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Looking Back: 1963 - Excavation for new YMCA pool begins

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Looking Back: 1963 - Excavation for new YMCA pool begins
Worthington Minnesota 300 11th Street / P.O. Box 639 56187

One year ago

Newport Laboratories, Worthington, was acquired by Merial Limited, the animal health division of Sanofi, a global and diversified health care conglomerate. Newport Laboratories, founded in 1994, is a leader in autogenous vaccines with a focus on swine and bovine production markets.

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Sen. Al Franken visited Minnesota West in Worthington Monday to talk about energy efficiency programs and the benefits of retrofitting buildings.

Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert was stepping down from his position and retiring, according to a press release issued at the start of a Nobles County board of commissioners meeting. Board chair David Benson said the retirement was immediate.

The Nobles County commissioners voted 4-1 to hire a full-time emergency management director to serve as a department head.

A group of 44 Bedford Industries employees shared in a $250,000 Mega Millions lottery prize.

Sanford Worthington Medical Center/Sanford Worthington Clinic announced that Michael Hammer would be its new CEO effective April 23. Hammer would replace Lynn Olson, who departed in November 2011.

Joe Udermann recently began work as the new Nobles County Assessor.

Trimont native Kelsey Carlson was the new executive director of the Windom Area Chamber of Commerce.

Five years ago

The first-ever Daily Globe Women's Expo Home and Health Show drew hundreds of attendees.

Nathan Holt was the new owner of Worthington's Culligan operation, having taken over the business from his uncle, Gary Oberloh.

Minnesota West presented the musical "The Fantasticks," directed by Eric Parrish.

An early spring snowstorm blanketed Worthington, along with all of southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa, with several inches of snow.

The Windom Chordhustlers men's vocal group celebrated its 40th anniversary at its annual concert at Windom's BARC.

Jackson County Central's search for a new superintendent was expected to be finished by late April, said board chair John Buschena.

Kraig Rust of Kenneth and Preston VerMeer, Luverne, were organizing Bike Around Rock County (BARC) to draw people together and learn more about the sport of biking -- and available bike routes in Rock County.

10 years ago

The Grassroots Community Theatre, Worthington, presented "The Octette Bridge Club" at Minnesota West.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Southwest Minnesota Opportunity Council would receive $746,539 for its Head Start program that serviced Rock, Nobles, Pipestone and Murray counties.

The fifth annual Indoor Garage Sale, benefiting Newspapers in Education, was hosted at Worthington Middle School.

Construction began on the new Habitat for Humanity house at the corner of Second Avenue and 15th Street in Worthington. It was to be the home of Jose and Jessica Zuniga and their young daughter.

The Windom and Fulda school districts agreed to share Superintendent Doug Froke under an arrangement made by the boards of both districts.

The West Shore Drive home of Orville and Mavis Appel suffered extensive damage in a fire.

25 years ago

The Philip and Joyce Anderson family was selected as the Pipestone County Farm Family of the year, while Jim and Jean Fellows were the Nobles County Farm Family of the Year choice. In Murray County, it was the Case and Lona Vos family, while Don and Vi Ihnen were the Jackson County picks. Tom and Dixie Arends were chosen to represent Rock County.

The Worthington City Council hired Greg Sparks, 32, city manager at Alamosa, Colo., as the new Worthington city administrator.

Bob's Truck Stop, Worthington, celebrated its 30th anniversary in conjunction with the Windmill Café's fifth anniversary.Anniversary specials at the Windmill Café included 89-cent cinnamon or caramel rolls plus coffee, a "complete hamburger steak dinner" for $3.69, and buffets from Friday through Sunday for $4.39.

Worthington High School student Jennifer Dekker received a $500 scholarship for placing third in the 1988 President's Committee on Employment of the Handicapped National Journalism Contest, Minnesota Division.

Men from Worthington's First Baptist Church dramatized "The Last Supper" at a living Last Supper presentation at the church.

50 years ago

Members of Worthington's International Relations Club served as delegates to the United Nations in Saturday's model General Assembly in the senior high cafeteria. Three topics were considered -- racial tensions in South Africa, the Angolian situation and Cuba.

Excavation for the new YMCA swimming pool was started after a short dedication ceremony. H. Marvell Tripp, president of the pool fund campaign, said a push to make the pool five feet wider than originally planned would increase the total cost to about $255,000. In the initial fund drive, $238,000 was raised, so a new drive for $17,000 in additional monies would be started soon.

James Thomas of the Worthington High School Class of '63 was selected as the mathematics representative for the Worthington Kiwanis Student of the Month program, according to Leon Schimbeno, chairman of the department.

Mrs. Don Kilker was elected president of the Worthington Mrs. Jaycees, succeeding Mrs. Tom Nelson.

Lime Lake Lutheran Church at Avoca was auctioned off Saturday afternoon. Eisfeld Brothers of Lake Wilson were the top bidders on the 60-year-old building and the property on which it stood, winning with a bid of $760. Their plans were to raze the building and make use of its lumber.

Sustained winds of between 30 and 61 miles per hour destroyed a few farm buildings in the area. The highest wind gust ever officially recorded in Worthington was 105 mph during a thunderstorm in June 1962.

75 years ago

The Nobles County Ministerial Association was sponsoring a meeting as part of the crusade against licensing the sale of intoxicating liquor in Worthington, an issue to be determined by voters in a city election on Tuesday.

Officer Roy "Red" Fitch of the Worthington night force collapsed while on duty between 3 and 4 a.m. Friday, with what was at first feared to be a heart attack but was pronounced by his physician as an attack of indigestion. Fitch was to be laid up for several days getting over the attack.

The special flavor of Worthmore Ice Cream this week was lemon custard, sold for 35 cents a quart or 20 cents a pint.

Shipment of 26,900 windbreak trees, ordered in recent weeks by farmers from practically every section in Nobles County, was expected to be made on April 5, with distribution underway over the following two days, C. E. Stower, county agent, said.

Sheriff Eldon Rowe visited Bigelow early Saturday morning to inspect the office and warehouse of the Standard Oil bulk station, broken into by thieves during the night. He searched for possible clues. Besides the Standard station, three other businesses were entered, including the Philips oil station, the Farmers Elevator and the Monarch Elevator.

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