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Looking Back: 2009 - Real Estate Retrievers opens in Worthington

One year ago

Larry Ruesch, Worthington, was honored by the Boy Scouts Troop 134 for his 18 years of service to the local organization.

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After years of declining enrollment and subsequent financial difficulties, the Round Lake-Brewster School District began the consolidation process and was in the preliminary planning stages of closing the Round Lake high school and establishing tuition agreements with neighboring school districts.

Three adults were displaced following as early Tuesday morning house fire at 405 Bush St., Lakefield. The occupants made it out of the house safely, but the structure was considered a total loss.

Kruse Motors and K & S Motors, Worthington, were purchased by the owner of Marthaler Chevrolet, Glenwood, with official ownership transfer taking place this week. Aaron Marthaler was the new owner of the dealerships.

Five years ago

Reading Bus Lines drove youths from the McCrossan Boys Ranch near Sioux Falls, S.D., to the inauguration of President Barack Obama in Washington, D.C.

Six local and seasoned real estate agents began staffing the new Real Estate Retrievers office on Worthington’s Oxford Street. Owners Matt and Cheryl Larson of Sioux Falls, S.D., recently chose Worthington as a satellite location for their Real Estate Retrievers business.

The Nobles County Integration Collaborative marked its 10th anniversary with an open house and brief program about the agency, which was the result of a state directive that districts with a proportionately larger population of ethnically diverse residents establish a desegregation plan.

Daily Globe Publisher Joni Harms was elected treasurer of the Minnesota Newspaper Association at the organization’s annual meeting.

Worthington High School presented “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” at Memorial Auditorium.

10 years ago

Worthington received a Super Bowl snowfall of over four inches.

Pharmacist Jason Turner, a native of Storden, was the new owner of Worthington’s The Medicine Shoppe. Turner purchased the business from Dale and Jan Eads, who had operated it for the previous 15½ years.

Police arrested three people after finding a meth lab in Heron Lake. Officials said it was the first known meth lab to be uncovered in Cottonwood County.

The Fulda Fish and Game Club hosted its 50th Fish-A-Rama, serving an estimated 2,000 pounds of freshly smoked fish.

25 years ago

The Fulda High School band, under the direction of Mike Peterson, was one of two bands in the state selected to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Association convention in Minneapolis.

Mountain Lake High School one-act play students won the school’s 11th district championship in 12 years in that activity.

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Ready Spaghetti, Delicious Pork Roast, Pumpkin Dessert, Surprising Broccoli Salad and the Ultimate Broccoli Salad.

John Ruiter, Edgerton, received the “Safe Hauler” award from the Sioux Falls, S.D., Livestock Yards. Ruiter received the distinction 10 out of 12 years since 1976. He typically drove a route within a 300-mile radius of Edgerton.

Kevin Horman was named the new manager of the Hy-Vee store at Worthington’s Northland Mall site, replacing Brad Dykes.

50 years ago

Verlin Koster, Fulda, won the Worthington VFW Fishing Contest on Lake Okabena Sunday afternoon, with a two-pound, nine-ounce northern. Marion Olson, Heron Lake, won second place with a two-pound, one-ounce bass and Max Rittgren, Adrian, placed third with a pound-and-¼ perch.

Worthington’s debate team squeaked by Windom into third place at the Region II tournament at Mankato, earning the right to compete in the state contest Feb. 14-15, along with first-place Mankato and second-place Luverne. It was the sixth consecutive year Worthington was eligible for state competition.

A car owned by a Sioux Falls, S.D., man was demolished when it was struck by a train one mile south of Ihlen Saturday night. The driver, Alfred Pekoske, jumped from the vehicle when he heard the train approach and was not injured. He had just made a U-turn across the tracks when the wheels of his car dropped behind the rails and the car would not move. The train, operated by Great Northern Railroad, pushed the car for nearly two blocks before it was halted.

Barbara Mathias, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ernest Mathias, Kinbrae, was the first-place winner in the annual Nobles County 4-H radio speaking contest. Second place contestant was JoLene McCann of Lismore, and Paul Espeset of Rushmore placed third.

75 years ago

With the death Thursday afternoon of Charles A. Gordon, 83, the thin ranks of sturdy Nobles County pioneers suffered another loss. Gordon, who came to the Worthington area in 1872, five years later took a tree claim north of the city, where he spent the next 19 years, living through the severe blizzards of the pioneer winters in this vicinity. He took his turn with his neighbors walking to Fulda or Worthington, pulling a handsled over pathless, snow-drifted prairie to bring back needed provisions to snowbound families. He was among those who used twisted hay to warm ride pioneer dwellings, and he fought prairie fires and endured all of the hardships which were bound up in the price the early residents of Nobles County paid for their broad, fertile acres.

Mrs. Barlow Thurber called the Worthington Daily Times office on Tuesday to positively announce she had seen a February robin, hopping along and picking up his feed as nonchalantly as if it were midsummer.