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Looking Back: 2008 - New Fareway store in the works


One year ago

Rock Rapids, Iowa, was on the list for “The American Idol Small Town Bus Tour.” Rock Rapids was one of only 10 American communities to be visited, but was chosen as a tour stop because one of the show’s producers was born and raised in Rock Rapids.

Sanford’s air ambulance helicopter landed at Worthington’s Pioneer Village as part of the Heroes Behind the Badges event Tuesday night.

The Nobles County Fair took place this week at the Nobles County Fairgrounds, Worthington.

There were three candidates seeking to win the District 5 commissioner’s seat in Murray County: Tim Strenge, Dave Thiner and Roger Zins.

A 20-year-old Worthington man died early Friday morning after being involved in a one-vehicle rollover accident just north of Worthington.

An early bloom, followed by an April frost, May storms and summer drought, was to have a potentially negative effect on southwest Minnesota apples.

Five years ago

Pilot Bob Vetcher, a member of the Minnesota National Guard Counter Drug Task Force, landed a Black Hawk helicopter at the Worthington Municipal Airport as part of National Night Out activities.

A 30,927 square-foot Fareway supermarket was planned for Worthington sometime in the coming year. Fareway Stores, Inc., of Boone, Iowa, had acquired 15.31 acres of land near the intersection of Ryan’s Road and McMillan Street, Worthington, for the store.

Five school districts and 12 schools in southwest Minnesota, including District 518, failed to make Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) in 2008, up from five districts and eight schools failing the previous year.

Tomas Cherry, Worthington, celebrated his eight birthday on 8-8-08.

The Nobles County Fair was underway at the fairgrounds in Worthington.

Nate Einck designed the 2008 King Turkey Day button.

10 years ago

Richard Hurlbut, Wilmont, recently started Forever Pet Memories, a business that sold keepsake boxes for pet ashes and memorabilia.

Marvin Reedstrom, Worthington, won $101,000 when his wife Irene got an “entry” in the Venetian Nights lottery scratch game.

Sen. Mark Dayton visited the Agri-Energy LLC ethanol plant in Luverne. He also visited the Historic Dayton House, the Worthington residence of his great-grandfather that was currently in the process of restoration and renewal, during his southwest Minnesota swing.

Aggie Neuroth, Adrian, and Richard Balster, Wilmont, were named the 2003 Nobles County Outstanding Senior Citizens and were to be recognized at the Nobles County Fair.

Greg LaFond, 55, Altoona, Wis., was chosen as the new Luverne city administrator.

A Ground Round restaurant was to come to Worthington in a few months.

25 years ago

A request to abandon the rail line between Sibley and Ocheyedan, Iowa, was rejected by the Interstate Commerce Commission for technical reasons. A flawed environmental report was the reason ICC officials rejected Chicago & North Western Transportation Co.’s request to abandon the 10.7 mile line.

Fifteen Worthington youths — part of an interdenominational youth group — and four chaperones left to work in the Dominican Republic for several days.

The official Sunday temperature in Worthington was 104 degrees. At Pipestone it was also 104 degrees that afternoon, while Sioux Falls, S.D., logged a torrid 107 degrees. All through the region, residents were reporting unofficial thermometer readings of 108, 109, 110 — and even “111 in the sun.”

Mary and Rob Anderson planned to open a restaurant, “Someplace Else,” soon in Westbrook.

The average daily population for the Nobles County jail dropped slightly in 1987, compared to the previous year, in a facility which received top ratings from the Minnesota Department of Corrections. Accommodations at the jail received a 100 percent compliance rating in the mandatory standards category, the Nobles County commissioners learned in a letter from the MN DOC this week.

50 years ago

Ben Chozen, a prominent businessman in Jackson and Spirit Lake, Iowa, died at the Jackson Hospital of injuries he received in a near head-on collision Tuesday night. Chozen, 70, was regarded as a benevolent man who gave freely to charities and contributed to churches of all denominations. He was born in Russia and came to Jackson in 1906.

Armour and Company announced the award of contracts for the new pork processing plant that was to be constructed at Worthington. Meanwhile, the pile of job applications at the State Employment office in Worthington grew large.

Mary Lee Jepsen, Miss Nebraska of 1962, visited Worthington as the guest of her older sister, Mrs. Lawrence (LouAnn) Engler, Worthington. “A picture, not only of beauty but of poise and personality, Miss Jepsen is probably best remembered for her unusual talent, twirling fire batons.” Jepsen was a semifinalist in the 1962 Miss America Pageant.

A freak accident Monday at 11 a.m. sent one man to the hospital and resulted in property damage in excess of $1,000 at the Hugo Schulz Construction Company in Jackson. Leonard Roslansky of Lakefield suffered a broken leg when he jumped from a large trailer as it rolled driverless down an incline and smashed into the firm’s wall.

75 years ago

Egbert Koning, resident of Jackson County territory, died Friday at Rochester, where he recently submitted to a leg amputation. Born in Holland in 1888, the deceased man came to the U.S. 26 years earlier. Surviving was his widow and six children. An infant son died in 1910 and a brother in Holland also preceded him in death.

Nobles County, with 161 recipients of old age pension per 1,000 population over 65 years of age, ranked third from the bottom in the 87 counties of Minnesota, according to the latest combined report of the state board of control. Only Steele and Nicollet counties surpassed that record. Total cases were 191, with an average grant of $19.04, or 90 cents below the state average of $19.94. Cottonwood County paid an average of $21.20 per person, or a total of $6,126.50, while Jackson County paid $20.77, the second largest in the southwestern part of the state.

A man wanted in connection with a brutal kidnap-slaying of a 17-year-old Sioux Falls, S.D., girl, had spent two days in Worthington during the time his actions evoked suspicion. As a result, local citizens launched a “Betty Schnaidt Reward Fund” to aid in locating the accused. The man, Earl Young, broke jail at Lebanon, Pa., on May 17; he abandoned a car near St. Charles, S.D., recently, where the girl’s body was found in a clover patch on Monday.