Looking Back: 2007 - WHS alum wins VFW Citizenship AwardA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
JBS celebrated the retirement of Don Olson, a JBS mechanic for 47 years. Olson had taken less than a handful of sick days in all his years on the job.
A plowing bee in Round Lake featured many old-time implements.
Danny Rodriguez was named Homecoming King and Brenda Rodriguez, Queen, at Worthington High School’s annual coronation ceremony.
Paycheck won the Great Gobbler Gallop’s Worthington race with the second fastest time in race history, 27.7 seconds. Ruby Begonia took more than four minutes to run the course.
There were 18 competitors in the inaugural King Turkey Day Smokin’ Gobbler BBQ Contest.
On a cool, overcast, windy morning, a total of 569 runners completed the 32nd annual Turkey Day 10K, with Richard Kandie of Coon Rapids winning the course with a time of 30:37. Jill Klaverkamp of Sioux Falls, S.D., was the top female finisher, clocking 36:33.
Five years ago
Worthington’s racing turkey Paycheck delivered a stunning defeat to Ruby Begonia in the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop. Paycheck clocked a steaming 57.85 seconds while Ruby Begonia was a sluggish 4 minutes 37.22 seconds over the course. Babe Winkelman, the featured King Turkey Day speaker, touted the great outdoors in his speech.
Former Edgerton runner Bret Fransen, Sioux City, Iowa, won the Turkey Day 10K with a time of 31:54. Marshall resident Marie Sample was the first female finisher, clocking a 37:01 for a 17th-place finish overall.
Farley’s and Sathers Candy Company Inc. of Round Lake announced it would acquire Brach’s, including Brach’s facilities in Winona, Chattanooga, Tenn., and Vermeil, Mexico.
The District 518 board of directors unanimously voted to choose Brad Shaffer to fill the remaining term of Paul Langseth, who had resigned from the board to accept employment. Langseth’s term was to expire in 2008.
Worthington native Hal Koster, a 1965 Worthington High School graduate, recently received the VFW’s 2007 Citizenship Award at the VFW’s annual conference in Kansas City, Mo. Koster, a D.C. restaurateur, provided Friday night meals free of charge to amputees and other wounded servicemen and their families at Walter Reed Army Medical Center.
10 years ago
A new showroom opened at Jaycox Implement on Worthington’s Oxford Street, featuring Ski Doo snowmobiles, Bombardier ATVs and parts, accessories and clothing for those product lines.
Paycheck won the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop with one of the fastest times in the race’s history —39.9 seconds over the 150-yard course, with no penalties. Ruby Begonia followed in one minute, 15.98 seconds. The King Turkey Day temperature at 2 p.m. was a comfortable 64 degrees.
Chris Lundstrom of Northfield was the first finisher out of 585 runners in the Turkey Day 10K, completing the course in 30 minutes, 18 seconds. Renee Kruse of South Sioux City, Neb., broke the record for the women’s 35-39-year-old age group and won the women’s race with a 36:32. She had previously won the women’s division in 1999.
A delegation from Crailsheim, Germany, including the 1985-86 Crailsheim exchange student Carola Schnabl and her family, visited Worthington during the King Turkey Day celebration. Other special guests were Crailsheim’s Lord Mayor and city manager —Andreas Raab and Franz Kasimir, respectively.
25 years ago
Worthington’s Dairy Queen advertised a September peanut buster parfait sale, with the treats going for $1.09 for four days only.
More than 200 Jackson County citizens gathered at a meeting of the Jackson County commissioners to show unity against possible location of a hazardous waste facility in the county.
In honor of King Turkey Day, Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Turkey Fajitas, Sweet and Sour Turkey Cocktail Treats, Savory Turkey Stuffing Casserole and Festive Turkey Stacker.
Swift Independent Packing Company processed its two millionth hog at the Worthington plant this week.
Paycheck easily won the first leg of the Great Gobbler Gallop in 54.22 seconds, while Ruby Begonia took a lengthy 4:26.68 to run the course.
Jerrold Wynia of Worthington won the Turkey Day 10K with a time of 30:01.10. Vicki Coyle of Brookings, S.D., won the women’s division with a time of 37:43.6.
50 years ago
The Rev. Lloyd G. Johnson was the new pastor at First Baptist Church, Worthington. Johnson had previously served a congregation in Park Rapids.
The 21st annual meeting of the Winona Council of Catholic Women was hosted in Worthington over the weekend. Nearly 2,000 turned out to hear Bishop Lambert Hoch, Sioux Falls, who was the main speaker.
Although three cars were demolished in area accidents over the weekend, only one injury was reported.
Advertised specials this week at Swanson’s grocery, Worthington, included two pounds of coffee for $1.18, a ten-pound bag of sugar for 99 cents, a 50-pound bag of red Pontiac potatoes for 99 cents, and two jumbo 1½ pound loaves of Swanson’s enriched bread for 39 cents.
Adrian-area residents gave the current Nobles County Red Cross blood collection drive an important “shot in the arm” when they contributed a total of 104 pints.
Daryl Fauskee was elected Worthington’s new fire chief, replacing the retiring Merle Duba.
75 years ago
Gloom pervaded the Trojan camp when it became definitely established that Wesley Brower, son of Mr. and Mrs. Henri Brower, and brilliant 1937 football prospect, was out of the game for the year as the result of a broken ankle, sustained in practice last night under the fairground floodlights. When the injured boy failed to rise from a tumble in scrimmage, and did not respond to first aid treatments, Brower was taken to the Clinic hospital and put under the X-ray, which revealed a fracture of the right tibia extending down into the ankle.
Nobles County beer parlors, night spots, grocery stores, filling stations —in fact, the general hodge-podge of places handling a sideline of drugs for the convenience of friends and patrons today were given “a good turn” in the form of a warning. The “kind deed” came as a visit from F. T. Meehan, representative of the state board of pharmacy, who was calling on all places handling drugs that usually answer the request for aspirin “or something that works just like it in powder or tablet form.” Meehan pointed out to operators that selling of these remedies was against the law and that his warning, if not heeded, would be followed by arrests and prosecution.