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Looking Back: 1967 -- Cross is lit at new Windom church

One year ago

Attendees continued being scared spookless at Windom's Business, Arts and Recreation's "Haunted Sghoul House" during October.

Nobles County Commissioners were considering two separate bonding proposals that could add up to $17 million in funds targeted for road and bridge projects and capital

improvement projects.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College hosted a Law Enforcement Day to give aspiring students insight into what its law enforcement program offered.

North Development Group, an Illinois developer, planned to build 72 rental housing units on property located at the northeast corner of Grand Avenue and Darling Drive, Worthington. The goal was to begin construction by spring or early summer and have the two-building complex (of 36 units each) ready by the following fall.

Timely rains were leading to best-ever corn and soybean harvests for regional farmers. New Vision Cooperative reported soybean yields of higher than 60 bushels per acre, while corn yields were ranging anywhere from 180 bushels per acre up to 275 bushels per acre. Forecasts had called for 47 bushels per acre for soybeans and 175 bushels per acre for corn, but the reality was far exceeding that expectation.

Five years ago

Bioverse, a water treatment company with nine employees, was in the process of relocating from Pipestone to Worthington's Bioscience Advancement Center this week.

Nobles County commissioners and members of the general public continued discussions about the need for a new Nobles County Library facility.

Hawkeye Point north of Sibley, Iowa, hosted a family-oriented Old-Fashioned Fall Gathering.

Gary Papik, owner of Luverne's Papik Motors since 1990, was among 57 automobile dealers from across the United States who was nominated for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year honor.

Gary Harbo, a children's author and illustrator of 23 published books, was in Worthington working with Worthington Middle School fifth-graders this week.

The Worthington squadron of the Civil Air Patrol hosted its annual open house at the Worthington municipal airport.

District 518's 160 orchestra students performed a fall orchestra concert at Worthington High School, under the direction of Melanie Loy (grades six through 12) and Katie Stafford (grades fourth and fifth).

10 years ago

Although Breast Cancer Awareness month was drawing to a close, area obstetricians/gynecologists urged women aged 40 and older to remember to schedule potentially life-saving mammograms.

The historic Adrian Bank and an adjoining building were reduced to rubble Monday on Adrian's Maine Avenue. The 116-year-old building had been largely vacant for the past 25 years and had fallen into disrepair. Henning Construction of Adrian was in charge of its demolition.

The city of Worthington agreed to contribute $25,000 from its general fund to assist the Nobles County Pheasants Forever chapter in its attempt to purchase land in Bigelow Township. The property was being purchased with the goal of enhancing wellhead protection for the city's Bella well field.

The Historic Dayton House hosted its first-ever masquerade Halloween party.

The Worthington High School choirs (directed by Joseph Osowski) and the Worthington High School orchestra (directed by Melanie Loy) presented Antonio Vivaldi's "Gloria" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

25 years ago

Miriam Cunningham of Round Lake was honored as the Nobles County Family Child Care Provider of the Year. For the past five years, Cunningham had cared for up to 10  children daily in her home daycare.

Doug Lindstrom opened Doug's Repair, a complete auto body shop, three miles west of Worthington on County Highway 35.

The Worthington Water and Light Commission agreed to assume management of the city's wastewater treatment plant, which was formerly under the jurisdiction of the Worthington City Council. With the Oct. 1 retirement of Worthington community services director Randy Griffith, the transfer of responsibility was advised.

More than three dozen veterans met with the Nobles County commissioners to urge the county's Veteran Services office to pay more attention to the needs of county veterans.

For the second time in two months, State Auditor Mark Dayton recommended the prosecution of a Pipestone County government official for embezzlement.

50 years ago

The outside cross at Windom's new Methodist church was lit for the first time Sunday night -- 30 years after the cross was lit on the old church. Services followed the pattern of the ceremonies 30 years ago, with the choir singing the same anthem, "In the Cross of Christ I Glory" and a group of children forming a living cross. Calvin Peterson was the church's current pastor.

Giant carrots grown by "champion vegetable grower" Ernie Clausen of Round Lake were featured in a photo on the front page of the Worthington Daily Globe. Clausen was also known for the beets, cabbages and other vegetables "of equally gigantic proportions" that he produced.

A school bus carrying 35 children and a highway department road grader collided at the corner of Oxford and Humiston avenues Thursday morning, sending two children to the hospital. They were treated and released, having suffered minor lacerations. The school bus received approximately $500 damage when a sharp edge of the grader blade poked a hole through the side of the school bus, which was owned by Kempema Brothers bus service.

Worthington High School senior homecoming royalty were Debbie Wolff, queen, and Wayne Klumper, king.

The Worthington City Council approved a tax levy of $461,583 for 1968.

75 years ago

Neighbors of Roy Moss, Reading, staged a plowing bee for him because Roy had been laid up for several weeks and was unable to do his fall work.Nine tractors plowed a 37-acre field in just five hours, the newspaper proclaimed.

Occasional light snow, near-freezing temperatures and strong winds were forecast for southern Minnesota Thursday night. Snow flurries had fallen already the previous night along with .15 of an inch of rain, as the mercury dropped to 33 degrees in the overnight hours.

Corn pickers claimed two victims in the vicinity of Adrian this week. Casper Hokeness had the first and second fingers of his left hand mangled while he was operating a picker on Monday, while Vernon Brandenburg had a finger crushed in a similar accident Wednesday morning.

About 500 people from all across Minnesota took part in the 84th annual state Sunday school convention in Worthington, under the auspices of the Minnesota Council of Religious Education. The convention opened at noon Thursday with a luncheon at the Hotel Thompson for county council officers.

Going all-out in a big scrap drive, the village of Round Lake collected approximately 100 tons of scrap metal for the war effort. Meanwhile, Brewster added 75 tons of scrap to the huge heap in its school yard, and brought in 10 more tons of heavy iron besides.

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