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Looking Back: 1964 - Open house at new YMCA pool

One year ago

A recently completed study showed the need for more housing in Worthington, with as many as 250 to 260 housing units being necessary.

Adrian High School senior Nick Lorang won the state Class A speech championship in the Great Speeches category.

A colored map depicting plans for the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project through Worthington was shared at a public open house hosted by Minnesota Department of Transportation officials.

A candlelight vigil took place at the Worthington Fire Hall to culminate a week-long effort to raise awareness about crime victims’ rights. It had been National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, and the Southwest Crisis Center coordinated the vigil.

The 41st annual Salute to Women Banquet was hosted at BenLee’s Café, Worthington.

The seventh annual Worthington Gun Show was hosted at the Worthington Ice Arena and was sponsored by the Agribusiness Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce.

Five years ago

Sharlotte and Randy Rindfleisch recently reopened the Dundee Steakhouse in the former Dundee Liquor Store building.

In a 7-4 roll call vote, the Round Lake-Brewster school board rejected the option of moving to a four-day school week. The action came shortly after board members accepted the resignation of Superintendent John Cselovski, who had accepted the position of superintendent at Sleepy Eye.

Matt and Polly Timmer and Jeff and Amber Leuthold, Ellsworth, attended the Young Cooperator program at the Associated Milk Producers Inc. annual meeting held in Bloomington.

An early Tuesday morning house fire took the life of Travis Paul Phelps, 32, of Heron Lake. Foul play was ruled out as a cause of the fire, though its origins were not known as of press time.

The Nobles County Sheriff’s Office donated funds to enable the employment of a Nobles County 4-H summer intern after the Nobles County board declined to fund the job due to budgetary concerns.

10 years ago

An intense hunt for a missing 3-year-old boy in the area ended happily when he was found, safe, in the trunk of his parents’ vehicle.

The eighth annual spring musical revue —“Country Gold” — took place at Memorial Auditorium.

Heavy thunderstorms, high winds and hail roared through the region Saturday night, providing relief from the ongoing drought but wreaking havoc with scattered reports of damage in the surrounding area.

Becky Schilling, owner of the Coffee Nook in downtown Worthington, was selected as the recipient of the 2004 Athena Award at the 32nd annual Salute to Women banquet in Worthington.

Prairie Elementary welcomed prospective students for tours in preparation for the 2004-05 school year and its first official year of all-day, every day kindergarten.

25 years ago

Seventeen Worthington celebrities were preparing to be waiters for a night at Worthington’s first annual Celebrity Waiter Drive, which took place at the American Legion Club on Oxford Street. The event, organized by Edie Jensen, was a fundraiser for the American Heart Association, and netted over $4,000 for the organization. Some of the celebrity waiters were Miss Worthington Margo Townswick, Jim Nickel, Mayor Robert Demuth Jr., Jim Wychor, Rep. Ted Winter, Arlen Foss and Larry Long.

Windom Mayor Gus Knorr wore a tuxedo for the first live city council meeting broadcast over the local cable channel.

Fulda High School senior Darren Bruns, son of Daryl and Lois Bruns, Fulda, was honored at an Eagle Court of Honor at Westminster Presbyterian Church. Bruns was a member of the Boy Scout Troop 123, Fulda.

The American Red Cross blood drive collected 326 pints of blood this week in Worthington. Eighty-one people were first-time donors.

50 years ago

The Worthington Garden Club sponsored a landscape and garden improvement contest, and the Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring an exterior home improvement contest. Cash prizes totaled $50 for the garden project and $175 for the home improvement contest.

A seven-man Worthington delegation left Sunday on a “good will” trip to Campbell Soup Co. headquarters in Camden, N.J. The group also scheduled a stopover in Washington, D.C., to discuss the city’s airline problems with congressional leaders and members of the Civil Aeronautics Board. The delegation included Bud Harberts, Mayor John Fenstermacher, Don Rickers, Duane Amundson, Harry Dirks, Jim Vance and Merle Dopp.

An open house took place Sunday afternoon at the new Worthington YMCA pool, and Max W. Clowers of Milwaukee, associate to the area executive of the North Central Area Council of YMCAs, delivered the dedication address for the pool’s 3 p.m. dedication ceremony.

Lightning was blamed for the fire at the Duane Voehl farm two miles northeast of Sioux Valley. Before firemen from Lake Park and Lakefield could bring the flames under control, extensive damage was done to the second floor of the house. Voehl said the family was asleep when a heavy thunderstorm rumbled over the area round midnight. He was awakened by a loud crash of thunder at 12:15 a.m. and smelled smoke. The Voehls and their two young children managed to leave the house and drove to a neighbor’s house for help.

75 years ago

R.S. Hurd, Worthington’s only surviving Civil War veteran, celebrated his 94th birthday on Wednesday by walking up town. He had been in comparatively good health this year, it was reported.

Icy pavement brought a tragic death to Frank D. Mitchell, 52, of Minneapolis, former Brewster banker, whose body was found in an overturned car in a water-filled ditch half a mile east of Lake Crystal early Wednesday morning. County Coroner G.A. Dahl of Mankato said the man apparently had drowned while imprisoned in his automobile which lay in four feet of water. An Omaha freight train crew noticed the light of the overturned car and notified Marshal Harry Stevenson of Lake Crystal when the train arrived there. Mitchell had earlier lived in Brewster for about 15 years.

Robert Vance and Frank Mixa Jr. were the focus of an Eagle Scout court of honor at Fulda. They were members of Worthington Troop 120, of which Dr. R. W. Lowry was the scoutmaster. The only other Worthington boy (to date) to earn the rank of Eagle Scout was John Schmid.

Jeane Burke of District 3, Kinbrae, won the county oral spelling contest while Ruth Gangestad of District 87 emerged the winner for written spelling.

The body of Theodore Hinrichs lay in state at the Benson chapel from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Saturday. Hinrichs, 82, died of double pneumonia. He had lived in the Worthington vicinity for over 57 years.