Good Friday evening. Mrs. J.K. Erickson was directing the rehearsals.

Vernon Anderson, Dean of Worthington Junior College, was chosen as representative of Minnesota junior college deans for the coming session of the American Association of Junior Colleges at Grand Rapids, Mich., from March 2-4.

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Jane Moore
Jane has been a contributing writer to the Daily Globe since 1997. Previously, she held professional positions in corporate communications, alumni relations and journalism. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in German at Carleton College. Jane handles the weekly "Looking Back" column and frequently writes education, fine arts and news features for the Daily Globe. Her blog can be viewed at www.timeformoore.areavoices.com.
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