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Looking Back: 1967 -- WHS effort helping Vietnamese orphans

One year ago

A mini-blizzard hit southwest Minnesota on Friday, closing many of the area's schools and shutting down special events for the day. Total daytime snow accumulation was around four inches in the Worthington area, according to the National Weather Service, but northwest winds blowing at 40 miles per hour, with occasional gusts of up to 50 miles per hour, created dangerous conditions.

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra marked the start of its seventh year with its fall concert, titled "Music for the Young and Young at Heart," at Memorial  Auditorium Performing Arts Center. Selections from Tchaikovsky's "Swan Lake" and "The Carnival of the Animals" were among others on the program.

On a 3-2 vote, Nobles County commissioners opted to have the county maintain ownership and maintenance of Nobles County 75 rather than turn it over to the city of

Brewster. The transfer of the half-mile section of road had been suggested several times in recent years by Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder.

Brewster native Lisa Berreau was named a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science for her research in the field of inorganic chemistry as

a professor at Utah State University.

Five years ago

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra, in its third season, performed its fall concert at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center. The orchestra shared works of Dvorak, Brahms and Bizet.

Fifteen 480-foot-tall wind turbines were being erected west of Reading as part of 30-megawatt Community Wind South projects. On Dec. 3, a ribbon-cutting ceremony and flip of the switch were scheduled for the $70 million project.

Goodwill Industries-Wall Street Mission had a groundbreaking on an 11,000 square-foot facility and retail store on Worthington's Ryan's Road. The store was expected to be operational by late April or early May.

Worthington's Northland Cinema 5 sold out numerous showings of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 2" from Thursday through Saturday.

The 23rd annual Bowling for Y Pals event took place at Worthington's Oxford Bowl. It was the 40th year of the Y Pals program in Worthington.

10 years ago

Dale Wahlstrom, CEO of Bio Business Alliance of Minnesota, was the guest speaker at the Worthington Regional Economic Development Association's annual meeting.

The Minnesota Elementary School Principals' Association endorsed Murray County Central's West Elementary School as a School of Excellence for the year. West Elementary had earned the honor in 1996, as well, and was one of only eight Minnesota schools designated as such for 2007.

The 18th annual Bowling for Y Pals event took place at Oxford Bowl. More than $2,000 was raised for the program.

Officials from Sanford Health presented an initial purchase proposal to the Worthington Regional Hospital board of trustees. The WRH board voted unanimously to take the proposal under advisement and consider the proposal as soon as possible.

A 911 call to report a vehicle on fire resulted in the discovery of a dead body Monday, the Cottonwood County Attorney's Office said in a press release. The body of a 20-year-old Watonwan County man was found next to a burning vehicle in the early morning hours on Cottonwood County 3, east of U.S. 71.

25 years ago

Three out of every 10 wells in Nobles County held water containing trace amounts of herbicide, while four out of 16 wells had nitrate levels that exceeded allowable limits. A recent well-testing project revealed these results. Augured wells showed a dramatic increase in nitrate contamination levels over a two-year period.

Structural steel framing, done by L.H. Sowles of Minneapolis, was in the process of being placed on Worthington Regional Hospital for its new second floor addition.

The Fulda High School choir sponsored a karaoke machine concert on Friday. The event was a fundraiser to buy new choir risers.

Local investigators continued to search for the cause of a Sept. 26 fire at Michael's steak house on Worthington's Spring Avenue.

Four young women were vying for the title of Miss Worthington in the Miss Worthington Scholarship Pageant. Candidates were Gretchen Fury, 18, daughter of Mike and Karen Fury, Worthington; Heidi Hansberger, 18, daughter of Paul and Bev Hansberger, Worthington; Melissa Kolander, daughter of Wayne and Joan Kolander, rural Okabena; and Anna Vander Grift, 18, formerly of Grand Rapids, Mich.

50 years ago

Clothing, toys and canned food for Vietnamese orphans were being collected by the Distributive Education Club of Worthington Senior High School. Seniors Claudette DeLaughter, Carrie Lange, Gene Taylor and J.L. Gay were among the students assisting with the collection effort.

Over three dozen area farmers gathered for a picking bee after Leonard Matthiesen of rural Lake Park, Iowa, lost his hand in a farm accident recently. The volunteers

picked 50 acres of corn for Matthiesen.

Round Lake's new Ruritan Club became the northernmost club of its kind in the nation and the first in the state of Minnesota. It was chartered Monday night in ceremonies at the Round Lake American Legion hall. The Ruritan Club was a rural service organization.

75 years ago

The local volunteer department Monday sped with its new fire truck to the William Dykema farm in Ransom Township, where the machine shed furnished fuel for a hot fire, made hotter by gasoline stored in a barrel in the structure. The fire started when members of the Dykema family attempted to draw gasoline from the barrel with a lighted lantern in the vicinity, thus igniting fumes that rose during the process. Personal injuries were escaped by those involved, but a small roadster, a corn picker and other farm machinery stored in the shed were destroyed by the blaze.

Charles Kilpatrick, 77, Adrian banker and insurance agent, died at a Minneapolis hospital where he had recently submitted to a goiter operation. A resident of Adrian for most of his life, Kilpatrick was survived by his wife and two children.

Thanksgiving specials at Worthington's Goff's Grocery included a two-pound jar of Monarch mincemeat for 45 cents, a can of Monarch pumpkin for 12 cents, a 10-ounce jar of sweet Gherkin pickles for 20 cents and pecans, large California walnuts or Brazil nuts for 30 cents a pound.

Arrangements were made with the agricultural marketing administration for the Worthington grade school to participate in the penny milk program. Under the plan, a half-pint bottle of milk would be served at a cost of one cent per bottle to each student. The actual cost of the milk was two and a half cents, of which the AMA would pay the  wholesale cost of the raw milk and the Community club the balance after each child's payment was made.