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Looking Back: 1993 -- McNab to join Roberts in retirement from Nobles County posts

One year ago

Delores Meier, 98, celebrated the 80th reunion of her graduation from Bigelow High School. Meier's original graduating class consisted of five students; she was the only surviving class member. Meier, a native of Bigelow Township, had lived in Worthington since 1938.

Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington, honored 65 of its members who had been church members for 50 or more years.

Phileo's, a new coffee shop and eatery in downtown Worthington owned by Journey Ministries, opened for business. The site formerly was home to BenLee's Cafe.

A newly groomed trail in Lake Bella Park south of Worthington was open for public recreation. The trail, cut through tall grass, ran between rows of pine trees and brush on rolling hills and was ideal for mountain- or fat-tire bike riding.

The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's Community Image Committee named Maria Jaurequi, 1014 Omaha Ave., as the "Flower Power Yard of the Week" winner.

Bedford Industries announced it was about to begin its largest expansion project ever. A 110,000-square-foot campus addition would add manufacturing and logistics space and bring Bedford's total size to nearly 400,000. Completion was expected by January 2019.

Five years ago

A flag dedication ceremony took place at the new Avera Medical Group Worthington building on Ryan's Road.

Beth Van Hove began her new duties this week as Nobles County Auditor-Treasurer. Her appointment by the Nobles County Board of Commissioners followed a two-month vacancy created with the retirement of longtime Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster. Van Hove was to serve the remainder of Balster's term, then stand for election on the 2014 general election ballot.

A watering ban was likely to go into effect in Worthington on Nov. 1, according to Worthington Public Utilities General Manager Scott Hain. Continued dry weather, combined with drops in critical city wells, was causing the Water and Light Commission to take a close look at the need for water conservation measures.

The Nobles County Historical Society Museum launched an exhibit of King Turkey Day memorabilia ranging from beer cans to buttons to 10K T-shirts.

The Nobles County commissioners set the 2014 not-to-exceed levy at 5.69 percent on a 4-1 vote. That was 1.5 percent higher than the 4.19 percent levy previously discussed.

The featured speaker for the 2013 King Turkey Day was Holly Hoffman, a South Dakotan who had been a contestant on "Survivor: Nicaragua."

Deb Meyer, Worthington, located the King Turkey Day medallion. It was resting against a tree trunk in Olson Park. She claimed $100 in Worthington Chamber Bucks for her find.

10 years ago

King's Wok, owned by Zal Chen, reopened recently at a new location, the former Michael's Restaurant building on Worthington's east side. The Chinese buffet restaurant featured 60 different dishes, plus ice cream and beverages.

Four Worthington High School seniors (Adam Vosburgh, Heather Johnson, Andy Hoffman and Lizzy Wetering) participated recently in the Guthrie Summer Conference in Minneapolis.

King Turkey Day board member Brian Almberg of Rushmore created new souvenir turkey statues that were available for purchase at the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

The mother-son team of Keri Larson and Scott Simpson located the King Turkey Day medallion at the foul ball marker at the Centennial Park ball field. The pair claimed their $100 prize. Simpson was a Worthington High School junior.

Jim Terrones and Jim Wychor were named co-honorary turkeys for the 2008 King Turkey Day celebration, while Bruce Lease was named the 2008 King Turkey Day Parade Marshal.

25 years ago

Mountain Lake's Heritage Fair, located at the town's Heritage Village, took place Sept. 11. A variety of Mennonite foods were sold throughout the day, and several children's activities were scheduled.

Nobles County Treasurer Scott McNab announced plans to join his colleague, Auditor Ken Roberts, in retirement effective Jan. 30, 1994. Each was in the midst of his 27th year of service in his respective position.

Mavis Waltjer recently relocated her hair salon to the Worthington City Center. Waltjer owned Hairstyling on Main at 221 10th St., a salon formerly known as Oxford Street Salon on Oxford Street.

Worthington's community services department was considering reinstating funding for Fourth of July fireworks in its 1994 budget.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Rising Sun," "Needful Things" and "The Fugitive."

50 years ago

Two Iowans were killed Sunday afternoon in a grinding two-car collision 10 miles southeast of Spirit Lake, Iowa, at the junction of Iowa Highway 9 and blacktop Highway 203. A 17-year-old male and a 45-year-old woman died. Both drivers were believed to have been killed instantly.

Six persons were injured in a crash on Highway 23 south of Jasper at 1:30 p.m. Sunday. The crash was blamed on the unusual slipperiness of the blacktop in that area when it was wet. Ambulances from Jasper, Pipestone and Garretson, S.D., all reported to the wreck, which was discovered by a passerby and occurred in pouring rain.

Apparently lost in dense fog, a small plane spiraled out of the sky Sunday afternoon and smashed to the ground just east of Lake Benton, killing the 35-year-old male pilot of Huron, S.D. It was thought the mishap occurred around 4:15 p.m.

Around 3:50 a.m. Sunday, a semi-trailer truck driven by a 33-year-old Aberdeen, S.D., man overturned just north of Sibley, Iowa. The truck was carrying 70 head of 500- to 600-pound feeder steers, most of whom spilled into the ditch. Seven were killed. The remaining cattle immediately scattered in all directions, and despite the best efforts of the amateur wranglers, 16 head were still counted missing as of Monday morning.

Superintendent Shirl Held reported that enrollment in ISD 518 schools was down 80 from the 1967 school year. The total in all the buildings, including the Crippled Children's School which had 48 students, was 3,073 compared with 3,115 the previous year. The senior high reported 890 students.

75 years ago

A.P. Hagberg, for a number of years the manager of the Standard bulk station at Adrian, was assigned to the local plant as agent, succeeding Ed Ehlers, who recently resigned the Worthington post. Ehlers said that ill health was behind his resignation, an announcement that surprised many Worthington residents. Hagberg was no stranger to Worthington, as the son of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Hagberg of the town.

Wayne Babcock, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ben Babcock, Wilmont, was reported last February as missing in action. Only this week did the family receive word via the international Red Cross that Babcock was a prisoner of the Japanese.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Red Owl Super Market included veal chops for 33 cents a pound, an eight-ounce package of Wheaties for 10 cents, a 50-pound bag of Gold Medal flour for $2.25, a seven-ounce jar of Heinz prepared mustard for nine cents, a two-pound jar of peanut butter for 47 cents, a pound of taffy sticks for 29 cents and a pound of sliced liver for 17 cents.

Gay Allen was "definitely" retiring as a contractor and builder after 55 years in the game. The Worthington resident and veteran carpenter recently passed his 75th birthday. His father had settled in Worthington in 1876, when Gay was a lad of eight years.

The outlook was good for the lifting of the embargo on the sale of turkeys sometime early in October, according to the state supervisor of the food distribution administration. The embargo on civilian purchase of turkeys became effective Aug. 2 and was necessary to insure a sufficient supply of holiday turkeys for U.S. armed forces overseas. Wherever it was physically possible, American soldiers and sailors would have turkey for their Thanksgiving meal.