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Looking Back; 1964 - Worthington home to new windshield washer design

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One year ago

Chris Opdahl, a 2009 graduate of Murray County Central High School and a senior agronomics major at South Dakota State University, spent December traveling to Argentina to study agronomics there.

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The ninth annual Youth in Harmony concert, with more than 50 students from four area schools, as well as barbershop-singing adults, participating, took place in Jackson.

The Worthington High School FFA meats team took third place in grading, fourth place in meat cut placing and sixth place overall at the FFA meats judging invitational at the National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colo. Team members were Turner Hagen, Carson Hagen, Kirsten Aljets and Trevor Wietzema.

The Nobles County Commissioners unanimously approved an employment agreement with Thomas Johnson of Eagle, Colo., to serve as the county’s new administrator.

Guardian Energy Heron Lake LLC signed an agreement to acquire the ethanol production assets from Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC.

The city of Worthington issued more than $30 million in building permits during 2012, only the second time in the previous 28 years it had reached that mark.

Nearly 85 collective years of experience walked out the door with the retirements this week of Worthington Post Office employees Roxanne Koster, Russell Like and Wanda Stoberl.

Five years ago

Murray County Emergency Medical Services Director Jim Gertsema, who had served as the county’s ambulance director since 1996, hoped to have 50 percent of Murray County citizens certified in CPR by the end of 2009.

An Education and Technology Program grant to ISD 518 was bringing a shipment of amateur radio equipment to Worthington Middle School (WMS). The equipment was courtesy of the National Association for Amateur Radios, and WMS was one of only nine schools in the U.S. to receive the grant, which aimed to integrate wireless technology into school curriculum.

Worthington High School’s AOK and FCCLA club members prepared blankets for Project Linus.

The new Bread of Life feeding ministry, in Worthington served its first meal to 44 diners Saturday afternoon at Westminster Presbyterian Church.

Worthington native and 2000 Worthington High School graduate Liz Collin was named to the weekend anchor team at WCCO-TV, Minneapolis. Collin had been a part-time employee at WCCO since June 2008 and was the daughter of Bill and Jane Collin, Worthington.

10 years ago

The Historic Dayton House, 1311 Fourth Ave., Worthington, was officially named to the National Register of Historic Places on Dec. 23, 2003, staff and board members were recently notified.

The policy debate team of Worthington High School juniors Rick Lonneman and Amery Kuhl placed third in recent section competition, thus qualifying for the state tournament.

Faced with the possibility of losing the town’s only gas station and convenience store, the Round Lake city council voted unanimously to purchase the local Pit Stop from owner Todd Doeden for $190,000.

The Stag Clothiers, Worthington, recently became a drop off/pick up point for Campus Cleaners and Launderers dry cleaning service, which was headquartered in Spirit Lake, Iowa.

The Dovray Fire Department was selected to receive a $99,461 grant from the Department of Homeland Security. The community of 66 people planned to update all its fire department turnout gear and replace other outdated equipment with the funds.

25 years ago

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Dreamy Creamy Potato Salad, Wild Rice Salad, Hot Chipped Beef Dip and Tex Mex Hors D’oeuvres.

Gene and Teddy Fujan, Worthington, were among those lending collections of canes to a walking cane exhibit at the Nobles County Historical Museum.

Officials involved with air service to rural Minnesota, including Worthington, were pleased with the U.S. Department of Transportation’s decision to delay ending airline subsidies. The proposed cutback in Essential Air Service would have meant the end of Bemidji Airline’s flights to Worthington, and service in Fairmont and Mankato could also have been affected. Randy Griffith, Worthington’s Community Services director, said he was very pleased with the development.

Three charges, including murder in the second degree, were filed against Arthur Christenson, 59, Lakefield, after a house fire early Friday morning killed his wife, Marna Jean Christenson, 44, who had been a 25-year employee of Campbell Soup in Worthington.

50 years ago

Raymond O. Mork, Worthington, recently started production on a windshield washer of his own design. His company, called Worthington Plastics, was located in one room next door to Mork’s roofing and siding business on Oxford Street. Mork designed his washer in view of the fact that few cars were equipped with washers due to their cost and because washers currently in use might give trouble and require maintenance. Mork experimented to see if an inexpensive device could be invented that would do the job, so he invented the “Little Squirt,” a plastic squeeze bottle with a flexible plastic tube connected to a brass nozzle.

Members of the Spirit Lake, Iowa, Chamber of Commerce voted to abolish the office of manager at their annual meeting. Neal Cain had been serving in the post, and his position would be filled by Mrs. Ruth Lindroth, who would serve as office secretary and perform some of the same duties formerly taken care of by Cain.

The largest village of fish houses in the area was crowded along the shoreline of Round Lake this season. It was estimated that nearly 200 of the little “cottages” from 20 different towns and two states were on the lake. The village mushroomed when fishermen heard that northerns were being taken at Round Lake.

75 years ago

Mrs. William Griffith was treated for facial cuts and put in the Worthington Clinic hospital Saturday with a slight concussion, following an accident on Lake Avenue in which her husband lost control of his car rounding the slight curve a block west of the Rock Island railroad crossing, the machine bringing up against a tree on the parking in front of the J.C. Albinson residence. Griffith escaped with a few bruises, but his wife was cut by flying glass. The car was also badly damaged.

Needy residents of Nobles County had something of the cares with respect to food and clothing greatly lightened by surplus commodity distributions in 1938, totaling $16,526, it was revealed by C.A. Gossman, supervisor of the distribution in Rock and Nobles counties. The work was carried on by the public welfare boards of the nation. The greatest share of the distributions was food, totaling $13,439.

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Jane Moore
Jane has been a contributing writer to the Daily Globe since 1997. Previously, she held professional positions in corporate communications, alumni relations and journalism. She earned a B.A. in English with a minor in German at Carleton College. Jane handles the weekly "Looking Back" column and frequently writes education, fine arts and news features for the Daily Globe. Her blog can be viewed at www.timeformoore.areavoices.com.
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