Looking Back: 1993 -- Storden girl gets presidential letter

One year ago

A contingent of more than 120 people representing Worthington joined in celebrating the 70th anniversary of the town's sister city relationship with Crailsheim, Germany, during a visit this week to Crailsheim.

Lismore Cooperative Telephone Company officially broke ground on its ambitious project to deliver high-speed internet service to much of Nobles County.

Six members of Boy Scout Troop 32 recently arrived home from the Northern Tier High Adventure expedition in Bissett, Manitoba, Canada.

The Round Lake Presbyterian Church celebrated its 125th anniversary over the weekend with an open house, a musical celebration and a dinner.

Five years ago

Only three weeks after Worthington Public Utilities lifted the ban on non-essential watering, dry conditions contributed to a two-foot, eight-inch drop in Well 26, once again causing concern and raising the possibility that a ban might be reinstated soon.

Five over-60 cyclists stopped in Worthington as part of their 3,600-mile, 55-day journey across the United States. They were raising funds and awareness of the Wounded Warrior Project.

Sandy Krier, CNM, joined Sanford Worthington as a new member of its OB/GYN staff.

Tanya Wagner, Worthington, opened Classy & Sassy Boutique at 1517 Oxford St. The shop offered a large variety of clothing and accessories.

The Worthington City Council approved the authorization of trust funds to purchase and install a stone sign outside Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

The 13th annual Pipestone Pow Wow took place over the weekend.

The Nobles County commissioners voted 3-2 to implement a wheelage tax that could generate approximately $204,820 in additional funds for 2014 transportation projects.

10 years ago

The John and Carolyn Penning family of rural Wilmont was named the 2008 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year.

Scott Langerud, an American Family Insurance agent in Worthington, was honored as a Quality Agent with the company's All American distinction. That placed Langerud among the top 25 percent of American Family agents nationally.

Amanda Walljasper, Worthington, was the new owner of Schafer's Health Center in downtown Worthington.

The Adrian Area Theatre presented the musical "Footloose" at Adrian Elementary School. Jason Olson directed a multi-generational cast of 40 regional residents.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "The Dark Knight," "Space Chimps," "Mamma Mia," "Meet Dave" and "Hancock."

Jennifer Backer, Worthington Middle School assistant principal, resigned her position to accept a similar job in Faribault.

The Prairie Oasis Players of Slayton presented Rodgers & Hammerstein's musical "State Fair." Chad Felton was the artistic and musical director of the production.

25 years ago

A rural George, Iowa, man was charged with first-degree murder in the death of his wife this week. The 76-year-old man apparently killed his 80-year-old wife with a blow to the head, autopsy results showed.

St. Paul's Lutheran Church and School of Fulda prepared to celebrate the school's centennial at the end of the month. The church, which currently tallied 650 members, dated to 1886 and the school began in 1893. Loretta Gehl was the current principal.

The "Amazing" Worthington City Band hosted its last concert of the summer 1993 season. Mistress of Ceremonies was Mary Beth Blegen, an ISD 518 educator, and the intermission entertainment was the Frontline Puppets of First Baptist Church.

Alissa Cambronne, 8, of Storden received a reply to a letter she had written a few months earlier to President Bill Clinton. "Thank you for sharing your wonderful artwork with me," wrote President Clinton. "I appreciate your hard work and creativity. I am honored to be your president." Cambronne was the daughter of Rick and Raquel Cambronne, Storden.

Three area businessmen were named to the board of directors at Community First Bank, Worthington. They were Robert Boots of Bob's Truck Stop, Mel Moret, plant manager of Campbell's Soup Company, and Mike Hendrickson, manager of the Farmers Co-op Elevator in Lakefield.

50 years ago

Worthington Chamber of Commerce and city officials were optimistic about Worthington's chances for a 100-apartment housing project for the aged after a weekend trip to consult with officials in the Chicago office of the Housing and Urban Development Agency.

Glenn Benson, DDS, began practice with the Worthington Dental Clinic this week. A native of Worthington, Dr. Benson was a graduate of Worthington's high school and junior college, and a 1966 graduate of the University of Minnesota dental school.

A new building to house the manufacturing operations of the Pawnee Corp. at Pipestone was under construction. The building was located on the industrial tract of the Pipestone Area Development Corp.

Janet Johnson, 20, a 1966 graduate of Windom High School, was named the Aquatennial Queen of the Lakes. She was a junior elementary education major at Winona State College. Johnson, a former cheerleader, majorette and choir member during her high school days, was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jerome A. Johnson of Windom. She was the Windom High School homecoming queen in 1965 and was also a Winona State College candidate for Greek Goddess and Campus Cover girl.

75 years ago

Dorothy Besemer, New Ulm, was appointed to fill the position of Home Demonstration Agent, a job from which Kathleen Flom recently resigned.

A group of women met at the Rushmore Presbyterian church basement Tuesday and folded 2,242 Red Cross surgical dressings to complete their July quota of 3,400 bandages. A potluck lunch was served at noon.

H. Soderholm, 801 Third Ave., Worthington, caught two catfish in Lake Okabena with a combined weight of 21 pounds. He caught them off the Lake Street shore. Soderholm was a veteran cabinet maker and thought at first he had "hooked a whale" with the first fish, which tipped the scales at 16.5 pounds and measured 31 1/4 inches long.

Boys who were hired to detassel corn in the region were to be transported to the fields by bus, and were to report at 9 a.m. Thursday to the USES office.

Leonard Thrall, Worthington beekeeper, was re-elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Sioux Honey Association at the organization's annual meeting at Sioux City, Iowa.