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Looking Back: 1964 - Swimming classes begin at new YMCA pool

One year ago

A $2,500 State Farm grant allowed Worthington High School juniors and seniors to experience the effects of texting while driving and drunk driving via an Arrive Alive driving simulator.

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District 518 was in the process of purchasing 7.1 acres of land from the city of Worthington for $140,000, for the purpose of building a bus barn.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College students performed “Damn Yankees,” under the direction of instructor Eric Parrish.

An ice storm caused considerable tree and property damage in Worthington and the surrounding area, as well as knocking out power to more than 3,400 Nobles Cooperative Electric member households. The devastated landscape closed schools and many businesses and created treacherous travel conditions.

Five years ago

Murray County Central (MCC) student Heidi Bau won the Southwest Minnesota Spelling Bee in Slayton, topping 54 other fifth- and sixth-grade spelling contenders from the region. Bau captured the title by spelling the words “beneficial” and “temporarily.” Other contestants in the top five were MCC students Adam Martin, Grant Rohrer and Emily Sechser, and Prairie Elementary student Oliver Wolyniec.

Mountain Lake native Terry Esau was the guest speaker at the annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at Solid Rock Assembly, Worthington.

On a 3-2 vote, Nobles County commissioners rejected a request to hire a 4-H summer intern, for an estimated savings to the county of about $3,600.

The Worthington Planning Commission recommended the approval of a special use application for the Worthington Area Language Academy to move to the MC Fitness Facility in Worthington.

Congressman Tim Walz met with a group of city staff and Housing and Redevelopment Authority representatives to discuss plans to refurbish homes in Worthington with federal funds.

New Vision Cooperative opened its new $10.5 million, 45,000-ton capacity fertilizer plant in Brewster.

10 years ago

Former Minnesota Gov. Al Quie was the guest speaker at the 11th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast at First Baptist Church, Worthington.

Featured recipes in this week’s “Mixing and Musing” column by Dorthy Rickers were Coconut Poke Cake, Coconut Sour Cream Easter Cake and Pretty Pink Salad.

Lindsey Engen, a junior at Fulda High School and the daughter of Pam and Gene Mailander, was the grand prize winner in the Nobles Cooperative Electric’s Youth Tour Contest. Engen won an all-expenses paid educational trip to Washington, D.C., to take place June 12-17.

Mari Sauxhaug, Fulda, was preparing to open Gramma’s Kitchen in the former Cottonwood Drive-In on April 12. Sauxhaug planned to highlight home cooking, including menu items such as meatloaf dinners, potato soup, burgers, coleslaw, cakes, pies and homemade root beer.

Annie Beutler was honored as Cub Scouter of the Year for the Prairie Winds District. Beutler had been involved for 28 years with Cub Scout Pack 134, Worthington.

Twenty-five Worthington High School students were inducted into the school’s National Honor Society chapter.

The Union Pacific Railroad and the city of Worthington reached a tentative agreement that would result in the closure of the 16th Street railroad crossing that led from First Avenue to Sherwood Street. Union Pacific planned an expansion of the switching yard at Worthington, and also cited increased rail traffic through the city due to agricultural plants in surrounding towns.

25 years ago

Norwest Bank of Worthington donated time and materials for a 30-foot banana split for youngsters attending the Just Say No Club meeting this week. Twenty pounds of bananas and four five-quart pails of ice cream were needed to make the oversized treat.

About 200 farmers gathered at the Fulda American Legion hall to learn about the Fulda elevator’s apparent troubled financial situation.

Playing at Northland Mall’s Excellence Theatre, Worthington, this week were “Skin Deep,” “Chances Are,” “Fletch Lives” and “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure.”

P.E.O. Chapter BT, Worthington, marked its 50th anniversary. The local chapter of the educational sisterhood was organized in Worthington on April 12, 1939, and four of its 16 charter members — Mrs. C.W. Brower, Mrs. Ray Darling, Mrs. Vernon Kirk and Mrs. V.M. Vance — were still living and active with the group.

Gas prices in the region had risen 12 cents per gallon in just one week. Before the price hike began, a gallon of gas at North Star, Worthington, was 97.9 cents; as of Friday, it was priced at $1.09.9 per gallon, and a few days later, it was up to $1.12.9 per gallon. The paper commented, “This is one of the biggest gas price increases the local area has ever experienced in such a short time.”

50 years ago

With the opening of the new swimming pool at the Worthington YMCA, a new junior high physical education program was inaugurated, involving learn-to-swim sessions for seventh- and eighth-grade students. They were to spend two gym classes per week at the YMCA pool over a six-week period.

The Worthington Citizens Committee on Education overwhelmingly voted in favor of recommending a five-point package proposal for classroom expansion in the Worthington school system, from the elementary level through junior college, after hearing final reports by subcommittees. The recommendation, yet to be formally acted upon by the school board, would cost an estimated $1.96 million. That figure included a new, $1.2 million junior college building, a nine-classroom addition at West Elementary (estimated cost of $346,000), a 13-room addition at the senior high (estimated cost of $347,000), remodeling of Memorial Auditorium and acquisition of property at three locations for future school sites.

The sale of Mooers’ Manufacturing Company at Windom to the Tyler Manufacturing Co. Inc., Benson, was announced by officials of the two firms.

75 years ago

Harry Janssen, 32, of Round Lake died Tuesday at the Southwestern Minnesota sanatorium, where he had been a patient for nearly three years. The cause of his death was pulmonary tuberculosis. Janssen was survived by his wife, Louise, two children, and his father, Henry Janssen.

A throwback to winter was felt as the mercury slipped to 17 degrees [April 6] and a light blanket of snow covered the ground.

Cherry Point residents appeared to have squelched an attempt to incorporate the community as a village with the purpose of “cleaning up a lot of money” on a liquor store to be operated just outside of the Worthington city limits. The agitation, which had been revived from time to time in years past, seemed to have reached a climax at a meeting in the basement of the Albert Brass home.

Mrs. F. L. Lapachek was elected chairman of the Worthington Safety Council at its annual meeting.

More than 1,000 young people were expected to attend three youth conferences this month, one of which was to take place in Worthington on April 17-18. The sessions were under the auspices of the Minnesota Council of Religious Education.

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