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1963: 11 straight days of sub-zero temperatures

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1963: 11 straight days of sub-zero temperatures
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One year ago

More than 50 high school students from across southwest Minnesota gathered in Jackson Saturday for the eighth annual Youth in Harmony workshop and concert. The event was coordinated by the Windom Area Chordhustlers.


The metal Trojan statue disappeared from Worthington High School over the past weekend, according to an incident report from the Worthington Police Department. The buzz around campus was that the statue was the likely victim of a senior prank. The statue was returned to the high school two days after it was first reported missing.

Byron Swart retired after working for nearly 30 years as the Nobles County Assessor.

The Minnesota Twins Winter Caravan made a stop at Worthington's Prairie Elementary.

Slightly more than two months after the Worthington Country Club shut its doors, the facility announced it would resume office hours by Wednesday.

Five years ago

After more than 100 years in business, the Scholtes store in Wilmont closed. Donna and Rod Scholtes had owned the store since 1968.

Employees of JBS Swift & Co. donated $49,122 to the Worthington Area United Way campaign.

Troy Schulze opened Empowered Fitness in Worthington, while Josh Anderson was the new health and fitness program director at the Worthington Area YMCA.

Steve and Margaret Lange, Pipestone, were honored at a special ceremony in Washington, D.C., for their decision to enroll 60 acres of marginal farm land in the Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program. Their parcel included the one millionth acre signed into the federal farm program.

Nichole Paladie was the new parish and community social action coordinator for the Worthington Deanery of the Diocese of Winona.

Six people were arrested in connection with two drug raids Wednesday in Pipestone County.

Nick Meyer of Sibley, Iowa, won a $1 million prize from a scratch-off lottery ticket.

10 years ago

Worthington High School seniors Blaine Anderson and Shanna Granstra participated in the state debate tournament this week. Sophomore Rick Lonneman was an alternate.

Owners Renee and Bill Pranger opened Hidden Treasures Consignment Shop in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Five Worthington teens were involved in a rollover accident on I-90 near Brandon, S.D. Ultimately, four of the five girls (ages 12 to 17) died; one 18-year-old girl was expected to survive.

Specials advertised at the Worthington Hy-Vee store this week included five 40-pound bags of softener salt for $10; a 96-ounce bottle of Clorox bleach, 88 cents; a 42-pack of hamburger buns, $1.99; three eight-ounce ball tip steaks for $5; one-half gallon of Wells Blue Bunny chocolate milk for $1.18; three 46-ounce bottles of Juicy Juice for $5; and a 160-count box of Kleenex, 88 cents.

25 years ago

A Tuesday storm -- the second in the area in eight days -- struck southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. Movement was brought nearly to a standstill, with more than a dozen inches of snow dropping in some places. More than six area schools had late starts the following day, although snowball enthusiasts and four-wheel-drive vehicle drivers were enjoying the weather more than others.

Another sudden snowstorm hit the area over the weekend, with the National Weather Service issuing a blizzard warning for western and southern Minnesota. Dangerous conditions, with blowing and drifting snow, rapidly falling temperatures and poor visibility, spoiled many weekend plans. Some said the storm hit without much warning. Both lanes of I-90 near Jackson were closed, and travel was not advised anywhere in the region.

Tony Greenfield, 14, was the Daily Globe Carrier of the Week. A Fulda High School ninth grader, Tony had been a Daily Globe carrier since September 1984; his hobbies included golfing, camping, fishing and hunting.

An article about Edie Jensen of rural Worthington discussed Jensen's fascination with and appreciation for hats. Jensen estimated she owned nearly 300 hats, and that she wore them because she felt they complemented her attire, not simply to attract attention. "Everybody can't wear hats," said Jensen. "Some people weren't made to wear hats."

50 years ago

Henry Rohlk of Rock Rapids, Iowa, celebrated his 100th birthday, "with the same vim and vigor for which he is known on his frequent visits to Worthington." The father of Walter Rohlk, 1306 McMillan St., and the grandfather of Pauline Rohlk, Nobles County auditor, the centenarian was honored at a community-wide birthday party in Rock Rapids.

Victor Fleace, who farmed three miles southwest of Okabena, had seven sows that farrowed unusually large litters earlier this month. One sow had a litter of 16 (13 lived); another had 15 (13 lived); four had litters of 13, and "one had only 12."

Three Iowa families, including one from near Spirit Lake, were left homeless in frigid weather Sunday as a result of separate fires. The Ernie Schull farm home, nine miles southeast of Spirit Lake, was destroyed by a fire that broke out near a chimney in the attic.

As of Jan. 21, Worthington had experienced 11 straight days of sub-zero low temperatures, the lowest being -19 on Jan. 15 and 16 (but it was

-18 on Jan. 21, as well). The highest temp in that period was 18 above on Jan. 18, but the high temperatures otherwise ranged from -9 to 12 above. On five of the 11 days, the highest high temperature was -5.

Well-known Worthington businessman M. C. Watrud died this week in Minneapolis at the age of 57. Morrie Watrud had owned Super-Fare Discount House and, later, the Ben Franklin Variety Store. Watrud was active in community, lodge and church affairs and was president of the Chamber of Commerce in 1951-'52.

75 years ago

While no definite promises were being made as to the date of energizing the lines of the Nobles Cooperative Electric, the official project engineers said there were 40 miles of the system in Bigelow, Indian Lake and Lorain townships which were "all set to go." On that mileage, all of the customer connections and wiring of the buildings was complete, and in shape to receive electricity "any time the company sees fit to turn on the juice." Ultimately, light and power were clicked on effective Jan. 21, bringing "brilliant illumination and sturdy, vibrant, unceasing energy that spells lessening of the drudgery for the farm wife and surcease from many and exhausting chores for the farm husband. New vistas of comfort and modernized farm operations unfolded before farm families with the flip of a switch at 3 p.m. today."

Serenus Halverson of Lorain township was elevated to the presidency of the Nobles County Cooperative Oil company, succeeding L. T. Eide, for three years occupant of the position. James Baird of Reading was elected vice-president.

Figuratively speaking, every Nobles County resident counted in the 1930 census had $232.61 in one of the 10 banks serving the county. That amount represented the average if the $4,287,000 on deposit in banks in the county were divided equally among the 18,000 persons listed in the last census.