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Looking Back: 1963 - Armour and Company facility is under construction

One year ago

Three finalists were named for the Nobles County administrator position. They included Jackson County Coordinator Jackie Fransen, Charles Kell of Little Chute, Wis., and Thomas Johnson of Eagle County, Colo. All three were coming to Worthington for second interviews on Jan. 8-9.

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District 518 administrators reviewed building security and safety procedures following the tragic shooting that recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut.

JBS employees in Worthington donated over $95,000 to the United Way of Nobles County annual pledge drive. That total was two-thirds of the campaign’s goal.

Vince Riley, a Worthington Middle School eighth-grader, won the school’s National Geographic Bee. Runner-up was Taylor McCarvel.

Nearly $10 million remained of the money received for the 2008 sale of Worthington Regional Hospital to Sanford Health. Numerous projects had already been funded with the proceeds, and Worthington city council members and staff continued discussions about possible uses for the remainder of the funds.

Five years ago

The Worthington Area Foundation awarded $6,770 in grants to 14 area organizations this year.

The Worthington High School choral department, led by Joseph Osowski, hosted its first-ever madrigal dinner, which doubled as a benefit for the WHS choirs. Sixty WHS students from the school’s three select ensembles were involved with the madrigal event.

A generous gift from an anonymous donor made possible new formal attire for the Worthington Chamber Singers, in advance of their annual concert of Advent and Christmas music.

Lowell Nystrom was retiring as of Dec. 31 after serving more than 26 years as a District 518 school board member.

Students, staff and faculty at Worthington Middle School raised nearly $1,500 for the Nobles County Community Christmas Baskets program.

Valley National Gases, Worthington, relocated to 121 Oxford St. and doubled its size. The company, formerly known as Welders Supply Co., had operated in Worthington for about 60 years and delivered oxygen, helium, nitrous gases and carbon dioxide to businesses within an 80-mile radius of Worthington.

10 years ago

Minnesota West Community and Technical College closed for two weeks, through Dec. 28. The closure was necessitated by the budget reductions implemented by the state of Minnesota on July 1.

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column were Maple Cream Balls, Sourdough Beef Dip and Deluxe Cranberry Cake.

Maria Parga, owner of Worthington’s Video Lupita, recently opened a new store, La Fiesta, in downtown Worthington. La Fiesta stocked unique clothing and accessories.

A buildup of ice coupled with high winds was to blame for a power outage that left many areas of southwest Minnesota in the dark Monday night and into Tuesday. A failure in the 161,000-volt transmission line located between Magnolia and Sioux Falls, S.D., kept power off for up to eight hours, with Worthington lacking electricity for about 45 minutes total.

The Jackson City Council approved a 2004 budget that would result in an 18 percent increase in the city’s property tax levy.

Jackson County Sheriff Dick Seim was retiring effective Dec. 31 after a 34-year career in law enforcement. He’d been the Jackson County Sheriff for the past nine years.

25 years ago

About 180,000 gallons of untreated sewage flowed into West Lake Okoboji for six days because a contractor punctured two sewer lines. An Iowa Department of Natural Resources representative said the lake’s water volume diluted the sewage and the lake would/should be safe for water activities by next spring.

About 300 people submitted to voluntary health testing that included blood draws as part of the preventive health program for District 518. Thirty-three tests were to be performed on the drawn blood of each individual.

Six institutions in Worthington were beneficiaries of an estate from which roughly $330,000 was to be distributed. The estate of Edna Herlein, who had been a bookkeeper for years at Albinson Lumber Company, left money to the Crippled Children’s School, First United Methodist Church, Friends of Worthington Community College, Worthington Regional Hospital, the Worthington YMCA and Friends of the Nobles County Library.

50 years ago

Work was progressing steadily at the Armour and Company construction site in Worthington despite the handicap of a recent cold weather wave. Structural steel components for the second floor of the main plant were in place and workmen were rushing to get the structure enclosed in order to meet the June 1, 1964, construction deadline. It was the single biggest construction project undertaken in southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa this year.

Four Worthington junior and senior high choral groups, 360 voices strong, joined in “Silent Night” at the conclusion of the annual Christmas Choral Concert at 3 p.m. in the senior high school auditorium.

The local memorial fund for President John F. Kennedy, which was to be used to purchase books of history, biography and political science which could not otherwise be obtained for Worthington Junior College, had surpassed $200.

Santa Claus was answering phone calls from his North Pole site from 7 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 17 and 18, courtesy of the Worthington Jaycees’ annual “Dial-A Santa” program. Letters to Santa also continued pouring in to the Worthington Post Office at a fast clip.

75 years ago

In Santa’s Mail Bag: “Dear Santa, Will you please bring me a big doll? If too many other little girls want dolls, just give me a bank, a typewriter and a sewing machine. — Betty Jean Moerke, Reading.” “Dear Santa, I would like a doll with long curls. Thanks for the penny that you sent me last year. Your friend, Elva Dykema, Bigelow.” “Dear Santa, I am four years old and my little brother Jerry is 13 months. We have tried to be good boys. So please bring a table and chair set and a big train for me. Bring Jerry some rubber toys. Don’t forget to leave something real nice for our Aunt Marie. Your two friends, Douglas and Jerry Leinen, Westbrook.” “Dear Santa, Please come to my home on Christmas night. Will you please bring me a ring, dishes, and bedroom slippers? Don’t forget the nuts and candy. Your little girl, Viola Beeck, Worthington.”

Faith Hansberger was elected president of the Wonder Workers 4-H club Monday evening. This was at the annual Christmas party held in the Farmers’ room at the courthouse.