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Looking Back: 2004 - Pawlenty hosts news conference in Wilmont

One year ago

Josh McCuen of Worthington and Louis Norell of Windom were recently named Minnesota DWI Enforcer All-Stars for being leaders in their numbers of 2012 DWI arrests. McCuen had been with the Worthington Police Department since 2006 and totaled 52 DWI arrests in 2012. Norell joined the Windom Police Department two years earlier. In all, 34 officers and prosecutors in Minnesota were named 2012 DWI Enforcement All-Stars. Previously, Worthington Police Department Officer Darin Vossen was recognized for his DWI arrest total in 2010; Norell was believed to be the first Windom officer selected for the honor.

Nobles County Library officials scheduled three town hall meetings for late July to present information on the four proposed sites for a potential future new Worthington branch library.

The 64th annual Dutch Festival took place in Edgerton.

The Hospice Cottage, Worthington, would soon receive a walking path to provide patients and their families with another means of enjoying the outdoors. The path was to be called the Sunset Cottage Meditation Trail.

Worthington’s 20th annual International Festival took place this weekend.

A Nicaraguan breakdancing group, Capital on the Edge, performed in Worthington. They were hosted by Solid Rock Assembly church.

Five years ago

Sterling Drug closed its location in downtown Worthington, leaving just one Sterling store in town — at the Northland Mall.

The Southwest Minnesota Dairy Profit Team hosted a meeting for the region’s dairy producers to brainstorm ideas for getting through the current financial woes without making dramatic changes to their milking operations.

Nobles County commissioners approved a request seeking $400,000 in grant money to re-establish a juvenile detention facility and programming in Worthington. If received, the money would be split over two years and would fund a large share of the estimated $280,000 annual staffing costs for the program. The plan would include secure detention, in-patient and out-patient chemical dependency, behavioral programming and shelter.

Worthington’s municipal airport was to receive nearly $3 million in federal Department of Transportation grant money, which was to be used to rehabilitate two runways.

10 years ago

The 1933 robbery of the First State Bank of Okabena by notorious robbers Bonnie and Clyde was reenacted as part of Okabena’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Heavy rains — notably, 4.5 inches in a 90-minute period in Rushmore — caused flash flooding in area towns, including at Seventh Avenue northeast of Lake Street in Worthington.

Worthington Public Utility’s Water and Light Commission approved plans for concrete pavement restoration involving water main and sanitary sewer reconstruction at several locales, at an estimated cost of nearly $200,000.

Edgerton celebrated its 125th anniversary as part of the community’s annual Dutch Fest.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty hosted a news conference Wednesday in Wilmont, talking about the future of animal agriculture in the state.

The Rev. Jim Krapf recently began service as the minister at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington.

25 years ago

Jim Lutmer was named Salesman of the Month at Spomer Motors, Worthington.

The First Reformed Church of Sanborn, Iowa, celebrated its 75th anniversary with several special events.

The 1.7 inches of rain that recently fell on Mountain Lake was the heaviest rainfall recorded there in three years. The last time more rain than that fell locally was on June 20, 1986, when a total of 2.95 inches was recorded.

The National Weather Service recorded 101 degrees for a high temperature in Worthington on Sunday. It was the first time since Aug. 1, 1988, that the community had a high in the three digits — and on that date, the high was 104 degrees.

Patrick Shorter and Bruce Vander Bosch recently purchased Jim’s Fender Bender at 1612 Oxford St., Worthington, and changed the business’s name to Oxford Automotive Exteriors. The duo offered complete auto and truck body repairs, painting and vehicle restoration work.

50 years ago

Members of the Worthington Y’s Men’s Club were peddling watermelons door-to-door on two nights this week as a fundraiser. “A full truckload of melons is due to arrive Sunday direct from the melon fields of the south,” read some information published about the project.

Vying for the title of Miss Fulda 1965 were the following young ladies: Betty Brunk, Mary Eichten, Kathy Luehmann, Sherri Roberts, Mary Brady and Diane Mathias.

The Rev. Richard Stadt, pastor of the Worthington American Reformed Church, was the emcee for this week’s concert of the Worthington City Band. A group of Worthington High School boys called “The Blunderers” provided intermission entertainment, and featured numbers on the night’s program included “Concord Overture,” “Pilgrim Chorus,” “Anchors Aweigh,” “Hello, Dolly” and “Andy’s Theme” from the popular TV show.

Adrian’s 1964 Harvest Queen was Mary Carol Watry, with attendants Suzanne Schweitzer and Linda Majerus. Watry, a high school junior at St. Adrian High School, rode on the official harvest float in Adrian’s harvest parade this week.

Mr. and Mrs. Doyle Stanton, 1601 East Ave., Worthington, were the winners in the 1964 home improvement contest sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. They received $100 for their efforts in enlarging their home, remodeling its interior and planting new decorative shrubs outside. Members of the Worthington Garden Club were the judges in the citywide contest.

75 years ago

The spectacle of a moss rose blooming on the top of a 20-foot telephone post beside the post office one day this week caused conjecture as to how the plant got there. One suggestion was that a bird had carried a seed.

Showing this week at Worthington’s State theater was “Hell’s Kitchen” starring Ronald Reagan and Margaret Lindsay, as well as “Man About Town” with Jack Benny, Dorothy Lamour and Edward Arnold.

Worthington’s two Eagle Scouts, Robert Vance and Frank Mixa, left Sunday for Hibbing, where they were to join other Region 10 Scouts on the annual 10-day Eagle Scout trail sponsored by the Minnesota department of forestry.

Members of the Worthington Country Club were watching with interest the progress on their new clubhouse, for which excavation was already completed and foundations laid.

The only major accident in the area on the Fourth of July was when Lawrence Gunderman lost his index finger by amputation at the first joint after a Roman candle backfired and took all the flesh off his finger, leaving the bare bone to the first joint. The candle which caused the accident was the first piece lit. He was brought to a physician in Fulda who amputated the finger and dressed the burned hand; Gunderman reported considerable pain since the accident.

Toots, the little wirehair terrier who did the high dive from the 85-foot level during the recent Nobles County picnic, was instantly killed at Bemidji on the Fourth of July. There, Toots landed far from the net below the 50-foot platform, hitting solid ground and dying.