Looking Back - 1988: Six-car crash slows Interstate 90 trafficA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Nobles County commissioners agreed to formally appoint Deputy County Attorney Kathleen Kusz to fill the county attorney post, effective March 1. Kusz was to fill the remainder of Gordon Moore’s term, as he moved to the position of District Court Judge, and Kusz planned to seek election to the county attorney office when that term expired in 2014.
The United Way of Nobles County was within a couple thousand dollars of its 2011-12 $150,000 campaign goal.
The annual King Turkey Day bowling tournament took place at Worthington’s Oxford Bowl. The tournament raised more than $5,000 for KTD.
Several Jackson County Central students presented their findings from the 1938 time capsule that was buried in the former Jackson High School.
A $2,500 grant from the Southwest Minnesota Arts and Humanities Council provided a dance residency at Worthington’s Prairie Elementary, led by Native American dancer Larry Yazzie.
Five years ago
Bruce Viessman, Worthington, was named vice president of finance for Sanford Health Network, Sioux Falls, S.D. Viessman had been chief financial officer of Worthington Regional Hospital for the preceding 20 years.
A 19th-century farmhouse was restored and recently opened as the Okoboji Country Inn, a bed and breakfast owned by Ann and Donna Muilenberg in Okoboji, Iowa.
Discussions continued about the need for a new law enforcement center in Murray County.
Local spelling champion Nathan Landwehr, a Worthington Middle School seventh-grader, took second at the SW/WC Service Cooperative’s regional spelling bee in Redwood Falls, advancing to state competition scheduled for late March in St. Cloud.
10 years ago
Gold’n Plump, Luverne’s largest employer, announced that nearly half of its employees would be laid off due to automation improvements in its deboning operation. Up to 140 of its 270 employees would be out of work by the end of May.
The Rev. Mike Zaske recently accepted a call to serve American Lutheran Church in Worthington. He previously was the pastor for Zion Lutheran, Adrian, and Kenneth Lutheran.
One school bus rear-ended another in Worthington Thursday afternoon, resulting in minor injuries to two Prairie Elementary students. The 10 and 12-year-old girls were treated and released following the accident on First Avenue Southwest just east of Crailsheim Drive.
25 years ago
Six cars crashed into each other about six miles west of Worthington on Interstate 90 at about noon Sunday. State patrolmen helped motorists get back to town but at 2:45 p.m. were back at the same site, untangling another four-car pileup. Later in the day, other cars were reported to be stranded in the same area. Temperatures were below zero and gusty winds had cut visibility to nil. Ultimately, hundreds of motorists were stranded in southwestern Minnesota due to the day’s high winds and blowing snow.
The initial search for additional water to supply an expanded Swift Independent Packing Co. plant was to be centered in the Lake Ocheda well field area, said Don Habicht, city utilities manager, to the Worthington Water and Light Commission. Top priority would go to potential well sites nearest the city’s pre-existing water transmission lines.
Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column this week included Chocolate Praline Layer Cake, Lemon Kiss Cookies and Pizza Quiche.
Students at Sioux Valley-Round Lake Elementary School celebrated their 100th day of classes Wednesday morning with an all-school presentation in the gym.
50 years ago
The Jaycee Talent Show took place at Memorial Auditorium. Participants included Mrs. William Brower, Mrs. Ray Madsen, LeRoy Stauffer, Paul Ruby, Lillian Starkenburg, Tim Koelz, Glen Evenson, Dick Larson, Red Chambers, Paul Peterson, Elwin Sietsema and Julius Logghe. Dick Osness was the director of the show, which included 20 acts.
Gordon Johnston of Tracy, governor of Area 17 Toastmasters club, presented Judge Vincent Hollaren, Worthington, with a plaque commemorating 11 years of distinguished service as a charter member. Eight of 15 charter members and their wives were among the 80 person who attended the club’s annual Valentine party.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Gertonson, 617 Pershing, was extensively damaged by a fire that broke out at the home Monday afternoon. The Gertonsons were not home at the time. Mr. Gertonson was well known in the area through his former job as custodian of the Nobles County Courthouse.
Worthington’s 146 public school teachers and the District 518 board of education came to terms on pay increases for the 1963-64 school year. The new salary schedule provided across-the-board pay hikes averaging $34.10 per month on a calendar-year basis.
75 years ago
Two cars collided on the corner a mile east of Kinbrae Sunday. The cars were driven by John Leopold of Kinbrae and Ray Liepold of near Heron Lake.
A 1932 Chevrolet coach was recovered Tuesday at Sheldon, Iowa. The vehicle, belonging to Andrew Schmidt of Heron Lake, was stolen about 4:30 p.m. Monday from the alley between 10th and 11th streets just off Worthington’s Second Avenue while the owner was doing some trading.
Although drifting slightly, the 10½-inch snowfall that blanketed Nobles and other southwestern Minnesota counties Thursday failed to get ahead of state and county removal crews .