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Looking Back: 2008 - Groundbreaking for new Worthington Y takes place

One year ago

A 44-year-old St. James man was dead after his semi tractor-tanker collided with a farm tractor, entered a ditch and rolled along Minnesota 86, two miles north of Lakefield Thursday afternoon. State Patrol troopers blocked Minnesota 86 in both directions after the crash because of an anhydrous ammonia leak resulting from the crash.

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Christina Wietzema, an attorney with the public defender’s office in Worthington, was selected as a Fifth Judicial District Judge to serve in Cottonwood and Murray counties. Her investiture was set for Nov. 21.

Ray Crippen, a former Daily Globe editor, was honored by the Minnesota West Foundation at its third Evening with the Stars fundraiser at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College commons. Crippen was a 1950 graduate of then-Worthington Junior College and had long been a supporter of the local campus, said Foundation Director Jim Smalley.

The Green Earth Players of Luverne presented the musical comedy “I’m Sorry the Bridge is Out.”

Five years ago

Two Murray County barns took the top prizes in the first-ever Minnesota Barn of the Year contest, sponsored by the Friends of Minnesota Barns. Grand prize in the family-owned division went to Lee Leysen, Tracy, who had completely restored a 1929 barn now located at Lake Shetek. First place in the group-owned division was Murray County, owner of the historic round barn that was constructed by the Work Progress Administration in 1936-37 on the Murray County Fairgrounds in Slayton.

Xcel Energy and enXco announced plans to construct a 201-megawatt wind farm in Nobles County. The $500 million project — to include 134 1.5 megawatt General Electric wind turbines — would produce enough power to serve 66,500 homes.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place Sunday for the new Worthington Area YMCA and City of Worthington Aquatics Center.

Troy Menke opened Pillars Pub & Eatery in downtown Jackson.

Murray County Central produced a theatrical presentation of “The Wizard of Oz” under the direction of Andy Malvin.

10 years ago

No injuries resulted when about 25 Union Pacific rail cars derailed early Sunday morning near Sheldon, Iowa. The cause of the accident was not immediately known.

A small child suffered minor facial burns after a Worthington home on North McMillan Street caught fire Monday morning. In all, five children and two adults lived in the house and were being assisted by the Red Cross.

A surge in Chinese demand for soybeans and a remarkably average local corn harvest pointed to higher prices for area grains. Soybeans were selling for $7.60 per bushel, while corn was going for $2.20 a bushel.

About two inches of snow had fallen in Worthington by noon on Nov. 3, and freezing rain contributed to hazardous winter driving conditions in the area. In addition, freezing rain caused downed power lines and a power outage affecting at least 3,000 customers in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

End ‘O Line Railroad Park and Museum, Currie, was to receive the Prairie Expo steam engine after some debate among the Murray County commissioners about the topic. The Fulda Heritage Society had also requested the 1875 narrow-gauge engine for its train depot museum.

25 years ago

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store this week included a 64-ounce bottle of apple juice for $1.29, a 15-ounce can of Chef Boyardee ravioli for 88 cents, a 20-ounce can of Dole pineapple for 69 cents, a one-pound box of Ritz crackers for $1.66, a 24-ounce jar of Vlasic pickles for $1.59 and a four-roll pack of Charmin bath tissue for 88 cents.

Rock and Nobles County commissioners officially approved the formulation of the Buffalo Ridge Regional Railroad Authority, which was to be involved in the purchase of a Chicago and North Western line (to run approximately 60 miles from Agate, Minn., to Ellis, S.D.).

U.S. Representative Vin Weber and other politicians promoted voter turnout in a stop at Worthington Regional Airport.

Worthington’s volunteer firefighters responded to a grass fire on Crailsheim Drive near Olson Park.

50 years ago

Despite frantic rescue efforts, Timothy Erickson, 11, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Erickson, Balaton, suffocated in a bin of shelled corn on Thursday afternoon. Details on the mishap’s origin were unclear, but apparently Timothy and his two brothers were operating a corn dryer. The boy was walking on the top of corn in an overhead bin above the dryer when an unloading chute was opened. Corn flowing through the bottom of the bin pulled Timothy down underneath the grain. The overhead crib contained about 300 bushels of grain.

In an attempt to curb juvenile rowdiness, the Fulda Village Council put into force a strict curfew ordinance, providing that no person 18 years of age or younger could be on the streets after 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday or after midnight on Friday and Saturday. The ordinance aroused sharp controversy in the community in view of the fact that a number of school events as well as other community activities were not completed until after 10 p.m.

A car driven by William H. Schuster of Virginia, Neb., exploded about four miles north of Reading. The explosion was thought to have been caused by a connecting rod going through the side of the motor. Flames spread through the car and destroyed it, but Schuster escaped unharmed.

Sixty-five area piano teachers participated in the first Piano Workshop, which took place in Worthington at the senior high choir room. Guest clinician was Naegeli van Bergen, an assistant professor of music at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter.

75 years ago

Delores Lindemann, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Lindemann, was recuperating at a Worthington hospital from an appendicitis operation performed Tuesday afternoon.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Fairway Market included medium size bar of Lava soap for five cents, a quart bottle of Hilex bleach for 18 cents, two pounds of Hormel’s lard for 19 cents, a 13 ounce bag of Hershey Kisses for 21 cents, and 100 pounds of cabbage for $1.25.

Winter temperatures settled down on southwestern Minnesota Sunday (Nov. 6), with a low reading of 25 putting about a quarter inch of ice on standing water, following Saturday night’s snow flurries. That was followed by a still lower plunge of the mercury in a new low for the first half of Monday morning’s (Nov. 7) reading—17 above. Ice increased to a thickness of half an inch on portions of Lake Okabena. Folks from farm territory, where there was less protection from the chill wind, reported temperatures Monday morning as low as 10 above.

Playing this week at the Worthington Grand Theatre was “Boys Town,” starring Spencer Tracy and Mickey Rooney.