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Looking Back: 1963 - Worthington church marks 90 years

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Looking Back: 1963 - Worthington church marks 90 years
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One year ago

A ribbon-cutting ceremony marked the official opening of the new law enforcement center in Murray County.

Worthington city councilman Mike Kuhle filed for the Nobles County commissioner seat in District 4, the first day of filings across the state. In other filing news, Worthington Mayor Alan Oberloh announced his candidacy for the Minnesota Senate District 22 seat.


Ray Wolff, 92, Brewster, received his high school diploma during commencement ceremonies at Round Lake-Brewster High School. Wolff had been unable to attend high school in the early 1930s, as he was needed at home to work on the farm and later was involved in WWII. He received the honorary diploma as part of a program that awarded diplomas to WWII veterans.

Prairie Elementary, Worthington, was among the 85 schools statewide now classified as "focus schools"--the 10 percent of Title I schools contributing most to the state achievement gap.

Freedom Veterans Memorial Park, Worthington, celebrated its fifth anniversary.

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra performed a Memorial Day tribute concert at Memorial Auditorium. Worthington High School alumnus Matt Tims was a xylophone soloist in the concert program.

Five years ago

A 90,000-pound caboose was put in place at the End O' Line Railroad Park and Museum, Currie.

The 71st annual Commencement took place at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington campus. Outgoing president Ron Wood was the featured speaker.

Worthington's Chamber Singers, under the direction of Joseph Osowski, performed a concert in honor of Minnesota's 150th birthday, with a program featuring Minnesota-connected composers exclusively.

A 19-year-old woman died when she lost control of her Dodge Intrepid while driving westbound on Nobles County 4 and rolled the vehicle into a bank of trees. The accident's cause remained under investigation.

The Southwest Minnesota Housing Partnership was named the 2008 Multifamily Rental Housing Partner of the Year by the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency.

10 years ago

The Rev. Pat Soderquist, interim pastor at Worthington's Westminster Presbyterian Church, conducted a pet blessing ceremony on the church's lawn.

Free ice cream cones, served up by Nobles County Dairy Junior Ambassador Maria Gengler, Adrian, were part of the fun at Kids Day America at the Nobles County Fairgrounds.

Joel Staehling was the new president of Community First National Bank, Worthington.

Dr. Jacob Roethler joined Dr. Mark Quandt in practice at Southwest Chiropractic Clinic, Worthington.

The Calvin-Knuth Post 5 American Legion facility at Oxford and Douglas, Worthington, was potentially going to be sold, based on a vote of the American Legion post's members.

American Legion Post 138, Fulda, hosted a ceremony for 23 new immigrants from 13 countries as they became U.S. citizens.

25 years ago

Joyce Lange was one of 61 adults honored at the Adult Learning Center's annual graduation and awards ceremony. Lange of Slayton received an award for passing the General Educational Development tests. She had returned to school in the summer of 1987.

The city of Worthington expected to receive a grant offer for partial funding of improvements to the wastewater treatment facility within the next few weeks, city engineer Dwayne Haffield said.

The Rev. James William Anthony was installed as the pastor of St. John's Lutheran Church at Rushmore.

Ernest Raley, Worthington, and two fishing companions caught their limit of walleyes on a lake they would not name somewhere in Nobles County this week. They caught 15 walleyes and a northern in under two hours, with the walleyes ranging from 2½ to three pounds (one was nearly four pounds). "The fishing is great in Nobles County," declared Raley.

Worthington received its first significant rainfall of the season on May 20. Just under a half-inch of rain fell in about an hour, and a total of 59 hundredths of an inch fell in the course of the day.

50 years ago

The congregation of Worthington's First United Methodist Church commemorated the 90th anniversary of the church and dedicated its new sanctuary. Speaker for the anniversary service was the Rev. John Gresham, district superintendent of the church, and the resident bishop of the Methodist Church in Minnesota, Bishop T. Otto Nall, also spoke.

Playing this week at Worthington's State Theatre were "Nine Hours to Rama" and "Trail Blazer."

City police were investigating a burglary that took place at Worthington's State Theatre early Monday morning. A total of $228 in smaller bills was taken from two money boxes. The thief left more than $500 behind in cash boxes. A door leading to the theater manager's office was forced open.

A five-day run of unseasonably cold temperatures was plaguing the Worthington area, with frost and freezing temperatures putting a real "chill" into the hearts of farmers and gardeners. Ross Huntsinger, county agent for Nobles County, was advising gardeners to cover tender garden plants. More serious was the plight of farmers, and the 22 degree Tuesday night low caused a hard freeze and extensive crop damage.

75 years ago

Worthington's annual Baby Chick Day, the envy and despair of sister cities for many miles around because it "is the most consistently successful effort of this kind," took place on Wednesday.

A Founder's Day banquet for Worthington Junior College sophomores was at the Thompson Hotel's Empire Room.

Firemen were summoned Monday morning to the home of Gerritt Van Roekel on Worthington's Miller Street, where an oil brooder stove, warming baby chicks in a garate at the rear of the property, went on a flaming rampage. The blaze was brought under control without damage to the building or the chicks, firemen said.

Thomas Gallagher, personable candidate for governor on the Democratic ticket, visited Worthington Monday in the interests of his campaign. It was Gallagher's second visit to Worthington, his first being in 1936 as a candidate for Attorney General.