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Looking Back: 1963 - Ground broken for Edgerton school

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One year ago

The Worthington High School FFA Meats Evaluation CDE team of Trevor Wietzema, Turner Hagen, Carson Hagen and Kirsten Aljets earned second place at the Minnesota FFA convention.

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More than 100 people attended an open house hosted by the Minnesota Department of Transportation in Worthington to hear an update on the construction projects in the area and to ask questions about detours and business access.

The Minnesota Region of the Antique Automobile Club of America met in Worthington on Friday and Saturday for its annual "Spring Fling."

Worthington High School senior Jackie Martin was the school's lone representative at the Minnesota State High School Speech Tournament at Chanhassen High School. Martin competed in the storytelling category.

The 14th annual Daily Globe Indoor Garage Sale was hosted at Worthington's American Reformed Church.

The Jackson County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a redistricting plan during its regular board meeting to rectify the current map that was out of compliance following the 2010 census.

Five years ago

Worthington native and 1995 Worthington High School graduate Adam Flynn, a Minnesota State Trooper in the East Metro District, was recognized by the Minnesota State Patrol as the organization's leader in DWI arrests for the fourth year in a row. In both 2006 and 2007, Flynn presided over 207 DWI arrests. Other state troopers' DWI totals averaged between 100-150 annually.

The Worthington Trojan speech team won the sub-section 10 speech contest at Fulda.

Todd Meyer, Jackson County Central's new superintendent, was to begin work July 1, replacing retiring Superintendent Gery Arndt.

July 1 was the date set for transfer of ownership of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health.

Former Daily Globe photographer Jim Brandenburg, now of Ely, was named the 2008 recipient of the A. P. Anderson Award recognizing Brandenburg's significant contributions to cultural and artistic life in Minnesota.

10 years ago

Young adult author Will Durbin was a guest speaker at the Nobles County Library.

Twelve members of the Worthington High School speech team competed at the Minnesota State Class AA speech tournament recently at Centennial High School in Circle Pines. Placing highest for WHS was Rick Lonneman, who finished second in the Extemporaneous Reading category.

Becky Berning received the Athena Award at Monday's Salute to Women banquet at Worthington's American Reformed Church.

City of Worthington workers were pouring cement for the new skate park taking shape at the west end of 11th Avenue in Centennial Park.

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency gave Worthington Public Utilities a Certificate of Commendation for outstanding operation, maintenance and management of its wastewater treatment system, reported WPU General Manager Don Habicht.

25 years ago

Brian Bruggeman of Ocheyedan, Iowa, was a recent winner of the best male vocalist award in the first annual Collegiate Showcase competition in Chicago. Bruggeman was the youngest of Bud and Marge Bruggeman's four children.

In a grand finale to the local hockey season, fans, parents and kids met at the Worthington High School cafeteria to enjoy good food, good times and a talk by Minnesota North Stars defenseman Curt Giles.

Howard Fitzer of Luverne was the designer of a new logo for the Southwestern Minnesota Synod (due to the newly merged Evangelical Lutheran Church of America). Fitzer was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, Luverne.

Tricia Oye of Hardwick was selected as the 1988 Rock County Dairy Princess at the Rock County American Dairy Association's annual banquet. Oye was a senior at Luverne High School and the daughter of Bruce and Marilyn Oye.

Laurie Purrington, 18, Windom, was chosen as a semifinalist in Teen magazine's 1988 Great Model Search, one of the nation's biggest hunts for new modeling talent. Her photo was to be one of 16 semifinalists' shots to appear in the May issue of Teen.

50 years ago

Larry Henning of Okabena was chosen as Minnesota Star Sheep Farmer by the state FFA organization and was to receive a plaque and $100 cash. Henning, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Henning, had showed an outstanding record with his sheep flock.

Vandals removed the bridge rails from a wooden bridge spanning a small stream one mile east and one and one-half miles north of Adrian. The rails and the bolts that fastened them to the bridge were thrown into the water below. Officers were at a loss to explain why the rails were removed.

A wet, snowy April day failed to dampen the spirits of those participating in the groundbreaking ceremonies for the new Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton.

R. W. Bergstrom, manager of the local Campbell Soup Company plant in Worthington, said the firm spent more than $5,500,000 during 1962 locally for wages and supplies. The figure included more than $3 million for wages, salaries and employees' benefits. Bergstrom said 45,000 tons of freight traffic moved through the local plant during the year. Campbell's was the largest employer in southwest Minnesota, with numbers averaging slightly over 1,000 at the poultry processing facility.

Worthington and the surrounding area received three inches of snow between April 22 and 23.

75 years ago

The First Presbyterian Church of Rushmore celebrated the 50th anniversary of its founding. It was organized April 22, 1888, at the request of several families of strong Presbyterian persuasion. Fourteen members were enrolled on the original charter of the church, only one of whom (Mrs. John McLeod of Coronah, Canada, the former Helen Pettit) was still living.

Traveling to Jackson Sunday night, the Worthington Choral Club appeared in the final engagement of the club year, which was scheduled to terminate Monday evening with the annual covered dish dinner at the Community Room. The chorus had been operating for 23 years.

First to throw his hat in the ring for the office of representative in the state legislature from Nobles County, 11th District, was A. H. Flentje of Round Lake. A resident of Nobles County for 25 years, Flentje had been in the drug business at Round Lake for nine of those years. Active in community affairs and also closely identified with many county-wide movements for many years, Flentje had a wide acquaintanceship.

Little Miss Marian, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F. A. Russell, had to spend her seventh birthday in a hospital bed, but it was a comfort to her parents that the grim specter of infection had been laid to rest. About a week earlier, the girl fell on a rake in her home yard, injuring one of her legs. A few days later, infection developed, forcing her to enter the Clinic hospital for her treatment.

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