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Looking Back: 1989 - Rushmore farmer wins medal for invention

One year ago

Indian Lake Baptist Church celebrated its 140th anniversary, while Ocheyedan Christian Reformed Church of Ocheyedan, Iowa, marked its centennial.

Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie spoke at the Senate District 22 DFL meeting Wednesday night in Fulda.

The 17th annual American Cancer Society Relay for Life event took place Friday night at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. The 2013 relay fundraising goal was $75,000. Cancer survivor Al Ritter, Worthington, was the event’s honorary chairman.

Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh was honored by the League of Minnesota Cities with the organization’s President’s Award, in recognition of his contributions as a member of the League’s Tax Reform Advisory Group.

Minnesota Department of Agriculture Assistant Agriculture Commissioner Charlie Poster and Marketing Division Director Mary Hanks visited farms and businesses in southwest Minnesota, including the Bill Brandt farm near Lakefield, on Monday. All of the farms visited were recipients of the department’s Value Added or Livestock Investment grants.

Five years ago

Six men were arrested in Jackson County on drug charges following a six-month investigation into a drug ring in the area.

Ellsworth marked its 125th anniversary with a weekend celebration. McKenna Hinrichs was crowned 2009 Little Miss Ellsworth as part of the festivities.

Geyermans, selling both men’s and women’s fashions, opened in Slayton. The Slayton shop was the fourth store under the Geyermans umbrella (two in Pipestone, one in Mitchell, S.D., and the new one in Slayton, co-owned by Parry Forseth and Tammy Van Dyke).

A group of supporters of the puppy park, a Worthington feature since 2006, had raised $3,700 from donors in an effort to make improvements to the park, including fencing and trees.

Dan Jensen, Worthington, a three-time cancer survivor, was named the honorary co-chair of the Nobles County Relay for Life event. A record $93,200 was raised in the Relay this year.

10 years ago

A 36-foot, 500,000 gallon concrete and steel water tower was selected to replace the old tank after the Worthington Water & Light Commission voted 5-0 to go ahead with the project near Centennial Park. It would have a 36-foot diameter concrete base and a 50-foot diameter steel storage tank.

A 15-year-old Worthington boy was arrested by the Worthington Police Department and accused of vandalizing Pioneer Village and the Nobles County Fairgrounds. He faced felony and misdemeanor charges of burglary, criminal damage to property and trespassing.

Kayla Westra, Fulda, was hired as a full-time English instructor at Minnesota West Community & Technical College. Westra was a native of Delavan.

Worthington teens C.J. Nelson, 19, and Kyle Kelly, 18, were operating a shaved ice business called Tropical Sno, with a stand that would appear at area festivals and community celebrations throughout the summer months.

25 years ago

The husband-wife team of Mike and Deanna Riker joined the American Family Insurance Company office at 1010 Fourth Ave., Worthington. Mike, a Blue Earth native, was a new agent with the insurance firm, while Deanna was a licensed insurance secretary. Also with the new office was agent Kris Anderson.

Rushmore farmer Darwin Reyne, 54, received a gold medal at the Inventor’s Congress at Redwood Falls for an invention he called the “Hitch-matic.” Reyne’s “Hitch-matic” eliminated the need to climb in and out of a tractor’s cab to adjust the top arm. The previous year, Reyne’s wick attachment for a row crop cultivator took third place at the Inventor’s Congress; Reyne subsequently sold 1,500 of those items and was seeking a patent for the invention.

Two people were killed in single vehicle accidents in the region this week. A 16-year-old girl died in a rollover crash seven miles north of Pipestone on Pipestone County 76 at 3:55 p.m. Tuesday, while a Silver Creek man, 47, died when the semi he was driving entered a creek eight miles north of Windom on U.S. 71.

The Okoboji Theatre opened its 32nd season with “110 in the Shade,” a show Daily Globe reviewer Katherine Hedeen termed “a bouncy, good-natured musical.” It was a musical adaptation of the drama “The Rainmaker.”

50 years ago

Nobles County Extension Agent Ross Huntsinger announced his pending retirement, effective Aug. 14. Huntsinger was extension director of Nobles County for the past 19 years. Prior to that, he was county agent in Sibley and Hampton, Iowa, and was county agent of Jackson County from 1934-40. Huntsinger was a native of Olmsted County and farmed with his father in southeastern Minnesota for several years before going into public life.

More than $5,700,000 was spent during 1963 in the Worthington area by Campbell Soup Co. for wages and supplies. R.W. Bergstrom, manager of the local plant, said wages, salaries and employee benefits totaled more than $3,600,000 while the remaining $2,100,000 was spent in and around Worthington for services, ingredients and supplies the plant needed. More than 45,000 tons of raw materials and finished products went in and out of the plant.

Construction was continuing on the new Area Vocational-Technical School in Jackson, which was to house auto mechanics, body and fender repairmen and appliance repairmen. The facility was expected to be completed by December.

Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. announced three upcoming visits to the Worthington area of special interest to the community. Visitors were coming from the eastern United States and from several foreign countries, including the emerging countries of Africa and Asia.

The 97-member Pipestone High School band departed for New York, where they were performing on the Tiparillo Band Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair and on the capitol steps in Washington, D.C. Allen J. Opland was “the band’s dynamic director.”

75 years ago

Victor Hackbarth, local high school art instructor, “will put away his pen and brush for three weeks” to become assistant instructor in the Worthington Red Cross swimming school. Over 500 people were enrolled in the swimming school this summer.

The annual meeting of the Nobles County Co-operative Elevator Company was hosted at the court house. Present members of the board were Richard Johnson, president; Harry Strom, secretary; and general board members Clinton Burnham, Otto Foss, Ike Duitsman, Ed Olson Sr., J.V. Johnson, Fred Middaugh, Roy Moss and George Pfeil. There were approximately 450 Nobles County men holding over 600 shares of stock in the company at the time.

A car stolen from the streets of Thermopolis, Wyo., on May 17 was found in Worthington by local police Thursday. The car was a 1936 Chevrolet sports sedan belonging to H.B. Covington of Rawlins, Wyo.

Death came Monday evening to John Arthur Good, 85, veteran farmer who had been associated with the history of Reading for 55 years. Mr. Good was active as a farmer until two years earlier when he was forced to retire after a serious illness. He had been in comparatively good health recently. Mr. Good was born at Bathhurst, New Brunswick, Canada, on March 10, 1854. He came to Nobles County as a young man in 1885 and started farming in Summit Lake township. Mrs. Good and several children survived him.

Nearly a full inch of rain with a slight trace of hail fell in a short period of time on June 14 and flooded city streets and postponed field work on farms in the vicinity for a couple of days. Temperatures remained consistently at low ebb, high for the two-day period being 69 degrees.