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Looking Back: 1963 - War memorial building dedicated

One year ago

Approximately $4.6 million of a nearly $500 million public works bill signed Friday by Gov. Mark Dayton was to go toward a new field house at the Worthington campus of Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

The Cottonwood County Sheriff's Office and their drug task force had experienced a busy couple of months, which culminated in several arrests for illegal drug sales. Cocaine was the main drug involved.

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded nearly $23,000 to 26 students in its annual awards ceremony at Worthington High School.

AGCO of Jackson received a $740,000 no-interest loan from Federated Rural Electric of Jackson.

Jeri Hass was the new executive director for Client Community Services Inc. of Worthington.

For an 11th year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Windom Wetland Management District conducted a swan release on Wolf Lake, in hopes of reestablishing the native bird's presence in southwest Minnesota. To date, 70 swans had been given freedom at the Wolf Lake Waterfowl Production Area near Windom.

Five years ago

Suzlon Rotor Corporation, a wind turbine blade manufacturer in Pipestone, paid a $19,000 penalty to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency for alleged violations of air quality regulations. The MPCA said Suzlon failed to obtain an air quality permit prior to construction and operation of the facility.

Worthington High School students took the top three places in digital photography competition at the Southwest Minnesota Technical Skills Challenge in Granite Falls. Yannick Elens, Alex Stewart and Sarah Henderschiedt were among the school's top finishers.

There were three finalists for the District 518 Director of Special Education position: Tricia Denzer, Bonnie Erickson and Nancy Johnson.

Southwest Star Concept senior Sydney Place was elected Minnesota State FFA Reporter at the organization's state convention in St. Paul.

10 years ago

The Artworks, a new art gallery for regional artists, managed by Jo Gerber, recently opened at 705 10th Ave., Worthington.

Lismore received a $433,000 Small Cities Development grant from the Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development, for improvements to the city's water service.

The $38 million construction of the Iowa 60 bypass outside Sibley, Iowa, would likely "change the face of Sibley forever," city officials predicted as they began planning for the changes.

Recent spring rains and an early West Nile infection diagnosis caused some worry that the region was headed for a long West Nile Virus season.

25 years ago

BTU Heating & Cooling of Worthington marked its third anniversary with an open house celebrating its move to new quarters on West Oxford Street, Worthington. Owners were Hardy Boots and Jim Thill.

Marv Wieneke, owner of Marv's Locker, Lismore, attended the 48th annual Tri-State Association of Meat Processors Convention at the Hilton Inn, Minneapolis, recently. Wieneke's beef jerky won the Reserve Grand Champion Award.

Melvin J. Platt, 44, recently began work as the new administrator of Worthington Regional Hospital. Platt previously served as assistant administrator at Bozeman, Mont., Deaconess Hospital.

A cow was found killed, tied to a tree and partly butchered on Bert Spykerboer's farm west of Ellsworth Saturday night. Spykerboer found the cow Sunday morning when checking his cattle on an abandoned farm site a quarter mile south of his own farm.

Jennifer Dekker won one of four Minnesota Association of Honor Society's Scholarships and Tami Schroeder was voted vice-president during the association's annual state convention at Worthington recently. Dekker planned to attend Gustavus Adolphus College.

50 years ago

Pamela Matheson was selected as the English, foreign language and art representative for the Worthington Kiwanis Student of the Month program. Matheson was also the reigning Miss Worthington and had received several other academic and extracurricular honors.

Advertised specials at Schaefer's Grocery this week included three pounds of extra lean ground beef for $1, five bottles of catsup for 89 cents, three cans of whole kernel corn for 44 cents, two Duncan Hines cake mixes for 69 cents, a large bunch of fresh asparagus for 19 cents, a 10-pound bag of potatoes for 49 cents and two 46-ounce cans of Dole pineapple juice for 69 cents.

At the end of April, 250 people were drawing unemployment compensation in the four-county area served by the Worthington Employment Service office. That was a drop of 223 from 473 at the end of April a year ago. A total of $38,932 was paid out in unemployment compensation claims last month compared with $42,681 during April 1962.

The Nobles County War Memorial Building was officially dedicated at 1:45 p.m. Sunday, with an open house from 2 to 5 p.m. that day. All three tenants of the building -- the Nobles County Library, Historical Society and Art Center -- were on hand to show their wares.

75 years ago

Peter Dawson, a transient who gave his address as Rock Island, Ill., was in the Worthington Clinic hospital with a fractured right leg, as the result of an accident near the Farmers Co-operative Co. plant Tuesday. Called in to help extricate a mired truck, Dawson, a bystander, was caught by a wheel of the vehicle when it slipped of a plank being used in an effort to dislodge the stalled machine. Both bones were broken between the knee and ankle.

Approximately 500 feet of main was to be added at once to Worthington's city water system, by act of the council approving an extension on Miller Street between Omaha and Milton Avenues. To get water to the residence of Hans Larson, who just lately got a sewer connection for which he paid 20 years ago, it was necessary to start into the block anyway, and lately other property owners had been desirous of being attached to the water lines, as well.