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Looking Back: 1942 -- Worthington taking part in 'salvage for victory' program

One year ago

RE/MAX hosted a grand opening at its new offices located at 1626 Oxford St., Worthington. The business formerly operated under the Real Estate Retrievers umbrella.

Worthington's Water and Light Commission voted unanimously to lift the city's watering ban. The action meant residents could use unattended water sprinkling systems once again, while abiding by an odd-even watering schedule and not watering between the hours of 10 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Students at Worthington's Prairie Elementary set a school record in the amount they'd raised in a Pennies for Patients fundraiser. After raising $5,301.87 in 2014 and $3,604.59 in 2015, the 2016 total came to $5,586.07. Pennies for Patients provides financial assistance for children battling cancer.

Worthington High School's speech team logged a third-place finish at the 18-school Redwood Valley Area Speech Tournament. Senior Karina Cuate captured first place in Extemporaneous Reading, and senior Juston Bents received first place in Original Oratory.

Five years ago

A workforce readiness session for high school seniors took place at Fulda High School. Five area employers attended the session, addressing student questions on topics ranging from first impressions at interviews to the consequences of social media use.

Worthington High School junior Kara Honius was chosen Worthington's Winterfest queen.

Murray County Medical Center announced that construction would start in early April on a 34,000 square foot addition. The $14 million project would expand the facility's clinic and hospital.

The Southwest Mental Health Center hoped to break ground in the spring for a new 14,000-square-foot building on the site of the former Central Elementary School

in Worthington.

The Worthington City Council authorized Mayor Alan Oberloh to execute two professional service contracts for the Worthington event center project.

10 years ago

An unoccupied, three-story house in Reading was a total loss despite firefighters from three area departments working to battle a consuming blaze. Below-zero temperatures made it more difficult for the firefighters. The house destroyed was known as the Read House and was considered to be the community's oldest.

Amy Hoglin was the new Murray County Economic Development Director.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 were "Hannibal Rising," "Norbit," "Dreamgirls," "Stomp the Yard" and "Music & Lyrics."

After a five-month search, the Jackson County Board of Commissioners hired Jon McCorkell as racing promoter for the Jackson Speedway. McCorkell had served as promoter for the speedway from 2001-05.

Arnold Motor Supply, Worthington, received Top 5 awards at its company's annual meeting recently. It was recognized for Overall Shop Sales Percent increase and Overall Shop Sales, and local machinist Mark Hibma was named the fifth-place finisher in Individual Shop Labor Sales. Arnold Motor Supply first opened in Worthington in 1976, with its parent company headquartered in Spencer, Iowa.

Adrian city employees were moving into offices at the new city hall, on which construction had begun about a year earlier.

25 years ago

An oversupply of beef led Monfort Inc. of Greeley, Colo., to reduce worker hours at two of its meatpacking plants and lay off workers in Des Moines, Iowa. Monfort announced no immediate plans to affect workers' schedules in Worthington, however.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema: "Hook," "Freejack," "Father of the Bride" and "Medicine Man."

The Hi-Lo Club of Lakefield was one of two restaurants featured in an upcoming edition of Midwest Living's "Dining Out" column. Owned by Syd and Nadine Malchow, the Hi-Lo was cited for the quality and quantity of its food, for its all-you-can-eat specials and buffets, and for its desserts.

The Heron Lake United Methodist Church was the Globe's "featured church of the week." It was built in 1873, and the church's number one claim to fame was that the father of former Vice President Walter Mondale, the Rev. T.S. Mondale, had served as its pastor. Walter Mondale lived in Heron Lake with his parents, T.S. and Claribel (Cowan) Mondale, from 1932-37.

Holiday Inn in Worthington advertised its Sunday breakfast buffet, serving from 8-10:30 a.m., at the cost of $4.50 per adult and $2.95 for ages 10 and under. The buffet included Belgian waffles, French toast, eggs, sausage, ham, fruit, yogurt, muffins and caramel and cinnamon rolls.

50 years ago

Rosemarie Brodzik, the reigning Miss Worthington, was among 57 statewide queens attending the final weekend of the 1967 St. Paul Winter Carnival.

Fourth-graders at Brewster Elementary School had front row seats when the uncommon Bird of Paradise plant in their classroom recently unfolded its first flower. The plant, known formally as Strelitzia Reginae, was owned by Mrs. Fred Koster of Brewster, who loaned it to the class for observation purposes.

Vacant for many months, the newly redecorated First Lutheran parsonage at 904 Smith Ave., Worthington, was once again occupied with the arrival this week of the church's new pastor, the Rev. Charles D. Anderson, and his family. Anderson and his wife, Shirley, were both 1956 graduates of St. Olaf College. The couple had three children, ages 8, 5 and 1.

Champions in the Worthington City Bowling tournament included Francis Meier, singles champion with a 715 score; Harold Thomas, winner of the All-Events competition, with a total score of 1916; and Wayne Ryle and Hi Gerdes, Doubles Competition champions.

75 years ago

A gardening project was set up in Nobles County as part of the food for freedom program. The project unfolded at a meeting of representatives from interested groups at the courthouse. The gardening program was being organized on the same basis as the other food for defense committees on poultry, dairy cattle and swine that were already in place.

Twelve calves in seven years was the remarkable record set by a purebred Holstein cow owned by Martin Pfingsten of Reading. The cow was raised by William Shanks, Worthington, and had one calf while in Shanks' possession. He sold the cow to S.T. Fair, Reading, and she then had one single calf and four sets of twins. Recently sold to Pfingsten, the cow had another set of twins — totaling 12 calves in seven years.

Housewives in the Worthington area were urged by their food dealers to save paper bags, cartons and boxes in which they receive merchandise as part of the nationwide salvage program. Many of the bags and cartons could be used a second time as containers if returned to the stores, the local merchants pointed out. All Worthington stores had been urged by the office of production management to save waste paper, old rags, scrap metals and old rubber as part of the "salvage for victory" program. The materials were needed by the nation's war factories.