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Looking Back: 1967 -- Nobles County Library European adventure is underway

One year ago

Participants in the University of Minnesota Extension-sponsored "I Can Prevent Diabetes" education and exercise program lost a combined 160 pounds over the course of the four-month class. Nobles County SNAP-Ed educator Maria Paez Sievert led the Worthington class.

Construction continued on the new Marthaler Chevrolet of Worthington dealership, at the site of the former Northland Mall, even as 55 new vehicles were unloaded at Marthaler property, ready to be marketed once the new facility was operational.

Two tornadoes touched down in the area, causing damage regionally, and strong winds from the same storm cell snapped a large cottonwood tree and damaged the shelter house at Worthington's Olson Park. The National Weather Service in Sioux Falls, S.D., received reports of widespread tree damage and downed power lines in the Milford, Iowa, area.

The Worthington High School "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band debuted its brand-new "Hooray for Hollywood!" parade show in a local preview performance this week.

Five years ago

Local officials and executives from Tri-County Implement of Jackson announced plans to construct a new John Deere sales, service and training facility east of HitchDoc and fronting I-90 in the community. The new 25,000 square-foot building had an estimated cost of $3.7 million and would rest on an 18-acre parcel of land.

The Worthington High School "Spirit of Worthington" Trojan marching band, directed by Jon Loy, debuted its new Mary Poppins-themed parade show called "Over the Rooftops" in a preview performance along Clary Street.

A multi-vehicle crash at the intersection of Ninth Street and Seventh Avenue in Worthington at 2:24 p.m. Tuesday sent three people to the local hospital via ambulance.

Valeria Cano, a rising senior at Worthington High School, was among 11 individuals and five groups statewide to be honored with a Red Wagon award, presented at the Minnesota governor's mansion in St. Paul.

The Hospice of Murray County hosted an open house and volunteer appreciation day to celebrate its new memorial walkway that meandered across the hospice's grounds to a gazebo.

10 years ago

A Bilingual Storytime Workshop took place at the Nobles County Library to aid caregivers in learning the best way to read non-English books to children. Studies had shown that a strong foundation in a child's native language provided for faster and greater competency in English literacy.

Paul Larson, Worthington, was honored at the 2007 South Dakota Funeral Directors Association State Convention in Sioux Falls, S.D. for his 25 years of continuous service to the funeral profession.

The Fulda Wood Duck Festival celebrated Murray County's 150th anniversary with its theme: "Fulda Wood Duck Festival Salutes Murray County: 1857-2007."

The Nobles County Government Center's third floor was to undergo remodeling in order to create much-needed additional space for the Nobles-Rock Community Health Service's Women, Infants and Children (WIC) clinic. WIC had outgrown its current setting, resulting in a lack of privacy for clients.

25 years ago

A 20- by 40-foot screened-in patio was under construction at the Atrium High Rise, 819 10th St., Worthington.

Sara Vander Kooi of Worthington, the daughter of Paul and Donna Vander Kooi, was crowned the 1992 Nobles County Dairy Princess at Ellsworth High School. First runner-up was Angela Winter, the daughter of Lloyd and Mary Winter. Starr Hokeness was named Little Miss Ellsworth.

Round Lake hosted its annual Sun & Fun Days celebration.

The Jasper United Methodist Church celebrated its centennial with a number of events.

An economic and efficiency study resulted in the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) deciding to close its rented facility at Lakefield. The three full-time employees affected by the closing were giving the option of working at MnDOT's permanent truck stations at either Worthington, Jackson or Windom.

The Nobles Community Hospice marked its 10th anniversary.

50 years ago

Edgerton officials and citizens gathered for a ground-breaking ceremony for a new $380,000 senior citizen community center on the northwest edge of town.

Cheryl Schoper of Jeffers was crowned the 1967 Cottonwood County Dairy Princess.

Fredi Lowry led a Nobles County Library European adventure, with 29 participants embarking this week on a 21-day tour. The majority of the group left Worthington Municipal Airport via a North Central Airlines "extra section" flight. The tour was to include stops in England, Holland, Germany, Austria, Italy, France, Monaco and Switzerland. With over 100 people on hand to wish the group a warm bon voyage, the paper noted "The local airport hasn't hosted such a spectacle since Bobby Kennedy deplaned there last Turkey Day."

Ephraim Taylor, 62, a veteran quarry worker whose face and handiwork were well known to hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Pipestone National Monument, died this week. Taylor was the "star" of the color film, demonstrating the making of peace pipes, that was shown to monument visitors. Taylor's father and grandfather had worked the quarries prior to him, and one of the active quarry pits was named for Taylor's father. His native name was Looking Eagle, and he was a member of the Mdewakonton tribe.

The Daily Globe announced installation of new wirephoto equipment which would enhance the quality of its wirephoto transmissions.

75 years ago

The Summit Lake Presbyterian Church of Reading celebrated its 50th anniversary with services, a fellowship dinner and other activities. The church was established nine years prior to a village or railroad coming to Summit Lake Township. The church's present membership numbered 50.

A change in the canning sugar regulations for Minnesota restricted the per capita allotment to 10 pounds for the entire season, announced F.D. Sontag, chairman of the war price and rationing board. That was the maximum allotment and would not be given to persons indicating they would not need as much for canning. Applications for the canning sugar certificates could be made at the board office in the Sobol building.

Beatty's Grocery, Worthington, advertised a 49-pound bag of 100 percent hard winter wheat "Miracle Loaf Flour" for $1.89, a 13-ounce jar of Swift's peanut butter for 33 cents, a quart of Waxrite floor wax for 59 cents, two containers of "Shreddies" (shredded whole wheat, spoon-sized) for 27 cents and 10 pounds of new potatoes for 39 cents.

In a submitted photo, Steven Lee Hansberger was pictured with his mother, Mrs. Kenneth Hansberger, on the occasion of his first birthday. It was noted that his grandparents were Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Hansberger and Mr. and Mrs. Harry Strom.