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Looking Back: 1993 -- Thousands attend national ag show in Worthington

One year ago

The eighth annual Cruisin' Downtown Worthington took place on Tuesday evening.

Taylor Sieve of Maple Grove, a granddaughter of John and Ruth Sieve, Worthington, advanced to the top 10 on Season 14 of "So You Think You Can Dance." Sieve had auditioned for the Fox television series in March.

Steve Jackson, who purchased the Worthington McDonald's franchise in March 1990, sold his Worthington franchise, as well as the other area restaurants he owned, and retired to Las Vegas, Nev., with his wife Tammy.

The Murray County Fair featured entertainment by Kayla Daniels and the Brown Family, as well as the Great Plains Tractor Pull and a rib fest.

Five years ago

As of this week, District 518 enrollment was more than 200 students higher than at the end of the 2012-13 school year. In particular, the Worthington High School numbers had ballooned to 808, which was 94 students higher than when the school doors closed in May. More students were expected to enroll before the school year officially began.

The 2013 King Turkey Day buttons were revealed and were on sale at many Worthington businesses. Designed by Brad Behrends, the buttons incorporated the "Survivor" theme.

City of Worthington officials declared the former Kmart building on Oxford Street as hazardous. The city ordered the building's owner to either repair or demolish the structure by a deadline.

The Tom Busch farm of rural Brewster hosted 30 people who were on an international tour sponsored by the Macquarie Group, an Australian-based investment bank focused on global agricultural risk management. The guests represented 10 different countries.

Representatives from the Worthington Fire Department asked the Worthington City Council for an increase in the pension plan provided to the firefighters.

10 years ago

Nate Einck designed the 2008 King Turkey Day button, which he created using a drawing of former Daily Globe cartoonist Bob Artley and adding his own touches. The theme was "Two towns, two birds, one legend."

Construction of the sixth home to be built by Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity was proceeding on schedule in Pipestone County. The house was slated for completion by Oct. 11.

A senior living facility in downtown Worthington, Okabena Towers, celebrated its 30th year. Two of its original residents — Frances DeGroot and Grace Stoever — still lived there. To date, Okabena Towers had only six managers in its 30-year history.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners voted 4-1 to demolish the county's existing resource center, built in 1938 and 1962, and build a new one.

Seventy-five fourth- through 12th grade District 518 string students presented a concert at the end of their four-week summer orchestra program, led by Melanie Loy.

Svenja Wieser arrived in Worthington to serve as the 2008-09 exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany. She was accompanied by Worthington native Brittany Berger, who served as the local exchange student in Crailsheim during 2007-08.

25 years ago

Thousands of people from throughout the Midwest descended on Worthington for the North American Farm and Power Show at the Nobles County Fairgrounds. The show featured more than 325 exhibitors from around the United States and Canada.

Philipp Rehberger recently arrived in Worthington to serve as the 1993-94 exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany. Robyn Van Westen, Worthington's 1992-93 exchange student to Crailsheim, accompanied Rehberger to Minnesota.

Six area residents were certified as HIV/AIDS educators after attending classes funded by a grant awarded to the Nobles County chapter of the American Red Cross.

Karen Brockberg of Worthington was included in the 18th edition of Marquis Who's Who of American Women for 1993-94. Brockberg had been a paralegal for many years before joining Prudential in 1989 in Pipestone as a district agent and registered representative. In 1992, she was promoted to the position of Prudential sales manager and consultant for the southwest and south-central parts of Minnesota.

Kari Fruechte was the new Pipestone County 4-H educator.

50 years ago

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's Super Valu in Worthington included six Captain Crunch ice cream bars for 49 cents, a pound of seedless white grapes for 19 cents, 10 pounds of Crystal granulated sugar for 94 cents, a pound of Armour bacon for 49 cents, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, a dozen ears of locally grown sweet corn for 29 cents and a gallon of Swanson's ice cream for $1.17.

Four vehicle accidents occurred from 9:20 p.m. Friday through 11:18 p.m. Sunday in Worthington. No fatalities resulted, although minor injuries afflicted a few of the people involved. Damage estimates for the vehicles ranged from $225 to $450.

Vandals did extensive damage to the Lobes Hot Rod Club clubhouse near the city's ball diamond in Worthington. Hundreds of dollars worth of damage was inflicted. Entry was gained by breaking a hole in the roof. Furniture was damaged, shop equipment and parts were strewn around, and some of the cars on which members were working were damaged. The building was owned by the city of Worthington.

Diana Voss was declared the beef carcass winner following the Nobles County Fair. Her entry had a cutability score of 51.03, topping all other entries. Her steer was a Charlais-Shorthorn crossbred weighing 1,005 pounds on the hoof, with an actual fat cover of .50 inches and rib eye of 13 inches.

75 years ago

William Crapsy, an 85-year-old St. Paul resident and brother-in-law of Mrs. W.H. Secrest, arrived in Dundee for an indefinite stay. A pioneer of pioneers in the section, Crapsy as a small boy first saw this territory 78 years ago when his people settled on east Talcott Lake, the present-day Graff place. Despite his "advanced age," the old settler was an eager traveler, having just returned from a month's visit to his son in Denver, Colo.

Shannon L. Petersen, electrician second class, U.S. Navy, son of Mr. and Mrs. L.T. Petersen of 1433 Dover St., Worthington, and since the fall of Corregidor a prisoner of the Japanese, was moved to another prison camp. A letter from the war department informed the Petersens their son had been transferred to Osaka from the Philippines. At the same time, their other son, Jack, who had enlisted last March in the Navy, received notice to report for his V-5 training for aircraft pilot. It was presumed that Shannon had been held at the Japanese prison camp at Luzon.

F.J. Forkenbrock received word that the war department Purple Heart award was made to a nephew, Ambrose W. Forkenbrock, who was wounded in action on the Tunisian front on May 5. The award was sent to Ambrose's mother.

The Minnesota public health association was among 11 counties in Minnesota to have pushed down its tuberculosis death rate so low that tuberculosis was nearly out of sight. Of the 11 counties named, seven were in the southwestern Minnesota sanatorium district.