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1958: Sibley off to state hoops tourney

One year ago March came in like a lion, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation closing I-90 from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Albert Lea at 1 p.m. Thursday as a result of a blizzard that hammered northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Between 10...

One year ago

March came in like a lion, with the Minnesota Department of Transportation closing I-90 from Sioux Falls, S.D., to Albert Lea at 1 p.m. Thursday as a result of a blizzard that hammered northern Iowa and southern Minnesota. Between 10 and 15 inches of snow was dumped in the region, and I-90 wasn't completely reopened until 1:45 p.m. Saturday.

The winter storm (mentioned above) didn't cancel a Thursday morning groundbreaking ceremony on the courthouse lawn for the new Rock County Veterans Memorial.

Three area high school wrestlers claimed individual Class AA titles at the state tournament. They included Jackson County Central's Cole Von Ohlen (119 lbs.) and Travis Rutt (160 lbs.) and Adrian's Will Lutmer (heavyweight). Adrian finished in third place in Class AA team competition, while Jackson County Central finished fifth.

Five years ago

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The Worthington Trojans speech team placed first at the six-team Minnesota State University-Mankato speech tournament.

The Worthington Trojans girls' basketball team improved its season record to 25-0 and moved into the Section 3AA finals with a 59-46 win over the Windom Eagles.

A site on the north side of Luverne (north of the Veterans Addition and east of U.S. 75) was chosen as the location for the new $17.5 million Luverne Community Hospital.

The Worthington Hallmark store opened at its new location in the strip mall on Ryan's Road.

10 years ago

More than 50 volunteers helped move The Achievement Center (TAC) into its new building at 4114 Industrial Lane, Worthington.

Southwest Minnesota, including Worthington, caught the edge of a winter storm at the start of March, but with snowfall total ranging from 4-8 inches, and mild temperatures quickly diminishing those inches, it was said the month came in more as a cub than a lion. Indeed, with winter nearing its end, the season was close to being declared one of Minnesota's mildest on record.

Jackson County Central's Nate Hanson won the Class AA 145-pound championship at the state high school wrestling meet, while teammate Nate Baker topped Westbrook-Walnut Grove's Jared Cooley to take the 140-pound title.

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25 years ago

The Green Earth Players performed "Guys and Dolls" in Luverne this week.

The three-digit emergency telephone number 911 replaced all emergency, police, sheriff, fire department, medical and ambulance telephone numbers in Nobles County effective this week.

Three Worthington Community College wrestlers -- Les Wenninger, John Miller and Tony Archer -- qualified for the NJCAA wrestling finals, which were to be in Worthington.

Minntex, Inc., a Windom-based farm corporation, promised to give up to 10 semi-loads of grapefruit (equal to about 44,000 grapefruit) to economically depressed Minnesotans. Minntex owned and operated about 250 acres of citrus groves in Texas.

50 years ago

Worthington area youths were benefiting from the instruction of Sharon Forsmoe, a high school senior from Sioux City, Iowa, who came to Worthington each Saturday to give ballet, tap and French lessons in the basement of the local Legion Hall. Forsmoe, a dancer for years, had studied in Denver and Chicago and hoped to continue her study of dance in Denver following her graduation. Among her students who were pictured at a ballet lesson were Margaret Hurlbut, Wilmont, and Julie Brooks, Patty Roggen and Lynn Moeller, all of Worthington.

State Representative George W. Olson of Mountain Lake collapsed and died Thursday night while attending a DFL candidates committee meeting in Mankato. He was 64.

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The Sibley (Iowa) high school basketball team qualified for the state tournament, and businesses throughout the community posted signs reading, "We are closing at 4 p.m. Tuesday to enable our employees to attend the basketball game."

75 years ago

A falling level in the new (Worthington) city well, opened slightly more than a year ago, forced the use of one of the old wells to furnish part of the supply. Water department superintendent M. M. Wise had reported a few weeks earlier that the well's level was dropping lower and faster than it should be. The cause of the gradual supply failure was not immediately known.

Charles Gholz placed second in the district oratorical contest and Phyllis Hoxie was third in the humorous contest at Luverne. First place was won by Luverne in the oratorical and humorous divisions, while Jasper won the dramatic contest.

Nora Englin moved her art and gift shop from Rickbeil's hardware store to Blume's studio.

Knute Thomas, 82, died this week at his home in Little Rock Township. He came to Nobles County in 1871, and was one of the few remaining settlers who had arrived that year. All of his 61 years in the county were spent on his farm, with the exception of a few years when he lived in Adrian. Thomas was born April 5, 1850, in Nomadahl, Norway. When he was 3, he father died; six years later, his mother came with her four children to the United States, locating near Dodgeville, Wis. Thomas was survived by his wife, Maline Datter Thompson Thomas, and two children (Albert of Grover, Colo., and Laura, now Mrs. Hans Peterson and a resident of "the home place").

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