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Looking Back: 2008 - Jackson County to demolish resource center


One year ago

Matthew Widboom’s name was drawn from a hat in a special meeting of the Nobles County Canvassing Board to break a tie in the District 3 Commissioner race. Widboom would then move forward to face incumbent David Benson in November’s general election. Both Widboom and challenger Robert Paplow had garnered 100 votes in the primary election, while Benson earned 155 votes.

A ceremony in Pipestone, with members of the Dakota Nation and other guests present, marked the 150th anniversary of the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton declared a “Day of Remembrance and Reconciliation in Minnesota” to distinguish the occasion. Events also took place at Lake Shetek State Park on Saturday.

Bob Lundergard was recognized for 45 years of perfect attendance at JBS, the pork processing plant in Worthington. Lundergard retired earlier in the month.

Missy Gruis, a home care nurse at Sanford Worthington Medical Center, received Sanford’s DAISY Award, which recognizes extraordinary efforts in nursing.

Another $31,000 of hospital sale proceeds was spent Monday night when the Worthington City Council approved a contribution to the regional storm water retention pond project under construction on the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Regional law enforcement officers and medical personnel received mental health training this week with the help of a grant obtained by Southwestern Mental Health Center.

Five years ago

The Southwest Minnesota chapter of Habitat for Humanity’s latest project and sixth home was on track for an early October completion. The Pipestone County house was to be the new home for Samantha Brady and her three children.

Okabena Towers, Worthington, celebrated its 30th anniversary. At the time, two of its original residents, Frances DeGroot and Grace Stoever, continued to live there.

The highest spot in Iowa — Hawkeye Point, just south of Worthington along Iowa 60 — planned an open house to highlight the new Osceola County Extension Office at the site.

An explosion of aphids was aggravating area farmers.

Movies showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema included “The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor,” “Stepbrothers” (starring Will Ferrell), “The Dark Knight,” “Mama Mia” and “Space Chimps.”

The Jackson County board of commissioners voted 4-1 to demolish the county’s existing resource center (which was built in 1938 and 1962) and build a new one.

10 years ago

Without rain for all of July, the outlook for area crop yields fell from “exceptional” to “average,” said Regional Extension Educator Jim Nesseth.

About 75 descendants representing five generations of the East Graham Lake-area Fury family gathered at Fury Island Park to dedicate a marker honoring their ancestors and the first human inhabitants of the area.

Randy Thompson joined the officer staff at First State Bank Southwest, Worthington, as assistant vice president of loan administration.

Residents of Luverne, as well as family members, gathered at the Luverne City Park to honor the soldiers of the Luverne detachment of the Minnesota National Guard’s 1st Battalion, 125th Field Artillery, before the unit’s departure for training followed by six months of overseas service.

25 years ago

Kaye and Devere Johnson won the annual Worthington Country Club Couples’ Two-Ball championship with a four-over par 75. They edged Marv and Sally Packer, who logged a 78, and John and Lavonne Lillie, the previous year’s titleholders, who placed third with an 80.

More than two dozen members of the Greater Midwest Driving Club left the Floyd and Nadine Wolter farm near Allendorf, Iowa, to begin a three-day trek by horse and wagon. The club’s fourth wagon trail was to end Wednesday in Terrill, Iowa.

University of Minnesota interim President Richard Sauer spoke at a noon meeting of the Worthington Noon Kiwanis Club at the Holiday Inn. Sauer was addressing the university’s Commitment to Focus plan.

The Lorain Livewires 4-H Club members had taken turns over the summer caring for a small garden off Centennial Park. Photos and a poster of their work were part of their submission for judging at the Nobles County Fair.

Two area men — Larry Swenson of Worthington and Steve Perkins of Luverne — were set to attend the GOP national convention at the New Orleans Superdome.

50 years ago

The 84th annual Nobles County Fair took place in Worthington.

Nearly 200 girls took park in the 4-H Dress Revue at the Jackson County Fair. Three girls were crowned as best dressed: Kathy Ysker, Nancy Shearer and Paulette Hassing.

Playing this week at the Gay Drive-In, Worthington, was Walt Disney’s “Summer Magic.” Playing at the State Theatre was “In the Cool of the Day,” starring Jane Fonda, Peter Finch and Angela Lansbury.

Three auto accidents over the weekend brought injuries to nine persons. One accident occurred on the state line south of Loon Lake church at the intersection of Jackson County 2 and Highway 276; another was at the intersection of Highway 33 and Third Street in Sibley; and the third was at the east edge of Bingham Lake.

Scattered outbreaks of the western corn rootworm had been located and identified in Nobles, Rock, Jackson and Cottonwood counties for the first time this year. Resistant to normal rootworm control chemicals aldrin and heptachlor, the insects posed a genuine economic threat to area cornfields.

75 years ago

Little Elaine Fay, baby daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Jenkins, 1820 Clary St., Worthington, had her head swathed in bandages as the result of an unfortunate accident Monday at 5:30 p.m. The little girl had been playing with a china cup when she dropped and broke it, at the same time falling upon the sharp edge thus created. She suffered a gash outlining the edge of the cup around her right eye, and extending from the hairline to the eye corner. Surgeons were compelled to take stitches to draw together not only the fleshy covering of the skull, but the periosteum as well. It was feared the little one would have a scar but escaped the loss of an eye.

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Red Owl included two three-ounce packages of Jell-E-Set for 19 cents, a 49-pound bag of flour for $1.39, an 18-ounce package of corn flakes for 7½ cents, ring bologna for 12 cents, a pound of fresh cream cheese for 18 cents and three pounds of Thompson seedless grapes for 25 cents.

An escaped inmate of the Cherokee, Iowa, state hospital gave several people in Round Lake a bad scare late Wednesday. Screams attracted neighbors after the man walked into the home of Mrs. L. A. Schooley. The man was driven away when the neighbors arrived. Later, he was apprehended by Marshal C.E. McCarty. The fugitive was taken to Worthington, where he was later handed over to the Cherokee authorities.