Looking Back: First baby of year is a family affair


One year ago

Henry Luitjens, 89, was retiring after 18 years as a maintenance employee of the Worthington Housing and Redevelopment Authority.

The city of Worthington stepped in to make necessary repairs to the historic Thompson Hotel after its owners walked away, leaving tenants in unhealthy living conditions.

Five years ago

Gary Olsen, electrical instructor on Minnesota West Community and Technical College's Canby campus, was named the college's representative for the Board of Trustees' Excellence in Teaching award. Honorable mention was given to other Minnesota West instructors who were nominated, including Terri Pelzel of the Jackson campus and Kathy Janssen of the Worthington campus.


Ian Cunningham, Pipestone, was recently elected president of the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts at the association's annual convention in Bloomington. Cunningham, a fourth-generation farmer, had served on the board of supervisors for the Pipestone Soil and Water Conservation District since 1999.

10 years ago

Blake Joseph Nyberg was the first baby born at Sanford Regional Hospital Worthington in 2010. Blake arrived at 4:01 a.m. Jan. 1, which happened to be his actual due date. The six-pound, 10-ounce boy was the son of Rosa Matias and Steven Nyberg. His uncle, Austin Nyberg, was the first baby born in 1995 at the local hospital.

David and Marlyce Logar of rural Pipestone earned the grand prize in the Friends of Minnesota Barns' Barn of the Year competition (farm use division). The couple had owned the barn and their rural Pipestone farm since 2007; they began restoring it the following year.

Adrian State Bank marked its 120th anniversary. It was the 38th oldest bank (out of about 600 banks) in the state.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Sherlock Holmes," "Avatar," "The Blind Side," "Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel" and "It's Complicated."

25 years ago

Michael Peil was sworn in as the First District Commissioner for Nobles County, while Claire Gerber was sworn in as chair of the Nobles County board of commissioners. Delbert Lutmer was the board's vice chair.


Austin Lee Nyberg was the first baby born at Worthington Regional Hospital in 1995. He arrived on Jan. 2 weighing seven pounds, four ounces, and was the son of Michael and Debra Nyberg, Brewster.

C. Devere Johnson retired from United Prairie Bank, Round Lake, after 37.5 years in banking.

Niel Willardson, the son of C. Robert and Margaret Willardson, Worthington, was named assistant vice president at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, responsible for the personnel department.

Worthington native and 1985 Worthington High School graduate Ted Koppy was promoted to the 5 p.m. anchor slot at KDLT-TV, Sioux Falls, S.D. Koppy had been a general assignment reporter at the station for more than three years, and had done fill-in anchor work for the past two years.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 3 were "Little Women," "Dumb and Dumber" and "Richie Rich."

50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Fritz, Reading, were notified over the weekend of the death of their son in Vietnam. Sgt. Lauren (Larry) Fritz, 22, was killed the previous Wednesday in a plane crash. He had joined the Air Force in 1967 and went to Vietnam July 17, 1967. He was attached to a rescue unit using both helicopters and conventional aircraft. Fritz had served two full tours of duty and then signed over for another six months to bring his total time in the war zone to two and one-half years. Fritz was a 1967 graduate of Worthington High School and had worked at Moll Implement until he enlisted. He was the sixth Nobles County man to lose his life in the Vietnam War and the 37th from the southwest Minnesota/northwest Iowa Daily Globe readership area.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy's Super Valu, Worthington, included a 10-ounce jar of Noon Hour herring cutlets for 79 cents, a pound of oleo margarine for 19 cents, a two-pound box of Chef's Delight cheese spread for 69 cents, a pound of bananas for 10 cents, two packages of Jell-O brand self-layering dessert mix for 49 cents and a pound of sirloin steak for 85 cents.


Henkels' Carpet and Draperies, owned by Bob Henkels, moved to 1033 Second Ave., Worthington, the building formerly used as the College Cue. Henkels had managed the carpet department at Benson Furniture Co. for nine years. His business sold and installed carpeting, draperies and also offered a carpet-cleaning service.

An 18-year-old Worthington man plunged into the icy waters of Lake Okabena near the municipal power plant Tuesday night. He had been driving a snowmobile, along with a friend, along Lake Avenue but dense fog had forced the pair onto Lake Okabena for fear of difficulty seeing traffic. The temperature was -4. The other driver leaped from his snowmobile before he was also submerged and was able to help his friend exit the freezing water.

75 years ago

Bing Crosby's brother Bob Crosby was starring, along with Fay McKenzie, in "The Singing Sheriff," the featured movie at Worthington's Grand Theater.

Richard Ivan Stowe, seaman third class and radioman on a Navy torpedo plane somewhere in the Pacific, had been missing since Dec. 23 when he'd left on a routine flight from his base. His parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rex Stowe, 801 Grand Ave., Worthington, received word of his status this week. They were clinging to hopes buoyed up by the routine character of the flight from which the plane failed to return. Stowe had been in the service for 18 months and had left the U.S. mainland early in September. He had been heard from once after the Palau invasion, and again recently, when he was unable to disclose his location.

A small ad on the Dec. 29 edition's front page read, "Your waste paper is needed to speed victory. Have your bundles on the curb tomorrow [Saturday] morning by 9 a.m. for the Boy Scout pick-up."

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