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Looking Back: 2008 -- New Fareway supermarket gets approval

One year ago

The Worthington Fire Department celebrated its 125th anniversary on Saturday.

Jakob Etrheim was on duty as the new site coordinator for the End-O-Line Park and Museum.

The Nobles County Historical Society was sharing 1,000 4-H photos from the 1940s to 1960s at the Nobles County Fair in an effort to gather more identifications and stories based on the pictures.

Worthington Federal Savings Bank hosted its annual customer appreciation day, serving complimentary hot dogs, pop and chips to its loyal customers.

The Worthington Municipal Liquor Store welcomed customers on a Sunday for the first time. The change followed the signing of a new bill allowing all liquor stores to sell liquor on Sundays going forward.

Five years ago

Staff and volunteers from the Nobles County Library were seeking input from the general public at the Nobles County Fair about ideas for a new library design. Architectural design concepts were on presentation boards for the public to view and discuss.

La Morenita, a business owned by Olivia and Carlos Figueroa, recently moved to the corner of Oxford Street and Milton Avenue, Worthington.

Dr. Wayne Freese, CEO of Prairie Holdings Group, Worthington, was appointed to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary's Advisory Committee on Animal Health.

Xcel Energy recently submitted proposals to state regulators for three wind energy projects, including one located primarily in Jackson and Cottonwood Counties. The proposed Odell Wind Farm would be a 200-megawatt project that would be operated under a power purchase agreement with Geronimo Wind Energy.

A dedication for a historic marker on the grounds of the Historic Dayton House took place. The house, built in 1890 for the family of George Draper Dayton, is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

10 years ago

A 30,927 square-foot Fareway supermarket was approved for Worthington at a recent meeting of the Worthington Planning Commission. The project was unanimously approved for recommendation to the Worthington City Council for plat approval of 15.31 acres of land acquired by Fareway Stores Inc. of Boone, Iowa, earlier in the summer. The store would be located near the southeast corner of the intersection of Ryan's Road and McMillan Avenue.

The Nobles County Board of Commissioners approved improvements to the J-1 Branch of Judicial Ditch 5, benefiting approximately 20 parcels in the process.

Five school districts and 12 schools in southwest Minnesota, including District 518 schools, failed to make adequate yearly progress in 2008, up from five districts and eight schools failing to make it the previous year.

Showing this week at Northland Cinema 5 were "Pineapple Express," "The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor," "Step Brothers," "The Dark Knight" and "Mamma Mia."

The Grand River Rodeo made its debut at the Nobles County Fairgrounds on Friday and Saturday nights.

25 years ago

Amid dire predictions, the Nobles County commissioners began the budgeting process for the coming year. The county's proposed levy had to be ready by Sept. 15.

Despite objections, the Slayton City Council hired a new city police officer. Jeff Lewis, Richfield, was the new hire. He happened to be the son of Slayton Police Chief Jack Lewis. Jeff Lewis was a licensed policeman but lacked any law enforcement work experience. At least two other Slayton police officers spoke out against hiring the younger Lewis, and one recommended hiring a different prospect who had two years of part-time policing experience in another community.

Sanitary sewer construction was Lismore's number one need, according to a survey of residents that was taken in March. With 69.5 percent of 115 Lismore households responding, a sanitary sewer ranked at the top of the needs list.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland 3 were "So I Married an Axe Murderer," "Coneheads," "In the Line of Fire," "The Fugitive" and "Media Man."

Worthington Long Distance Service was merging with LDDS Communication, the nation's fourth largest and fastest-growing long distance company.

50 years ago

Mike Fleming of Sibley, Iowa, departed for Miami Beach, Fla., on Friday with his wife, Judy, and son, Mike Jr. Fleming was a delegate to the Republican National Convention and had been active in the Republican party for several years. He was currently Republican county chairman for Osceola County, and was the first national delegate from the county since 1952 when L.L. Corcoran went to the Chicago convention.

George Zeise, general secretary of the Worthington YMCA since 1960, submitted his resignation in order to accept a position as secretary of the Rapid City, S.D., YMCA. The YMCA board accepted his resignation with regret.

The Nobles County Fair opened, and livestock were invited to occupy a new 60- by 200-foot livestock building just east of Olson Arena. Some highlights of the fair were a tractor pulling contest, motorcycle races and a demolition derby.

Jack Baumgard, son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Baumgard, Worthington, showed the grand champion wether at the Nobles County Fair. Dean Adolph, son of Mrs. and Mrs. Alfred Adolph, Reading, had the grand champion ewe while Scott Rose, son of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Rose, Worthington, had the grand champion pen of three and was declared grand champion sheep showman.

Sp. 4 Steven O. Appel, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orville Appel, Worthington, was awarded the Bronze Star at Fort Hood, Texas, for "outstanding meritorious service" in Vietnam. He was due to be discharged from the Army in one week.

75 years ago

A violent electrical storm struck Adrian at 4 a.m. Saturday, accompanied by high wind and a brief bombardment of hail. Seven-eighths of an inch of rain fell. Lightning struck a chimney on the Brandt home in the west part of town, doing nominal damage to the chimney and roof. A bolt of lightning set fire to a barn on the Ben Reining farm northwest of town. Some claims of crop damage from hail were filed on Saturday.

Arnold Lueck, an employee on the Ray Mundt farm in west Heron Lake Township, narrowly escaped fatal injuries Thursday night when a cream separator exploded as he was pouring milk into the separator tank. Severe lacerations of the right hand and wrist were caused by flying fragments. Several of the missiles whizzed by his head, any of which might have inflicted a most serious injury.

Two roving laborers, who had been helping out with field work in the area of late, were sent on their way by Judge Oscar A. Kunzman after they pled guilty in municipal court to intoxication charges.

Mrs. E.J. Edstrom, 922 McMillan St., Worthington, suffered slight burns and cuts when a preserving jar containing plums blew to bits as she removed it from the oven of her range. The scalding contents spattered her face, hands, arms and neck, as well as the room's ceiling and walls.

Edgerton farmer William Vos died at the Pipestone hospital one week after his legs were slashed by the sickles of his binder. Gas gangrene defeated earlier hopes of his recovery and the possibility that his feet might be saved. Both limbs were badly mangled, the right leg having both bones severed while the larger bone in the left was cut through.