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Looking Back: 2003 - Open house hosted at new soybean plant

One year ago

Love INC of Worthington hosted its second Christmas Tree Forest at First United Methodist Church. An assortment of themed and decorated Christmas trees was on display, all sponsored by local businesses and organizations.

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Two linemen from Federated Rural Electric — Jackson Journeymen Linemen Matt “George” Madden and Jake Soderholm — were preparing to travel to Caracol, Haiti, as volunteers with the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s International Foundation from Dec. 4-15.

A draft proposal for a teachers’ retirement incentive was the main topic of discussion at this month’s regular meeting of the District 518 board of directors.

Crews began demolition of the old railroad bridge over Minnesota 60 in Worthington, with plans formalizing to open the new four-lane highway from Bigelow to Worthington’s beltline by the end of November.

Middle- and high school students were being given a chance to create a design for a new water tower located on the south end of Sibley, Iowa.

Five years ago

The Southwest Initiative Foundation began its “Community Experience Listening Session” with a stop in Worthington, during which a small group of area retired people and businessmen met with Southwest Initiative Foundation representatives to share their thoughts on programming and opportunities for people over 55 in the region.

Andy and Geraldine Wagner were honored as the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District’s Conservationists of the Year. The Wagners’ farm (northeast of Adrian in Larkin Township) had been in the Wagner family since 1922.

The seventh annual Hospice Cottage Christmas Walk took place. The home of Pat and Fred Brandt, rural Worthington, was one of five featured on the tour.

Playing this week at the Northland Cinema 5, Worthington, were “Quantum of Solace,” “Body of Lies,” “Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa,” “Role Models,” “High School Musical 3” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

Members of a community housing group announced plans to begin a once-weekly feeding program in Worthington, called the Bread of Life feeding ministry.

10 years ago

More than 500 people from several states turned out on Saturday for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house at the Minnesota Soybean Processors’ plant near Brewster.

Kathy Jarchow opened Gabe’s Clothing & Shoes in downtown Luverne.

Playing this week at Northland Cinema 5 in Worthington were “Looney Tunes: Back in Action,” “The Matrix Revolutions,” “Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World,” “Elf,” “Brother Bear” and “Radio.”

25 years ago

The Murray County Sheriff’s Department installed a 911 system to aid dispatchers at the time of emergency calls. Information on about 2,000 of Murray County’s 12-14,000 households had been collected for the system to date.

Featured recipes this week in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column included Steamed Cranberry Pudding and Libby’s Favorite Sugar Cookies.

The first winter storm of the season hit the area. It started as rain, followed by sleet and snow, thus creating dangerously icy conditions.

Ray Mork retired after 53 years of practicing law in Worthington. Mork, the founder of Mork, Darling, Hagemann & Kohler Attorneys at Law, graduated from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1935 (along with classmate Hubert H. Humphrey). Julia Williams was Mork’s secretary for 45 years.

50 years ago

Four of the five members of the newly appointed Minnesota Junior College Board were in Worthington this week on the first of several scheduled inspection trips to look over the 11 public junior colleges in the state.

The Nobles County Courthouse was the site of the eighth annual District VI “Make it Yourself with Wool” contest. Entries were from Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties. A Balaton girl, Susan Hytjan, was named winner in the youngest group, girls between 13-15. In the senior division, Karen J. Grams, Windom, and Joan Haberman, Worthington, were cited for both construction and modeling; Dorothea Knutson, Kenneth, for construction. Mrs. Ross Huntsinger, Worthington, was recognized for her coat construction.

An open house took place in the new Pleasantview School addition at Lakefield. The addition cost about $275,000.

Bishop’s Clothing Store, Worthington, advertised men’s sports coats for $9 or $17, three pairs of cushion-sole work socks for 89 cents, three pairs of dress socks for $1.10, men’s dress trousers for either $4.88 or $9.88, men’s felt hats for $3.88 and boys’ jackets for $1.99.

75 years ago

The Elk Tiptoppers 4-H Club won the silver cup for having the greatest percentage of its members complete their projects. The trophy was presented at the annual 4-H achievement banquet, hosted at the Worthington Church of Christ.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl included five pounds of sweet potatoes for 21 cents, 10 Texas grapefruit for 29 cents, two pounds of cranberries for 35 cents, a 29-ounce can of pumpkin for 10 cents, a two-pound bag of Golden Cup coffee for 39 cents, a three-pound can of Crisco for 50 cents and four 14.5 ounce cans of evaporated milk for 25 cents.

Funeral services took place at Sibley, Iowa, for W. L. Taylor, 83. Taylor had lived on his farm near Little Rock, Iowa, since 1881. His wife died in 1936.

Police were puzzled by the breaking and entering that took place early Saturday morning at the Chris Johnson Implement establishment on Worthington’s Second Avenue, where a cash register was rifled of $26.23. Thieves apparently gained entrance by knocking out a pane of a rear window.

The Worthington Senior High School choir presented Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Mikado” at Memorial Auditorium. Thomas Ludlow was “Pooh-Bah,” Robert Vance was “Ko Ko” and Ola Pratt was “Katisha.”