WORTHINGTON — It has been nearly three weeks ago since my last “blast” ran (Feb.19), featuring the story of Round Lake’s dramatic 1979 upset of the state-ranked Windom Eagles in the District 7 quarterfinals at Mountain Lake on a blustery, bone-chilling mid-February evening 30 years ago.
ROUND LAKE — OK, let’s travel down memory lane 30 years ago this week.
In the third week of February of 1979, Jimmy Carter was in the White House, disco was big and southwest Minnesota was experiencing a snow-filled winter.
MASON CITY, Iowa — Fifty years ago, the calendar was exactly the same as this year.
The legendary Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa was jam-packed on Monday evening, Feb. 2, 1959 to hear three rock’n roll stars — Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and J.P. Richardson, known as the “Big Bopper” — perform in concert as part of the famous Midwest Winter Dance Tour.
WINDOM — As Elton John’s classic “Crocodile Rock” was rocking us back to the late 1950s and the Miami Dolphins (17-0) defeated the Washington Redskins in Super Bowl VII, the biggest news all across the country was the ending of United States’ troop involvement in the long-lasting Vietnam War.
WORTHINGTON — As the calendar turns to 2009 and one reflects back on the 2008 calendar year in area high school sports, as Lucas as has done in his Saturday feature, one may ponder what looms ahead for this year.
OLIVIA — Authorities have identified the driver killed in an explosion Sunday morning. Brad M. Ripley, 44, of Mankato was the driver of a tractor-trailer that was hauling propane before it exploded outside Olivia, according to the Minnesota State Patrol.
WORTHINGTON — For more than three weeks, I have been attempting to put together a “blast” about the Worthington Gym. The facility is nearly 50 years old now and the storied place has held so many great high school athletic events over the past five decades.
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