Looking Back: 1940 -- City utilities official attends meeting on lake pollution

One year ago The 24th annual Flying Farmer Fun Fly, featuring radio-controlled aircraft, took place at Boldt International Airfield at the Dave Boldt farm south of Rushmore. Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Charli...

One year ago

The 24th annual Flying Farmer Fun Fly, featuring radio-controlled aircraft, took place at Boldt International Airfield at the Dave Boldt farm south of Rushmore.

Assistant Commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture Charlie Poster visited the Nystrom family farm on Quine Avenue south of Worthington to view the progress of the beef herd expansion there. Poster was in the midst of a tour of the state’s west-central region.

Worthington’s former Kilbride Clinic was being rehabilitated by a small group of private investors in an effort to preserve the historic property at 701 11th St.

A little more than one year after his devastating motorcycle accident, Worthington resident Wayne Klumper was preparing to participate in the YMCA Fun Run at Olson Park.


Five years ago

A storm with strong winds of up to 83 miles per hour hit southwest Minnesota Friday night, knocking down trees and branches, pulling down a few barns and causing other damage in the area.

Mike and Deb Anderson recently opened The Crystal at the site of the former Bullpen sports bar in Adrian. The Crystal was a steakhouse and seafood restaurant.

A new barn, commissioned with a $9,000 gift from the estate of Harvey Ordnung, was preparing to debut at the Rock County Fair in Luverne.

Plans for the event center in Worthington were stalled, and the project, dubbed “stagnant,” was on hold due to a dearth of developers interested in investing in the project.

The Christian music group “Go Fish” performed a free concert in Worthington on the west lawn of Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Charles Top of Top Auto Sales was charged with selling used motor vehicles without a license.

10 years ago


Worthington’s first ever Wild West Extravaganza, hosted in conjunction with a rib fest, took place over the weekend on the grounds of Pioneer Village.

Farley’s and Sathers Candy Co. Inc. of Round Lake announced its tentative decision to consolidate its Bob’s Candies operations at one plant in Reynosa, Mexico.

A new massage therapy business, Body Wise, was set to open on Aug. 1 at 1118 Oxford St., Suite 7, Worthington. Massage therapists with the business were Dawn Barrett and Carrie Heidebrink.

More than 10,000 RAGBRAI bicyclists passed through the Sanborn, Iowa, area during the 33rd annual event.

The families of Chad and Stacy Hokeness and Jack and Jane Hokeness, rural Adrian, were named the Nobles County Farm Family of the Year. The Hokenesses farmed 1,700 acres of corn, soybeans and produce, as well as having a 1,200-head Holstein feeder cattle operation.

Authorities discovered nearly 200 pounds of marijuana at a residence in rural Slayton when exercising a search warrant on the property. Murray County Sheriff Steve Telkamp said it was “probably the largest marijuana bust we’ve ever had.”

25 years ago

Gretchen Bartelson opened Gretchen’s, a fabric and sewing supply shop, in Sibley, Iowa.


Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Die Hard 2,” “Days of Thunder,” “the Adventures of Ford Fairlane” and “K-9.”

The first annual Kanaranzi Creek Jubilee took place at Adrian’s Lower Park. It was sponsored by the Adrian Park Department to help raise funds for a boiler for the town’s swimming pool.

Worthington FFA members and the Ocheda Beavers 4-H Club signed on to clear roadside ditches along Minnesota 60 and U.S. 59/Minnesota 60 south of Worthington over the next two years.

Gov. Rudy Perpich was in Worthington as part of his “Capital for a Day” series.

More than 50 area piano teachers were expected to attend a Schaum piano and keyboard workshop in the Nobles County Farmers room on Aug. 8, which Joan Cupp (a piano and organ teacher from Indiana) was to lead.

50 years ago

Barbara Jess of Rock Rapids, Iowa, was named Miss Sheldon Soybean Queen of 1965 as part of the annual Soybean Days festivities in Sheldon, Iowa. Another area queen was Marjean Ommen, 18, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.G. Ommen, Fulda, who was selected the 1965 Fulda Water Queen.

A new $3,000 piece of equipment for the care of heart patients was added to Worthington Municipal Hospital. Known as a cardiac monitoring system, it worked on the same principle as the electrocardiograph, with visual oscilloscope. Teams of trained nurses and doctors were being taught how to operate it.


Bass had started showing up on stringers from Lake Okabena this past weekend. Crappies continued their spree, with good catches common. A few walleyes and catfish were also coming in to keep fishermen busy.

Members of the Southwest Minnesota Farm Management Association hosted 40 Nebraska farmers, all members of a similar association, for a farm tour. Among the farms they were visiting were those of Curtis Pietz, Arnold Hussong and Vernon Voss.

The Fulda High School band, under the direction of Ervin Rotenberry, recently won first place for bands under 50 members at the Aquatennial Parade in Minneapolis.

75 years ago

Nobles County farmers had embarked upon a definite program of dairy improvement, according to Nobles County Agent Gene Stower. While the area was “likely to remain primarily a beef, hog and poultry feeding territory,” farmers had seen the advantage of milking a number of good cows. Stower reported that several hundred well-bred heifer calves, mostly Holsteins and Guernseys, had been brought into the county in the last couple of years. Local dairy breeders had also supplied a good deal of superior dairy stock to their neighbors. Within a couple of years, that influx of better stock “will make itself felt in better dairy practices and profits,” Stower said.

Superintendent N.D. Miller of the city utilities spent Wednesday in the Twin Cities, conferring with university chemists and state officials relative to potential Worthington water supply, with emphasis upon how far the city might proceed to cope with pollution of Lake Okabena. While at present the Worthington water situation was not at an acute stage, demands of a rapidly growing town were mounting steadily, and expansion of the water distribution was a continuous process.

An open house took place at the Worthington municipal power plant over the weekend, with the Worthington municipal band presenting a concert in front of the plant at 3 p.m. Sunday. Patrons attending the open house were given a slip entitling them to collect a free bulb at the city office.

Worthington registered a high temperature of 104 degrees on July 25. Meanwhile, grasshoppers were “taking their toll” on many alfalfa fields in Nobles County and were also doing some damage to uncut flax. The unusually hot weather was drying up roadsides and pastures, forcing the hoppers into the farm crop lands.

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