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Looking Back: 1989 - Luverne wins veterans home approval

One year ago

Minnesota West President Richard Shrubb was a finalist for the presidency of Johnson County Community College in Kansas.

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The Okabena Club, an area women’s group, celebrated its 100th birthday with a get-together.

The annual Bioscience Conference took place in Worthington despite the community dealing with the aftermath of the ice storm.

The District 518 board of education unanimously voted to accept Bud’s Bus Service as the transportation company for the 2013-14 school year.

A Pipestone warehouse was destroyed in an overnight fire in the city’s downtown area, and a home north of Rushmore was destroyed by a blaze that also killed the family dog. It was speculated that the latter fire was caused by a space heater or electrical issue.

Five years ago

Former Worthington resident Paul Summers LaRoche performed a concert with his Native American band Brule at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium.

Worthington native Josh Miller joined the staff at the Demuth Agency on Worthington’s Oxford Street.

Stephanie McLain, originally of Leota, was the new district conservationist with the Natural Resources Conservation Office in Nobles County.

With last week’s discovery of Emerald Ash Borer on the east bank of the Mississippi River in southwest Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota officials were ramping up efforts to monitor ash trees and increase awareness of the tree-killing beetle. Worthington’s forester Scott Rosenberg said the potential spread was a big concern, as roughly one-third of Worthington’s trees were ash varieties.

Several members of the Worthington High School speech team qualified to participate in the 2009 Class A State Speech tournament.

10 years ago

The city of Worthington was awarded $1.2 million from the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development, which would go toward the city’s proposed comprehensive rehabilitation project introduced in November 2003. Luverne received a similar grant in the amount of $882,300.

With growing concerns about dealing with emergency situations, Nobles County officials were considering the addition of a full-time emergency management staff member.

Three area health agencies (Nobles-Rock Health Service and Cottonwood-Jackson, plus Lincoln/Lyon/Murray/Pipestone public health services) were working cooperatively on a state grant to promote tobacco-free communities.

It was hoped that a new 63-lot subdivision in Jackson would lure more residents to the community.

Cottonwood County officials demonstrated tasers recently, calling them the “law enforcement tool of the future.”

25 years ago

The Fulda elevator was deeply in debt, and its board was considering filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to allow it to operate in time for spring planting.

Luverne and Fergus Falls were approved as sites for proposed new veterans’ homes by the House General Legislature Veterans Affairs & Gaming Committee. The proposals were sent on to the House Appropriations Committee.

Greg Boll, Lakefield, was reelected chair of the Legislative District 28 DFL party.

The annual “Bands in Review” concert featured the District 518 fifth- through 12th-grade bands at the Worthington Senior High School gymnasium.

50 years ago

Six Worthington High School seniors whose book reviews were rated the best in senior English classes were featured in an article in conjunction with National Library Week. The selected students and the books they reviewed were Paul Ager (“The Taste of Ashes”), Alan Johnson (“The Conscience of a Liberal”), Gary Melom (“Winston Churchill: An Informal Study in Greatness”), Tim O’Brien (“Disraeli”), Keith Winter (“Laughing Boy”) and Apryl Vance (“The Black Muslims in America”).

Approximately 1,200 students from 13 schools converged on Worthington High School for the District 8 band and choir contest.

Warner Ahlberg, a member of the Worthington water department crew, suffered a fractured right leg Tuesday afternoon when a large chunk of dirt fell into an excavation where he was working. Ahlberg, 50, of 306 W. Okabena, and a co-worker, Carl Zishka, were in a hole six feet deep and eight feet by eight feet long tapping a water main for a connection to new apartments being erected at Eighth Avenue and 10th Street when a big ball of gumbo dirt broke out from under the pavement, striking Ahlberg near the knee. Zishka was not injured.

Mary Bisson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Bisson of rural Jasper, followed the lead of her sister and won the Pipestone County Princess Kay contest. She was crowned at a dairy banquet at the Pipestone Methodist Church.

75 years ago

Verl Stoffel, 2-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Stoffel, rural Lismore, was feeling better following the removal of a needle from his stomach. Last week, Verl’s mother noticed a large swelling on the little fellow’s side and took him to the Adrian hospital, where doctors removed the needle. His parents did not know when he swallowed the needle.

Earla Johnson, Worthington, escaped serious injury Monday afternoon when the car she was driving went into the ditch and rolled over south of Org. She was returning from Sibley alone when the accident occurred. C. H. Robinson, salesman, happened by after the car rolled over and took Miss Johnson to the hospital where she was treated for a head cut. The car sustained considerable damage.

“Everyone agreed today that 11 degrees is too cold for spring,” opined the Worthington Globe on April 11. Farmers were muddling along with their seedlings under disagreeable conditions. The frost was still in the ground, with only a six to 10-inch surface of thawed soil available.

Five students from Worthington High School participated in the state competition of the National Forensics League at Minneapolis. They were Betty Bray (extemporaneous); Beverly Wolf (oratory); Connie Hoffman (NFL congress); and John Motty and Robert Hoskins (both in debate).