Looking Back - 1934: Ellsworth celebrates 50 years

One year ago The construction of Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity's latest project -- the chapter's sixth house -- was on schedule, with completion of a new home in Pipestone for Samantha Brady and her three children slated for complet...

One year ago

The construction of Southwestern Minnesota Habitat for Humanity's latest project -- the chapter's sixth house -- was on schedule, with completion of a new home in Pipestone for Samantha Brady and her three children slated for completion by Oct. 11.

Nate Einck designed the 2008 King Turkey Day button, which he created using a drawing by former Daily Globe cartoonist Bob Artley with additions of his own touches.

Okabena Towers, on Worthington's 12th Street, marked its 30th anniversary.

Aphid populations across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa had been excessive in recent weeks, forcing many farmers to apply insecticide and monitor fields for a second explosion of the yield-robbing pests.


Melanie Loy, District 518 orchestra instructor, led her 75 summer strings students in an outdoor orchestral serenade to cap the students' summer studies.

Five years ago

Area celebrations this week included Bigelow's Swampy Days and Lake Park's (Iowa) Town & Country Boosters Farmer Appreciation Days.

Nobles County RSVP volunteers made tote bags to give to children being transitioned into foster care. The "Love Totes" included a polar fleece blanket, Beanie Baby, shampoo, soap and toothbrush.

Rural Chandler farmers Tom and Mary Mesner and their three children were honored as the Murray County Farm Family of the Year.

More than 80 volunteers helped rebuild the dining hall at Lake Shetek Baptist Camp. A single lightning strike on May 1 resulted in the previous hall burning down.

Lack of an available contractor resulted in a one-month delay in the completion of the U.S. 59 project between Worthington and Fulda, MnDoT announced.

10 years ago


The $25,000 goal was easily surpassed as a record $41,500 was raised for the American Cancer Society by the Nobles County Relay for Life event.

The month of July went into the record books as the third warmest in the past 25 years. The average of July's daytime highs was 85 degrees, 2.3 degrees warmer than usual. Ten days in July had daytime highs of 90 degrees or higher.

Jerry Wieman, Nobles County's emergency management director, was in the process of distributing a new Y2K contingency two-page plan designed to deal with the loss of communications systems due to possible failures caused by the Y2K bug.

Immanuel Lutheran School of Lakefield marked its centennial with a two-day festival.

25 years ago

A tree branch that broke loose -- no one was sure what caused the accident -- damaged the windshields of two cars in Worthington Sunday night. Damage was inflicted on a 1978 Corvette, owned by Keith Kruse, and on an older Buick which was parked nearby.

Frank Gunnink of Leota won Tuesday's election for Nobles County commissioner in a close race. Gunnink won the special election over Arnold Henning of Wilmont by a vote of 373 to 360. The race was for the remaining four months in the term of 2nd district commissioner Richard Gunnink, who died in June (the two Gunninks were not related).

Stuart McNab, secretary of the Nobles County Fair, said attendance at the 1984 fair was "really good." Pleasant weather apparently helped, and grandstand attendance was up. McNab estimated that roughly 800 people attended the concert and dance by The Doctors Sunday night.


Brewster's Frank and Ethel Krukemeyer were honored as Nobles County's Outstanding Senior Citizens. They were cited for their many activities, including developing the Brewster Senior Center and their work for RSVP and Southern Minnesota Opportunity Council.

50 years ago

The Okabena Farmers Co-op Elevator Company celebrated its 50th anniversary. The five original stockholders were Sam Frederickson, a member of the original board of directors and treasurer for 46 years, F. A. Milbrath, Theodore Gruff, Henry Scheppmann and J. C. Ruthenbeck.

Arlene Schoone, daughter of Okabena's Mr. and Mrs. Julius Schoone and already Miss Worthington and Turkey Day Queen, was crowned Miss Soybean Queen. The new title came in a competition sponsored by Sheldon, Iowa, as part of the first annual Soybean Days, which attracted an area crowd of 8,000.

A gradually retreating water level left the boathouse at the southeast edge of Lake Okabena practically inaccessible from the water. Water level in the lake was four feet below normal, and piers came to an end on dry ground.

More than 20 neighbors of Marlyn Heeren, rural Magnolia, came to the Heeren farm to complete combining chores. Heeren was combining two days earlier when he lost his right foot and part of his right leg in a combine mishap. He was reported in good condition at the Adrian Hospital.

75 years ago

The second of three men who swindled Ben Sobol out of $2,800 in 1931 was arrested in Chicago Tuesday and was being returned to Worthington this week by Sheriff Eldon Rowe. He was H. Simon, alias Ebberstein, who was the advance man for the swindlers. Simon was known to have been in Chicago for several months, but officers there were previously unable to apprehend him.


Ellsworth laid plans for its golden jubilee celebration, set for Aug. 15 and 16. The village of Ellsworth came into being in the fall of 1884 as the result of the building of a railroad through Grand Prairie Township.

Algae blooms in Lake Okabena, a problem for a number of years, were worse now than for some time. Not only is the Worthington lake seriously affected, but virtually all lakes in this part of the country had "a considerable quantity of the blue-green algae which is offensive both in appearance and odor. Spirit Lake and the Okobojis are among those where the plant is particularly bad this year."

J. A. Snyder was re-elected president of the Worthington board of education, while R. M. Hurlbert was re-elected clerk. John Berg was elected treasurer, succeeding H. E. Dolch. "The opening date of school this fall has not yet been definitely determined, but will be either Sept. 4 or 10. The latter date is most likely to be chosen, and if it is, spring vacation will be eliminated to make up for starting later than usual."

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