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Looking Back: 1968 -- Angeline Shannon is 'Valentine girl'

One year ago

A group of District 518 students, along with local business owners and employees, took a stand in Worthington and joined with others across the region in marking a "Day Without Immigrants." Similar observances took place on Thursday around the country.

The Community Foundation of Osceola County presented 29 grants totaling $91,217 to non-profit organizations within that Iowa county.

The Worthington Trojettes jazz dance team competed in the state tournament after placing fourth at the Section 3A dance team high kick and jazz competition.

Jennifer Weg was named executive director of Sanford Worthington Medical Center. Weg had served as interim CEO of the facility since Oct. 25.

Seven Worthington High School students represented the community in statewide honor choirs as part of the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual conference in Minneapolis this week. They included All State choir picks Stephanie Lowry, Than Than Kyaw and Matthew DeSmith and MN 9/10 Honor Choir selectees Kalea Appel, Sarah DeSmith, Davis Moore and A.J. Wass.

Five years ago

By early spring, 13 more Nobles County bridges would be posted for restricted weights, bringing the total number of bridge postings in Nobles County to 27. Nobles County Public Works Director Steve Schnieder said that was only seven percent of the county's 365 bridges.

Bedford Technology's plastic lumber division was featured in the January issue of Enterprise Minnesota magazine.

Six Worthington High School singers qualified for state honor choirs and appeared in concerts in the Twin Cities as part of the Minnesota Music Educators Association annual conference. WHS senior Emma Jirele was a member of the All-State Mixed Choir, while five sophomores (Jonah McDonald, Aubrey Anderson, Orissa Nitibhon, D.J. Berger and Ivan Parga) were in the state 9/10 Honor Choir.

Dr. Richard Shrubb, president of Minnesota West Community and Technical College, was awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant for travel to Russia in April. There, Shrubb was to help forge relationships between rural Russian farmers and agribusiness professionals and farmers from southwest Minnesota.

A new mobile welding lab was dedicated at Minnesota West Community and Technical College's Jackson campus. The first crop of 12 students to use it were already enrolled. It was the second mobile welding lab operated by the college.

10 years ago

Loren Marsh, a 28-year employee of the U.S. Postal Service, retired. Marsh had hiked the same Worthington postal route for the past 20 years.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Fool's Gold," "The Bucket List," "Rambo," "27 Dresses" and "National Treasure: Book of Secrets."

Kevin Tufvander opened Pegasus GC, a full-service computer business, in Worthington. He'd previously opened a Pegasus GC store in Slayton in November.

Rep. Tim Walz was among officials and industry experts participating in a renewable energy summit in Windom on Monday.

Five candidates were in the running for the job of Minnesota West Community and Technical College president. They included William Hitesman, Wayne Merrell, Diane Graber, Bill Thallemer and Richard Shrubb.

Major General Larry Shellito, adjutant general of the Minnesota National Guard, spoke in Pipestone about the "Beyond the Yellow Ribbon" program and the role of the Guard in today's world.

25 years ago

In celebration of "I Love to Read Month," PACE (Parents at Central Elementary) advisory group and school staff presented a reading fair. In all, 18 booths lined the gym and hallway where presenters either read or acted out stories from books.

The six-county area of southwest Minnesota had the lowest per capita lottery sales in the state for the previous year. With a 1992 per capita sales average of $45, the southwest section was well below the state average of $65. Rock County had the lowest per capita sales in the entire state, while Polk and Mille Lacs counties led the way with a per capita average of $115.

Jim Nickel of Nickel & Associates Insurance Agency, Worthington, was appointed to the Grinnell Mutual Reinsurance Company Advisory Council from 1993-95.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Body Guard," "Aspen Extreme" and "The Vanished."

50 years ago

Effective April 1, Nobles and Murray counties would join the list of Minnesota counties participating in the federal food stamp program. It was emphasized this was a program by which families with low incomes could improve their diets while at the same time help utilize surplus foods. Pipestone County was the only one in the area that was already enrolled in the program.

Willis Janssen became Pipestone's fifth Eagle Scout in the last decade in a Sunday ceremony at Pipestone's Methodist Church. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Arnold Janssen.

Angeline Shannon, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Don Shannon of Worthington's Lakehill Drive, was chosen as the 1968 "Valentine girl." Angie was a sophomore at Worthington State Junior College.

Showing at Worthington's State theater this week was Walt Disney's "Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs"— in Technicolor. Admission was $1 for adults and 50 cents for children.

75 years ago

Wyatt Wood, formerly of Worthington, was killed in action during fighting in the South Pacific. Wod was in the army medical corps and had been in the service for about a year. He was previously employed in the cream department of a local creamery plant.

Residents of Nobles County were notified they would have to register for war ration book No. 2 during the five-day period from Feb. 22-26 at school sites in county towns and villages. Registration points were confined to Worthington, Adrian, Ellsworth, Brewster, Round Lake, Bigelow, Kinbrae, Dundee, Rushmore, Wilmont, Lismore, Reading, Leota and St. Kilian. Ration book No. 2 would start the point system of rationing processed foods, with that going into effect on March 1. Items such as canned vegetables, fruits, soups, baby foods, juices, frozen foods, dried fruits and condiments were included.

David Rubis, Jackson, placed first in the southern district with his 1-ear display of corn at the recent state 4-H corn show, A.J. Kittleson, state 4-H club director, announced.