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Looking Back: 2004- Slayton's Buesgens honored at state level for volunteerism

One year ago

The first event at the new Worthington Event Center was scheduled for May 18.

Rachel Cheadle, Fulda, and Maxwell Whitehead, Murray County Central, were recently named the female and male recipients, respectively, of the Region 3A Triple “A” Award, recognizing student achievements in academics, athletics and the fine arts.

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The recently crowned Ms. Minnesota Universal, Kaila Meier, Edgerton, looked forward to helping kids and informing the public about the dangers of bullying. Meier was a 2002 graduate of Pipestone High School.

A new mobile welding lab at the Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Jackson campus, was dedicated, just two days after the lab welcomed its first crop of 12 students.

Dr. Richard Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, earned a Fulbright Scholarship to travel to Russia in early April to forge connections between rural Russian farmers and agribusiness people in southwest Minnesota.

Five Worthington High School students participated in the Minnesota 9/10 honor choir, and one in the Minnesota All-State Choir, and sang at the Minnesota Music Educators annual convention in the Twin Cities. They were senior Emma Jirele and sophomores D.J. Berger, Orissa Nitibhon, Ivan Parga, Jonah McDonald and Aubrey Anderson.

Five years ago

Jacob Steffl, Worthington, was the Daily Globe Carrier of the Month. Steffl, a Worthington High School senior, was the son of Tom and Sue Steffl and had been a carrier for four years.

The Worthington City Council approved the installation of a disc golf course at Olson Park. The nine-hole course, with an estimated price tag of $4,000, was made possible because local enthusiasts Matt Van Ness and Travis Hoffman raised the necessary funds from sponsors. “I think it sounds like a good idea, and they’re raising the necessary funds themselves,” commented Alderman Mike Woll.

The Daily Globe’s annual bridal/prom fair took place at Worthington’s American Reformed Church.

A total of 19 schools had teams participate in the Worthington Trojan Speech Tournament at Worthington High School over the weekend. Around 300 students in all were part of the competition.

Sarah Noble, Rushmore, recently opened a photography business, Definition Studio.

10 years ago

Whitney Buesgens, 16, Slayton, was named one of Minnesota’s top two youth volunteers for 2004 by the Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Buesgens, a junior at Murray County Central High School, founded a grief camp for kids who’d lost loved ones.

Fulda was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Minnesota City Participation Program to provide mortgage loans for first-time home buyers and qualifying individuals. The funds would be used both to promote new construction and existing home purchases.

At the 73rd annual meeting of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce and Worthington Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, Bonnie Karl received the Community Service Award, Wally Scholten was named the Friend of Education, and Reading Bus Lines was selected for the Worthington is a Winner honor.

Viking Car Credit opened on Worthington’s Oxford Street, with Rob Landgraf as its manager.

25 years ago

Recent sub-zero temperatures trapped about 100 geese in the ice of Big Spirit Lake, Iowa. Thirty to 40 of the geese were rescued, but most of them were severely injured and not expected to survive.

Elinor Graf, Worthington, lost 121 pounds in about 18 months with the help of the local TOPS organization. TOPS was holding an open house at the Fauskee Nursing Home Activities Room.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. announced plans to open a new store at the junction of Highways 71 and 19 at the west edge of Spirit Lake, Iowa, by the fall of 1989.

The Turkey Trotters Square Dance Club held its sixth annual, day-long February Frolic at Central Elementary School, Worthington.

Worthington High School senior Dawn Blankenship started the school’s chapter of SADD (Students Against Driving Drunk).

50 years ago

The Red Cross bloodmobile wrapped up its Nobles County visit with a total of 600 units last week after 121 pints were donated Friday at Worthington. Residents of Worthington gave a total of 342 units during the two days it was in town.

Irvin Symens, 19, of George, Iowa, was held as a suspect in the murder of Norbert Hatting, 20, of Ashton, Iowa.

Pipestone County sheriff’s officials were proceeding with an investigation of a severe beating of an 80-year-old man in Jasper, under the assumption the motive was robbery. Walford Berg, who immigrated from Sweden to the United States in 1914, suffered head injuries and multiple contusions of the body when he was struck over the head several times and kicked by an unknown assailant. Berg, who had limited ability to speak English, had been unable to tell law enforcement officials very many details. Berg worked as a stonecutter at the Jasper quarry after coming to the U.S.

Three persons were hospitalized following a two-car collision, described by investigating officers as almost head-on, on a bridge one mile south of the Sioux Valley Store. The accident occurred at about 12:40 p.m. Monday. The drivers were Dennis Kunze, 17, Lake Park, and Mrs. Lester Baumgarn, 50, rural Lake Park. Officers said extensive damage occurred to both cars.

75 years ago

Stricter supervision of the operation of motor vehicles in the neighborhood of the Worthington grade school during the hours of heavy school traffic was the principal concern of the safety council, at a meeting held in the community room. It was well-attended, considering the weather conditions. The gathering went on record in favor of requesting the city to detail police to a closer supervision of vehicular traffic in the school zone.

Ransacking of the George E. Cunningham home at the corner of Seventh Avenue and 10th Street, closed and unoccupied for the past two years, was revealed Saturday. The invasion was discovered by neighbor John Nelkorn.

John W. Dirks, county superintendent of Nobles County, was chosen vice president of the state association of county superintendents.

A sudden polar blast that plummeted the mercury to 17 below zero engulfed the Worthington area Tuesday night and equaled the record low temperature for the year. By Wednesday at 1 p.m. the official temperature was 2 above.