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Looking Back: 2002 - MnDOT picks final route alignment for Minnesota 60

One year ago

Seven small-town Minnesota post offices closed for good this week, including those in Steen, Silver Creek, Taopi, Kenneth, Clements, Trail and Holland. Dovray and Avoca were also slated to close their post offices in the near future.

Kevin Hakeneis, 10, of Fulda, was able to visit Pixar Studios in San Francisco, Calif., as part of a Make-A-Wish Foundation's wish fulfillment. Hakeneis was born with congenital fiber type disproportion, a rare genetic muscle disorder.

Nelson Bonilla, Worthington, received the Minnesota Justice Foundation Advocate Outstanding Service Award for his work as a Community Connector and other long-time efforts in the Worthington area.

Nobles County commissioners spent two hours Monday reviewing the 2012 budget in hopes of trimming a proposed 8 percent levy increase before the Dec. 8 Truth in Taxation hearing. They spent the most time on whether or not to fund the $300,000 ARMER (Allied Radio Matrix Emergency Response) system for public safety from an estimated $7 million in county reserves, or to instead collect it as a tax from county residents through the levy.

Five years ago

The 18th annual Bowl for Y Pals event took place at Oxford Bowl, Worthington. More than $2,000 was raised for the program.

Sanford Health System, Sioux Falls, S.D., presented an initial purchase proposal to the Worthington Regional Hospital Board of Trustees. The WRH board unanimously agreed to explore the opportunity.

At the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services meeting, agency director Brad Meyer said staff was angry and distrustful of elected commissioners and administrators in both counties regarding budget cuts, and with the exodus of home care and the loss of three public health nurses in just the past two months, Meyer said department morale was exceedingly low. Meyer and two remaining staff nurses further explained why additional budget cuts would put the public at potential risk.

10 years ago

The Minnesota Department of Transportation chose the final route alignment for Minnesota 60, although visible improvements/changes to the road wouldn't be visible on the ground for about another 10 years, a spokesperson said.

Murray/Nobles Extension Director David Bau was trying to organize Nobles County's first Extension-sponsored agriculture marketing group.

Kathi Haberman and Nancy Peyton were two hospital employees who nominated Worthington Regional Hospital for the Employer of the Year award from the American Cancer Society (ACS). The ACS Nobles Cancer Action Team in Worthington received the Communities of Excellence Award as a result.

Worthington sixth-graders John Shepherd and Talia Meinders were the recipients of the Ed Funk Sportsmanship Award at the Worthington Area YMCA's annual meeting.

The fundraising drive for Hospice Cottage Inc. surpassed the $1 million mark, or 75 percent of the project's fundraising goal.

25 years ago

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were the following: "Like Father, Like Son," "The Running Man" and "The Principal."

Worthington's Holiday Inn advertised these $4.95 meal specials: marinated beef kabob on a bed of rice with salad, coleslaw and soup; grilled rainbow trout with choice of potato, lettuce salad or soup; Canadian walleye with choice of potato, lettuce salad or soup; Oriental honey-glazed chicken with rice; or a London broil steak with choice of potato and soup or salad.

Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column featured recipes for Rosemary's Punch, Sweet Potato/Pear Casserole, Honey Lemon Whole Wheat Rolls and Cranberry Pecan Pie.

The Edgerton Public High School Class of 1937 had its 50th class reunion at Blue Mounds Inn, Luverne.

Beverly Meyer, a fourth-grade teacher from West Elementary, was the Worthington Education Association 1987 Teacher of the Year.

Dan Gabriel was spending the week as a writer-in-residence at Worthington Area Junior High School.

50 years ago

A three-hour long conference and demonstration of elementary physical education programs attracted 170 physical education instructors from throughout the southwest Minnesota region. The gathering was at Worthington's Central Elementary, with a goal of encouraging increased emphasis on physical fitness.

Advertised specials at the Worthington Red Owl this week included turkeys for 35 cents a pound, five-pound Armour Star boneless canned hams for $3.89, two large stalks of celery for 29 cents, a quart of egg nog for 49 cents, a 12-ounce package of Hershey chocolate chips for 37 cents and a three-pound can of Mixo shortening for 59 cents.

Gilbert Jones, a veteran Harris trapper, and friend Wayne Saunders trapped more than 500 muskrats during the opening week of the new season. Muskrats were currently going for 65 cents a rat. The men figured furriers could make at least five coats out of the muskrats they caught.

Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column featured recipes for Pumpkin Bread and Pumpkin Cookies this week.

Playing at Worthington's State Theatre were Walt Disney's "Lady and the Tramp" and "Almost Angels." Coming soon was "West Side Story," starring Natalie Wood.

75 years ago

Area farmers were unhappy to hear that wheat had plummeted to new depths on the nation's grain markets. Prices dropped more than three cents a bushel lower on the Chicago board of trade. Prices were around 95 cents a bushel for wheat.

At Worthington's Beatty & Sall Cash Grocery, advertised specials this week included a 49-pound bag of Mother's Best Flour for $1.79, a 14-ounce bottle of Heinz Ketchup for 19 cents, a "large bottle" of Purex bleach for 19 cents, two cans of pumpkin for 19 cents, a five-ounce bottle of maraschino cherries for 9 cents and a five-pound bag of yellow cornmeal for 15 cents.

Entries were "pouring in" for the Worthington Daily Times' fruit cake contest. Prizes were to be $2.50 for the recipe judged the best, and $1 for second-best. Other recipes judged "unusual" were to receive honorable mention.

The Worthington Creamery & Produce Co. had specials for Thanksgiving: quarts of cranberry sherbet for 30 cents, or "turkey center rolls, rolled in nuts," for 50 cents.

Old Man Winter kept an icy finger impaled on the backs of those in this territory after trudging in with sub-zero weather nearly 15 days before the mercury hit that mark last year. The thermometer recorded one below in the minimum reading for Nov. 20, dropping from a high of 17 Nov. 19.