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Looking Back: 1963 - New transformer hook-up is under way


One year ago

Local actors became part of the cast of “The Cherry Orchard,” an adapted performance of Russian playwright Anton Chekhov’s classic play, at the Historic Dayton House, Worthington. Darcey Engen and her husband, Luverne Seifert, were the touring show’s organizers and among two of the several professional actors involved in the production.

Nearly 200 people were expected to attend the Minnesota Grape Growers Association’s annual picnic at the Round Lake Vineyards, owned by Jenny and Scott Ellenbecker.

A Magnolia teenager was dead and another was in critical condition east after an intersection accident east and south of Adrian Wednesday shortly after noon.

Bioverse Inc., a small science-based manufacturing company recognized for producing one of the Top 10 innovations for the swine industry at last summer’s National Pork Expo in Des Moines, Iowa, was relocating to Worthington.

The Roof Garden at Arnolds Park, Iowa, was hosting a Worthington Community Night featuring the local band Sideline.

The Worthington City Council unanimously approved the $400,000 bridge loan to the Lexington Hotel Development, which was to build a 75-room facility adjacent to the city’s planned event center.

Five years ago

Amanda Walljasper was the new owner of Schafer’s Health Center in downtown Worthington.

Scott Langerud, an American Family Insurance agent in Worthington, won the company’s “All American” distinction for being in the top 25 percent of agencies in 2007 sales totals. Langerud had been an American Family Agent since December 2004.

Nobles-Rock Community Health Services hosted the first of two introductory meetings in Nobles County to address the high rate of teen pregnancies in the area.

Heron Lake celebrated its 125th birthday with a variety of community activities.

The Adrian Area Theatre sponsored a production of “Footloose” at the Adrian Elementary School. A cast of 40 performed under the direction of Jason Olson. Meanwhile, the Prairie Oasis Players in Slayton, led by director Chad Felton, performed “State Fair.”

10 years ago

Luverne narrowed its search for a new city administrator to five finalists.

An informational meeting about District 518’s new KinderPlus program took place at Worthington’s Prairie Elementary.

Thirteen teams took part in the horseshoe tournament that was part of the Brewster Fun Days celebration.

A 45-year-old rural Trimont man was killed when the single-engine plane he was flying crashed at Jackson Municipal Airport.

Worthington was to be one of 18 consolidated regional centers for a revised University of Minnesota Extension Service system.

A 63-year-old rural Windom woman was killed Wednesday when her brother-in-law accidentally shot her while target shooting.

Florence Welch was installed as Worthington’s new postmaster. She succeeded Chuck Vos, who retired.

25 years ago

Flight winners in Worthington’s Ladies Invitational at the Worthington Country Club were Joyce Forbes (first flight), Ruby Murphy (second), Pearle Koepp (third), Carole Honermann (fourth), Ardell Bassett (fifth) and Maureen Soules (sixth).

Retired obstetrician/gynecologist Dr. F. L. Schade had developed a passion for rug making in his retirement. Schade had crafted more than 60 rugs, which were displayed in homes all around the U.S.

Jennifer Kovacs, the Worthington exchange student to Crailsheim, West Germany, for the 1988-89 school year, headed overseas with Stefanie Remlinger, who was ending her year in Worthington as the Crailsheim ambassador to Worthington.

Larry Noble, principal at Adrian Elementary School, was to become the new principal at Worthington’s West Elementary School effective Aug. 1.

Playing this week at Northland Cinema, Worthington, were “Willow,” “Coming to America,” “Short Circuit II” and “Dead Pool.”

50 years ago

Capt. Donald L. Krekelberg, USAF, former student and athlete at Worthington Junior College, was promoted to the grade of major. Krekelberg was currently assigned to the staff of the Air Command and Staff College at the Air University in Alabama.

Workmen expected to soon complete the job of hooking up a 40-ton transformer, designed to link the Worthington power system with the lines of Interstate Power Company, this fall.

Worthington high school bandmaster Glenn Evensen instituted a new “honor roll” system for summer band students, posting record cards on a bulletin board in the senior high band room for students who logged more than six hours of practice per week. Students were required to practice a minimum of two hours per week. The record so far in the summer was held by Barbara Dafoe, a clarinetist, who practiced 16 hours one week.

A 9-year-old Lakefield boy, playing on old logs with a friend while trying to escape the summer heat, drowned in Heron Lake.

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column featured recipes for Three-Layer Dessert and Watermelon Pickles this week.

75 years ago

The principal obstacle visualized by W. C. Thoma, in a discussion before the Civic and Commerce Association of “Why People Leave Home to Trade” as relating to Worthington, is lack of parking space. Recommended, for one thing, was a survey on two successive Saturdays, designed to ascertain how much space was being used by cars of Worthington residents themselves, while shoppers from abroad were forced to walk long distances with heavy packages.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl included a pound of head cheese for 21 cents, four pounds of bananas for 25 cents, four pounds of Duchess apples for 25 cents, a pound of Harvest Queen coffee for 25 cents, “young and tender” beef roast for 18 cents a pound, a five-pound box of macaroni for 27 cents and a pound of Cervelot summer sausage for 21 cents.

Mrs. Laura Peterson, 68, a pioneer resident of Indian Lake township and one of the children of Azro A. Abbott, who homesteaded at Round Lake in 1870, died at her home a short distance south of Round Lake. She had been a practical invalid for the past 23 years; immediate cause of her death was pronounced as heart failure. A widow for many years, Peterson in her early womanhood taught in the county.

Worthington’s ill-famed Diagonal Corner was maintaining its record at the rate of an accident every five days since July 2.