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Looking Back: 2004: Hamilton tabbed as GOP's choice to fill Harder's seat

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One year ago

A state audit released Tuesday showed that Lyon County in northwest Iowa missed out on collecting more than $400,000 for road work and septic system inspections, and county engineer department employees kept more than $9,000 from the sale of scrap materials. An investigation began in March 2012, and former County Engineer Jeffrey Williams was put on administrative leave two months later before being fired. More firings followed, as well as charges being filed against other employees.

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Nine individuals from South Africa were touring ag businesses and farms in southwest Minnesota this week as part of an ongoing exchange of ideas with members of the Shetek Conference of the Southwest Minnesota Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Fort Belmont in Jackson was among the stops they made during their visit.

As the 2013 Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival wrapped up, Worthington organizers learned the town would play host to the U.S. Windsurfing National Championships for a third time, having been selected as the 2014 site for the event. Previously, Worthington hosted the championships in 2003 and 2008.

The annual city-wide trash cleanup in Worthington took place this week—later than usual due to the April ice storm and resulting damage.

Five years ago

Wind power company Suzlon announced it would lay off half its workforce at the Pipestone turbine blade plant. By the end of September, 160 positions were to be cut.

More than 500 people turned out for free buffalo sandwiches Sunday at Blue Mound State Park near Luverne. The buffalo burger feed was part of the community’s Buffalo Days celebration.

Prairie Elementary was likely to add a 10th section of kindergarten classes for the coming school year, with 214 students already enrolled for that grade in the 2009-10 academic year—77 of whom had been identified as English Language Learners.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the construction of 43 additional units (to the existing 66 units) at the Meadows senior living facility in Worthington.

An aquarium educator from the Mall of America’s Underwater Adventures presented a program for children at the Nobles County Library, Worthington.

Nobles-Rock Community Health Services received $716,000 in grants over the next three years, with the money to be used for re-establishing its tobacco prevention coalition as well as targeting obesity and advocating for healthy living practices.

10 years ago

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Almond Rhubarb Coffee Cake, Rhubarb Sponge Pie and Rhubarb-Pineapple Pie.

Beth Van Orman was hired as a psychology instructor at Minnesota West Community & Technical College, Worthington. Previously, Van Orman worked as a licensed school psychologist with District 518.

Heidi Schroer opened Heidi’s Precious Seconds, a children’s clothing consignment shop, in Fulda.

Several Worthington area leaders were selected to be ambassadors for the Southwest Minnesota Foundation, including Connie and Cec Burchill, Greg Raymo and Russell and Janet Rickers.

A Mountain Lake resident and pork producer, Rod Hamilton, was tabbed by the District 22B Republicans to run for the seat Elaine Harder had occupied over the past 10 years. Rural Bergen farmer Richard Peterson was his Democratic rival.

25 years ago

Maxx was the Worthington Police Department’s first trained K-9 officer, and three-year WPD employee Kevin Dather was his human partner/officer.

American Family Insurance opened a new office at 1010 Fourth Ave., Worthington, last week. Kris Anderson, daughter of LeRoy and Elaine Pohlman, rural Lakefield, was the first insurance agent for the office.

Dr. Reed J. Leiting joined the staff of the Veterinary Medical Center, Worthington. Leiting was a 1985 graduate of Iowa State University and had previously practiced veterinary medicine in Osage, Iowa.

A smokescreen was the apparent cause of a four-car accident Monday afternoon two miles east of Round Lake on County Road 4. Two people were treated and released for minor injuries at Worthington Regional Hospital.

Advertised produce specials this week at the Worthington Hy-Vee store included Granny Smith apples for 68 cents a pound, a ½ pint of raspberries for $2.49, California peaches for 88 cents a pound, two bunches of leaf lettuce for $1, an eight-ounce package of white button mushrooms for 88 cents, and cantaloupes for 99 cents each.

50 years ago

The first Hobby and Talent Show of Cottonwood County senior citizens took place at Winfair School in Windom. Among those displaying their skills were Mr. and Mrs. William Havemeier (woodworkers), Mary Dalueg (a knitter of doilies), Mathilda Steffens (a doll-maker) and Peder Pederson (an 84-year-old fiddler from Westbrook).

A Daily Globe aerial photo depicted the progress being made on the bridge and diamond interchange at the junction of I-90 and Highway 75 on the south end of Luverne. Grading on the portion of the interstate between Beaver Creek and the Rock River was 90 percent completed, the report said, with surfacing to get underway by late summer or early fall. It was expected that “travel on four-lane interstate routes will be a commonplace feature of life in the local area” by the end of the decade.

Cleo Galland, formerly of Worthington, was one of 10 finalists in the contest to select a new “Miss Sioux Falls.” Galland was currently studying X-ray technology at the Sioux Valley Hospital. She was doing a tap dance routine for her talent number.

Carla May was the reigning dairy princess of Osceola County, though she was currently employed in Worthington. The 1964 Sibley Dairy Days were set to take place this week, and the Ashton native was promoting the event.

The new Armour plant in Worthington was 85 percent complete, with the last 15 percent scheduled to be done by mid-July.

Gale-force winds punctuated by thunder and lightning swept over northwest Iowa and southwestern Minnesota early Monday night, tumbling one barn in the Brewster area, cutting power in a part of Worthington and starting a fire at the Central Ballroom in Arnolds Park, Iowa.

75 years ago

Members of the Tourist study club [Worthington] entertained their husbands at their first smorgasbord for their annual social event of the year. The party took place Friday evening at the community room. The centerpiece of the smörgåsbord was a round wooden tray, with a large red candle burning in the center, and relishes and parsley garnish arranged to effect a Swedish design. Other dishes of the smorgasbord were garnished trays of Swedish meatballs, meat loaves, Swedish rye sandwiches, rolls, potato and other salads, escalloped cabbage, Swedish cookies, rye crisp and cheeses. Mrs. F. M. Manson presided at the coffee table, and following the dinner, Mrs. F.H. Rickbeil sang “The Swan” by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg.

Fields dried up rapidly and dust filled the air when a hot dry wind swept Nobles County over the weekend. Though the temperature didn’t rise above 90 degrees, the atmosphere was muggy and uncomfortable, with high temperatures for the three preceding days at 83, 90 and 86 degrees.

Rules governing the summer swimming season at the Chautauqua Park were laid down by Hap Ehlers, park custodian. Chief lifeguard for the summer was Richard Peterson, and Gordon Neilson of Dell Rapids, S.D., was to head the instruction staff for the Worthington swimming school. Hours when the beach was to be patrolled were from 10 a.m. to noon, 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Points stressed by Ehlers were aimed mainly at public safety. All speedboat operators were asked to stay at least 800 feet from the park beach. Also, would-be marathon swimmers were not allowed to try swimming across the lake unless escorted by a boat.

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