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Looking Back: 2004 - Ground broken on new Windom funeral home building

One year ago

The Worthington High School Knowledge Bowl team was primed for action at the upcoming sub-region meet. The 23 team members were coached by Pat Rolfes.

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Zach Ploeger, a senior trumpeter from Pipestone, was selected to perform in the American High School Honors Series Performance Band, which would share a concert at Carnegie Hall in New York.

A broken sewer pump caused the Nobles County Library to close on Wednesday. The building filled with sewer gas, which is considered a health hazard.

A 30 x 43-foot addition to the Westbrook Library essentially doubled the facility’s size and allowed more room for the library’s expanding collection and for hosting library programs. The expansion was recently completed.

Worthington High School’s speech team finished seventh out of 21 teams at the Mankato East Fiesta Tournament. Coaches were Linda Neugebauer and Anna Korver.

Five years ago

The Worthington Area YMCA and Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington hosted as a Healthy Heart Celebration that drew nearly 150 participants.

The Worthington Area United Way topped its 2009 campaign goal, collecting $139,041 for the year.

Isaias Rangel of Sioux Falls, S.D., was the new owner of Liberty Tax in downtown Worthington.

Mark Bau of Murray County Central and Hannah Hildebrandt of Mountain Lake were selected the Region 3A representatives of the Minnesota State High School League’s Triple “A” award and would represent that region at the state level.

The Nobles County commissioners tabled a request to hire a summer intern for the county’s 4-H program, due in part to an expected shortfall in state aid. County Administrator Mel Ruppert urged the commissioners to delay a decision for the post until the county learned more about the state’s budget deficit.

10 years ago

Phil Hicks and Lisa Jackson portrayed Emile DeBecque and Nellie Forbush, respectively, in the Worthington High School production of “South Pacific” at Memorial Auditorium. Directors were Kris Besel and Kathy Briggs.

A month after an explosion rocked the community of Lake Wilson, carpenters and electricians continued to repair the damages. Mayor Neil Gilbertson said progress was not moving as fast as he’d like it.

Joel and Shannon LaCanne recently broke ground on a new facility for their business, Anderson-Schmidt-LaCanne Funeral Home Inc., and expected the 7,400-square-foot building to be ready for an open house on May 15-16. They were changing the business’s name to LaCanne Family Funeral Service.

Although Massachusetts-based American Hospitality Concepts announced that Ground Round Inc. ceased as a corporation and all of its corporate restaurants were closing, franchise locations, including the Ground Round restaurant in Worthington, would remain open.

The District 518 board approved a policy change that would no longer send graduates across the commencement stage according to class rank. Traditionally, groups of honor students received their diplomas according to class academic rank. Legal considerations were behind the change.

25 years ago

Formal charges were filed against two young men (one from Luverne, one from Magnolia) suspected in several area burglaries. The pair had stolen guns and gasoline and had broken into the Magnolia Farmers Elevator office.

Brad and Chad Wieskus, Fulda, were the Daily Globe Carriers of the Week. The boys, 13-year-old seventh-graders, were the sons of Ed and Jeanette Wieskus.

Worthington High School senior Chris Herrig was the Daily Globe athlete of the week. Herrig was the 135-pound wrestling champion in the Region 2AA individual tournament (undefeated in four matches), and was 21-1-2 on the season — and thus headed to state.

Holly Graff, 50, died following an explosion at her Jeffers home that injured five other family members and leveled their house. Others involved were severely burned and injured; the explosion occurred as a new furnace was being installed, and an accumulation of LP gas in the basement was strongly suspected as the accident’s cause.

50 years ago

Fulda Lake was the scene of much activity Saturday, as members of the Fulda Game and Fish Club removed debris and dead trees from the shoreline and fishermen watched their lines on the last day of taking game fish legally.

Hanson’s Town & Country Furniture, Worthington, advertised the following sale items: a round mahogany coffee table, $55; a Provincial oval table with six chairs, $188; a three-piece sectional, $149; a French Provincial leather top table, $99; table lamps, $9.95; a maple bunk bed, $75; and a Simmons hideabed, $139.

With no snow cover and springlike temperatures, Worthington volunteer firemen found themselves fighting a February grass fire on Highway 266 across from the Villa Trailer Court.

Russ Rickers and Bill Hedeen were reelected to two- and three-year terms, respectively, on the board of Worthington Industries Inc. at the organization’s annual meeting. All officers were reelected: Bud Harberts, president; Bob Geisendorfer, vice president; Rickers, secretary; and Hedeen, treasurer.

The Worthington Citizens Committee on Education, of which Elvin Thue was elected chairman, decided to explore the possibility of including a new junior college building in a proposed bond issue this spring.

75 years ago

Mrs. E. J. Thorn, Bigelow township, was treated at the [Worthington] clinic hospital Thursday for a serious fracture of the left wrist, suffered in a fall on an icy patch covered by fresh snow. Mrs. Thorn told the physicians she was going out after a chicken for dinner at the time. Either the chicken got a day of grace, or somebody else acted as executioner.

Advertised specials at the Worthington Red Owl store this week included one pound of Worthmore butter for 29 cents, a two-pound wood box of Dixie Brand American or brick cheese for 43 cents, selected beef roasts for 17 cents a pound, fresh frozen black cod for 12½ cents a pound, a seven-ounce package of Dreft for 21 cents, and a four-pound bag of pancake flour for 19 cents.

Disposition of the body of Lawrence Robison, 42, transient found dead Saturday night in the boxcar at the hobo jungles in the south part of the city [Worthington], awaited word from a stepfather of the deceased man. Negotiations with Mrs. Robison, wife of the wayfarer, located at Sheridan, Wyo., failed when she told the county authorities she had no means to provide for the funeral expenses. Meanwhile, the body was being cared for at the Hanson funeral home.