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Looking Back: 2002 - New Pipestone school building nearly ready

One year ago

Windom city council members passed two resolutions pertaining to the proposed Des Moines River Valley State Trail this week, but the plan was meeting with resistance, especially from some landowners.

The James Avenue home of Dale Winch was awarded first place in the residential division of the annual Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Holiday Lighting Contest. Jessica Varela's Third Avenue home captured second place in the contest.

JBS donated $15,000 in meat to Worthington's food shelves.

Eighth-grader Tanner Barrie was the National Geographic Bee champion at Worthington Middle School. Runner-up was sixth-grader Kendrick Bickett.

A handful of students decorated the boys' bathroom in the westernmost hallway of Worthington High School with a Christmas theme.

Four months after Worthington residents received new recycling bins on wheels, Schaap Sanitation reported that what was already an excellent recycling program in the community had gotten even better. The amount of recyclable material had increased by about 10 percent, Schaap district manager Eric Joens said.

Five years ago

Osceola County, Iowa, purchased Hawkeye Point, the state's highest elevation at 1,670 feet, from the Sterler family farm. The purchase was made to ensure continued public access to the site in the future.

The Cottonwood County's Sheriff's Office added a K-9 unit, with K-9 Cherokee partnering with Deputy Dustin Miller.

After being closed for a week, Steve Jackson's local McDonald's franchise reopened in its new building at its new location on Worthington's Humiston Avenue.

After nine months of negotiations, District 518 and Education Minnesota Worthington had hammered out a new contract agreement for the 2007-08 and 2008-09 school years. The agreement included an 8.71 percent total salary and benefit increase over the two-year period.

Thirty Worthington Middle School students competed in the local National Geographic Bee. Seventh-grader Gordy Moore was the eventual winner, correctly answering "Antarctica" to the final question, "Which continent was designated by treaty for scientific research in 1959?" Sixth-grader Alex Tang was the runner-up.

10 years ago

The Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting was awarded to the City of Worthington by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada for its comprehensive annual financial report.

The Okabena Street home of Helen Sandersfeld was the first place winner in Worthington's 2002 Holiday Lighting Contest. Second place went to Rick and Deb Grimmius of James Boulevard, while third place was awarded to Glenn and Karla Thuringer of Hillcrest Avenue.

Law enforcement officials said it was "unfortunate" that a 13-year-old Westbrook boy confessed to making up a story about being kidnapped. Inconsistencies in the youth's account eventually revealed the truth.

School safety was being kept in mind with the construction of a new $22.3 million middle and high school in Pipestone. The new school, slated to open Jan. 2, included $35,000 in security equipment, with cameras to be monitored in the school office and the ability to seal off certain areas of the building in case of an emergency.

25 years ago

The Nature Conservancy recently bought 52.2 acres of lakeshore wildlife habitat on the northeast end of North Heron Lake. The conservancy bought the land to protect what it called "premier habitat" for forster's terns, white pelicans, American avocets, black-crowned night herons and waterfowl.

Two Japanese students -- Satomi Yoshida and Tetsuya Aoyama -- were attending Worthington Community College. They had chosen the local school after looking through a listing of United States' colleges and universities. The pair planned to attend WCC for two years before transferring to a university.

Membership in the Worthington Golden Kiwanis Club climbed to 100 with the initiation of Gordon Engberg, a recent retiree from Worthington Freezer Warehouse.

Playing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Three Men and a Baby," "Throw Momma from the Train," Cinderella" and "Dirty Dancing."

50 years ago

Advertised specials this week at Dickey Thrifty Drug, at Oxford Street and Highway 59, Worthington, included three rolls of black and white film for 99 cents, a roto-cut electric can opener for $9.99, a steam & dry iron for $8.88, a 10-ounce can of aerosol snow (in white, pink or blue) for 69 cents, a hair dryer with hood for $4.99 and an 8-transistor radio for $16.99.

Local firemen were called out twice in the night -- at about 5:20 p.m. Monday to the Herold Manske residence, 1405 Park Ave., Worthington, when pan grease started a fire, and at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday when an overheated furnace took them to the Iva Lyons farm on Worthington Route 1.

For the second time within a week, a Windom school bus was involved in a traffic accident. At about 12:20 p.m. Wednesday, an empty bus driven by James Potter, 21, went out of control and crashed on a county road two miles south of Bingham Lake. Last Thursday, another Windom school bus was struck from the rear by a pickup truck on Highway 62 west of Windom. Five persons suffered minor injuries in that accident.

The Worthington Senior High School vocal music director L. W. Hammer announced the 1962 Christmas Concert, to be presented by the Worthington public school choirs in the high school auditorium. In all, 330 students under the direction of Hammer and Paul Peterson, junior high school vocal music director, were to perform.

75 years ago

Lawrence Moser, 25, a popular Nobles County youth and resident of Wilmont, died after being stricken with pneumonia about 10 days earlier. Moser was the eldest son of Mr. and Mrs. John Moser; he was survived by three sisters and two brothers.

Grain thieves harassing farmers in southwestern Minnesota were listed as wanted in another theft with the disappearance of 300 bushels of corn in the Luverne territory. The thieves had driven a truck to the farm of H. E. Brandenburg in Mound Township of Rock County and made away with the grain. Ten days ago, thieves robbed several farms in the Jackson and Windom areas of considerable amounts of corn.

In Nobles County's 90 rural and ungraded one-teacher schools, teachers were receiving pay of $75 per month, on average.

The C.C. Langseth home, one of the finest farm homes in the northwest (just east of the big Lake Ocheda), was destroyed Sunday afternoon in a fire which broke out between 2:30 and 3 p.m. The family was away from home when the flames broke out, being dinner guests at the home of John Blixt. A neighbor, Gunder Christensen, turned in an alarm, but ultimately nothing remained of the structure but a smoldering heap of fire-twisted debris. The loss was estimated at close to $15,000.