Looking Back: 1995 — 10 Windom residents earn medals of honor


One year ago

After two vehicles had broken through the ice last weekend on area lakes (Lake Shetek and West Graham Lake), Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Conservation Officer Andrew Dirks was urging the public to use caution when driving on lakes. Dirks said warmer days during the winter had created pressure ridges on some lakes, with snow cover making it difficult to tell exactly where they were. "Ice is never guaranteed safe," reminded Dirks.

The United Way of Nobles County met its 2019 fundraising goal of $196,000, actually exceeding it to tally $197,754.91. That was a $1,000 increase over what was received in the 2018 campaign, the local organization president, Len Bakken, reported.

Worthington High School seniors Anna Meyer and Davis Moore were named the school's 2019 Triple "A" nominees for excelling in academics, fine arts and athletics.

The first major snowstorm of 2019 struck with a vengeance Friday, forcing schedule changes to the Worhtington Winterfest celebration.


Five years ago

The Rev. Richard Ricker was retiring in February from full-time ministry after serving for 20 years as pastor at Worthington's First Lutheran Church. Ricker's tenure was the second longest of all pastors who had served the local church in its 142-year history.

The Worthington Area Christian Ministers Association and Love INC were sponsoring a Saturday conference entitled "Meeting Your Neighbor in a Diverse Community: A Cross-Cultural Converation for Community Engagement."

KM Graphics recently relocated its business site to 1131 Oxford St., Worthington.

Jodi Picoult's novel "Leaving Time" was the first selection of 2015 for the Nobles County Library Book Club, which was beginning its second year.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "American Sniper," "Wedding Ringer," "Paddington," "Taken 3" and "Into the Woods."

10 years ago

After struggling to keep their heads above water for several years, the members of Worthington's Calvin Knuth Post 5 American Legion voted to close at the end of January the post home and lounge it operated. The group said it would maintain its charter but had simply run out of money for keeping the physical location operating.


The Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce's annual banquet took place, with Bruce Viessman receiving the Friend of Education Award and Bruce Lease selected as the Community Service Award recipient. Crafty Corner and Mark's Towing jointly received the Worthington Hospitality Award. Incoming 2010 Chamber of Commerce chair was Diane Schettler.

More than 40 people took an icy plunge in the Deep Freeze Dip on Lake Okabena, raising more than $40,000 for the Southwest Minnesota Honor Flight. The Deep Freeze Dip was part of Worthington's first Winter Fest festivities.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's Fareway Foods included broccoli or cauliflower for 99 cents, a five-pound bag of russet potatoes for $2.49, a 24-ounce carton of Land o' Lakes cottage cheese for $1.49 and a 10-ounce box of Nabisco snack crackers for $1.99.

25 years ago

Thomson Newspaper Corporation announced that the Daily Globe and 24 other daily newspapers it owned were for sale. The decision was based on the newspapers' sizes and locations relative to other properties owned by Thomson. The Daily Globe had a paid circulation of 13,549 subscribers and was the only Minnesota newspaper Thomson owned.

Windom Mayor John Galle recently presented medals of honor to 10 community members in various categories. C.O. Castledine received the Mayor's Choice medal, Jana Schapakahm received the Human Services medal, Vi Nerhus received the Education medal, Charles and Dorothy Keller received the Service by Elderly medal, Gordon Stanley received the Good Neighbor medal, Scott Woizeschke received the Artistic Achievement medal, Donald Pabst received the Services with Disability medal, Gordon Hanefeld received the Community-Wide Service medal, Stan Morse received the Employee medal and Winifred Hoppert received the City Service medal.

Janet Dykstra was named the CEO of Osceola Community Hospital, Sibley. She had served the facility in various capacities for the previous 19 years.

50 years ago


Nobles County Attorney Gary Crippen noted a declining rate of criminal and delinquent conduct in Nobles County. He pointed out that 1967 was a high mark, and that the level of offenses since then had been declining "distinctly" and at a higher rate than in metropolitan areas of the state. However, Crippen noted that two main problems persisted, including the continuation of abusive practices in connection with liquor, drugs and sex, and the threat posed to continued vitality of local government from "those who would create new forms of regional government which do not reflect the region of interest of our people."

Worthington mayor Robert Demuth and Worthington High School basketball coach Don Basche were among the victims of "knowledgeable donkeys" on Saturday during the Worthington Jaycees' Donkey Basketball Night at the high school.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson's Super Valu, Worthington, included lean minute steak for 79 cents a pound, a pound of yellow bananas for 10 cents, a two-pound can of Folger's coffee for $1.39, a 25-pound bag of enriched flour for $1.69, a 14-ounce bottle of Heinz tomato Ketchup for 19 cents and a package of 10 Wilson skinless wieners for 49 cents.

75 years ago

Free coffee, shelters and plenty of warming fires were available to those taking part in the community skating party at the Worhtington city park Sunday from 3 to 6 p.m. Vincent Hollaren, chairman of the C and C special events committee, said beverages, sandwiches, candy bars and ice cream were also to be sold at the event.

Capt. Glen Anderson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Jodie Anderson, Fulda, was distinguishing himself over the western European front as pilot of a C-47. On and after D-day he shuttled back and forth with paratroopers, glider-borne troops and engineers. He was promoted, and given an additional oak leaf cluster to be attached to his air medal, after bringing his big, unarmed craft safely back from a mission to the low countries, despite heavy damage from flak. He entered the service in April 1942 and went to his English base in early 1944.

Hardy Rickbeil was re-elected to the board of directors of the Worthington Savings and Loan Association, while E.F. Habicht was named first vice president, at the bank's recent annual meeting.

John L. Olson, Worthington, was elected president of the Minnesota Swine Producers at a recent meeting of the organization. Olson was at present head of the Nobles County Livestock Improvement Association.

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