Looking Back - 1987: Beaver Creek bank closingA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Minnesota West Community and Technical College presented “Defying Gravity,” directed by Eric Parrish. The play, which focuses on the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster, was performed 25 years after the Challenger tragedy.
The new Hy-Vee store on Worthington’s Oxford Street celebrated its grand opening.
The Worthington City Council allotted $14,500 in hospital sale funds to Sanford Medical Center Worthington to upgrade the Sanford Worthington Ambulance to the ARMER (Allied Radio Matrix for Emergency Response) system. The council had previously approved $750,000 in hospital sale funds for the city’s upgrades to the ARMER system.
Senator Chuck Grassley spoke to a crowd of about 75 people at an appearance in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Grassley was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 1980.
Rolf Mahlberg, a former Worthington High School and Minnesota West ag teacher, was working with the WHS floriculture class on a SIREN (Sustainable Inquiry Research and Education Network) project to educate students on the importance of sustainable practices in agriculture.
Five years ago
Shanna Granstra was the state champion in Communication Analysis and the top speaker in Parliamentary Debate at the collegiate state championship recently. Granstra, a Worthington High School graduate and the daughter of Judi and Jay Granstra, Worthington, was a senior at Concordia College, Moorhead.
In a rare feat for the local theater, Worthington’s Northland Cinema 5 sold out its Friday night seats two weeks in a row to the comedy/adventure movie “Wild Hogs.”
Worthington High School junior Jessica Weitgenant advanced to national competition in the Business Professionals of America category of Advanced Interviewing Skills.
Kelsey Fellows and Zach Karelis garnered the top awards at the Worthington High School FFA banquet, with Fellows (the chapter’s president) being named Star Entrepreneur and Karelis (the chapter’s treasurer) selected as Star in Ag Placement.
Quentin Dudley, a Worthington High School senior violist, was the recipient of the first Worthington High School Beth Habicht Orchestra Award at the All School Orchestra concert.
10 years ago
Generation II Ethanol, a limited liability corporation, was searching for an adequate water supply to support an ethanol plant in Jackson County that would produce 20 million gallons of ethanol yearly.
Three Native Americans from different tribes shared a vision of a “get-together of the races” that was taking the form of a pow-wow, scheduled for Aug. 23-25, at the Great Pipestone Quarries.
A cold breeze chilled parade-goers and participants in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Adrian. Adrian was founded in 1877 by Father John Ireland.
Cheryl Hartman, a Worthington Hy-Vee cake decorator with 17 years of experience, was named the Champion Cake Decorator at the Northwest Iowa District Hy-Vee Cake Designer Competition.
A fire at the Mouw Decorating building on Ninth Street in Sibley, Iowa, severely damaged the building and adjacent business in the downtown business district. The state fire marshal was working to determine the fire’s cause.
25 years ago
The Worthington Campbell soup poultry processing plant had initiated a broiler program, contracting with area producers to raise broiler chickens for processing at the plant. Melvin Moret, interim plant manager, cited availability as the reason for the new program. “Right now, those birds simply aren’t available,” he said.
About 500 students, judges, coaches, bus drivers and tournament personnel were in Worthington Saturday for the annual Trojan Speech Festival at Worthington High School. The local speech meet had been held for about 30 years, according to tournament director Al Swanson. More than 400 junior high and high school students from 18 schools competed in 11 areas of public speaking.
About 95 people attended a meeting Thursday evening at the Luverne High School little theater concerning the closing of the Beaver Creek State Bank. The bank, which also had a Luverne office, was ordered closed the previous Friday afternoon by Michael Hatch, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Commerce.
50 years ago
One of the most unfortunate and costly aspects of the snow emergency that overwhelmed southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa last week was the quantity of fresh milk fed to livestock or poured down drains and into snow banks. Area dairy officials had no dollar estimate on the loss value, but it was believed two or three million pounds of milk had been poured away. With roads blocked all through the area, it was impossible to get the milk to market. The total loss was one of the most severe ever suffered by area dairy farmers. Snowplows had worked around the clock for more than a week in an effort to restore normal travel and to open roads to hundreds of isolated area farms following the record-breaking snow cover.
Scoutmaster Evert Nagelhout and his troop members took it upon themselves to uncover fire hydrants in Edgerton that were buried in snowdrifts. “Boypower” accomplished the job in short order, and when they were finished, the boys were guests of the fire department for treats.
75 years ago
The Worthington Daily Times featured an article on its front page headlined, “Amelia Earhart reaches Honolulu; will take off for Howland Island late this afternoon.” Photos of Earhart, and of her two-motored Electra plane, were included on the cover page. It was noted that Earhart was a frequent visitor to Worthington when she was 11 and 12 years old, “as is well remembered here by many of the older residents. Amelia, in company with her mother and older sister, Mildred, spent several summers here at the home of M. P. Mann, former Worthington postmaster. Mrs. A. R. Mann recalled she taught Amelia to swim. Amelia’s father was a claim agent for the Rock Island road and frequently visited here.”
Plans for Worthington’s first Safety Week, to occupy the week of April 4, were advanced in some degree by a meeting of the local Safety Council.
Dean T. C. Parr of the Worthington Junior College announced the official curriculum for the 1937-38 term. Freshman subjects included English, German, chemistry, higher algebra, college algebra, trigonometry, political science, modern history, economics and English composition (required for all freshmen).