Looking Back: 1963 - Temperatures plunge, winds blow up to 70 mph
One year ago
A head-on crash on Nobles County 25 between Worthington and Reading Friday morning resulted in the deaths of a 66-year-old Round Lake man and a 23-year-old Worthington man.
Barb Bakalyar, a registered nurse from Lakefield, and her daughter, Sarah Pohlman, a social worker, recently returned after serving two weeks with the American Red Cross disaster response effort in New York City.
Worthington Middle School student musicians — nearly 400 in all — presented a holiday concert featuring the school’s band, choir and orchestra ensembles.
Matilda “Dolly” Loetscher of Sibley, Iowa, celebrated her 100th birthday on 12-12-12.
A total of 188 acres of land in northwest Murray County’s Cameron Township was expected to be donated to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources.
Worthington Power and Equipment, locally owned for 24 years, was recently sold to C & B Operations LLC, a Gettysburg, S.D.-based company.
Five years ago
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints hosted an open house at their newly completed chapel/meeting house on Worthington’s First Avenue near Prairie Elementary.
Craig Bergh, Worthington, was recently named U.S. Windsurfing’s Windsurfer of the Year for his contributions to the sport of speed sailing through the Midwest Speed Quest.
Loren Goettsch, Worthington, retired after a 65-year career in road construction and public works.
The Worthington City Council voted to buy out (for $205,000) Nobles County’s share in the jointly owned spec building in Worthington’s Bioscience Park.
10 years ago
Worthington Middle School collected 1,744 items to donate to the Community Christmas Basket program.
Shear Magic of Sibley, Iowa, owned by Jan Henningsen, began offering airbrush tanning.
Tom O’Meara, new owner of Michael’s Restaurant, Worthington, said he intended to keep alive customer-favorite traditions like fried onion rings, garlic toasts and other staple dishes.
A foot of new-fallen snow in the region prompted most area schools (including District 518) to call off Tuesday classes.
Soybeans were processed for the first time Monday at the new $56 million Minnesota Soybean Processors plant near Brewster.
The Worthington Chamber Singers, conducted by Joan Mork, presented their annual concert of Christmas and Advent music at First United Methodist Church.
25 years ago
Two of three city-owned liquor stores in Nobles County earned a profit in 1987, a report from State Auditor Arne Carlson showed. Worthington and Dundee both made money, while Round Lake finished 1987 $1,200 in the red. Worthington had sales of $829,857, gross profit of $215,440 and a total net income of $69,195, while Dundee’s total net income was $9,613.
Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store this week included Star Ruby grapefruit, 69 cents each; a 12-ounce bag of cranberries for 99 cents; a gallon of 2 percent milk for $1.95; and a 10-pound bag of russet potatoes for 99 cents.
The Windom Area Chordhustlers, in their 20th year and under the direction of Mike Foley, performed at Worthington’s Northland Mall.
Hans-Hermann Bartels was the 1988-89 Crailsheim, Germany, exchange student to Worthington. He initially lived with the Galen Gordon family, whose daughter Staci was Worthington’s 1987-88 exchange student to Crailsheim, and currently was living with the Conrad and Cecilia Burchill family.
50 years ago
Alan Johnson and Gary Melom, Worthington High School seniors, received scrolls of recognition from the National Council of English Teachers. Johnson was one of eight winners in Minnesota, while Melom was one of the state’s eight runners-up in the organization’s annual achievement awards competition. Johnson and Melom were among the 870 students nationally (out of 6,800 nominated) to win recognition as outstanding English students.
Ruth Bogle, 15, a Windom High School sophomore, had spent the past seven months in a cast (covering her body from the neck down to below her hips) after surgery on June 21 to correct a curvature of her spine. Bogle was hoping to be at home with her family for Christmas, and to be released from the cast soon as well.
Advertised specials at Swanson’s grocery, Worthington, this week included a 50-pound bag of Pillsbury flour for $2.98, a gallon of ice cream for $1.04, a 12-ounce box of cottage cheese for 19 cents, a one-pound box of potato chips for 47 cents, a 46-ounce can of tomato juice for 25 cents, a one-pound box of saltine crackers for 19 cents and a box of Brach’s chocolate-covered cherries for 39 cents.
A 48-degree drop in temperature — from 52 on Friday to 4 on Sunday — brought out the stocking caps and snow shovels throughout southwest Minnesota. Sharp winds, blowing steadily at 60 miles per hour, with gusts reported up to 70 miles per hour, occurred in Worthington. Christmas decorations in several area communities took a beating from the high winds, and a large elm tree at 313 12th St., Worthington (home of Robert Nutt), was blown down.
75 years ago
John Roberts, attorney, became judge of the municipal court in Worthington this week. His appointment by Gov. Elmer Benson to the post made vacant by the death of George B. McMurtry, veteran jurist, was announced by the governor’s office early Friday. Roberts was also commander of the Second district American Legion and was chairman of the Nobles County Farmer-Labor committee.
The 40-member municipal band performed at the Memorial Auditorium Tuesday evening in the first of several indoor concerts planned for the coming winter.
Ed Timm, Jr., special tractor salesman with Firestone Sales and Service, Worthington, for the past year, left for Denison, Iowa, to assume added responsibility. He was to be in charge of nine counties in Pipestone sales in the Iowa area.