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Looking Back: 1963 - Bumper crop of beans expected


One year ago

Four partner organizations sponsored the 2012 Worthington Integrative Community Leadership Program, which ran for seven Fridays. The program aimed to educate and groom potential community leaders, as well as strengthen the skills of those who had already begun serving in leadership capacities.

A ceremonial tossing of dirt marked the start of construction on a regional water retention pond on the south end of the Minnesota West Community and Technical College campus in Worthington. The project, roughly $360,000 in cost, was made possible through the cooperation of multiple agencies.

Another two and a half months would pass before businesses along the south and east side of Worthington would be relieved of “road closed” barricades, orange cones and construction vehicles involved in the Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project.

A group of city officials broke ground for the new Worthington event center on Monday.

Worthington’s new fire station was dedicated amidst a weekend of tours, demonstrations and a Masonic Cornerstone Ceremony conducted by local and state representatives of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

Plans for the Worthington High School Alumni Band reunion concert, called “Salute to Excellence,” were taking shape for 7 p.m. on Turkey Day, Sept. 15, at Memorial Auditorium.

Five years ago

Manna Food Pantry was the site of a backpack giveaway, with more than 500 backpacks given to Worthington-area school children.

Minnesota West Community Technical College and its President Richard Shrubb hosted a forum with Hispanic community leaders at the college. Language barriers and legal status topped the list of issues discussed.

Forty-three of the 67 units of blood collected in the recent “Heroes Behind the Badges” blood drive in Worthington were credited to Worthington/Nobles County law enforcement. It was the first time the law enforcement contingent topped the Worthington Fire Department/SRWH Ambulance team in the drive’s history.

David Sorensen, Worthington, received his Eagle Scout merit badge in a traditional Boy Scout Court of Honor ceremony. He was initiated by Dr. James Harris, Troop 121 Scoutmaster.

10 years ago

Tae Vander Kooi, Worthington, representing Nobles County, was crowned the 50th Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fair.

The city of Worthington was able to maintain a consistent bond rating, with city administrator Bob Filson announcing that Moody’s Investors Service had assigned an A2 rating to the city’s $4,875,000 general obligation bonds.

After a year without a student representative from Worthington due to concerns about security stemming from 9/11, the 56-year friendship with Crailsheim continued as Worthington High School student Nikki Mammen prepared to depart Aug. 30 for a year in Crailsheim’s as Worthington’s student ambassador.

A series of rural burglaries in northwest Iowa (Lyon, Sioux and Osceola counties) in recent weeks had citizens and law enforcement officials on the alert.

25 years ago

Mary Louise Dick, 18, Bingham Lake, was crowned Princess Kay of the Milky Way at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. She was the 35th Princess Kay in Minnesota and was selected from 11 regional princesses.

About 165 fifth- and sixth-graders took part in a four-week beginning band program at Worthington’s West Elementary School this month.

A total of 491 pints of blood was collected during the recent visit of the Red Cross Bloodmobile to Nobles County. That total included 25 pints from first-time donors. Still, the drive fell short of its goal of 520 pints. Gallon Club pins were given to 45 donors.

A “help wanted” ad placed by the City of Worthington for a full-time liquor store retail clerk, requiring a high school diploma or equivalent, noted the starting salary at $1,128.

Three young men died in a one-car roll-over crash south of Petersburg, just hours after they had registered for the fall semester at Southwestern Technical Institute-Jackson. The young men were from Mankato, rural Hadley and Sturgeon Lake. One additional passenger, of Waseca, survived with injuries upgraded from critical to fair.

The 515 employees of Worthington’s Campbell Soup Company were honored earlier this month when officials from Campbell headquarters in Camden, N.J., named the local plant a “Select Supplier.”

50 years ago

Old timers said they had seen “nothing like it in years” of the bumper crop of beans expected in the area this harvest season. On the Zane Brunk farm about three miles north of Brewster, for instance, fields of beans were in excess of four feet tall, which was not uncommon this year across southwest Minnesota. Many farmers were “confidently expecting yields of up to 30 bushels per acre or more.”

A 5-year-old Duluth boy drowned Sunday when he apparently fell from a dock in about four feet of water at West Okoboji Lake in Spirit Lake, Iowa. Two Fort Dodge physicians were at the scene but were unable to revive the boy.

Leuthold and Thoresen Clothiers, Worthington, advertised “back to school” specials that included pullover, cardigan or zip sweaters for $12.95, country casual sport coats for $29.95 and up, sport shirts from $3.98, dress shirts from $5 and “a wide selection of young men’s wool worsted suits” for $39.95 and up.

A sow on the farm of Harry Hardekopf, rural Fulda, farrowed a large litter of 18 pigs, all of which were reported to be “lively and healthy” by the owners. Litters of 18 to 20 pigs were said to be relatively uncommon.

Two southwest Minnesota girls — Ruth Ann Hanson, 17, Currie, and Diane Engberg, 16, Garvin — were named to the court of honor by their 4-H dress revue peers at the Minnesota State Fair.

75 years ago

Beverly Ann Potter, 2-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Potter, Worthington, was treated by clinic physicians for a severe scalp wound when the dead branch of an apple tree fell on her. Several stitches were required to close the ragged gash.

Brown’s Food Store, Worthington, advertised a 49-pound bag of Gold Medal flour for $1.59, three bars of P & G soap for 11 cents, a three-pound can of Crisco for 53 cents and a can of Sani Flush for 19 cents.

Southwestern Minnesota sheriff’s officers were notified to be on the lookout for two bandits, one believed a woman, who robbed the Corn Exchange bank of Elkton, S.D., of $2,000 cash after forcing 20 employees and customers to the floor. Authorities theorized the pair may have fled into Minnesota from Elkton, which is only a few miles west of the state boundary. The pair brandished guns and, with employees and customers on the floor, waited 35 minutes for a time lock on the vault to open Thursday afternoon.

John W. Dirks, Nobles County superintendent of schools, spent Thursday judging school exhibits at the Rock County fair. He reported displays as being unusual and that $350 in prize money was distributed.