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Looking Back: 1993 -- Snowstorm wreaks havoc with holiday travel

One year ago The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band performed in the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in California. Aaron Marthaler's Yellow Company LLC planned to sell two of its parcels on the former Northland Mall property in ...

One year ago The "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan Marching Band performed in the 86th annual Hollywood Christmas Parade in California.

 

Aaron Marthaler's Yellow Company LLC planned to sell two of its parcels on the former Northland Mall property in Worthington. The buyers' names had not yet been made public, but one was an existing business looking for a new location and the other was a business that would be new to Worthington.

 

A house located south of Iona and west of Fulda in Nobles County was reduced to rubble by a fire in the early hours of Monday morning. A passerby alerted authorities to the fire at 3:50 a.m. When the Fulda Fire Department arrived on the scene, the house was already in ruins. Nobody was hurt, as the house was unoccupied at the time of the fire.

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Connie Lonneman, human resources director and corporate secretary at First State Bank Southwest, was recognized as a "2017 Outstanding Woman in Banking" by NorthWestern Financial Review.

 

After a 66-plus year history, the Turkey Trotters Square Dancing Club of the Worthington area was disbanding. Once filled with 160 members, the club had dwindled to nine. Grace Kay was the last living charter member of the group, while Bernice Camery was the club's oldest and longest-dancing member.

Five years ago Schwalbach Ace Hardware, Worthington, was collecting old holiday lights via a Recycle Your Holidays project of the Recycling Association of Minnesota. Tim Prins, Schwalbach's operations manager, was encouraging consumers to replace their old strands with new LED lights for purposes of safety and efficiency.

 

A benefit meal took place at the Heron Lake Elementary School for Lloyd Kalfs, 25, a Southwest Star Concept graduate who was paralyzed from the chest down in a June car crash.

 

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The Round Lake City Council approved a $6,500 per year, three-year tax abatement request from Ferrara Candy Company to bring AGCO Jackson Operations into a three-year lease agreement regarding the former Farley's and Sathers Candy Co. facilities in Round Lake.

 

The third annual Christmas Tree Forest event took place at Worthington's First United Methodist Church, with donated funds to benefit Love INC.

 

For the 85th year, volunteers worked to distribute Nobles County Community Christmas Baskets to those in need. The previous year, the entirely volunteer-driven program had benefited 300 Nobles County households and a total of 1,250 people, including 600 children under age 12.

10 years ago Due to a partnership between the city of Worthington, JBS and regional agencies, a new 24-unit townhome project was to be constructed in Worthington near the intersection of Cecilee Street and Castlewood Drive in the coming year.

 

The Worthington High School Trojan marching band participated in the 75th annual McDonald's Thanksgiving Parade in Chicago, Ill. The local ensemble was one of 24 bands involved in the holiday spectacle, and the only one from Minnesota in the 2008 parade.

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Worthington High School students raised more than $7,000 in the student council-sponsored Toys for Tykes drive. The funds would be used to purchase toys for children under age 12 whose families were to receive Nobles County Community Christmas Baskets.

 

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Four Christmases," "Australia," "Bolt," "Twilight" and "Quantum of Solace."

 

Matt and Teresa Widboom, rural Worthington, were to represent the state of Minnesota in the Farm Bureau's "Excellence in Agriculture" contest at the National Farm Bureau Association's annual convention at San Antonio, Texas, in January. The Widbooms earned the trip after being chosen the state winners at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation's annual meeting the previous week in Minneapolis.

25 years ago Martin Rickers, Worthington, was appointed the executive director of the Client Community Services Inc.'s board of directors effective Jan. 1, 1994.

 

As of Jan. 1, 1994, Worthington's retired volunteer firefighters would receive a $25 increase in their monthly pensions. The Worthington city council approved the move, which increased retired firefighters' monthly figure to $225. To be eligible, firefighters had to be at least 55 years old and have logged at least 20 years of service.

 

Nitrate levels were too high at the Adrian spring, and with the water being deemed dangerous, area residents needed to find other water sources. The spring's entrance was covered with wire fencing, but many believed the site should be preserved in some fashion as an Adrian landmark. Bob Artley, a former Adrian businessman and a Daily Globe author/illustrator, mentioned the spring had been used as a rest stop on the stagecoach trail decades earlier.

 

A slow-moving snowstorm that entered the tri-state area Wednesday and lingered through Thursday complicated or altogether dashed Thanksgiving travel plans for many families. Worthington recorded seven inches of snow, while totals in other nearby communities were as follows: Slayton, 12 inches; Luverne, 10 inches; Pipestone, 13 inches.

50 years ago On Saturday morning, a large group of Dowell Hinton's friends and neighbors converged on his farm to pick 140 acres of corn. Hinton had been sick and was unable to complete the work himself. Fuel was furnished by Martin Oil of Worthington, while food was donated by Farmer's State Bank of Round Lake, Johnson's Grocery and friends. Wives of the men handled the food preparation.

 

Vandals broke into Immanuel Lutheran Church at Lakefield on Friday night. A fire extinguisher was discharged in the basement, several drawers were ransacked and $1.50 in change was stolen. Officers were investigating the incident.

 

Advertised specials at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included a 12-ounce cup of New Jersey oysters for 89 cents, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, six family size boxes of Royal gelatin for $1, a three-pound bag of mixed nuts in the shell for $1.69 and a bunch of green onions for 10 cents.

 

It took only a few hours on Monday for volunteers to harvest 65 acres of corn at the farm of Mrs. Herb Meier near Fulda. Mr. Meier had died earlier in the fall. Wives of the men who volunteered helped serve dinner.

75 years ago Eight sheep were slowly eating their way back to health and vigor after spending nearly two weeks stuck in a snowdrift on the Kunze brother farm west of Worthington. The sheep were found along a fence by the creek, where they had been snowed under during the Nov. 7 blizzard, according to Ben Kunze. The deep snow prevented an earlier rescue of the sheep, who were not found until much of the snow melted away. Only one of the sheep involved died, with the remaining eight surviving.

 

Two deer hunters were being held for FBI authorities after allegedly shooting at a training plane flown by Herb Eichner, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Peter Eichner of Worthington. The incident took place near St. Coud Saturday. The hunters allegedly fired their shotguns at the plane, and a slug struck the left wing of the plane only three feet from one of the men. Eichner received his aviation ground school training at the Worthington junior college and was an instructor at St. Cloud.

 

Otto Berreau Sr., a pioneer Brewster farmer, died at the age of 85 at his home north of Brewster, where he had lived continuously for the past 75 years. He was born at Waconia on June 13, 1858, but moved to the area with his parents at age 11. He won the Globe's pioneer farmer trophy in 1937 for being Nobles County's oldest farmer in point of service.

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