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Looking Back: 1963 - Enrollment soars in Worthington schools

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Looking Back: 1963 - Enrollment soars in Worthington schools
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187


One year ago

Worthington’s King Turkey Day celebration was to be the subject of a WCCO-TV “Finding Minnesota” feature on the station’s Sept. 9 evening broadcasts.

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Nobles County commissioners voted unanimously to proceed with the search for a new county administrator and elected two commissioners, Marv Zylstra and Robert Demuth Jr., to serve on a seven-member selection committee as the process moved forward.

Steven Perkins of Luverne was one of 40 Minnesota delegates to attend the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla.

With three months remaining to fine-tune the 2013 Nobles County budget, commissioners set a not-to-exceed levy increase of 6.5 percent. That equated to a budget increase of $687,100 over 2012 and a total 2013 budget of $11,254,383.

The Fulda Heritage Society hosted a fundraiser and open house at the Fulda Depot. The goal was to raise funds for future projects, including a plaque for the caboose, repainting and replacing the depot windows.

Five years ago

Nobles County commissioners set the 2009 proposed property tax levy at the maximum increase allowed by the state, 3.9 percent. A total of $9,501,270 in tax funds was collected in the county in 2009.

District 518 schools began classes Sept. 3.

A man suspected of robbing MinnWest Bank in downtown Luverne on April 16 — and 19 other banks in the region — was in custody in Missouri.

Mary Fischer, who had served as Family Service Agency director in Pipestone County for more than one year, was now also serving as Nobles County Family Service Director.

More than 200 people attended the Nobles County Farm Bureau annual meeting at Pioneer Village in Worthington, where they heard comments on the ethanol and grain industry delivered by Commstock Report founder David Kruse.

10 years ago

Kane Hanson, Minnesota State Amateur Champion, carded a six-under par 65 to win the Worthington Community College’s Labor Day Classic.

Ground was broken for the new 98,000 square foot community hospital in Luverne. It was to be a $17.8 million facility.

Payless Shoes and LeMars Family Fun Center announced their intentions to vacate storefronts at Worthington’s Northland Mall in the coming weeks. They were the fifth and sixth stores to leave the mall in 2003. Decreasing traffic and high rent were among the factors cited in the closing.

Police closed down their six-month investigation of a Windom-area drug ring and authorities expected to make 20 to 25 arrests (both adults and juveniles) in connection with the investigation.

25 years ago

A groundbreaking for a Worthington rest stop and travel information center south of town took place this week. The site was expected to open by late fall of 1989.

Worthington city officials were seeking alternative sources of funding for the city’s industrial wastewater treatment facility project.

Sibley, Iowa, began renovation work in its downtown area to give the shopping district a new look. The project was expected to take about three months.

Entrees in the District 518 school lunch menu for this were as follows: chicken patty on bun, tacos, fish wedges on bun and hamburger on bun.

Murray County elementary schools took the first steps toward creating a county-wide gifted/talented program.

A Labor Day sale at the Worthington Hy-Vee store included: eight cake donuts for eight cents each; a two-pound jar of Kraft grape jelly for $1.18; and a 15-piece chicken pack for $9.75.

50 years ago

Mounting enrollments in the Worthington public school system were resulting in classrooms at junior high, senior high and the junior college being occupied at or near capacity levels. Both Central Grade School and West Elementary were squeezed the most, though, with the two grade schools being five rooms short of their combined needs, and two elementary classes being held outside regular school buildings for the year — West’s kindergarten class was meeting in the American Lutheran Church basement, and Central’s special help class was using a room in the old Carnegie Library building. The problem of crowded classrooms was to be at the top of the agenda when the local board of education met the following week.

Two people died in auto crashes in Jackson County over the Labor Day holiday weekend, and the state holiday death toll (for traffic deaths) totaled 11.

When fire broke out at 2:30 a.m. Saturday in a large machine shed at the Peter Kooiman farm five miles northeast of Leota, firemen from Chandler, Edgerton and Lismore all responded to the alarm — but flames were so hot that the blaze could be seen from as far away as Pipestone.

The season was providing an outlook of bountiful crops and harvest in the area, with one notable exception. An area from Balaton and Lake Benton southeastward through Slayton, Dundee and Lakefield was hailed out July 18, and the strip (about four miles wide and within the above stated boundaries) was yielding nothing more than weeds. Fields there lay idle, with withered cornstalks and brown soybean stubble sticking up through the weeds. Estimates of loss ran well over $2 million.

75 years ago

A serious accident was narrowly averted this week on the Fic Fleese farm when several barrels of gas and kerosene exploded while one of Fleese’s sons was filling a can with the gas in the evening. The explosion was caused, it is believed, by a lantern the youth was carrying. Although Fleese lost about 150 gallons of fuel, he was fortunate the barrels were a safe distance from the house and other buildings. The youth escaped with no injuries.

Randolph Spillman, farmer in the vicinity of Fulda, arrived late Tuesday evening at the Clinic office with two badly mangled fingers on his left hand. It was found necessary to amputate the index finger close to the base, but physicians Wednesday expressed hope of saving the second digit in fair shape. Spillman was engaged in fall plowing when the plow struck a rock and became disconnected from the tractor. Reversing the motive power, he sought to hold up the coupling of the plow and bring the two machines together. He could not keep his attention on his left hand and guide the tractor, with painful and maiming results.

Advertised specials at the Worthington Red Owl this week included a 16-ounce can of Calumet baking powder for 21 cents, a 44-ounce package of Swansdown cake flour for 23 cents, a 12-ounce can of Hormel’s SPAM for 25 cents, a pound of fresh churned butter for 23 cents, a three pound bag of coffee for 39 cents, a crate of Washington Elberta peaches for 99 cents, and sirloin steak for 17 cents a pound.