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New Swanson product made exclusively in Worthington

One year ago

The Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force released a new smartphone app that allowed the public to send anonymous tips and photos to the Task Force. The app also allowed agents to respond to tips, creating an instant and anonymous “chat” with citizens who might have useful information.

The Nobles County Planning and Zoning Commission gathered complaints from four property owners regarding a so-called junkyard south of Worthington. The nine-acre property on Plotts Avenue, zoned as a residential area, had two semi-trailers and numerous vehicles (plus motorcycles and snowmobiles) stored on the site. Nobles County Environmental Services Director Wayne Smith explained the county’s zoning ordinance prohibits exterior storage of such items in residential areas, and that all equipment should be stored in buildings.

A plan more than 20 years in the making would soon become a reality with the recent selection of a contractor to begin paving a concrete trail in Worthington by late July. The two-mile trail was to extend from an existing city-developed trail through Olson Park north along Crailsheim Drive to Oxford Street, then east along the Worthington Country Club property before linking to another existing trail near Park Avenue.

The Nobles County Relay for Life raised $67,146.13 so far toward its 2013 goal of $76,000.

Jeff Vanderlinde and his team, Shiggin & Grinnin, were featured on “Pit Masters,” one of the top shows on the Destination America TV network. Vanderlinde and his team had been regular participants in Worthington’s King Turkey Day barbeque contest in recent years.

Five years ago

Nobles County commissioners gave SEH Engineering the go-ahead to begin work on plans for a new county library in Worthington.

Sanford Health, Elder Care of Minnesota and the city of Adrian developed a new agreement to support senior services in Adrian. Beginning in September, the 41-bed Sanford Adrian Care Center was to be operated by Elder Care of Minnesota, and Sanford Health was to make a community investment of $500,000 to Adrian for further development of living services for Adrian’s senior population.

Three adult males were killed in a single-engine plane (1968 Piper 28) crash near Sheldon, Iowa.

Thirty counties statewide, including Nobles County, tested their communications infrastructures and responsiveness in the event of a large-scale disaster or emergency.

The Worthington Police Department arrested two juveniles they believed were responsible for 12 or more burglaries in the area, and it continued to seek another individual for acts of vandalism totaling more than $1,000 in damage.

The 90-member Fulda marching band, under the direction of Mike Peterson, was preparing to depart for Washington, D.C., where they would appear in the 2009 National Independence Day Parade.

10 years ago

The Vander Kooi dairy farm was the site of an open house in celebration of Dairy Month, and the event also served to honor Tae Vander Kooi as she neared the end of her year-long reign as Princess Kay of the Milky Way.

Glen Kruger of Little Rock, Iowa, joined Minnesota West Community and Technical College as an admissions recruiter.

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Hy-Vee store included General Mills cereals, two boxes for $4.44; StarKist chunk light tuna, two cans for $1; Old Dutch potato chips, two 11-ounce bags for $3; a 100-ounce jug of Purex laundry detergent for $2.99; California peaches for $1.49 a pound; and California green peppers for 58 cents apiece.

Sibley, Iowa, was likely to get a new, $120,000 baseball field, if a $60,000 grant was approved from the Major League Baseball’s Baseball Tomorrow Fund.

Cement was being poured at the 12th Street/First Avenue railroad crossing in Worthington, as a sidewalk was to run across the tracks all the way to First Street.

25 years ago

A House and Senate agreement was reached to provide $6.6 million to save small-town air subsidies this summer but to thereafter limit government payments to $300 per passenger on each flight. The agreement granted a reprieve to local air services, including the one in Worthington.

A patient’s letter of appreciation resulted in Worthington nurse Marilyn Johnson receiving first place in a contest sponsored by the Minnesota Organization of Nurse Executives of the Minnesota Hospital Association. Johnson had been an R.N. at Worthington Regional Hospital for more than 25 years.

A slow and steady rain that fell over the area provided at least temporary relief for young crops, with Worthington recording .53 inches of rain, Pipestone getting 1¼ inches and Windom logging .33 inches.

A new Swanson product made exclusively at Worthington’s Campbell Soup plant would be found at Midwestern supermarkets beginning in July, after making its debut in the East earlier in June. Mel Moret, manager of the local plant, said few people realized that the Worthington facility was responsible for 60 percent of all Swanson canned chicken products, and the new three-ounce cans of Swanson premium white chunk chicken would only be produced at Worthington.

50 years ago

Emergence of corn rootworms in Nobles County was apparently just getting started. Extension Director Ross Huntsinger and extension entomologist John Lofgren checked the fields in many parts of the county and reported finding only a few rootworms. They warned, however, that farmers should keep a close check on their fields because the critical time when rootworm control was possible was fast approaching.

Employees of the Herman Wedeking Construction Co. of Spirit Lake were excavating an area on the east side of East Okoboji Lake when a bulldozer cut into two old unmarked graves. Old timers from the area believed the wooden coffins to be those of two young girls, the daughters of the W.D. Morton family, who died after eating poison berries. After their deaths, their father sold the farm for a team of horses and left the area. County officials said the two skeletons would be reburied at Lakeview Cemetery as soon as arrangements were completed.

A surprise dinner was hosted to honor L.C. (Roy) Churchill, 92, and his 82-year-old wife for their 40 years of community service to the town of Windom. The couple was given a silver coffee service and Mayor Carl Hegestad and past presidents of the business association gave testimonial remarks. Churchill first came to Windom in 1895 and bought the Cottonwood County Citizen. He published the paper until 1924, when he sold it to D.L. Keith. Then he was in the insurance business until retiring just 10 years ago. He was a part-time secretary of the Civic and Commerce Association for 30 years, and was an official ambassador for the city.

Twila Drost of Luverne was named Rock County Dairy Princess. Attendants were Glenyce Petersen and Kaye Ladd, both of Hardwick.

75 years ago

The new community rural fire truck received its baptism under fire when it was called upon to put out the blaze which burned the Bob Jackson home in Cherry Point to the ground. The blaze started when Alice Voss, 12, who was taking care of Betty Lee Jackson, 3, attempted to start the gasoline stove and it exploded. In just a few minutes the one-room structure lined with cardboard was aflame so that it was impossible to save anything except a few kitchen chairs and the radio. When the fire started, Alice had the presence of mind to grab the baby girl and push her out the door. No one was seriously burned. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson were both away at the time; Mr. Jackson worked on the paving crew and Mrs. Jackson was employed at the Worthington creamery. Alice had been reluctant to start the fire as it was only two years ago that her mother lost her life by a similar gas stove explosion.

Worthington wasn’t the only community in this part of the state taking measures toward a more safe and sane Fourth of July through putting restrictions on the use of fireworks. At a village council meeting in Okabena last week, it was decided to limit the sale of fireworks to June 25 through July 5, and to limit their use to July 1-5.

W.H. Steigelmeyer, one of Worthington’s enthusiastic gardeners, brought in an Earl Ohio potato this week bigger than a baseball. He said his potatoes were about ready to harvest. He had new peas by June 8 and was now enjoying his first meals of new green beans.

New white lines, lifelines of the highways, were making their appearance on the hard surfaced routes of the Minnesota trunk highway system. The center line marking by the state highway department was underway, except on sections where surface repair or improvement work was to be done.