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1983: Ex-Globe photographer killed

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reminiscing Worthington, 56187
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

One year ago

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the Alzheimer's Day Room addition at Minnesota Veterans Home, Luverne.

A celebration at the city park in Lismore commemorated the 100 years the Lismore Telephone Company had provided local communication services.

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The Whiskey Ditch Motorcycle Rally and Ribfest took place in Worthington. New competitors Darryl Jansma and Pete Charbonneau, both of Worthington, were the winning Ribfest chefs.

Family Video opened in Worthington near the corner of Oxford and Humiston Avenues.

Paul Besel was hired as the new principal for Worthington's Prairie Elementary.

Five years ago

Local readers pored over the fifth book in the Harry Potter series, "The Order of the Phoenix," after its release this week.

Andrea Fuerstenberg, 7, Wilmont, was the "Little Princess" at Fulda's Wood Duck Days festivities.

Getting's Garden of Sanborn, Iowa, celebrated its 20th season in the berry business.

Construction proceeded on the $60 million Otter Creek Ethanol Plant two miles south of Ashton, Iowa, in Osceola County.

10 years ago

The 12th annual Quilt Auction took place at Shetek Lutheran Bible Camp, with proceeds benefiting the camp.

The Minnesota All-State Lutheran Choir performed in Windom. Area students participating as vocalists in the group included Anne Rickbeil, Worthington, and Paul Wojahn and Dustin Haugen, both of Windom.

The Luverne City Council authorized the establishment of a girls' hockey program.

Kristine Everding, M.D., announced her intent to join the Worthington Specialty Clinic in November.

Shane Bush, George, Iowa, was recently named bank manager and vice president of the First National Bank of Brewster, Worthington.

25 years ago

Freelance photographer Richard Cross, who worked from 1974-76 as a photographer for the Worthington Daily Globe, was one of two reporters killed in an artillery attack in Honduras this week. Cross was on assignment for U.S. News & World Report and was driving on an isolated road along the Honduras-Nicaragua border with Log Angeles Times bureau chief for Mexico and Central America Dial Torgerson when the two were attacked, presumably by Nicaraguan soldiers.

Playing this week at Worthington's Gay Drive-In were "Trading Places" starring Dan Akroyd and Eddie Murphy and "Airplane II: The Sequel." At Northland Mall cinema, "Twilight Zone: The Movie" and "Superman III" were on the marquee.

In his "Our Corner of the Globe" column, Bob Cashel reported that this week's average per-gallon self-serve gas prices in Minnesota were $1.23 for regular and $1.29 for unleaded. Average full-service prices were $1.37 for regular and $1.43 for unleaded.

50 years ago

Worthington mayor John Fenstermacher accepted a pennant on behalf of the city recognizing the Worthington Ground Observer Corps (GOC) post as the nation's GOC Post of the Month for May.

Playing at Worthington's State Theatre this week was "Legend of the Lost," starring Sophia Loren and John Wayne, and "The Long, Hot Summer" featuring Paul Newman and Joanne Woodward.

Tall, heavy-set, heavy-voiced George Nelson never wore a star and never packed a gun, but he was sheriff of Murray County for 32 years. Nelson, 76, planned to retire this year and turn the office over to younger hands. He was only the third sheriff in Murray County in the county's 101-year history, with each of his predecessors -- James Lowe and Loren Mason -- holding the job for at least three decades, as well.

Ma's Café and Pa's Place on Currie's Main Street were destroyed by fire in an early morning fire, with damage estimated at more than $20,000. The facility was a combination café and tavern, with a new concrete block addition at the rear that was scheduled to open next month as a four-lane bowling alley.

75 years ago

Burr Lambert's Ford coach, stolen three weeks ago, was recovered last week near Groton, S.D. It was returned to Worthington Monday. There was some damage done to the fenders and top and the spare tire was flat. There had been no trace of the thieves who took the car during the afternoon when it was parked near the side entrance to the Hotel Thompson.

June 22 marked the 61st anniversary of the day that brothers Joe and Will Loveless came to Worthington. They arrived with their parents June 22, 1872, when the village had been established less than a year. Although now nearly at the "threescore and ten" mark, they are unusually active. Joe, the elder by 16 months, asserts that he will celebrate the day with a ride on the merry-go-round at the Legion carnival on the fairgrounds.

Ruth Sorn and Dr. Byron O. Mork Jr. were united in marriage last Saturday in St. Paul. Miss Sorn wore an embroidered white crepe gown. Dr. Mork was a graduate of Worthington High School and has practiced medicine here since his graduation from the University of Minnesota. Mrs. Mork has been music instructor in the local high school for the past two years.

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