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Looking Back: 2002 - WMS zooms past food drive goal

One year ago

The Nobles County commissioners approved a request from Public Works Director Steve Schnieder seeking an advance in 2013 state aid funding to complete several projects in 2012. The projects included replacement of a bridge on CSAH 14 near Midway Park, completing an overlay on CSAH 14 from U.S. 59 to Brewster and doing work at the CSAH 10 and CSAH 35 intersection on Worthington's west side.

Representatives from Hospice Cottage Inc. accepted a $2,500 check from JBS General Manager Bob Krebs. It was the first contribution toward the Hospice Cottage's newly launched website.

Close to 225 people were fed at the annual Community Thanksgiving Dinner at Worthington's First Lutheran Church. The annual meal was prepared and served by volunteers.

The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band appeared in the 78th annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Day Parade in Chicago. The 116-member band performed its award-winning "Phantom of the Opera" routine.

The Work Connection, which acts as a liaison between employers and job seekers and offers a wide range of services for both parties, opened a local office on Oxford Street in Worthington recently.

Five years ago

A 911 call to report a vehicle on fire resulted in the discovery of a dead body Monday, according to a news release from the Cottonwood County Attorney's Office. The body was later transported to Ramsey County for an autopsy; no cause of death was immediately determined.

Two new rain gardens were started on the grounds of the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Pegasus GC, a computer sales and services store, moved to a new locale in Slayton and hosted a grand opening. Owners were Kevin Tufrander, Sarah Tufrander and Dale Frisvold.

The Worthington City Council took additional steps to force the abatement of a public nuisance at the Oxford Motel property.

The Worthington Regional Hospital trustees recommended the sale of the local hospital to Sanford Health System, referring their recommendation to the Worthington City Council for approval.

After a 25-year hiatus, Minnesota West Community and Technical College had an official cheerleading squad.

10 years ago

Martha Cardenas, Worthington, was one of 11 Minnesotans awarded a prestigious Virginia McKnight Binger award that included a $7,500 cash prize. Cardenas promptly gave the money to Worthington's House of Hope, which she had championed for several years.

The Worthington High School debate team, in its second meet of the season, placed third in varsity competition (with Amery Kuhl and Rick Lonneman), while teammates Spenser Bradley and Chad Vaske placed third in the novice category while competing at Sioux City North High School.

The Windom Community Center was the site of the town's first polka festival, sponsored by the Windom Chamber of Commerce.

The Corral Supper Club, Fulda, reopened under new ownership on Nov. 15. Keith Evers, a Fulda native, was operating the restaurant along with his daughter and son-in-law.

A food drive at Worthington Middle School netted 3,979 food items for local food shelves. The drive's initial goal had been 900 items.

25 years ago

Marty Rickers, 32, Worthington, was named executive director of Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council, Inc. Rickers replaced Lavonne Remme, who resigned earlier this fall to accept a similar position in Waterloo, Iowa.

Residents of West Lake Avenue in Worthington met informally with Jeff Faragher, assistant city engineer, to voice opinions about their street's reconstruction. Most of those present voted for a 32-foot-wide road. Preliminary plans were to widen and reconstruct the road in 1988, and residents had a choice of a 32-foot-wide road with no on-street parking, a 36-foot-wide road with one side of parking, or a combination of the two.

About 100 people ate at the annual Thanksgiving Day dinner, prepared and hosted by volunteers at Worthington's First Lutheran Church on the turkey holiday.

Ice, rain and snow made the Thanksgiving weekend weather a mess, complicating travel for people. The forecast was for clearing skies and warmer temperatures by the following Tuesday.

50 years ago

Nobles County residents, for the first time, were to be able to make a united charitable donation when the first Rural Charities drive got under way. Officials of the drive said it was organized in an effort to end multiple solicitations, which in the past had resulted in frequent drives throughout the year.

Remodeling work was scheduled to start soon on the former First National Bank building in Worthington to house the new Habichts' Clothing Store. The new store, owned by Graydon Habicht, was expected to be open for business by early next spring. Its old building was destroyed by fire the previous spring.

At Worthington's Swanson's store this week: Wilderness apple pie mix, 25 cents a can; three-pack of Fleischman's dry yeast, 13 cents; a 10-ounce package of Kraft's marshmallows, 19 cents; bananas, 10 cents a pound; six "minit" steaks for 79 cents; and a two-pound can of coffee, $1.19.

Twenty-two people became naturalized citizens of the United States Monday in district court at Windom. The eldest was Hans Berger Anderson, 63, who came to the U.S. at the age of 9 from Oslo, Norway. The youngest was Douglas Schmidt, 4, the adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Schmidt of Edgerton.

75 years ago

Kathryn Hansberger, Kathryn Johnson and Kenneth Gaiser, members of Nobles County's state fair championship poultry judging team, departed Saturday for Chicago, where they were to compete in the national contest, hosted in connection with the International Livestock exposition at the stockyards there.

Postponement of the hanging of street decorations in connection with the Worthington Christmas program proved to be a wise move, for the city forces had perfect weather for the annual task --only a light breeze blowing, compared with the gale of the previous Wednesday when work was suspended out of consideration for the safety of the workmen.

Paul Vincent Eul, 7, son of Mr. and Mrs. Chris Eul, suffered a fracture of the left thigh and a slight concussion when struck slightly before noon Saturday by a light delivery truck driven by Ralph Cunningham. Cunningham reported to police the boy had darted out from behind a car, and that he had no chance to stop the vehicle.

George Thiner was shot through one leg by the accidental discharge of the rifle of Maynard Datzmann while the pair, with other Brewster hunters, tramped the north wood last week. Fortunately the bullet pierced only the fleshy part of the limb, missing the bone, but the accident necessitated a long, painful 50-mile trip to the nearest hospital for the injured man.