Looking Back: 1963 - WHS junior Tim O'Brien wins U.N. scholarshipA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
Prairie View Golf Links, Worthington, had its earliest opening ever, with golfers enjoying record warmth as highs reached 77 degrees.
The Blue Mound Figure Skaters of Luverne put on “So You Think You Can Skate?” for its annual spring ice show at the Luverne arena.
Manna Food Pantry and Worthington Christian Church Food Shelf of Worthington received a small surge in donations, as March marked a statewide effort to assist Minnesota food shelves.
Steven Schulze, Pipestone and Murray counties’ court administrator, was appointed administrator of both Rock and Nobles counties as well.
Worthington City Council members approved replacement of the sound system for Memorial Auditorium at the cost of $11,300.
The annual Gone Country show at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium had a Gospel music flair.
The city of Luverne hired Holly Sammons as the new Luverne Economic Development Authority director.
Five years ago
Area art students pooled their talents for the 2008 Nobles County Art Center Area Student Show.
A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that 36 people from Worthington, Pipestone and Sioux Falls, S.D., were arrested and taken into custody last week. The three-day operation resulted in 19 arrests in Worthington, four in Pipestone and 13 in Sioux Falls. Of the 36, 13 were fugitive aliens and the remaining 23 were immigration violators. Eight of the 36 were women.
Dozens of buyers and sellers attended the fifth annual Prairie Rock Longhorn Sale in Luverne, with roughly 300 head of cattle.
A 55-year-old Fulda man was arrested for growing marijuana in his basement. Buffalo Ridge Drug Task Force agents served the arrest warrant.
District 518 was among several area school districts applying to the Minnesota Department of Education in hopes of beginning the next academic year in August, prior to Labor Day.
10 years ago
The Trojan Speech Team placed first out of 21 teams participating at the Fairmont speech tournament.
The American Diabetes Association recognized the Diabetes Self-Management Education Program at Worthington Specialty Clinics-Avera Health. The program was coordinated by Sherri Hodnefield and Peggy Saxton.
The Worthington City Council approved $390,000 in recommended cuts for the remainder of the 2003 fiscal year. The cuts were a means of balancing the city’s 2003 budget due to Governor Tim Pawlenty’s reduction in Local Government Aid.
Beef processor P.M. Beef of Windom began a voluntary recall of 1,126 pounds of beef that were possibly contaminated with a strain of E. coli bacteria, according to the United States Department of Agriculture.
25 years ago
About 360 students from Worthington’s West Elementary School were to participate in the third annual Arts and Academic Achievement program. Activities included writing, computers, public speaking, drawing, painting, dance and music.
Kelly Rossow, a third-grade teacher with District 518, was named the Worthington Business and Professional Women’s Young Career Woman of the year.
Darcy and Ryan Carlson were named the Daily Globe Carriers of the Week. Darcy, 12, was a seventh grader at Immanuel Lutheran School; Ryan, 11, was a fourth grader there. The two were the children of Roger and Beth Carlson, Lakefield.
Worthington Mayor Robert Demuth signed a proclamation involving the City of Worthington in National Nutrition Month. Witnessing the signing were registered dietitians Lisa Hansen and Peggy Saxton.
Cindy Swart, a Registered Radiologic Technologist, was named the Employee of the Month at Worthington Regional Hospital.
Senator Dave Durenberger conducted a hearing on rural economic development at the Blue Mound Inn in Luverne this week.
50 years ago
Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl included round or Swiss steak, 79 cents a pound; a 14-ounce bottle of catsup, 10 cents; 10 Indian River seedless grapefruit for 59 cents; fresh, large angel food cake, 29 cents; 10-ounce package frozen strawberries, 19 cents; and a two-pound tin of Butter-Nut coffee, $1.18.
Choruses and bands from southwest Minnesota high schools met in Worthington for the annual District 8 large-groups music contest. In all, 13 schools took part, with several hundred students involved.
Tim O’Brien, Worthington High School junior, was chosen the winner of the United Nations scholarship offered by the Odd Fellows Lodge. O’Brien and three other finalists delivered essays on the subject, “What Has the United Nations Done to Preserve Peace?” O’Brien was to receive a two-week, all-expense-paid trip to New York to observe the United Nations in action.
Clarence Larson was a free man after Judge Charles Flinn ordered a directed verdict of acquittal in Windom district court. Larson, a former Garvin farmer, had spent 15 months under a cloud of suspicion of having murdered his wife, Martha.
Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Frozen Shamrock Salad and Lemon Refrigerator Pie.
75 years ago
Citizens of Worthington — mindful of the growing needs of the community and its future — were called in mass meeting Friday, March 19, to pass judgment on the organization of a city planning board and to cite their ideas in charting the development of recreational and park facilities in the future. The mass meeting was set for the high school auditorium at 8 p.m., and an invitation was extended to every citizen interested in civic development.
The American Laundry Co. ran this ad: “My Social Life Has Improved… Many women say that, after they have learned how much leisure they can enjoy —how they can be free of weariness and red hands —how they can find time to entertain —by letting us do the family laundry each week. Phone 500.”
The Worthington Church of Christ marked two outstanding events in its church history: the 38th anniversary of the institution’s founding, and the 20th anniversary of the beginning of the pastorate of the present ministers.
Mr. and Mrs. Albert Helms quietly observed their 59th wedding anniversary at their home in Worthington. Immediate members of the family spent the day there, and gathered around well-filled tables at noon and again in the evening.
George Ailts, Rushmore farmer, met with an accident while letting the horses into the barn Thursday evening. One of the horses threw its head in such a manner as to crowd Ailts against the barn, resulting in a broken collar bone.