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Looking Back: 1988 - Hills man, 55, again walks his age

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One year ago

Juan and Kerry Cuate reopened their business, Panaderia Mi Tierra Bakery, on Worthington's 10th Street. The bakery had been closed since last October while Juan, the primary baker, recovered from surgery for a torn rotator cuff in his right arm.

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Richard Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, said he was "pretty optimistic" about the college's chances to get bonding money this year to renovate and expand the Worthington campus field house.

Gov. Mark Dayton announced Wednesday the appointment of Gordon Moore and Terry Vajgrt to fill two vacancies in the Fifth Judicial District Court system. Moore was to replace Judge Jeffrey Flynn in Nobles County, while Vajgrt would replace Judge Timothy Connell in Pipestone and Rock County District Courts.

District 518 staff gathered at Worthington High School for an intercultural development workshop as part of the staff development program for the Flexible Learning Year (FLY) initiative.

Jaycox Implement president Chad Jaycox recently signed papers to take ownership of Mark Jacobson, Inc., the Case-IH dealership in Luverne for the past 54 years.

Five years ago

Dr. LeRoy Hodges was the second general surgeon added to the staff of Sanford Clinic Worthington.

A film about Worthington's Historic Dayton House, written and directed by Ray Lowry of Worthington, appeared on Pioneer Public TV.

The Daily Globe's Bridal Fair took place at Worthington Country Club.

The Luverne City Council voted unanimously to proceed with the condemnation of three tracts of land adjacent to Quentin Aanenson Field, so the city could go ahead with plans to expand the airport's runway.

The Nobles Count Sheriff's Office was recently a LIDAR--a piece of equipment used in speed detection--from the Minnesota Safe & Sober Program, which was sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety.

An ammonia leak in a cooler at JBS Swift sent 34 employees to the hospital. A couple of patients were held overnight for observation while all others were soon released.

10 years ago

Effective at the start of the New Year, Round Lake-based Farley's and Sathers Candy Company Inc. had acquired the manufacturing business of three more candy brands--Now & Later, Intense Fruit Chews and Mitey Bites.

Alan Oberloh took the oath of office as Worthington's mayor, accepting the gavel from Robert J. Demuth. Demuth had been in the office for 20 years.

The murder of Karen Duncan, 62, at the hands of her husband, Harold Duncan, 71, stunned neighbors in their area of Spencer, Iowa. Harold Duncan attempted to kill himself after shooting his wife but was still lingering "between life and death" at an Omaha, Neb., hospital a few days after the incident.

For the second time in two years, brazen professional car thieves struck in Windom, this time stealing two 2003-model pick-ups from the Higley Ford lot.

25 years ago

A 17-year-old Adrian youth died late Sunday in a one-car roll-over about three miles west of Adrian on I-90. A 16-year-old passenger was in critical condition and in intensive care at Sioux Valley Hospital, Sioux Falls, S.D., for treatment of serious internal injuries. The dispatcher said drifting and blowing snow may have contributed to the accident, which occurred at 10:54 p.m. Sunday.

SW Manufacturing, formerly Avon Manufacturing of Avon, S.D., had relocated to Adrian.

The Worthington City Council approved a 3 percent across-the-board salary increase for non-union city employees for 1988.

Milton "Mick" Anderson, 74, of Hills, followed his tradition (begun when he turned 55) of walking as many miles as his age. This year, it was in blustery sub-zero temperatures that kept most people younger than him complaining around the fireplace. Anderson completed the 74 miles over a six-day period. Anderson said he was "trying to keep away from a heart attack" and believed the walking helped prevent one. He typically walked a mile every 17½ minutes.

50 years ago

One of the most severe cold waves of the season had moved into the area, accompanied by snow and poor driving conditions. Winds of more than 30 miles per hour put an added bite into frigid temperatures and whipped up the snow, limiting visibility to less than one-quarter of a mile. Worthington's temperature Thursday topped out at four degrees above zero, and dropped back to three below by night. It had remained near the zero mark for about 48 hours since then.

Worthington police pressed a new investigation for vandals who broke into two offices and a display case at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Saturday night. "We thought we had this thing licked," Police Captain Merle Rotschafer commented, recalling that a group of juveniles was apprehended last year after three break-ins at Westminster Presbyterian and American Lutheran churches in 1962. "Now we're starting all over again," said Rotschafer.

Damage was estimated at more than $35,000 from a fire that broke out early Jan. 14 in the Worthington business district, destroying the building housing Exclusive Cleaners and causing smoke damage to two other business firms, Ace Hardware and Worthington Federal Savings and Loan. Firemen were turned into ice-statues by spray from their hoses and the 15-degree-below-zero temperatures. A brisk north wind added to the problems. The Maid-Rite Café, just 20 feet away from the destroyed building, offered free coffee for the firemen.

On Jan. 16, a fire destroyed the farm home of Mr. and Mrs. Albin Carlson, Worthington Route 1, routing the couple out into minus-8 degree temperatures. Members of the Worthington fire department hurried to the scene and almost got the flames under control before they ran out of water. A tank truck had been summoned from town but had not arrived before the 800 gallons carried on the new rural truck had been exhausted.

75 years ago

Norma Brown, representative of the Minnesota Temperance Society, was to canvass the situation with relation to the liquor traffic, drawing conclusions of whether the state was better or worse for repeal at a mass meeting at the Methodist church at 7:30 p.m. All Worthington churches were cooperating in the meeting. Miss Brown was a veteran campaigner in the interests of temperance, and had been a national figure in the fight against liquor traffic for more than 16 years.

Patrons of the Nobles County Co-Operative Oil Co., participating in the 11th patronage dividend of the most flourishing organization of its kind in southern Minnesota, would enjoy the apportionment of a total purchase dividend of $39,788.36, the largest sum ever so distributed by the enterprise. Gross income of the co-operative during the year ending Dec. 1, 1937, was $359,533.07, with gross profits totaling $71,869.45.

Worthington Junior College opened its second semester of the current school year, with enrollment expected to bring the total registration for the year to near the 100 mark.

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Beth Rickers
Beth Rickers is the veteran in the newspaper staff with 25 years as the Daily Globe's Features Editor. Interests include cooking, traveling and beer tasting and making with her home-brewing husband, Bryan. She writes an Area Voices blog called Lagniappe, which is a Creole term that means "a little something extra." It can be found at http://lagniappe.areavoices.com/.  
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