Looking Back: 2007 -- Luverne airport gets key federal funding

One year ago District 518's seven school board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the Nov. 8 general election ballot. District 518 voters would be asked to either approve or turn down a request for $79 million in school buildin...

One year ago

District 518's seven school board members voted unanimously to approve a resolution for the Nov. 8 general election ballot. District 518 voters would be asked to either approve or turn down a request for $79 million in school building bonds to fund a new high school and renovation of existing buildings to accommodate the district's growing student population.


AGCO Jackson awarded scholarships to five young adults who planned to study either welding or mechatronics at Minnesota West Community and Technical College in the fall. The new mechatronics program was a combination of Minnesota West's former fluid power and industrial technology programs.



The draft of a management plan for Lake Ocheda, drafted with input from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Ducks Unlimited and the Okabena-Ocheda  Watershed District, was expected to be ready for public review by the end of July.


The Tracy House Museum in Ocheyedan, Iowa, was displaying photographs and artifacts in advance of the community's 125th anniversary.

Five years ago Robert Docherty was appointed a District Court Judge in Minnesota's Fifth Judicial District, with his chambers in New Ulm.


Jesse Flynn opened his own practice, Jesse A. Flynn Law Office, in downtown Worthington. Flynn was a graduate of St. John's and Hamline School of Law.


The 65 bicyclists participating in Across America North spent Monday night in Worthington. The group was in the midst of a 60-day, 3,667-mile, coast-to-coast bike tour.



The Nobles County commissioners authorized Sheriff Kent Wilkening to begin the process of replacing the county's K-9, Chase. With handler training, the next K-9 was expected to cost $15,400.


Toni Smith, education director at the Association of Minnesota Counties, was providing facilitation services in Nobles County in the areas of planning and  goal-setting. Smith was hired by the county commissioners to help with the county's rebuilding process in the wake of the departure of former Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert.


Mary Galles retired after 34 years as postmaster at the Avoca Post Office.

10 years ago A new program at the Nobles County Jail, CARE (Community Advanced Release Efforts), aimed to help inmates get their lives in order and lessen the likelihood of a return to jail.



Worthington native Troy Bassett opened Premier Tile in Worthington.


About 70 bicyclists with the America by Bicycle odyssey stopped in Worthington Monday night. They were in the midst of a 50-day, 3,600 mile bike journey.


District 518 schools were anticipating a one percent enrollment increase for the 2007-08 school year, according to Superintendent John Landgaard.


Luverne's Quentin Aanenson Field was granted $156,750 in federal funds to assist with the $3 million runway project at the airport.


After nearly a month without rain, Nobles County and its surrounding area received a half-inch or more of precipitation, and the storm was being called a "saving grace" by crop producers.

25 years ago The Jackson County Arts Guild presented "The Music Man" at the Jackson Middle School Auditorium. Tim McConnell was featured as Harold Hill. McConnell was a vocal music instructor at Lakefield. He'd played the character Winthrop in a Duluth production of "The Music Man" at age 9.


Plans and specifications for a new hospital addition and renovation at the Windom Area Hospital were approved during a Windom City Council meeting.


The Worthington City Council authorized spending $2,350 for a study to determine the cost of reroofing Memorial Auditorium. In addition, the council was considering increasing the number of Memorial Auditorium board members from five to seven (or up to nine).


Area fishermen reported good action on area lakes, with walleyes biting on Lake Okabena, walleyes and crappies at Lake Shetek, walleyes and bullheads at Round Lake, walleyes and blue gills at Lake Benton and "walleyes out in force" at the Lake Talcott area.

50 years ago Cindy Honerman was the queen of Adrian's annual Harvest Festival, which included a Saturday night parade. Proceeds from the celebration went to the town's swimming pool fund.


Worthington's YMCA men - 45 in all - went door-to-door throughout town selling watermelons as part of the Y's annual watermelon sale.


Work was underway on the widening to four lanes of Expressway 60 between I-90 and Oxford Street in Worthington.


Four amateur artists from Worthington were ribbon winners in the first Minnesota regional art show, hosted at Redwood Falls this week. A.E. Schar received  ribbons for an oil and a water color, while Mrs. Bradley Dickey received a ribbon for a water color. Mrs. John Greene's oil sketch brought a ribbon, as did Myrle Cooper's pastel.


A Brownies day-camp took place at Graham Lakes, with campers finding their own clay, cooking a meal and engaging in other activities.

75 years ago Frank Hoskins and Les Bixby, who left Worthington three weeks earlier with a group of county men to take jobs on the Alaska highway project northwest of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, returned home on Friday. They reported they were unable to cope with disorders arising from poor drinking water in the locality where they were stationed. A number of Murray County men who went in the same shipment were reported to also be home due to the same problem.


George Foster Moore, 69, the first male child born in Worthington, died Saturday following an operation in Minneapolis to halt an abdominal ailment. Moore was born Nov. 18, 1872, as the only child of Dr. George O. and Clara Foster Moore, who came to Worthington with the earliest settlers.


Salls Food Store, Worthington, advertised pork chops for 29 cents a pound, 10 pounds of white cobbler potatoes for 29 cents, two cantaloupe for 29 cents, three pounds of navy beans for 25 cents and a dozen peaches for 19 cents.

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