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Looking Back: 1989 - Two join Nobles County board

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One year ago

With more than 32 percent of the student body reporting sick with flu or flu-like symptoms, Worthington Christian School closed its doors for at least two days of classes.

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Angela Klaassen, Worthington, located Worthington’s Winterfest medallion at the Centennial Park bridge. She received $100 in Chamber bucks for her efforts. A pond hockey tournament was added to the Winterfest activity lineup for the first time, while the Deep Freeze Dip remained a popular event.

Nobles County commissioners unanimously voted to proceed into contract negotiations with Thomas Johnson for the county administrator position. Johnson was currently serving as managing director of the Eagle County Public Works department in Eagle, Colo.

Forty-two local youths were cast in the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of “Hansel and Gretel” at Memorial Auditorium, Worthington.

The United Way of Nobles County reached its fundraising goal of $150,000 this week.

Five years ago

Tatie Conradie of Ocheyedan, Iowa, was the first baby born at Sanford Regional Hospital in 2009. Tatie, the son of Lorie Breuer and Frans Conradie, arrived at 3:05 a.m. Jan. 2, weighing 7 lbs, 3 oz.

Jackson County Attorney Robert O’Connor, a 30-year member of the Army Reserves, was being deployed to Iraq for a 12-month assignment. O’Connor was a colonel and civil affairs officer in the Army Reserves.

The Montana-based Missoula Children’s Theatre used about 60 local youths in its production at Memorial Auditorium of “The Princess and the Pea.”

Josh Tutje of Sibley, Iowa, was the Daily Globe’s Carrier of the Month.

A cat, Zelda, was reunited with her owner after having spent most of December lost and on her own in Worthington. Lisa Brandt and Jenni Rojas, both of Worthington, rescued the cat and located her rightful owner with the help of a microchip implanted in Zelda.

10 years ago

After seven years on the job, the Worthington Police Department’s K-9 officer, Czar, was headed for retirement. His handler, Jeff Appel, was also moving on, to a new position in Wabasha County.

Meanwhile, the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Department recently received approval to purchase a K-9 officer.

Larry Peterson, formerly a businessman in Okoboji, Iowa, was to speak in Worthington at Curves about his success in overcoming depression and shedding more than 300 pounds in 18 months without the aid of pills or surgery. Peterson once weighed in at 603 pounds.

Bob and Mary Ellen Manthei retired after having owned and operated Flower Lane in Worthington since Jan. 1, 1984. The Mantheis were only the fourth owners in Flower Lane’s history, which began with Dwight Ludlow in 1918.

Hair Gallery on Worthington’s Diagonal Road had new owners: Joyce Bohn, Kelly Kluever and Monty O’Neil. Larry “Mr. Larry” Rockman and Mary Sieve were to continue working at the site but would no longer be involved with the business end of the salon.

25 years ago

Two commissioners were sworn in for four-year terms on the Nobles County board — Claire Gerber and Delbert Lutmer. They joined Marv Baumgard (chair), Marv Tripp and Harry Russell as elected officials on the county board.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee Store included a 16-ounce can of fruit cocktail for 77 cents, a six-pack of 12-ounce 7-Up products for $1.48, Duncan Hines cake mixes for 77 cents a box, a 16-ounce package of ring bologna for $1.69 and a 10-pound bag of navel oranges for $2.39.

A winter storm packing heavy snow and high winds swept through the area over the weekend, dumping around 20 inches of snow in some parts of the state but only two inches in Worthington — which was still enough, when combined with winds gusting up to 61 mph to reduce visibility to near zero and cancel most athletic contests and other scheduled activities.

Dorthy Ricker’s “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Old-Fashioned Lima Bean Soup and Beer Cheese Soup.

50 years ago

Dr. Herbert B. Paulsen, 58, a physician in Harris, Iowa, was killed about 8:15 a.m. Jan. 5 when his car left Highway 9 one mile west of the Harris junction and crashed into a cornfield. Paulsen had been “Harris’s doctor” for the past 32 years. Deputy Sheriff Robert Welch said Paulsen was driving alone at the time of the accident, and was headed west when the car left the road, plunged down a 20-foot embankment and rolled three times before coming to a rest. Paulsen was thrown from the vehicle and his body was found lying about 20 feet from the wreckage. Deputy Welch said it appeared Paulsen may have suffered some sort of an attack or sudden illness. The highway was dry, and no apparent reason was found to explain why the car suddenly went out of control.

An 8-year-old boy from Wirock was killed on a farm road near his home Saturday when a car struck the bicycle he was riding at about 2:30 p.m.

Cub Scouts (about 23 of them) from Ocheyedan, Iowa, hosted the traditional “burning of the Christmas trees” at the top of the Ocheyedan Mound, the highest point in Iowa. The Cubs collected the trees from Ocheyedan curbsides for the first burning of the trees at the mound.

A young woman en route to Luverne where she was to begin her first day of teaching in the schools there escaped injury when the car she was driving rolled over on “evergreen hill,” eight miles west of Worthington, Sunday night. Nadena Ruthenbeck, 22, told highway patrolmen her car skidded out of control when she hit a patch of ice. She was headed west on Highway 16 from Sherburn, and her car suffered extensive damage.

75 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington’s New Grand Theater were “Hoosier Schoolboy” starring Mickey Rooney and “Boy of the Streets” featuring Jackie Cooper. The State theater was showing “Sweethearts in Technicolor” starring Nelson Eddy and Jeanette McDonald.

A Thursday afternoon fire completely destroyed the farm house on the B. F. Young farm in Elk Township, now owned by Howard Canfield. With the house went most of the Canfields’ household effects, including all of the clothing their six small children were not wearing at the time the fire broke out. A defective chimney was believed to have been the cause. Mr. Canfield had just gone to the rural mail box a half mile from the house when his wife’s screams attracted his attention. For the Youngs, a sentimental value far exceeding the worth of the house was destroyed by the flames. Part of the seven-room structure was the original one-room, 12 x 16 cottage in which they started housekeeping in 1880. Mr. Young believes it was one of, if not the, oldest house in Elk Township.

Several Worthington business leaders shared comments about their hopes for 1939. Among them: Robert Wolff, of the Wolff Stores: “Personally, I believe 1939 will be a good year…I found the manufacturers, who plan far ahead, disposed to look upon the future with optimism.”

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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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