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Looking Back: 2008 - Luitjens honored by FFA

One year ago

A fire at a three-story apartment building in Luverne destroyed the structure and displaced 23 people as a result. The blaze remained under investigation.

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Gary Papik, owner of Papik Motors, Luverne, was among 57 automobile dealer nominees from across the country vying for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year Award. Papik was nominated for the award by Scott Lambert, executive vice president of the Minnesota Automobile Dealers Association.

Lakefield attorney Patrick Costello, a partner in the firm of Costello, Carlson & Butzon, LLP, was elected president of the American Agricultural Law Association at its meeting in Nashville, Tenn.

More than 160 students, grades six through 12, participated in the District 518 Fall Orchestra Festival, which took place in the Worthington High School gymnasium.

Cheryl Avenel-Navara and Rod Hamilton were the two candidates for the District 22B seat in the State House of Representatives.

Five years ago

The Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District had more than $10,000 in state cost-share money to use in assisting landowners in establishing new groves and shelter belts, or to repair or enhance existing tree growth. The grant money had to be allocated by the end of the year or would revert to the state of Minnesota.

Loren Luitjens, a 2006 graduate of Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, was granted one of the highest achievements in FFA — the American FFA degree. Luitjens was also named Iowa’s Star American Farmer in August, and this week was representing Iowa at the National FFA convention in Indianapolis, Ind.

Worthington High School junior Alison Synavone won a statewide essay contest promoting healthy dating. The contest was sponsored by the Minnesota Coalition for Battered Women and Verizon Wireless.

The portion of Minnesota 60 connecting to Iowa 60 and bypassing Bigelow was nearly completed. That completion was celebrated with a ribbon-cutting ceremony; the stretch of four-lane road was expected to open in the next couple of weeks.

10 years ago

The final 8.4 mile stretch (from Windom to Heron Lake) of the four-lane expansion project on Minnesota 60 between Windom and Worthington was expected to open next week. The 28-mile, $39 million project began in 1993.

Mike and Nikki Schwartz, Jackson, recently opened Uniquely Us, which sold a variety of gifts for people of all ages. The couple had also opened Reggie’s Cinema Barista the previous May.

Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean made campaign stops in Sibley, Rock Rapids and Sheldon, Iowa.

Five rural properties were damaged and a handful of rural homes were endangered Monday afternoon when strong wind gusts encouraged a field fire about four miles northwest of Windom. Between 250 to 300 acres of land and surrounding area were burned in the grass fire.

Part of U.S. 23 in Pipestone was temporarily closed due to a fire that damaged Gannon’s Restaurant there. Richard and Pat Rieck of Jasper were the owners of Gannon’s Restaurant.

25 years ago

Municipal property taxes for 1989 were to decrease by 10 percent due to an increase in state funding, reported Worthington city administrator Greg Sparks. The Worthington City Council was set to approve the 1989 operating and capital improvement budget at its regular meeting this week.

Worthington’s A & W Restaurant advertised a ¼ broasted chicken dinner for $3.29, including French fries, rolls and salad bar.

Four candidates for two open seats on the Nobles County Board of Commissioners responded to questions at a candidates’ forum. The candidates were Ron Lawrence, Delbert Lutmer, Claire Gerber and Orville Wee. Unchallenged Worthington City Council candidates Jake DeJong and Lloyd Standafer also attended.

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column included Better than Mc’s Nuggets, Red Hot Jello, Garlic Toast, Super Chewy Rice Krispie Bars and Popular Oat Bran Muffins.

50 years ago

Advertised specials this week at Swanson’s grocery, Worthington, included two 1½ pound loaves of bread for 39 cents, a three-pound can of Butter-Nut coffee for $1.59, a “full gallon” of Swanson’s ice cream for $1.04, a 50-pound bag of Red River Valley Red Pontiac potatoes for 99 cents, a pound of Armour’s Star all-meat skinless wieners for 49 cents, and a bushel of Jonathan apples for $2.98.

Worthington debaters won the “A” division of the Trojan debate tournament it hosted.

State Representative Wayne Bassett, Worthington, was one of 12 members appointed to the State Board of Handicapped, gifted and Exceptional Children. The appointment was made by Gov. Karl Rolvaag.

Another major milestone in the Worthington United Fund Drive was passed when contributions, sparked by the report from Campbell Soup Company, went over the $20,000 mark. Campbell employees set a new record, contributing a total of $3,261.05.

75 years ago

John Herlein, 39, son of Mr. D. Herlein, was in the “general hospital” at Worthington suffering from severe injuries sustained in a fall from the roof of a farm building, the exact circumstances of his fall being unknown. It was thought that a ladder slipped with him when he was either mounting to the roof or preparing to descend. Most serious hurts were fractures of both forearms close to the wrists.

Janice Edmonds and Carol Wendt, Luverne, plus Ellen Goodrich and Eleanor Hinds, Worthington, were the four candidates selected by the student body of Worthington Junior College as candidates for Jay Day Queen.

Little Tommie Baker, son of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Baker, 904 Smith Ave., Worthington, whose long absence Monday afternoon gave relatives a scare, turned up safe and sound at the home of a neighbor just a few doors away, right about the time an organized search for him was preparing to get under way.

Thomas Gallagher, Democratic nominee for governor, made a campaign stop in Worthington along with John D. Sullivan, candidate for attorney general. The local call was somewhat hurried by the necessity of getting an early start for the Jackson County corn husking contest near Lakefield.