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Looking Back: 1938 - WJC hosts initial Cap and Gown ceremonies

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Looking Back: 1938 - WJC hosts initial Cap and Gown ceremonies
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

One year ago

The city of George, Iowa, recently received two grants from the Lyon County Riverboat Foundation -- $35,000 for Siebring Park and $2,200 for the George Bicentennial Museum.

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Glen Gust, owner of Glen's Food Center, Luverne, won the "Minnesota's Own" display contest sponsored by the Minnesota Grocers Association.

Pipestone was to play host to a series of "ghost walks" for a third straight year, with the haunting entertainment set to take place each Saturday and Sunday through September.

Prairie Elementary fourth-grader Brigitte Beall won the state-level poster contest organized by the Minnesota Rural Water Association. She received a $100 U.S. Savings Bond for her 2012 Water Week Poster Contest entry.

Estimated 60- to 70-miles-per-hour straight-line gusts ravaged the Cody Bullerman farm in rural Adrian, causing significant damage to six dairy barns and obliterating a commodity shed. Combined damage estimates at the farm were roughly $1 million.

Five years ago

District 22 Sen. Jim Vickerman was the guest speaker at the dedication of the Hardwick Area Veterans Memorial on Memorial Day.

While interior work and some landscaping still awaited completion, the new fire hall at Ellsworth was otherwise ready to serve as the home for two new fire trucks purchased for the community with the help of FEMA grants.

Jenny Kaddee and Amy Dalen opened Hair & Beyond on Worthington's 10th Avenue, in the former Nobles County Co-op Oil building.

Nobles County ranked second among Minnesota's 87 counties in 2006 for the number of births to teens in the 15-19 year-old age group, showed the latest statistics for the Minnesota Organization on Adolescent Pregnancy, Prevention and Parenting. In Nobles County, there were 66.4 births per 1,000 females in that age category in 2006, while the state average per county was 27.9 births per 1,000 females.

One hundred fifty spirited seniors received diplomas at the 121st Worthington High School commencement ceremony.

10 years ago

The 66th annual commencement was held at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

An Arby's restaurant opened in Worthington this past week.

Kyle Goltz, a 1994 Windom Area High School graduate, was among the 14 survivors of a mile-long avalanche that occurred during a snowmobile trip in British Columbia, Canada.

Scattered rains throughout the region had delayed corn and soybean planting recently, but most area farmers expected to be finished by the end of the week.

Sam Goody Music Stores at Northland Mall, Worthington, closed over the weekend.

Worthington High School had 172 graduates in its 2003 class, with commencement ceremonies this week.

Verlin Ostrem retired after 49 years as a locksmith and owner of Ostrem's Lock and Key, Worthington.

25 years ago

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column this week included California Nachos, Lazy Daisy Lemon Cake, Cream Cheese Potatoes, Salted Nut Roll Bars, Glazed Ham Balls and Frozen Fruit Salad.

Duba Sheet Metal, Worthington, marked its 63rd year of service and business in the Worthington area.

Four car mishaps at or near the intersection of Oxford Street and Burlington Avenue, with 12 cars involved total, occurred within a three-day period.

The local WalkAmerica campaign benefiting the March of Dimes raised $15,312.50.

A typical Worthington sewer bill was expected to increase by up to 53 percent within two years, the city council reported. The rate was to charge users in proportion to their usage of the system.

Arlo Mogck was named Worthington Community College Teacher of the Year, and Student Senate President Marlae Benton was named outstanding student leader of the year at the sixth annual WCC Awards Banquet at the Coliseum Ballroom.

50 years ago

An explosion, blamed tentatively on dust, ripped through the feed mill at the Farmer's Cooperative Elevator about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, seriously burning two men and causing extensive damage.

The top five students, academically, in Worthington High School's 1963 graduating class were Pam Matheson, Janet Jacobs, Mary Ellen Kippley, Richard Ireland and Diane Fagerness. Receiving high honors were Carole Towne, Marilyn Weg, Darleen Hoffenkamp, Douglas Petersen and Norma Thompson. In all, 170 students graduated.

Winners of the annual good-grooming contest sponsored by the Nobles County 4-H organizations were Mike Peil, Barbara Trunnell, Karen Perkins and Monty Faragher.

Wet, cool weather forced commencement exercises for the Worthington Junior College Class of 1963 to be moved indoors to Memorial Auditorium. Chautauqua Park was to have been the site of the ceremony.

Authorities in Jackson reported that Victor Noland, 13, was in serious condition after touching a high-tension wire at the Jackson athletic field. The electric current burned Noland's leg and knocked him to the ground. In addition to the electric shock, he also suffered a broken shoulder in the mishap.

75 years ago

Melvin W. Hovey, 69, resident of Nobles County for 62 years, died of heart failure at 9 p.m. Wednesday at his Rushmore home. His death was a great surprise to residents of the village, who had seen him about the town as usual in the forenoon. One of his last activities was the breaking of a yoke of oxen for the coming Days of '78 celebration at Rushmore. Hovey had resided in Rushmore since 1904 and conducted a livery stable for some time.

Playing this week at Worthington's State Theatre were "Hunted Men" and "Kidnapped." Playing at the Grand Theatre was "The Last Stand" and "Swiss Miss," starring Laurel and Hardy.

Sale of Legion poppies on Worthington streets Saturday raised a little more than $140 for the Legion auxiliary disabled veterans aid, in which the national goal was $100,000. About 1,500 poppies were distributed in the local drive.

Worthington Junior College staged its first Cap and Gown day ceremonies on Thursday, in the form of a convocation in the school auditorium. Distinguished guest speaker was Dr. William S. Carlson, director of the University High School, Minneapolis. Fifteen sophomores were to graduate from the junior college Friday night.

Damage to Nobles County roads in storms of the week would top $2,500, Engineer Henry R. Bray said.

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