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Looking Back: 1992 -- Disaster aid sought after strong area storms

One year ago

Five of Nobles County's 28 tobacco retailers failed an educational compliance check in June. They'd all sold chewing tobacco or cigarettes to minors, but because the checks were made for educational purposes, fines were not imposed on the businesses. A public health educator with Des Moines Valley Health and Human Services said such checks provide an opportunity to educate sales clerks and retailers about state tobacco laws.

The 18th annual International Festival took place in Worthington. The event included games and crafts for children, ethnic foods and cultural performances.

Former Worthington Police Chief Mike Cumiskey accepted a teaching position in the law enforcement program at the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Owar Ojulu, a native of Ethiopia who had lived in the U.S. for nine years, was ordained into the Presbyterian Church (USA) on Saturday at Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church. He was the first Anuak to become a U.S. Presbyterian minister. Ojulu graduated from the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary in 2012.

Melody Ailts received the Sanford Health Network Clinic Employee of the Year award. A registrar, Ailts began working at Sanford Worthington Clinic when it opened 17 years ago. Carol Johnson, lead housekeeper and janitor at Sanford Worthington Medical Center and a 35.5-year veteran of the facility, received the Sanford Health Network Support Services Employee of the Year award.

The Worthington City Council met in a special work session to discuss a proposal from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, which had expressed interest in buying the northernmost 98 acres of the Prairie View site at half of its appraised value after the city removed structures including sand traps and the sprinkler system.\

Five years ago

Construction of the new senior center, at the site of the former Worthington Area YMCA on Worthington's 11th Street, was expected to be mostly complete by January.

The Worthington-Crailsheim International Inc. committee received a $1,000 ShopKo Foundation grant for use with ongoing expenses related to the group's long-standing student exchange program with Crailsheim, Germany.

Larry and Anne Doeden, Worthington, won a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro while playing a slot machine at Grand Falls Casino near Inwood, Iowa.

ISD 518 administrators shut down a social media site known as WHSTrojanGossip, which was essentially being used to defame and bully fellow students.

Margaret Vegge, 96, of Luverne was retiring and closing her store, Renfro Variety, in downtown Luverne. Vegge had initially worked at the store and later became its owner, with an overall tenure of 64 years at the business.

Rushmore's Pride and Heritage Days included a classic car show, ball games, a community parade and a street dance.

A Heron Lake Watershed District project was expecting to receive a $122,000 grant from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resource Trust Fund.

The 19th annual International Festival took place in Worthington.

10 years ago

The Murray County Draft Horse Classic occurred in Slayton.

Deb Anderson, owner of Deb's Healing Massage & Day Spa, recently reopened her expanded business at 724 Oxford St., Worthington. The business included a full-service hair and nail salon, tanning, massage and spa services.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon-cutting at O'Reilly's Auto Parts, 1426 N. Humiston, for the business's grand opening.

Worthington Cub Scout Packs 121 and 134 celebrated 100 years of scouting as part of the World of Scouting Day Camp at Chautauqua Park, Worthington.

The Jackson City Council hired Western Community Action, a non-profit agency based in Marshall, to implement its newly adopted rental housing ordinance.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents arrested two people on Tuesday at Worthington's Swift & Co. plant as part of a sweep that netted 19 arrests from six U.S. Swift & Co. plants — the same six that were searched in December 2006 for illegal aliens.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix," "Transformers," "License to Wed," "Ratatouille" and "Free or Die Hard."

The 14th annual International Festival took place in Worthington.

25 years ago

Following hail and wind damage resulting from a July 1 storm, both Nobles and Rock counties were seeking disaster declarations from Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson and President George Bush. In Nobles County, 17,000 acres of crops were destroyed, and another 60,000 acres were 50 percent destroyed. In Rock County, 27,000 acres of crops suffered severe to moderate damage.

Two southwest Minnesotans died Wednesday in separate traffic accidents. A 6-year-old Currie boy died as a result of a car/bicycle accident, and an 80-year-old Westbrook woman died in a rural Cottonwood County accident.

Bengt Johannsen, the mayor of Vimmerby, Sweden, was visiting Worthington's Burton and Jo Larson with his wife, Astrid, for the week.

Dr. Tim Nealy, an Adrian native and 1958 graduate of Adrian High School, marked his 26th year of medical practice in Adrian. He had practiced nine years in Blooming Prairie and New Ulm prior to returning to Adrian.

The George Carden Circus International presented two open-air, three-ring performances at the Nobles County Fairgrounds grandstand.

50 years ago

Nobles County was one of nine Minnesota counties honored for "outstanding accident prevention performance in agricultural safety" by the Nobles County 4-H clubs. The clubs were cited for their efforts in sticking "slow moving vehicle" signs on farm implements and for cutting corn at the intersections of county roads to improve visibility.

Worthington firemen answered a call at 10:30 p.m. Saturday to a spur of the Chicago & North Western railroad paralleling Worthington's First Avenue to close a valve on an anhydrous ammonia tank car that was leaking its load of ammonia.

Picnic specials advertised at Ralph Johnson's Red Owl, Worthington, included "large family-size watermelons" for 79 cents each, 10 pounds of granulated beet sugar for 99 cents, cans of Libby's pork & beans for 10 cents each and six-ounce cans of white or pink lemonade mix for six cents apiece.

A confirmed case of Dutch elm disease was reported on property in the 500 block of North Cedar Street in Luverne, and the city's mayor, Norman Engebretson, said the city was "moving on the offensive" to combat the disease locally.

Gunter Metzger, 20, arrived in Worthington to serve as the year's German exchange student sponsored by Worthington-Crailsheim International, Inc. He was staying with the Nick Hand family at 603 Lake Ave., Worthington.  

75 years ago

The 25th anniversaries of the Holland Ladies Aid and the Young People's society of the Worthington Christian Reformed Church were observed at a joint celebration.

Leo A. Loosbrock, 49, president of the Lismore State Bank since 1939 and a resident of Lismore for the past 30 years, died at his home after an illness of several months. Loosbrock was born July 27, 1892, at Dyersville, Iowa, a son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Loosbrock, who settled in the St. Kilian neighborhood in 1904, where most of the family continued to reside. Among Loosbrock's varied interests were also secretaryships of the Lismore cooperative telephone company and the mutual fire insurance company, which had its headquarters at Wilmont.

Fred Gaiser, a Bigelow township farmer, was able to get around on crutches two days after an accident in which he tumbled 14 feet to a concrete floor while stowing hay. He suffered deep bruises of the left hip and arm, which were expected to take some time to heal.

Harper's Fashion Shop, Worthington, advertised a sale, with silk dresses ranging in price from $3.98 to $12.98 and Cartwright cotton suits marked down to $6.98.

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