Looking Back: Fulda's Buschena marks 100th birthday

One year ago Colbert "Corky" Bassett, 90, was honored as Nobles County's Outstanding Senior. Bassett volunteered to unlock the doors of Worthington's Center for Active Living daily at 6:30 a.m. and regularly visited area shut-ins at local retirem...

One year ago

Colbert "Corky" Bassett, 90, was honored as Nobles County's Outstanding Senior. Bassett volunteered to unlock the doors of Worthington's Center for Active Living daily at 6:30 a.m. and regularly visited area shut-ins at local retirement centers and nursing homes, among other volunteer activities in which he was engaged.

Melanie Adrian, a recent graduate of Mountain Lake Christian School, won the grand champion designation in the halter category of the 4-H Horse Show at the Cottonwood County Fair.


Nobles County Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder recommended that commissioners invest in equipment -- including an $80,000 self-propelled camera -- to handle problems with aging ditch systems and tile lines in the county.

Dr. Bryan Broussard joined AppleWhite Dental in Worthington recently.

Five years ago The Prairie Elementary parking lot was recently reconstructed. Since the school had opened in 2001, problems had erupted with the parking lot due to settlement and drainage issues. The lot contained approximately 150 parking stalls.

New, larger recycling carts -- 95 gallons each -- were being delivered to Worthington residents over the course of a few weeks.

Graffiti appeared on the sign outside the Worthington VFW, as well as on the nearby Elks Lodge. Police speculated the VFW graffiti was applied from the building's


roof, based on its high placement.

Worthington High School had a pre-school year enrollment of 774 students. At the end of the previous academic year, 694 students were attending.

Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh was elected president of the Coalition of Greater Minnesota Cities at the organization's annual conference.

10 years ago Juan Palma and his girlfriend, Angela Peters, recently opened Palma Customs and Auto Sales on Worthington's Oxford Street. Also working with the auto-focused business were Palma's brothers, Roberto and Isaac Palma.

More than 100 people gathered Monday in front of Worthington High School for a rally in support of the District 518 school referendum. The "Vote Yes" committee was launching a drive in support of the eight-year $1,000-per-pupil operating levy referendum to be submitted to voters in November.


James Scott King, former director of the Windom Economic Development Authority, was sentenced to serve 45 days in jail. King had been charged with more than 100 counts of theft by swindle earlier in the year.

Sen. Norm Coleman received an award from the National Association of Development Organizations, accepting it at the Southwest Regional Development Commission

in Slayton.

25 years ago The 112th annual Nobles County Fair took place.

A total of 466 people gave blood in Worthington during an American Red Cross Bloodmobile visit to the community.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "101 Dalmatians," "Body Parts," "Hot Shots" and "City Slickers."

Campbell Soup Company's Worthington plant was recertified as a select supplier by the parent company.

John Buschena, Fulda, celebrated his 100th birthday. He began Fulda's Buschena Electric, a business now operated by his son Art and Mary Jean Buschena.

50 years ago Milton Madison was named junior showmanship champion in dairy at the Nobles County Fair. Barbara Rust was senior showmanship champion.

A semi-trailer truck owned by Barnes Trucking Company of Pipestone was a total loss following a 2:30 p.m. Saturday traffic accident on Highway 23 five miles south of Jasper. The truck was loaded with 41 head of sows and was aiming for Sioux Falls, S.D., when it went out of control and overturned. A total of 10 hogs were killed. Driver Glen Griffin, 34, Pipestone, was hospitalized in satisfactory condition with cuts and bruises.

Mrs. John Steen, Worthington, was on a statewide committee to assist in planning for the upcoming centennial convention of the Minnesota Horticultural Society.

An estimated 2,300 people attended the youth night of the Greater Nobles County United Crusade for Christ. That figure was up sharply from the second-night attendance of about 1,000, and close to the opening night draw of 2,760. More than 200 people had walked forward during the first three nights of the crusade to make commitments or to rededicate their lives to Christian service.

An early morning Krazzee Dae sales brought hundreds of shoppers to Worthington before 7 a.m. Wednesday, with no "easy parking places" available as early as 6:15 a.m. and throngs ready to hit stores at the appointed opening time of 7 a.m.

85 years ago With the purpose of passing on to Kiwanians of Sioux Falls, S.D., the peace pipe entrusted to its care by Pipestone a week earlier, the Worthington Kiwanis Club delegation (49 strong with the addition of their ladies) motored to the South Dakota metropolis Tuesday evening. Formal presentation of the calumet was made by Rev. Father Glynn in a very apt manner, but the trophy itself was present only in spirit due to the unfortunate accident which befell President Graham and his party on the way over. South of Adrian, the accident put two of the three ladies in the vehicle in the hospital with severe cuts, bruises and shock.

In the midst of the final week of the local summer playground program, a most entertaining puppet show and exhibit of craft work was given at the Chautauqua auditorium, under the direction of Miss Mabel Myrum, playground director. Myrum had conducted classes each week day for the previous nine weeks for the children of Worthington. Depicted by the marionettes were the adventures of Barnacle Bill the sailor, dancing turns by Toto and Tootie, and other acts that were clever and amusing. All of the puppet actors were the product of local juveniles.

Advertised specials this week at the Council Oak Stores were breakfast cereals (Kellogg's Pep, Post Bran Flakes and Kellogg's Bran Flakes) for 10 cents per package, a pound loaf of white or whole wheat bread for 5 cents, Thompsons chocolate malted milk for 44 cents per pound can, four pounds of northern navy beans for 25 cents and four dime bars of Camay toilet soap for 25 cents.

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