Looking Back: 2003 - New Luverne hospital building announcedA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Josh Malchow was settling into his role as the new city administrator in Slayton.
Nicole Names, director of Nobles County Community Services, announced her departure from the agency effective April 5.
Aaron Backman was to begin working as Windom’s Economic Development Authority director at the end of March.
The Slayton, Currie and Lake Wilson areas were without power Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to about 11 a.m. “Basically, the lines were flopping in the wind and slapping into each other,” line superintendent Jerry Mausbach said. “They got it isolated and performed repairs.”
Former Luverne Mayor Bill Weber announced his candidacy for the District 22 Senate seat.
Community Wind South, also known as CWS Wind Farm LLC, announced plans for a 30.75-megawatt wind farm in portions of Summit Lake and Larkin townships in Nobles County.
Grassroots Community Theatre performed the interactive mystery dinner theater “AlumDie” at the Historic Dayton House.
Five years ago
Michael’s Restaurant, an eating option in Worthington for nearly 60 years, closed its doors.
Nobles County was faced with a shortfall of people willing to be foster parents, and that was potentially going to have an impact on where children were placed. Those interested in becoming foster parents were urged to contact the Nobles County Family Service or Human Service offices.
The Sheila Aanenson family moved into their new Habitat for Humanity home in Luverne.
Mary Firestone, author of “Dayton’s Department Store,” appeared in Worthington for a book signing event.
Jennifer Weg, R.N., was appointed the new director of Patient Care Services at Worthington Regional Hospital.
Roger and Rod Harvey re-opened their respective businesses —Harvey’s Upholstery and Harvey’s Signs —at a new location (formerly Martin’s Antiques) on Kragness Avenue in Worthington.
10 years ago
Luverne Community Hospital was to build a new, $17.5 million facility at a site on the north side of Luverne. Construction was expected to start in the spring of 2004.
Members of the Twin Cities Community Gospel Choir, including soloist Robert Robinson, worked with Worthington High School choral students.
A Fulda service station employee was robbed Thursday afternoon while preparing to make a cash deposit at a local bank. No suspects were as of yet identified.
The Worthington Trojan speech team placed first at a six-team Mankato State University speech tournament.
The Worthington Hallmark store reopened at its new location on Worthington’s Ryan’s Road.
The closure of a DeKalb, Ill., factory could mean at least 150 new jobs for Jackson’s Ag-Chem facility.
Whitney Buesgens, 15, Slayton, recently founded Camp Love’s Embrace to help children between the ages of 6 and 14 cope with the loss of a loved one.
25 years ago
Students at Worthington’s West Elementary School wrapped up “I Love to Read” month with several continuous hours of reading during school in the last days of February. Students engaged in a reading marathon, taking turns reading for 15-minute intervals throughout the day, and some dressed as fictional characters — including Pippi Longstocking, Laura Ingalls Wilder and Encyclopedia Brown.
The Worthington A & W restaurant advertised a “bucket special,” featuring eight pieces of “delicious broasted chicken” with a pint of coleslaw for $5.99.
Playing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Shoot to Kill,” starring Sidney Poitier and Tom Berenger; “Broadcast News” with Holly Hunter, William Hurt and Albert Brooks; and “For Keeps,” featuring Molly Ringwald and Randall Batinkoff.
The murder trial of Jeffrey Roger Goodmund entered its third week in Slayton, with Bill Klumpp prosecuting.
50 years ago
Alan Johnson, Worthington, was named the District Two winner of the American Legion Constitutional Oratory contest in Pipestone. He was awarded a $50 savings bond for his oration, “Jeffersonian Hypothesis.” Contestants from Ruthton, Wabasso, Hendricks and Pipestone also entered the competition.
Toshiko Motoyama, a 17-year-old Japanese girl who would like to finish her senior year of high school in America, has written a second letter to the Daily Globe, providing additional information about herself and her goals. She said she had received several letters from Worthington families.
A bill proposing a Mankato State College branch in southwestern Minnesota was expected to stir special interest in the state legislature this week. Resident of Slayton, Tracy, Marshall, Redwood Falls and Granite Falls were pooling efforts to back a southwest college bill.
Okabena’s FFA team won top spot in the regional FFA crop contest in Mountain Lake Saturday, with 3,482 points out of a possible 3,600. Other teams placing in the upper five among 14 teams were Windom, Lake Benton, Tyler and Jackson. Marlin Milbrath of Okabena won the individual award with 1,178 points out of a possible 1,200.
An all-states bulletin was sent out for an escapee from the Pipestone County Jail. Douglas Storlie of Owatonna was being sought after escaping from solitary confinement sometime in the night. A car was stolen that same night from Wenzlaff Auto, Pipestone. Storlie, 22, was serving time in Pipestone for petty larceny committed in Ruthton and would have completed his sentence in a few days. However, he was to be transferred to Owatonna, where he faced charges of auto theft and burglary.
75 years ago
Spring-like weather brightened Nobles County as March came in more like a lamb than a lion in the area. Temperatures were above freezing and there was some sunshine; residents of the New England coastal area and large areas of Los Angeles County were not so lucky, with a gale whipping into the Eastern seaboard and Los Angeles receiving 2.76 inches of rain, closing roads and causing life-threatening floods.
The Luverne Fire Department bought a new, 750-gallon fire truck for $7,750.
Harper’s Fashion Shop advertised “fashion trends for spring,” including tweeds (“nubby, colorful, tailored”) for $19.75, prints (“vivid, floral, amusing”) for $9.95 and stripes (“horizontal, vertical, diagonal”) for $7.95.
Precipitation during February totaled 13.8 inches, mostly in the form of snowfall, compared with 3.4 inches in February of the previous year. The monthly average was 5.9 inches.
Payson Wolff, Worthington High School oratorical entry in the district contest at Luverne Thursday night, was to represent the area in that division at the regional, set for March 14. Betty Bray, the sole other Worthington entry, placed third in humorous, while Irma Paulson of Bigelow, sub-district entry in dramatic, was ranked fourth.
In the “Wanted” ads: “Wanted to Rent: Suitable location to raise large flock of turkeys, near Worthington, if possible. If interested, write Russell Schumacher, Heron Lake, and give description and location.” “Wanted: Work on a farm by a single man, life experienced. John Boegler, Jr., Olivet, S.D.”