Looking Back: 1963 - Ken Thompson is top young calf feederA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
At an evening ceremony, 26 nonprofit groups accepted more than $80,300 in grant dollars from the Community Foundation of Osceola County, Iowa.It was the seventh year the foundation had awarded grants, bringing the cumulative total awarded to more than $500,000.
Budget cuts took a bite out of the McGruff program, and the McGruff House program would cease to be active in Worthington as a result.
Worthington Middle School sixth-grader Sam Martin was the champion of the school’s annual spelling bee.
Terry S. Vajgrt was sworn in as a District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District at a Rock County Courthouse ceremony.
Worthington High School senior Rachel Sternke and junior Emma Jirele traveled to Minneapolis to participate in All-State choirs this week.
The Worthington City Council authorized Mayor Alan Oberloh to execute two professional service contracts for the event center project.
More than $14,000 was raised for the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim Program through the Deep Freeze Dip, an activity that was part of Worthington‘s Winterfest 2012. Worthington High School junior Kara Honius was named Winterfest Queen as part of the festivities.
Construction was to begin by early April on a 34,000 square-foot expansion of the Murray County Medical Center in Slayton. The project’s cost was estimated at approximately $14 million.
Five years ago
Pegasus GC, a full-service computer store, recently opened for business in Worthington.
Minnesota West Community and Technical College narrowed its presidential search to five candidates —William Hitesman, Diane Graber, Wayne Merrell, Richard Shrubb and Bill Thallemer.
Sixty fifth graders participated in the 13th annual Instrumental Music Festival at Prairie Elementary, Worthington.
Just weeks after arresting several people in two separate methamphetamine busts, the Pipestone County Sheriff’s Office and Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force executed search warrants in two more drug investigations in Pipestone.
Alice Hoffman, a Worthington city employee since 1963, was to be transferred back to serve as clubhouse manager at Prairie View Golf Course in the spring.
10 years ago
Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, hosted its second annual Indoor Links mini-golf fundraiser. Forty-three players participated in the fundraiser for student scholarships.
New welcome signs were posted at strategic entrance spots to Worthington, reading “You’ll Come to Love Us.”
A construction worker for Grismer Construction of Aberdeen, S.D., was the victim of a strong wind gust. The man was pinned between roof tresses and wall framework of an industrial building under construction at Fullerton Building Systems of Worthington. A peak wind of 56 miles per hour was officially recorded for Worthington two minutes after the accident occurred. The worker’s injuries were not life-threatening, but he was transported to a Sioux Falls, S.D., hospital for surgery.
More than 100 people attended a live broadcast of MPR’s “The Morning Show” at Memorial Auditorium, Worthington.
25 years ago
About 400 people toured the Fulda Independent Cooperative turkey ranch east of Fulda Saturday afternoon. The co-op’s general manager, Ed Van Ahn, helped give tours of the complex. The turkey breeding project would supply one million eggs to be hatched at Swift-Ekrich of Marshall.
Gov. Rudy Perpich, Swift President Kenneth Monfort and other state officials formally announced plans for a $10 million expansion that would mean 450 new jobs at the Worthington Swift plant.
Works by Worthington High School students Liz DeYonge and Sky Alsgaard were selected to appear at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design as part of the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards exhibition.
Five Worthington High School students were participating in All-State music groups in the Twin Cities this week. They were Erica Rubis, Meredith Rubis, Kristy Blegen and Lori Holthus (All-State Orchestra) and Martha Rickbeil (All-State Choir).
50 years ago
Death came Friday to Mrs. Annie Elizabeth Baker, Worthington’s oldest citizen, who died at the home of her daughter at age 102. A resident of Minnesota since 1902, Baker had lived at Worthington since 1916, making her home for many years with Mrs. Lulu M. Baird, 521 Humiston Ave.
The National Bank team was the winner in the Women’s City Bowling Tournament held at Oxford Bowl. The champions —Dorothy Johnson, Mrs. Bob Anderson, Mrs. Ben Hanson, Mrs. Elton Klaustermeier and Mrs. Bob Stepp —won with a 2620 total series.
Ken Thompson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Norman Thompson, Rushmore, was named the top young calf feeder for 1962 at the Livestock Improvement Association’s annual meeting. Larry Doeden, son of Mrs. And Mrs. George Doeden, Worthington, received the top lamb feeding award. Three sons of Mr. and Mrs. Al Winter of Fulda placed in the first five lamb feeders.
Mrs. Anna Pieper, 93, was recognized for her work in doing all the mending for the Crippled Children’s School, Worthington. “I just can’t sit around with my hands folded,” Pieper said. “The good Lord didn’t intend that we should be idle.”
Two Adrian High School faculty members were nursing cuts and a 21-year-old rural Adrian youth was in the county jail following an incident Tuesday night at a Valentine’s Dance in Adrian. Injured were Superintendent D. A. Torbenson and Coach Gary Chamley. The youth entered the school while the dance was in progress, smoking a cigarette and apparently intoxicated. When asked to step outside, the youth refused. Physical contact occurred, and glass was broken, resulting in severe gashes and cuts to Chamley, among other injuries to the men.
75 years ago
Nobles County was to receive $39,432 in the pro-ration of special state aid money to school districts in the state. The total distributed by the state would be $5,500,000.
The office of County Agent Stower said that it had neither received nor heard of any reports that the marijuana drug weed was growing in Nobles County. The query was put to the county agent following discovery that the weed prevalent in Faribault County was being shipped to points throughout the nation, exposing a widespread drug ring.
Worthington’s first annual winter sports carnival was inaugurated Thursday with a lavish parade spectacle. The program was “packed with thrills” and entertainment that boded enthusiastic reception of the still bigger and better program for the weekend. Studded by races, special ice and winter sports events, and hockey and basketball games, the weekend promised to be fun.
Service in Indian Lake, Bigelow and Lorain townships on the system of the Nobles Co-Operative Electric was restored late Sunday afternoon, after being out since the night before, due to one of the rarest of highline mishaps, something that had never happened before in this vicinity and “is not likely to very soon again.”A leak developed at one of the insulators on the corner poles where the line goes south from the pavement on U.S. 16, two miles east of town. It was necessary to set an entire new pole.