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Looking Back: 1963 - Jackson gets approval for vocational school

One year ago

A “Haunted Museum” was offered at the Murray County Historical Museum in Slayton.

Jennifer Hyk began her new duties this week as the executive director of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of the American Red Cross.

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The Worthington City Council conducted its annual special budget meeting, with discussion centering on the Worthington Regional Economic Development Corporation, the Municipal Liquor Store and other city entities.

Minnesota Department of Revenue Commissioner Myron Frans met in Worthington with local officials and residents on ways to improve the state tax system.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College officials broke ground for the institution’s new Health and Wellness Center on the Worthington campus.

The Worthington High School marching band hosted a waffle feed prior to the District 518 band program’s concert, with all 360 fifth- through 12th-grade band students participating.

Five years ago

The Nobles County commissioners unanimously approved a $500,000 loan guarantee to the Worthington Area YMCA for construction of its new fitness facility and aquatics center.

Raul and Yudy Godinez relaunched the Long Branch Saloon, Worthington.

The fate of the future Worthington event center was in the hands of the voters as the referendum for a ½-cent sales tax was fast approaching.

Worthington’s P.E.O. Chapter EJ hosted its 17th annual Autumn Sampler luncheon.

A District 518 school board candidates’ forum took place, with four incumbents answering questions posed to them by forum moderator Darrell Stitt.

A 21-year-old Jackson man was stabbed in the back during a recent altercation near the Jackson Pizza Ranch restaurant.

10 years ago

Children’s author and illustrator Lynne Jonell visited the Nobles County Library.

Fulda Area Credit Union was named one of the nation’s top credit unions in the category of profit return to its members. Callahan & Associates, Inc., ranked the regional credit union as the 10th best of its size in the U.S. for its high rate of profit return to its members.

The Minnesota Soybean Processors plant near Brewster was about a month away from being operational. With a community open house already scheduled for Nov. 15, it was anticipated that the plant would be processing up to 100,000 bushels of soybeans daily by late November.

A new ordinance governing clandestine drug labs in Rock and Nobles counties was to be proposed in early November at a public hearing.

Palace Motors of Mitchell, S.D., was taking ownership of Spomer Motors, Worthington, renaming it Worthington Motors. Brian Nash was the new general manager.

25 years ago

Chicago and North Western Rail Company officials agreed to accept about $1.35 million for the 45 miles of rail line running east/west through Nobles and Rock counties. The Buffalo Ridge Regional Rail Authority was the purchaser.

A budget with a five percent increase in patient charges was approved by the Worthington Regional Hospital board of trustees.

Three photos taken by Jeff Weness, Worthington, were chosen to be part of a traveling exhibit that would be seen in the Soviet Union. The exhibit featured photos taken by U.S. 4-H’ers and by Soviet Union Pioneers.

Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column contained recipes for Pumpkin Gingerbread with Caramel Sauce, Caramel Pecan Squares, Cheese-Beef Ball and Chocolate Syrup Brownies.

50 years ago

In a resounding 1,484 to 148 vote, residents of School District 324 (Jackson) approved a $450,000 bond issue to finance construction of an area vocational school. Initially, the school was to offer four courses — auto mechanics, auto body repair, appliance repair and business/secretarial skills.

Windom enacted a strict new curfew for youths under age 17. They were barred from public places and sidewalks of the city after 10 p.m. unless accompanied by a parent or guardian, by an adult with custody over them, or unless they were on a necessary errand approved of in writing by a custodial adult. Youths between 17 and 18 years of age could be out until 11 p.m., at which time the same restrictions would apply to them. Violators would be guilty of a misdemeanor.

In Jackson, County Sheriff Harry Tordsen called for a return “to the woodshed method of instilling respect in youths” due to a near-epidemic of vandalism and thievery by youths. Tordsen said complaints were received from every section of the county about theft of gasoline and property, including cars and machinery.

In what was being called the “biggest event since Marion Anderson,” London maestro Mantovani and his orchestra entertained at the high school auditorium in Windom as part of the Windom Concert Association’s performance series.

75 years ago

Violet Soderholm, Sonja Peterson, Kenneth Kingery and Lloyd Peterson were recently chosen as representatives of the county Rural Youth organization.

Thomas Broesder, 82, father of Casper Broesder of Adrian, died and was to be buried at the Ellsworth cemetery, following services at the Dutch Reformed Church in Little Rock, Iowa. He died in Little Rock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. John Vennenga. Broesder’s wife died in 1918 during the influenza epidemic. He was survived by five other sons and daughters.

The Pilgrim Congregational Church of Ocheyedan, Iowa, observed the 50th anniversary of its organization. The ladies of the church served a chicken supper on Friday evening, and a guest minister delivered the anniversary sermon on Sunday morning.

In society news, Mrs. James Mott invited the members of the Wednesday Bridge club to her home for a dessert luncheon. Bridge was played at three tables, with honors awarded to Mrs. Ned Jones and Mrs. R. L. Morland. Mrs. George Voak was a guest of the club.