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Looking Back: 2003 - Pawlenty drives historic AGCO tractor

One year ago

Participants in the Across America North tour bicycled 66 miles from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Worthington Monday in 90-plus degree heat. In all, 65 cyclists and staff of the tour spent the night at Worthington's Super 8 motel.

Work on the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion near Worthington moved into the next phase of construction with new road closures and detours announced by R & G Construction, the Marshall-based contractor leading the project.

Larry and Anne Doeden, Worthington, won a 2012 Chevrolet Camaro convertible by playing the slot machines at Grand Falls Casino near Inwood, Iowa.

A bridge loan that would keep construction of a hotel adjacent to the long-planned Worthington Event Center moving forward was to be further considered by the Worthington City Council this week. Public hearing on the potential offering of the $400,000 bridge loan, at an interest rate of 7 percent over three years, was set to take place soon.

Luverne hosted its 50th annual Hot Dog Nite in its downtown area. More than 15,000 free all-beef hot dogs were expected to be served.

Five years ago

Maynard's Grocery Store, Westbrook's main source of groceries, was consumed by fire Saturday afternoon.

The 2008 King Turkey Day race team members were announced: Matt Widboom, Chad Cummings, Jodi Almberg and Jim Henning.

Sanford Clinic Lakefield moved to a new location at 209 Main St., Lakefield.

The Rushmore Fire Department dealt with another flare-up Monday afternoon at the United Farmers Cooperative grain elevator in Rushmore. A June 19 fire at the business had destroyed a bin and a dryer.

A Prior Lake man was charged with bringing methamphetamine into Nobles County Jail after a routine traffic stop led to a drug arrest.

Richard Shrubb began his official duties as president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony took place for the Casey Jones State Trail, located at the junction of highways 23 and 30 in Pipestone.

10 years ago

Citing concerns over litigation, the Nobles County board indefinitely put aside a proposed ordinance that would prohibit weapons on county property.

First State Bank Southwest celebrated its 100th anniversary, while the city of Rushmore marked its 125th birthday.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Lake Wilson, celebrated its 100th anniversary.

The Southwest Regional Development Commission voted to return the gifted Prairie Expo land to the city of Worthington.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty drove the first MT-835 tractor manufactured in Jackson by the AGCO Corporation on Friday while 800 production workers cheered him on. The tractor's retail amount was around $300,000.

More than 100 alumni of the Rushmore school gathered for a first-ever reunion, 22 years after the school had closed.

Storden marked its 100th birthday.

The Worthington International Festival took place in downtown Worthington.

25 years ago

Grassroots Theater's 1988 melodrama, which was part of the Pioneer Village Fourth of July celebration, was "Beautiful Beulah Belle," or, "Virtue's Various Vicissitudes." Featured actors were John Widboom, Lori Grote and Merle Savage.

A band from Fulda, West Germany -- the Trachtenkapelle Elters/Rhon Band -- performed twice during the weekend at the 1988 Fulda Wood Duck Festival. The group was in the U.S. for a two-week stay.

An undetermined number of tornadoes was sighted in Jackson County Friday afternoon, but no damage was reported, according to Jackson County Sheriff Pete Eggiman. A small isolated thunderstorm produced some weak tornados around 3 p.m.

A monthly weather summary showed that a new June high temperature record was set -- 103 degrees on June 22, toppling the old record of 102 degrees, which was set in 1937 and tied in 1974. June temperatures hit the 101-degree mark on the 20th and 100 degrees on the 29th. In all, local temperatures hit 90 degrees or higher for daytime highs on seven of the month's days, with it being normal to have such readings only on four days in June.

50 years ago

Playing this week at Worthington's State Theatre were "The Longest Day," "Don't Fence Me In" starring Roy Rogers, and Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds." At the Gay Drive-In were "The Nutty Professor" with Jerry Lewis, "Operation Bikini" and "Twist All Night."

Two speeding boats, each pulling a water skier, smashed together Sunday afternoon on Cottonwood Lake near Windom. There were no injuries. The accident happened near the southwest shore of the lake and both boats made it back to shore, although each had a hole in it and was taking on water.

Authorities picked up two Navy men on charges of being AWOL from their base at Bremerton, Wash. The two, accompanied by a 15-year-old Bremerton girl, were picked up Friday by city police and taken to the county jail.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's grocery, Worthington, included a quart of Miracle Whip, 39 cents; a half-gallon of ice cream, 59 cents; a large watermelon, 79 cents; a dozen Sunkist lemons, 49 cents; pork steak for 39 cents a pound; a 10-pound bag of granulated sugar for $1.29; and a one-pound can of coffee for 65 cents.

75 years ago

Worthington's Worthmore Ice Cream advertised this week: "The Home of the Famous Giant, 3-dip Worthmore ice cream cone for 5 cents, 3 for 13 cents. Your choice of 25 flavors." Featured flavor this week was fresh strawberry (23 cents per quart, 12 cents per pint.

Seven Worthington youths were en route to Camp Ripley, being among a contingent of 66 men, 63 enlisted men and three officers. They climbed aboard a train at 2 a.m. Sunday for the two weeks of training at the Minnesota military base, as rookies of Company F, 205th regiment, Minnesota infantry. The seven included Don Camery, Gene Ringbloom, Vernon K. Buckles, Arthur Bierman, Dale W. Pfeil, Merle D. Rose and Norman Stansberry.

Equine sleeping sickness, against which local veterinarians had joined their brethren in southern Minnesota lately in interposing a barrier of vaccinations, had again reared its ugly head in the county, and the fight was on. Five cases were reported Sunday by the Worthington veterinary hospital, and eight more were registered Monday, making a total of 13 for the two days up to late Monday afternoon.

Worthington's municipal band was invited to enter the state fair competition, to take place at the Hamline fairgrounds in St. Paul on Sept. 4, reported director V.H. Moeller. New uniforms were an important part of this, and the uniforms were to make their first appearance at the Chautauqua Park concert Wednesday evening. The uniforms' colors were red and black, with a slightly form-fitting coat sporting silver piping and fouragier braid draped over the left shoulder. A military collar set off the tunic, while the black trousers had stripes of red, piped with silver. The peaked caps were military in style, with a silver lyre and wreath over the visor.