Looking Back: 1941 -- Area pioneer feted with 85th birthday party

)ne year agoTwo semi-finalists were named in the search for a new president at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Terry Gaalswyk and Martin Reimer were the candidates for the job. Interviews with the candidates were scheduled for the...

)ne year ago
Two semi-finalists were named in the search for a new president at Minnesota West Community and Technical College. Terry Gaalswyk and Martin Reimer were the candidates for the job. Interviews with the candidates were scheduled for the week at Pipestone, Canby, Granite Falls, Jackson and Worthington.

Stan Wendland, owner of The Stag Clothiers in Windom, was retiring in May and announced that plans were underway for him to sell the business to Tanya Wagner, owner of the Classy and Sassy boutique in Worthington.

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar took time to learn more about wind energy during a Wednesday afternoon visit to the EDF Renewable Energy plant in Chandler.

The Fulda Community Players presented “Anything Goes” in the Fulda Elementary gym.

After a couple of months of discussion, the Nobles County commissioners approved lighting projects along Minnesota 91, at the intersections of State Aid Highways 14, 16 (leading to Wilmont), 18 (to St. Kilian) and 20 (to Leota).


The Worthington Public Utilities Water & Light commissioners voted unanimously to implement watering restrictions and seek city council approval to amend the city ordinance on water use.

Jolene Loetscher spoke at Minnesota West during an event co-sponsored by the Southwest Crisis Center and the Nobles County Integration Collaborative. Loetscher, a successful professional woman, was also a survivor of sexual assault, and April was Sexual Assault Awareness Month and National Child Abuse Prevention Month.

Five years ago

U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar spoke about agriculture, education and the region’s economy with local officials Wednesday at the Happy Chef in Windom.

The Prairie Arts Continuum presented “The Wizard of Oz” at the BARC auditorium in Windom.

Martin Scanlon, a professor of food science at the University of Manitoba, was among the guest speakers at the seventh annual Regional Bioscience Conference in Worthington.

A forum at Minnesota West Community and Technical College addressed the impact of changing demographics and the current fiscal deficit on higher education. The forum was part of an ongoing study by the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MNSCU) system.

The “Amazing” Worthington City Band introduced band-produced cookbooks, with sales proceeds slated to off-set some of the expenses related to the band’s July 2011 tour to Crailsheim, Germany.


“Deuces Wild! Dueling Piano Show” was the featured entertainment at the annual Worthington YMCA fundraising “cruise” dinner.

10 years ago

The Fulda Community Players presented “Annie, Get Your Gun” at Fulda Elementary School.

The hair salon formerly known as City Looks had a new name and a new location. It was renamed Mirror’s Image and had moved into a newly renovated space at 727 1/2 Oxford St., Worthington, next to the Malters, Shepherd & Von Holtum law office.

Champion Enterprises was the new owner of Worthington’s Highland Manufacturing. Highland president Greg DeGroot said the Auburn Hills, Mich.-based Champion was already a national leader in factory-built construction. Its debt-free acquisition of Highland was valued at $23 million. Highland had been in business since 1986 and employed between 180-200 people in Worthington.

Grassroots Community Theater and the Minnesota West theater department presented the comic farce “Said the Spider to the Spy,” directed by Mary Jane Mardesen.

Jan Larson was named the Southwest Minnesota Counselors Association “Counselor of the Year.” Larson had been a counselor at Worthington High School for the past 11 years.

25 years ago


Ole Hellie, a resident of the Good Samaritan Village, Pipestone, celebrated his 105th birthday this week.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “The Doors,” “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II: Secret of the Ooze” and “Career Opportunities.”

The Des Moines River Township board recently voted to dismantle the 108-year-old bridge spanning the Des Moines River east of Avoca. The bridge had played an important role in the history of the township and community of Avoca. Early settlers were able to drive heavily loaded freight wagons over the river to town where wheat was ground and supplies were purchased, and the bridge also linked the town so children could attend the early rural schools.

Doug and Marcia Anton, Worthington, were honored as the 1991 Nobles County Farm Family of the Year.

Cornelius Smit, superintendent of the Fulda and Slayton school districts, was named an Administrator of Excellence at the Minnesota Association of School Administrators conference. Smit had been superintendent at Slayton since 1983, and had presided over the linked school districts since 1989.

The fourth annual Children’s Fair, with a theme of “Good Beginnings Never End,” took place at Worthington’s Northland Mall.

50 years ago

Jackson County residents were invited to tour the new offices of the extension service at Lakefield. The new quarters are more than twice as large as previously and resulted from an addition being built on by the village of Lakefield.

A parked police car in front of the Worthington police department sustained $15 damage when an auto driven by Ralph O. Lundquist, 25, Lake Park, Iowa, pulled into an adjoining stall and bumped the police car. Damage to the civilian vehicle was set at $5.

Fire of an unknown origin destroyed a hog house on the Rodney Luchtenberg farm seven miles southeast of Edgerton at 5 p.m. Friday. No stock was lost, but some baled hay in the building burned. Estimate of the loss was not immediately determined.

A thief or thieves broke into United Building Center, DeVries Implement and Hamm’s Sales in Pipestone between 3 and 4 a.m. on Friday. At the building center, a small amount of cash was taken; no other losses had been determined.

Debra Johnson, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Veryl Johnson, Worthington, and Larry Lowe, son of Mr. and Mrs. Philip Lowe, Rushmore, won grand awards for best projects submitted by a girl and a boy during the Worthington Ninth Grade Science Fair. Debra’s effort demonstrated the making of rubber, while Larry’s focused on photo relay systems. An estimated 2,000 people visited the fair at Memorial Auditorium.

85 years ago

Frederick A. Bjornstad of Worthington graduated from the School of Agriculture, University Farm, St.Paul, on March 25. The commencement exercises at the school differed from most commencements, with the outstanding feature being a series of demonstrations presented by representative class members. Bjornstad was one of the class members featured, giving a talk titled “Contributions of Animals to Human Health.”

A sound motion picture that graphically portrayed the story of the Ford Motor Company and its widespread activities was exhibited free of charge in a special Ford exhibit at the Tellander-Hagge garage. The picture, titled “A Tour Through the Ford Factory,” showed the gathering of raw materials, their arrival at the Rouge plant in Dearborn, Mich., and the numerous stages at the plant through which they pass in the process of making Ford cars and trucks. “It is, in short, an education in the extent and meaning of modern volume production.”

An 85th birthday celebration for Hans Nystrom of Bigelow Township took place on the very homestead which he took up on coming to Nobles County six decades earlier. Joining in the celebration were 55 relatives and friends of the hardy pioneer, then the oldest in age and residence of the surviving settlers of that rich farming community. Nystrom had homesteaded in Bigelow township in 1871, filing on the southwest quarter of Section 24, which had been his home ever since. At the time of his settling in Nobles County, the St. Paul and Sioux City railway, now the Omaha, had been constructed only as far as St. James, and Nystrom played a part in its construction into Worthington. For his first winter’s supply of provisions, Nystrom had to go to Windom, which was then two days away with an ox team. When the village of Worthington was founded, Nystrom purchased the first stove ever sold in that town. Nystrom was also credited with providing the infant city its first water supply by hand-digging two wells on what is now the courthouse square.

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