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Looking Back: 1992 -- Three retiring from Worthington post office

One year ago

The 2017 campaign for the United Way of Nobles County was underway, with a 2017 fundraising goal of $170,000. Cindy Elsing was the organization's new president.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College in Jackson hosted a groundbreaking on Wednesday for a new powerline technician training facility. The facility was expected to be completed by June 1, 2017.

The Worthington City Council approved a $900,000 loan over 30 years to assist in financing a student housing project at Minnesota West Community & Technical College's Worthington campus. Lisa Graphenteen of the Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership asked the council for the assistance, saying it would help build 31 units and 124 beds on the local campus grounds.

The Nobles County Library and the Nobles County Historical Society sponsored a presentation by Melanie Stringer, a Laura Ingalls Wilder interpreter.

Five years ago

About 700 people participated in southwest Minnesota's first National Down Syndrome Society Buddy Walk at Adrian.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Taken 2," "Pitch Perfect," "Looper" and "Hotel Transylvania."

Road construction was still in progress around Worthington, with construction continuing on two projects near Worthington Middle School (one along C.S.A.H. 10 and one along C.S.A.H. 35), plus one near Interstate 90 and another west of Kinbrae. Administrators said all were expected to be complete by late November.

Worthington GuidePoint Pharmacy owner Jason Turner was preparing to open a new telepharmacy in Fulda, with an anticipated debut date of Feb. 4, 2013.

Area fifth-graders participated in the Youth Frontiers Kindness Retreat in Worthington, an annual event sponsored by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative.

Newport Laboratories, Worthington, received the University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine's Distinguished Research Partner award of 2012 at a recent Twin Cities recognition event. Representing Newport Laboratories at the ceremony was Dr. Randy Simonson, research and development director Ben Hause, Dr. Russell Bey and two colleagues from Newport Laboratories' parent company, Merial.

10 years ago

Dr. Jane Goodall visited Lakeside Labs and the Pearson Lakes Art Center in Okoboji, Iowa, to discuss her experiences and promote Roots & Shoots, a global environmental and humanitarian educational program for young people.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for McDonald's restaurant at its new location on Worthington's Humiston Avenue.

Markus Murphy was hired as a new law enforcement instructor at the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Karen Pfeifer, Worthington, was honored with an award for Outstanding Dedication to Local Public Health at the annual Community Health Conference near Brainerd. Pfeifer was the first non-elected person and the 10th individual overall to be chosen as the award's recipient since its inception in 1998. Pfeifer had served on the Nobles-Rock Community Health Services Board since 1986.

The Pipestone County Museum opened an exhibit titled "Spirits, Sprites and Legends: Pipestone and the Paranormal."

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "The Kingdom," "Mr. Woodcock," "The Heartbreak Kid" and "3:10 to Yuma."

25 years ago

Murray County Central homecoming royalty included queen Darcie Pearson and king Ryan Mosley.

One year after new school bus laws pertaining to motorists went into effect, a local law enforcement spokesperson said numerous violations continued to accrue. Drivers reportedly were continuing to pass buses when their red flashers and stop arms were out, and motorists were seen speeding past buses when they should have begun to stop as the yellow flashers went on. Violations were punishable with fines of up to $300.

A 32-year-old Rochester man (formerly of Worthington) was sentenced in Nobles County court for a fourth degree controlled substance crime (in his case, possessing cocaine).

Delbert Brink, Kenneth Dennis and Burnell Peters were all retiring from employment with the Worthington post office. Brink had worked for the postal service since 1962, Dennis since 1960 and Peters since 1967.

Between 1,200 and 1,300 people attended an informational meeting about employment opportunities at the Minnesota Veterans Home in Luverne. Administrators said they planned

to hire 90 full-time employees, with a total of 110 to 130 full-time, part time or intermittent employees ultimately expected to be in place at the facility, which was expected to open in the summer of 1993.

50 years ago

Mike Holmberg of Avoca was one of 31 Minnesotans selected to attend the National 4-H Club Congress in Chicago from Nov. 25-30. Holmberg was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Leland Holmberg and a 1967 graduate of Slayton High School. He was currently attending the University of Minnesota.

Two farm thefts (both of which occurred in Petersburg Township) were under investigation by the Jackson County Sheriff's Department. Ten head of hogs, weighing between 240 and 250 pounds each, were taken from the Dale Bute farm, while 150 bushels of soybeans were missing from a steel bin on the Roy Aldrich farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Widboom observed their 60th wedding anniversary with a family dinner at Club Royal, Slayton. The Widbooms were married Oct. 1, 1907, in Lake Sarah Baptist Church, where they were still members. The couple had six children, 18 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Adrian voters overwhelmingly approved construction of a municipal nursing home. The vote authorized the village council to issue up to $425,000 in bonds to finance construction of a 41-bed nursing home addition to the hospital.

75 years ago

Butcher hogs set a new record on the Worthington truck market when they mounted to a top of $14.80. That was believed to be the highest price paid in 22 years, surpassing by five cents the previous mark set one week earlier. Sows mounted to $14.75 per hundredweight.

Worthington students were expected to collect more than 60,000 pounds of scrap metal in the city-wide drive next week. The students were to visit every home on every street in the city to pick up the scrap. Heavy metal of all kinds was sought, as well as lighter metals like aluminum, copper, brass and zinc. An ad in the newspaper noted that "half of every tank, gun and ship is made from scrap iron and steel."

Advertised specials this week at Beatty's Grocery, Worthington, included two pounds of medium tapioca for 29 cents, two packages of "ready-to-server" Cheerioats for 25 cents, two large packages of Grape Nut Flakes for 27 cents, two dozen Jonathan apples for 35 cents, three pounds of sweet potatoes for 13 cents and a 20-ounce glass jar of strained honey for 29 cents.

Hap Ehlers, who supervised the pancake tent at King Turkey Day, said that 10,000 free pancakes were produced. At the pancake feed, 158 gallons of coffee, 84 pounds  of butter and 42 gallons of syrup were used.