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Looking Back: 1988 - Water restrictions likely to continue

One year ago

Nobles County's tillable acres saw a 25 percent increase in value in the past year. Farms in the county were now valued at a collective $2.4 billion, according to Nobles County Assessor Joe Udermann.

The melodrama "The Conestoga Conman," created by Linda Neugebauer, was performed as part of the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July festivities at Worthington's Pioneer Village.

The Days of '87 celebrated the 125th anniversary of Slayton's founding.

Nobles County commissioners opted to proceed with a trail project in the coming year, along Crailsheim Drive on Worthington's east side. The eminent domain process was under way to make the project possible.

The DNSChanger malware was behind the need for U.S. officials to shut down malicious servers for a day. The FBI speculated that about 360,000 computers were still infected with the virus, which first surfaced in 2007.

Thirty-two students from Worthington and Round Lake participated in the "Pay it Forward" tour to St. Louis, Mo. The trip was made possible by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative and Students Today, Leaders Forever.

Five years ago

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the new $10 million fertilizer plant New Vision Co-op planned to construct in Brewster in the coming year. The plant would have the capacity to receive 100 car trains of fertilizer and unload 10,000 tons of fertilizer within 15 hours, as well as load at the rate of 700 tons per hour. The plant would also be able to store 45,000 tons of fertilizer on site.

Sanford Health Network celebrated its presence in Worthington with a picnic and program at Pioneer Village.

The melodrama "Fireman, Save My Child" was part of the Old-Fashioned Fourth of July festivities held at Worthington's Pioneer Village.

The Shrine Circus performed at the Nobles County Fairgrounds this week.

The Worthington Elks Lodge sent 14 children, ages 9-13, to the Minnesota Elks Youth Camp near Brainerd.

10 years ago

The members of the 2003 King Turkey Day race team were announced: Terry Eggers, Paul Larson, Kari Meyer and Scott Anderson.

Jose Almendares, 27, accused of robbing at gunpoint the Round Lake United Prairie Bank on June 3, was indicted by a U.S. grand jury in Minneapolis for aggravated bank robbery. Almendares, rural Round Lake, made off with $7,852 that day.

Esther Nesbit, Worthington, celebrated her 100th birthday. An open house in her honor was hosted at Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Storden marked its 100th anniversary with a variety of celebratory events.

Lack of funds was threatening to shutter Worthington's Home of Hope by later in the summer, shelter director Maria Cardenas reported.

25 years ago

A 52-year-old man of rural Adrian was fatally injured Thursday when the tractor he was driving rolled over and crushed him underneath. The mishap occurred one mile east of Rushmore on County Road 35.

Worthington's water restrictions were expected to continue for at least several days into July, said city water superintendent Mike Raverty. Before a total ban on sprinkling and watering was announced June 23, reserves for firefighting and other emergencies were at about 675,000 gallons -- about half what they should have been. High water usage, overheating of pumping equipment and other equipment problems necessitated the ban.

At least 147 relatives and descendants of Perne T. and Dora Silvernale attended an old-fashioned family reunion of the clan in Currie. The Silvernales had nine children; eight of them were in attendance.

An 18-year-old Jackson woman drowned after a boating mishap Sunday afternoon in Clear Lake, about four miles west of Jackson.

A new Hardee's Restaurant opened this week in Jackson.

50 years ago

A 49-year-old Eau Claire, Wis., man collapsed and died of a heart attack at the wheel of his car while traveling through Worthington Sunday with his family.

Advertised specials this week at the Worthington Red Owl store included a two-pound bag of skinless wieners for 79 cents, six six-ounce cans of frozen lemonade for 69 cents, a 10-pound bag of potatoes for 49 cents, a three-pound can of Butter-Nut coffee for $1.89 and six three-ounce packages of gelatin for 39 cents.

J.R. Saunders, owner of the military surplus amphibious vehicle known as a "duck," brought it to Worthington's Lake Okabena over the weekend and gave free boat rides to local residents on July 4. It was also used as a judges' platform for the water ski jumping and slalom riding competition that were part of Worthington's Fourth of July celebration.

Eight area persons were injured in motor vehicle accidents in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa on the evening of July 3.

More than an inch of rain fell in the Worthington area on the morning of July 3, but accompanying electrical discharges caused trouble to Edgerton, Luverne and Rock Rapids.

Four visiting students from the Philippines toured area farms this week.

75 years ago

Rough mapping of an estimated 102 miles of new REA line in Nobles and Jackson counties, to serve 194 customers, was completed late Thursday by L.J. Lubin and W.J. McCarville of the Banister Engineering Company, St. Paul. This was the first definite move made by the Nobles Co-Operative Electric toward adding to its lines in Nobles County and was to be forwarded to Washington as soon as finished tracings were produced.

Precipitation in the area for the first six months of 1938, as reported Friday by Co-Operative observer J.V. Westerlund, had already attained a sum total of 21.48 inches, compared with 13.80 for the similar period of a year ago. More than half of this record accumulated in the past two months, with May yielding 7.28 inches of rain and June, 7.86 more.

Undermined by the recent Jack Creek floods, the steel bridge on the highway between Brewster and Dundee was reported Tuesday as having given way. County Engineer H.R. Bray spent the entire day looking after this and other emergencies created by the recent unprecedented downpours.

Playing this week at Worthington's State Theatre was "Always Goodbye" with Barbara Stanwyck and Herbert Marshall, while Worthington's Grand Theatre advertised "A Farewell to Arms" starring Helen Hayes, Gary Cooper and Adolphe Menjou.