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Looking Back: 1968 --- Large fire burns in Sheldon business district

One year ago

The final stretch of the Lewis & Clark water pipeline to Worthington was finally a certainty, with Gov. Mark Dayton signing a bonding bill to complete the necessary funding. The water system was incorporated in 1990, authorized by Congress in 2000, and construction first began in 2004. A final amount of $3.5 million was needed to build the pipeline out to Worthington.

Attorney Bob Hansen was retiring after 32 years of work for Osceola County, Iowa.

Fourteen employees retired at the close of the school year from ISD 518, taking with them a combined 304 years of experience. Among the group were teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, food service workers and administrative professionals.

The Frontier Communications office located on Worthington's Third Avenue closed as of June 1. Frontier announced it would continue offering technical support in Worthington but it would no longer have a local customer service office.

Five years ago

Worthington's Christian Reformed Church celebrated its 100th anniversary.

Elementary aged children attending Kids-R-It, Worthington, were learning about healthy eating and conservation, using the child care center's garden as a hands-on learning environment.

Ron Schilman won the Windom Riverfest Pie-Eating Contest for a second consecutive year. Schilman downed three full pies en route to winning the competition.

New Vision Cooperative's new $17 million feed mill west of Magnolia was opening this week. It was New Vision's fifth feed mill and would serve customers within a 150-mile radius.

Representatives from Minnesota West Community and Technical College, ISD 518 and the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce met to discuss new athletic facilities and needs in Worthington.

A barn was destroyed and 26 three-week-old bottle calves were killed in a blaze a mile south of Lake Bella dam Tuesday evening. The barn was a total loss.

Residents of Round Lake and Brewster voted overwhelmingly to consolidate their two school districts.

10 years ago

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Sex and the City," "Iron Man," "What Happens in Vegas" and "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull."

Jeff Voss became the second consecutive Jackson County Central agriculture teacher to win the prestigious Whitney and Elizabeth MacMillan Foundation Outstanding Educator Award for Academic Coach of the Year. The award came with a $10,000 prize. Voss had been teaching for 23 years.

Tammy Buesing opened TB Happier Now Child Care, a licensed home daycare business in Slayton.

Windsurfers from across the United States gathered in Worthington for the U.S. Windsurfing Association National Championships as part of the annual Windsurfing Regatta and Unvarnished Music Festival. It was the second time Worthington had hosted the national windsurfing competition. Tornadic weather conditions delayed the opening ceremonies by a day, however.

Katie Furth, a native of Lamberton, recently began work as the Worthington Area YMCA's new aquatics director.

25 years ago

Philipp Rehberger was selected as the 1993-94 exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany, to Worthington. Rehberger was the 34th exchange student from Crailsheim to come to Worthington. He was a 17-year-old junior at the Albert Schweitzer Gymnasium and would travel to Worthington in late July along with Robyn Van Westen, Worthington's 1992-93 exchange student to Crailsheim.

Thirteen faculty and staff members retired from ISD 518 this spring. At the spring staff/faculty recognition ceremony, Betty Buchele was honored as District 518's Teacher of the Year.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Made in America," "Super Mario Brothers" and "Cliffhanger."

Tornado sirens sounded throughout the region between 5:30 and 8 p.m. Monday evening. A barn adjacent to the Sibley, Iowa, high school was completely destroyed by a tornado touchdown there, and damage from funnels also occurred near Bigelow and Lakefield. Edgerton, Luverne and Hardwick also experienced damage from funnel clouds over the course of the evening.

Wet fields in the area were forcing many farmers to switch plantings. Up to 75 percent of the soybean crop remained unplanted in Cottonwood County, while 50 percent of soybeans were planted in Nobles County.

Cynda Christopherson, Worthington, was crowned the 1993 Nobles County Dairy Princess at Ellsworth. She was the daughter of Dean and Carol Christopherson, and she received the crown from 1992 Nobles County Dairy Princess Anna Vander Kooi of Worthington.

50 years ago

A complete one-half block of the business district in Sheldon, Iowa, went up in flames Tuesday night in one of the biggest fires in recent memory in the entire region. Flames broke out following an explosion around 5:55 p.m. at the Vogel Tire Company shop and warehouse; within a half hour, the building was destroyed and flames headed toward other nearby businesses.

Sharon Bullerman of Adrian was the newly crowned Nobles County Dairy Princess. Thirteen girls competed for the title. Marilyn Klein of Adrian and Lois Klosterbuer of Ellsworth were named attendants.

The possibility of a major new business development in downtown Worthington was discussed at a meeting attended by 70 local residents. Two spokesmen for Burnsville Investment Company had requested the meeting to discuss possible development of the parking lot property at the intersection of Second Avenue and 10th Street, with an eye toward building a multi-story structure on the site that would have a mercantile space on the ground floor, office space on the next two levels, a motel of about 60 units above that and a restaurant on the upper floors.

Vandals damaged swings at Worthington's Centennial Park, snipping through one chain on each swing and ruining the swingset for all children. No damage estimate was cited.

Miss Worthington Linda Hartman departed for the Miss Minnesota pageant in Austin this week. Hartman was 19 and aimed to become an elementary school teacher. The article featured two photos of her; one in which she was displaying her skill as a seamstress, and the other in swimsuit. In addition, her height and weight were noted.

75 years ago

In the third motor car theft there this year, the P.A. Millard deluxe coupe was stolen from its parking place in front of the Millard residence at 913 Humiston Ave., Worthington. Police believed the vehicle may have been taken by the same persons who abandoned a car stolen from Henry Bell in Luverne on Sunday.

Four boys, ranging in age from 13 to 15 years old, were picked up late Monday by Sheriff L. P. Deuel after entering the Shore Acre Club House owned by Mrs. H.E. Hogan and operated by Mary and Frank Ponterio. The youths vandalized the place, looted the coin-operated music box and stole cigarettes and cases of Coke.

A farewell for the Rev. Raymond Redder took place in the basement of St. Mary's Church at Dundee Monday evening. Father Redder left to become the assistant pastor at St. Joseph's in Winona.

A group of relatives gathered at the home of Mrs. Catherine Gilfoy, Lismore, to celebrate her 90th birthday. At 4:30 p.m., a buffet luncheon was served. During the meal, a poem was read that had been composed by her grandson in her honor, entitled "Never a Day."

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