Looking Back: 2005 - Edgerton, Heron Lake host groundbreakings

One year ago Five Rock County teens were charged with burglary and theft after allegedly taking thousands of dollars worth of personal possessions from an unoccupied farm site in Beaver Creek. The nearly 300 District 518 band students (grades fif...

One year ago

Five Rock County teens were charged with burglary and theft after allegedly taking thousands of dollars worth of personal possessions from an unoccupied farm site in Beaver Creek.

The nearly 300 District 518 band students (grades fifth through 12th) joined together for a fall concert at Worthington High School culminating the marching band season. A waffle feed was hosted in conjunction with the concert.

Hundreds gathered for the grand opening of the new Worthington Area YMCA-DeGroot Family Center and City of Worthington Aquatics Center. The building officially opened for business at 5:30 a.m. Nov. 2.

Five years ago


The Jackson County Central FFA team won a national championship at the 78th annual National FFA Convention in Louisville, Ky., while two Southwest Star Concept teams were runners-up. Grant Rasmussen, Derek Voehl, Lucas Beseke and Eric Hodnefield made up the Jackson County Central first-place agriculture mechanics team.

Windom City Administrator Dennis Nelson resigned to take a private sector position as a senior project manager with Wenck Associates Inc. Nelson had spent 32 years as a public employee, 26 of them with the city of Windom.

Groundbreaking ceremonies took place for the new Edgerton Clinic and for the Heron Lake Bio Energy Plant.

10 years ago

The 2006 "Original Classic Farm Tractors" collector's edition calendar featured back-to-back photos of tractors from southwest Minnesota. Fred DeJong of rural Round Lake was depicted in July with his 1960 International 460 Wheatland, while the Jackson County Fair Association's 1949 Ford 8N on stilts represented August.

Voters in Sibley, Iowa, rejected a plan that would have allowed the city to establish a municipal gas distribution system by acquiring the facilities presently owned by Alliant Energy Company.

Worthington High School thespians presented "The Miracle Worker" at Memorial Auditorium. The play was directed by Linda Neugebauer and featured Kim Hibma as Helen Keller and Karri Wolf as Annie Sullivan.

25 years ago


Enderson Clothing Inc. celebrated its fourth anniversary in Worthington with an anniversary sale, offering sport coats ($75-90), sweats (tops or bottoms, $17), corduroy sport coats ($50) and winter jackets ($32 to $88) at special prices.

Don Linssen, a 20-year member of the Worthington Police Department, was named its chief by the Worthington City Council. Linssen was selected unanimously as the council made its final selection from among three finalists.

Richard Harberts, 68, donated his animal trophy from several big-game expeditions to the town of Sibley, Iowa, along with a building to house them. His trophies included moose, an Alaskan brown bear, a Dall sheep and a 17-pound lake trout from Saskatchewan, Canada, among others. He had traveled more than 100,000 miles to accumulate his collection.

Steve C. Rubis, general agent in Worthington for the Franklin Life Insurance Co. of Springfield, Ill., earned one of the company's top sales honors. Rubis was named an Honorable Mention qualifier for Franklin's Centurion Club, a national honor organization of the company's most successful sales associates.

50 years ago

Timmy Gilkison, 5, won second place at the Nobles County Library's Halloween costume contest. He was dressed as a pirate. Three hundred children attended the library's story hour.

The Nobles County Sheriff's Department and three agents from the state liquor control commission staged unannounced inspections of seven county taverns in Worthington, Reading, Lismore, Ellsworth and Round Lake Saturday night. Seven arrests were made at the Ritz ballroom in Lismore, Sheriff Harry Nackerud reported, and other charges were likely to follow. All seven arrests were of teenagers charged with possession of beer or liquor.

The president of the Windom State Bank, G. A. Redding, and two of his employees escaped injury near Windom when the plane he was flying had engine failure on take-off. Redding was able to keep the plane under control and made a "belly landing" in a shallow ravine of a cornfield about one mile from the airfield.


On sale this week at Johnson Red Owl: ground beef, 45 cents per pound; 100 pounds of Red River Valley red potatoes, $2.49; a bushel of McIntosh or Wealthy apples, $2.79; and one-half gallon homogenized milk, 39 cents.

75 years ago

Ted Balko of Redwood Falls retained his state corn husking crown yesterday at Heron Lake, but did so by the narrowest of margins, being crowded hard by Carl Bly of Rock County, whose second place win also gave him the right to enter the national contest, hosted this year in Indiana. Balko had to break his own state record of 27.01 bushels to retain the crown, husking 28.217 bushels in the 80 minutes. Bly was only 77 thousandths of a bushel behind him.

Dr. S. A. Slater, superintendent of the Southwestern Minnesota sanatorium, was chosen president of the Minnesota Trudeau Medical Society, an organization of physicians particularly concerned with the treatment of tuberculosis. The annual meeting of the society took place at the Lowry Hotel in St. Paul.

Worthington's first introduction to the winter of 1935-36 came last night (Oct. 30) in the shape of a sleet storm following close on the heels of a rain that spattered fitfully throughout yesterday afternoon. By midnight, falling temperatures turned the downpour to sleet, which coated windshields and door glass to the point of rendering vision impossible. Walks and pavements were heavily coated with ice.

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