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Looking Back: 2008 - Hospital work under way in Sibley

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One year ago

A ban on non-essential water use was adopted by the Worthington Water and Light Commission, reported Worthington Public Utilities general manager Scott Hain. As of Friday, static levels at the Lake Bella well had fallen to 33.3 feet. Hain said the “panic point” is 42 feet.

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Minnesota Congressman Tim Walz hunted pheasants with local outdoor enthusiast and Pheasants Forever members Les Johnson and Scott Rall. Walz was in the process of promoting the current farm bill being considered in Washington, D.C.

Texas racing turkey Ruby Begonia claimed the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph following the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in Cuero, Texas. Worthington’s turkey, Paycheck, had a cumulative race time for 2012 of 9:06.04, far too lengthy to prevail over Ruby Begonia’s swift total of 3:05.29 for the year.

The side of Jim and Rita Gengler’s garage was knocked out by a car early Saturday morning in Worthington’s Homewood Hills neighborhood. A juvenile male was arrested and charged with a DWI in connection with the incident, which was still under investigation.

The “Spirit of Worthington” Trojan marching band successful defended their Class 4A parade title recently at the 13th annual River City Band Festival in Chamberlain, S.D. The Trojans earned a season-high 91.7 points in parade performance and received the band festival’s Parade Sweepstakes Award, out of 15 bands competing.

Five years ago

When the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop was complete, Worthington’s racing turkey, Paycheck, had topped Ruby Begonia of Cuero, Texas, and emerged with the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph with the lowest cumulative time for a second consecutive year.

The Hills-based Exchange State Bank recently opened in Luverne.

Eight Global Volunteers spent the past week in Worthington assisting with District 518 Community Education English as a Second Language classes.

New birthing suites opened earlier this month at Osceola Community Hospital in Sibley, Iowa. They were part of the first of four phases in the hospital’s $7 million expansion/renovation project.

The Reading Recovery program celebrated its 10th anniversary at District 518’s elementary level.

The District 518 Community Education department and employee Nelson Bonilla were honored at the Chicano Latino Affairs Council’s 30th anniversary event in St. Paul. Bonilla had worked for 10 years as a Community Connector with Worthington’s Latino community.

10 years ago

Paycheck gobbled up a three-year losing streak and brought home the Traveling Trophy of Tumultuous Triumph after the second leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop was run in Cuero, Texas.

The Kozy Heat facility in Lakefield was undergoing a 28,000 square-foot expansion project. Owner Dudley Hussong said gas fireplaces were becoming more popular and increased demand was driving the expansion.

The City of Worthington was to submit a grant application for the rehabilitation of commercial and residential properties in targeted areas of town. The grant would provide $1.4 million from the Small Cities Development Program.

Two weeks after local police were called to Fulda High School to address an alleged terroristic threat made by a student, the Fulda Public School District hosted a community forum on bullying led by a specialist in bullying and harassment issues.

25 years ago

In a recap look at the previous month’s weather, it was mentioned that September brought a total of 3.86 inches of rainfall to Worthington, bringing the year-to-date precipitation total to 21.27 inches, only 1.57 inches less than that of an “average” year.

A public meeting for District 518’s proposed special school levy drew only 50 people — many of them teachers, staff members or administrators. District officials had been hoping for a turnout more in the 150-200 range.

Estella Tisue, 100, of Balaton was honored and recognized for her volunteer work with the local chapter of Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), which serves six counties in southwest Minnesota.

Advertised specials this week at Hy-Vee in Worthington included a head of California lettuce for 69 cents, bakery fresh cinnamon rolls for 15 cents apiece, a nine-piece chicken pack for $5, two eight-count packages of hamburger buns for $1, a 72-ounce bottle of Oxydol laundry detergent for $3.19, and a 21-ounce can of cherry pie filling for 89 cents.

50 years ago

Worthington and Luverne were singled out for special honors by the Minnesota Department of Business Development. The Award of Merit was to be awarded to representatives of the towns at a Nov. 1 banquet in the Twin Cities.

The new state college to be established at Marshall was to cost at least $14 million, according to estimates made in January 1961 when the feasibility study for a new college was under way.

Judy Cerwick, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Roger W. Cerwick of Worthington, was selected as queen of the Worthington Junior College homecoming celebration.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Swanson’s grocery included two “jumbo” 1½ pound loaves of bread for 39 cents, a half-gallon of ice cream for 59 cents, a 400-count box of Puffs facial tissue for 25 cents, a three-pound can of Butter-Nut coffee for $1.59, a 50-pound bag of Pillsbury flour for $4.19 and a one-pound roll of Armour Star pure pork sausage for 29 cents.

Worthington Senior High School was hosting a pair of debate tournaments over two consecutive weekends, with 52 schools from five states a part of the action. In all, 65 debate teams were to participate on each weekend. Worthington-sponsored debate tournaments began in 1958, with 42 schools attending. Local teachers in charge of the tournament were Dave Kanellis, debate coach and tourney director; Al Swanson, assistant debate coach; Kathy Steer, junior high speech director; and Leonard Neil, junior college English instructor.

75 years ago

Worthington High School students were looking forward to the annual Homecoming, which was scheduled to start Thursday with a rousing pepfest. A 7:30 p.m. assembly for a torchlight parade was also on the agenda, followed by a short band concert. Friday festivities included the Homecoming parade, and a 7 p.m. junior high school operetta of “Hansel and Gretel.”

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl store included beef roast, 12½ cents a pound, an eight-ounce box of Wheaties for 10 cents, four 14 ounce cans of Campbell’s tomato juice for 25 cents, two 1½ pound cans of Dinty Moore beef stew for 29 cents, a two-pound can of Harvest Queen coffee for 49 cents and six grapefruit for 25 cents.

Mrs. Mary Wass, a resident of Nobles County for 70 years, observed her 85th birthday on Oct. 19. Born Mary Paulson in Sweden, Mrs. Wass came to the United States with her parents at age 15, settling on a farm near Reading. She was married to Irwin Wass of Wisconsin. She had lived at 836 10th St., Worthington, for 50 years.

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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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