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Looking Back: 1963 - Fire rages in Lake Park business district

One year ago

The Windom chapter of The Compassionate Friends (TCF) participated in the 16th Worldwide Candle Lighting service to remember children who had passed away. The event was hosted at the Cottonwood County Historical Society.

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Community Wind South and juwi Wind representatives celebrated the commissioning of Minnesota’s tallest wind towers at the base of one of the 15 new turbines installed west of Reading.

The new 15,000-square-foot Jackson fire hall and emergency services building recently became operational.

After more than two years of construction, the first phase of Minnesota 60 south of Worthington opened on Friday of this week.

A flash mob singing “Deck the Halls” surprised attendees at the craft show that was part of Luverne’s Winterfest over the weekend.

Five years ago

Julie VanderPol, Edgerton, offered a custom scrapbooking business, Remembered Moments, headquartered at her home.

Several citizens took issue with the Minnesota Department of Transportation’s plan for the proposed relocation of Minnesota 60 south of Worthington, expressing their opinions at a MnDOT-hosted open house.

The annual Old-Fashioned Christmas at Pioneer Village in Worthington took place, with live entertainment, sleigh rides, visits with Santa, snacks and more.

Craig Clark started work as Worthington’s new city administrator, succeeding interim city administrator Gary Hoffmann, who had filled the position since last May.

The Nobles County Commissioners authorized bid specifications for the proposed third-floor renovations of the Nobles County Government Center.

Seventeen local dancers from Kay Williams Prunty’s The Dance Academy, Worthington, performed as extras in the Continental Ballet Company’s production of “The Nutcracker” at Worthington’s Memorial Auditorium.

10 years ago

At a public tax and budget hearing, Worthington city staff and council members presented a proposed 2004 budget that included a 3.2 percent increase in property taxes. Meanwhile, the city of Windom proposed a 17 property tax increase for 2004, citing reduced state aid and a commitment to continuing public services. Windom city administrator Dennis Nelson said, “This is the most difficult budget I’ve been involved in.”

The October fire that closed Gannon’s Restaurant in Pipestone was ruled arson by a Deputy State Fire Marshal investigator.

Pastor Mike Richmond began duties recently at Worthington’s First Baptist Church.

Advertised specials at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store this week included boneless, skinless chicken breasts for $1.98 a pound, a five-pound bag of russet potatoes for 77 cents, 40-pound bag of solar crystals at five for $10, 1-percent and 2-percent milk gallons for $2.38, a dozen large eggs for 98 cents and a four-pack of General Electric light bulbs for $1.25.

25 years ago

Neighbors on Worthington’s Lakehill Drive were prepared to light up their “Choir of Angels” for the first season ever. The lawn ornaments were constructed of reinforcing rods festooned with strings of lights.

Two of Worthington’s three nursing homes received perfect scores on their most recent inspections. Both Lake Haven Nursing Home and Worthington Regional Hospital Nursing Home got passing grades in all 32 categories surveyed.

Justin Dekker, Worthington, won the District American Legion Speech Contest. Justin, the brother of two-time district speech champion Jennifer Dekker, was the third Worthington High School student to claim the contest title in the last four years. The topic for this year’s American Legion speech contest was the U.S. Constitution.

Max Hawkinson, a native of Rose Hill, Iowa, was appointed manager of the Hy-Vee Food Store, Windom. Hawkinson had previously worked at the Hy-Vee store in Fremont, Neb.

50 years ago

The warmest November since 1939 was reported yesterday by J. V. Westerlund, official weather observer, who noted a mean temperature for the month of 38.3 degrees, contrasting with 21 years ago when the mean was 39.3 degrees, compared with a norm of 32.2 degrees. It was a month with snow, which is, however, nothing unusual for this location.

Firemen from Lake Park, Harris and Spirit Lake, Iowa, battled a major blaze in the Lake Park business district Tuesday morning. Destroyed was the Palladium Bowling Alley. Extensive smoke and water and minor fire damage occurred to businesses on either side of the bowling alley. No official damage estimates were yet available, but unofficial estimates placed the loss at more than $50,000.

Luverne voters turned out in large numbers for a special school bond election. Approval was given to issuance of $453,000 in bonds to finance an addition to the junior/senior high school building, but voters turned down a proposal to issue $167,500 in bonds to finance construction of an all-season swimming pool at the high school.

75 years ago

An ad for Montgomery Ward, 212/214 10th St., Worthington: “Ward’s Toyland now open! 50 cents holds your toys until Dec. 20th! We’ll put toys away for you until Dec. 20. 50 cents will hold $5 worth.” Among the items advertised: “Chinese Checkers, 98 cents—the newest game for children and adults!” “Doll Carriage: $5.19, a $6 value. Holds 28-inch doll!” “Charlie McCarthy Hand Puppet, 59 cents. Slip it on your hand…watch him come to life! Kiddies will love it!”

In the second of a series of three land meetings in as many weeks here, 20 farmers representing all parts of Nobles County gathered to continue studies out of which is expected to come recommendations for crop rotations which, if put into general use by the farmers of the area, should result in a better general profit level in farm operations. Based upon an average yield of 34 bushels to the acre, figured at the 10-year average price, corn was produced here at an average profit of $4.49 per acre. Barley, figured on an average of 31 bushels, at the 10-year price showed a profit of only 94 cents per acre, while oats averaged a loss of about $2.24 per acre.

An article titled “Buffet lunches are satisfying to both hostess and guests” featured recipes for Celery with Watercress, Southern Creamed Turkey de Luxe and Mrs. Van’s Dutch Apple Cake.