Looking Back: 1963 - Mystery on Worthington's Strait Avenue is for the birdsA weekly look back at regional history
By: Jane Turpin Moore, Worthington Daily Globe
One year ago
The fifth annual Daily Globe Women’s Expo Health and Home Show took place at Minnesota West.
The St. Kilian theatrical troupe The Misfits performed “Here Come the Brides” at the former St. Kilian School.
Rock-Nobles County District Court Administrator Sandi Hensley retired after 33 years of working with the courts.
Worthington’s Peace Avenue of Flags was being moved from Oxford Street/Humiston Avenue to the Government Center in downtown Worthington.
Road repairs were to keep the Minnesota 60 detour rerouted until May, MNDoT officials reported.
The musical “Little Shop of Horrors” was performed at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, directed by Eric Parrish.
The 27th annual Wild Turkey Shoot-Out basketball tournament brought 51 teams to Worthington for the weekend sporting event.
Five years ago
The Worthington Garden Club was recently named Garden Club of the Year by the Minnesota State Horticultural Society.
The Worthington High School Trojan speech team placed second out of 31 participating schools at the St. Peter Speech Invitational.
The traditional St. Patrick’s Day parade took place in Adrian, despite chilly weather.
Tom Lemke was named the 2007 Employee of the Year at Worthington Regional Hospital. Lemke was an EMT in the ambulance department who also taught CPR and First Aid classes at the facility.
Cheryl Carlson, a Worthington High School communication arts teacher, was named the Education Minnesota Worthington Teacher of the Year for 2008. Carlson had 32 years of experience in the education field.
Worthington High School senior Ben Kroll’s painting of Charles Lindbergh and the “Spirit of St. Louis” won second place in the Minnesota Aviation Art Contest this month.
10 years ago
Hundreds of people attended the Taste of Home cooking school at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium.
After months of trying to reopen the closed Prairie Expo facility in Worthington, the Southwest Regional Development Corporation was proposing to cut its losses and sell the facility.
Without warning, the national corporation that owned Moore Medical Supply swooped into Worthington Friday morning and announced to a stunned staff that they were out of business.
The Windom Wetland Management District joined the staffs of about 100 other National Wildlife Refuges Saturday for open houses hosted in celebration of a century of conservation.
Worthington was recognized as one of the top 100 U.S. small towns with new and expanded facilities from 2000-2002.
Jackson was selected as the site for an AGCO expansion, with 150 new jobs expected to be added at the existing Ag-Chem plant in the coming months.
25 years ago
Jennifer Kovacs was named the 1988-89 Crailsheim exchange student at the annual Worthington-Crailsheim International banquet.
The Worthington High School math league team won its division and advanced to the state meet. Team members, advised by Rich Adel, were Tami Schroeder, Leah Roelfsema, Drew Rutherford, Gary Inman, Troy Ackerman, Scott Rogers, Phil Ebeling, Jennifer Kovacs, Lisa Roslansky and Lori Holthus.
Showing this week at Worthington’s Northland Cinema were “Police Academy V,” “3 Men and a Baby,” “Shoot to Kill” and “Moonstruck.”
Irmi Mangold, the 1966-67 exchange student from Crailsheim to Worthington, visited Worthington this week.
Eighty-five youths participated in the Windom Figure Skating Show.
Jenny Wieskus, 16, was named the Daily Globe Carrier of the Week. Wieskus was a 10th-grader at Fulda High School.
50 years ago
A crew of men from the state Soil Conservation Service was operating a rig on Lake Okabena this week, trying to determine the past history of siltation (when the various layers of silt were deposited) of the lake. The information was to be used as part of the engineering survey of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District. Testing of Lake Ocheda was up next.
A mystery that had residents in the 500 block of Worthington’s Strait Avenue stymied for several days was cleared up when it was discovered a crow was responsible for seizing letters from mailboxes. The mail thief had been “arrested” and was in captivity at the Bernard Manley residence, 1106 Sunset Road.
Mary Ellen Kippley was named the first Student of the Month in the Worthington Kiwanis Club’s new program. Superintendent S.L. Held made the announcement.
The Daily Globe was the first Minnesota daily newspaper to go web offset. The first newspaper in the Daily Globe’s area to join in the switch to offset was the Marshall Messenger, which was being run on the Globe’s Vanguard press. The father-sons team of V.M. Vance and sons Bob and Jim Vance were heading the Daily Globe’s offset effort.
75 years ago
Nobles County was to receive $11,455 in the general school fund apportionment announced by the state department of education. Jackson County was to receive $10,345, while Murray County’s take was to be $8,896.
Elmer Steinhoss, 18, rural Adrian, clung to a half-submerged tree for hours after his horse was swept away by flood waters. Steinhoss was trying to cross the swollen Kanaranzi River when the current carried the animal from beneath him. The horse swam to safety, but Steinhoss floundered about in the cold, turbid waters for several minutes before grasping the branches of a willow tree. When the riderless horse scrambled to land and wandered back to the farm, the family noticed the lad’s predicament. Help was summoned; Steinhoss was almost unconscious from exposure and was taken to the A. Engbarth home where he was revived before being transferred to his own home.
Hardy Rickbeil and H. E. Hagge both filed for seats on the Worthington City Council.
Sam Kliffgard was taking an enforced vacation after being kicked by a horse Tuesday near Kinbrae. He suffered two broken bones in his left arm.