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Looking Back: 1992 -- City's oldest house moved to Pioneer Village

One year ago With the new year, the Worthington Police Department welcomed new officers Jacob Refsland and Dustin Roemeling to their force. Asar Tut, son of Jiokea Tut, was the first baby born at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in 2016. He arr...

One year ago

With the new year, the Worthington Police Department welcomed new officers Jacob Refsland and Dustin Roemeling to their force.

Asar Tut, son of Jiokea Tut, was the first baby born at Sanford Worthington Medical Center in 2016. He arrived at 4:28 p.m. on Jan. 3.

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At its first meeting of the new year, the Nobles County Board of Commissioners elected Gene Metz as chairman and Donald Linssen as vice-chairman.

Worthington Windsurfing Regatta & Music Festival officials announced that Kat Perkins, a semifinalist on NBC's "The Voice," would be the headline performer at the June event.

Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz made a campaign appearance at the Lantern Coffeehouse and Roastery in Sibley, Iowa.

Worthington High School gymnasts supported Mick's Repair in gifting a much-needed van to Roger Geertsema, a longtime fan and supporter of the local gymnastics team.

Five years ago Construction was progressing on Worthington's new fire hall. The facility's exterior walls were in place, and the fire hall was expected to be completed by late September or early October.

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Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "We Bought a Zoo," "The Adventures of TinTin," "Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked," and "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol."

Hope Charity Rayne Grant was the first baby born in 2012 at Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Hope arrived at 11:43 a.m. on New Year's Day, weighing seven pounds, six ounces. She was the daughter of Sonja Grant, Adrian.

A suspect in the armed robbery of the Rolling Hills Bank & Trust in Brewster was arrested within hours of the incident. The FBI had Mark Edward Wetsch, 49, in custody after arresting him in St. Peter. No customers were present and no one was injured during the Tuesday robbery, when Wetsch allegedly brandished a black handgun and left with an undisclosed amount of cash shortly before noon.

Demolition of the former YMCA building in downtown Worthington began this week.

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10 years ago Wine & Stein opened on Luverne's Main Street recently. Barb Kuper, a Luverne native, owned the shop.

Jack Lyle Cihak was the first baby born in 2007 at Worthington Regional Hospital. Cihak was the son of J.B. and Fallon Cihak of Windom. He arrived at 8:20 a.m. Jan. 2, weighing seven pounds, 12 ounces.

A Jan. 2 fire destroyed the Bigelow home of Julie Hohensee, who was wintering in Texas. A neighbor saw the blaze and called 911 at 4:07 a.m.

Roger Nelson, a 12-year Worthington City Council member, attended his final meeting as Ward 2 Alderman. Nelson was defeated in his November bid for re-election by Mike Kuhle.

The Pipestone County Board of Commissioners voted 3-2 to cease discussions about combining Pipestone County Family Services with the Lincoln, Lyon and Murray Human

Services group. The proposal to merge with the larger organization had arisen four times over the 35 years since LLMHS was formed.

Worthington Middle School sixth-grade students spent their first post-break week at school learning about the Iditarod and enacting a mock race within the school that involved 10 different checkpoints at which they completed puzzles, math problems and experiments related to the Iditarod.

25 years ago The house reportedly known as Worthington's oldest was in the process of being moved to a new resting spot at Pioneer Village. The H.J. Ludlow house, parts of which were first constructed in 1871, was donated to the Nobles County Historical Society, with moving costs paid by an anonymous donor. It was the white frame house's center portion, measuring 11 x 17 feet, that was considered the oldest and dated to 1871.

Daily Globe outdoor columnist Tom Pribyl reflected on the expansion of area ice houses. Pribyl noted that in the past, ice houses averaged 4 x 8 feet, with a 6 x 8 foot ice house considered big. Today, Pribyl said the most common ice house size was 8 x 12 feet, with some being large enough to include sleeping quarters. In fact, a Lakefield man had an 8 x 20-foot ice house on a lake west of Jackson.

50 years ago An as-of-yet unnamed boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Dykema of Reading was the first baby born at Worthington Municipal Hospital in 1967. He arrived at 4:05 a.m. Jan. 1 and had three older siblings, ages 15, 12 and 4.

Worthington and Round Lake firemen fought their first fire of the new year on Jan. 2 and saved a farmhouse from total loss. Stuart McNab, Round Lake fire chief, said a short in an electric blanket was the evident culprit responsible for the fire at the Jim Jansen farm five miles east and two and one-half miles south of Worthington in Indian Lake Township. Fire damage was confined to the bedroom where the fire originated, the attic and the roof, although smoke damage throughout the house was extensive.

Advertised entertainment this week at Worthington's Coliseum Ballroom included The Talismen (featuring Marlys Roe) on Friday evening and Wally Jerome on Saturday night.

Bill Brower, 36, joined the Daily Globe's display advertising department.

75 years ago A daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Sterling Anderson, Worthington, at 1:20 a.m. on Jan. 1 was the first New Year's baby born in Nobles County. Adrian submitted four contenders in the annual baby derby, the first being the son of Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Roemeling, Adrian, who was born at 2:43 a.m. Jan. 1. Twins born to Mr. and Mrs. Albert Heitkamp, Olney Township, at the Adrian hospital also were strong contenders for the honor of being the first local baby of 1942. Adrian's fourth New Year's baby was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Entwhistle, Adrian, born at 6:30 a.m. Jan. 1. A second New Year's day arrival in Worthington was the son of Mr. and

Mrs. Robert Pigman, born at 2:50 p.m. Jan. 1.

Two homes in the Lismore area were badly damaged by pressure tank and stove explosions early this week, but no one was seriously injured. The top of a pressure tank at the John DeBoer residence, Leota, blew off, crushing a heavy joist above the tank, raising the floor several inches and destroying a cupboardful of dishes. Then, an explosion caused either by dynamite in the coal or from some other source completely destroyed a new kitchen range at the Peter Touw home southwest of Lismore Monday evening. Mrs. Touw suffered slight burns on a leg from embers blown through the stove ash door, and an arm was injured by a flying stove lid.


Nobles County's first war-time quota on tires permitted the sale of only 54 tires for passenger cars and trucks throughout the entire county during January. The quota was based on the January sales records in the county, the shortage of rubber and the classification of necessary vehicle operations.

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