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Looking Back - 2004 - 1875 locomotive on the move in Worthington

One year ago

Jackson County received a $7,000 grant from the Minnesota Historical Society to investigate whether paint on the ceiling of the Jackson County Courthouse’s courtroom was disguising original ornamentation and stenciling.

Six Worthington High School students qualified for the national leadership conference of the Business Professionals of America. The students (Cheniqua Johnson, Jamie Le, Brianna Mullaney, Alex Tang, Christopher Mayorga and Larry Leovan) would travel to Orlando, Fla., for the conference.

The Misfits theater group celebrated its 25th anniversary and performed the comedy-farce “Fashionably Late” at St. Joseph Hall in St. Kilian.

The Worthington City Council OK’d an off-sale beer license for a new Casey’s General Store on U.S. 59 North, current site of the Travel Express.

Worthington Middle School hosted a Math Masters competition for area sixth-graders, including 16 qualifying WMS students. In all, 56 students were part of the math competition.

Five years ago

Sarah Jacobs received the Worthington FFA chapter’s Star in Ag Entrepreneurship award at the chapter’s annual banquet, while Nicole Burkard received the Star in Ag Placement honor and Stephanie Behrens was named the Star Chapter Greenhand. Honorary FFA degrees were granted to Paul Rogers and Jim Kolander.

Merck & Co. of Trenton, N.J., was buying Schering-Plough Company for $41.1 billion. For Intervet Inc., Worthington, which was part of Schering-Plough, it was the second sale in two years.

The Great Plains String Quartet was the featured entertainment at the annual member social of the Historic Dayton House, Worthington.

Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty spoke at a Chamber of Commerce-sponsored luncheon in Worthington.

The Nobles County chapter of Pheasants Forever celebrated the acquisition of two parcels of land at the organization’s annual banquet. Both land parcels were in section 26 of Bigelow township.

The Worthington High School Trojan speech team placed seven out of 19 teams competing at the Fairmont Cardinal Speech Invitational.

10 years ago

The Worthington High School Trojan speech team finished first out of 34 teams competing at the Mankato invitational tournament.

The Worthington Optimists’ Toy Show at Worthington Middle School proved popular among NASCAR and farm toy fans.

Tractor Supply Co. opened its doors at a new location on Ryan’s Road, Worthington. Its new building had twice the indoor space of its former site, and five times more parking spots than previously.

A new fire hall and new grain facility were to be constructed in Lake Wilson. That decision was made following the destruction of several local buildings in a January explosion in the community.

A 19th century train departed Worthington for Currie’s End-o-Line Railroad Park and Museum, which would be the train’s new home. The 1875 narrow-gauge steam locomotive was previously located at the defunct Prairie Expo Center, Worthington.

25 years ago

Ag-Chem Equipment Co. Inc. announced its plans for a 240 square-foot manufacturing facility in Jackson. The plant was to be built on 23 acres directly south of the company’s existing facility there, and was expected to create at least 100 new jobs. Cost estimates for the project were near $7 million.

A motion to exempt the towns of Dundee and Kinbrae from paying 50 cents per residence toward solid waste management in Nobles County failed on a 2-3 vote of the county commissioners.

Featured recipes in Dorthy Rickers’ “Mixing and Musing” column were Skier’s French Toast, Baked Oatmeal Snack, Quick Whole Wheat Bread and Casserole for Hungry Anybodies.

A 145-person delegation from the Worthington area presented the city’s case for building a veterans’ nursing home in Worthington at hearings before the state House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee in St. Paul. Worthington was one of four communities (the others being St. Peter, Luverne and Willmar) on the list of finalists for the facility.

50 years ago

Dale Olson, son of Mr. and Mrs. Arvid Olson, and Beverly Droll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Droll, all of Okabena, were the Boys and Girls State representatives, respectively, for the Sievert-Peterson Post No. 608 of the American Legion and Auxiliary.

Worthington was to be the site of the three-day Bible seminar of Jehovah’s Witnesses from April 3-5, announced George May, presiding minister of the local congregation. The semiannual seminar was expected to draw about 450 people from congregations in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa. The National Guard Armory was to be used for the convention.

Advertised specials this week at Swanson’s grocery, Worthington, included a two-pound box of Kraft Velveeta for 69 cents, a pound of butter for 59 cents, three dozen Grade “A” large eggs for $1, a 50-pound bag of potatoes for 99 cents, a pound of bananas for 12 cents and a gallon of ice cream for $1.04.

H.L. Refsell, 78, Worthington, was injured in a 10:45 a.m. collision between his car and a truck at the intersection of Fourth Avenue and 14th Street. Refsell was the Daily Globe staff artist and writer of the Kibitzer Column. He was taken by ambulance to the Worthington hospital, having suffered head lacerations and possible chest injuries, among other things. His car was shoved 30 feet sideways into the curb, and he was thrown out the right side of his vehicle.

75 years ago

Little Egbert Jr., 2, son of Mr. and Mrs. Egbert Koening, suffered severe burns on his abdomen and both arms late Wednesday when he stumbled into a pail of boiling water. Quick application of the tannic treatment was made, and he was reported resting well at the General hospital Thursday.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Red Owl included a three-pound can of Crisco for 39 cents, a four-pound bag of Mission Seedless raisins for 27 cents, two dozen navel oranges for 39 cents, 10 large grapefruit for 25 cents, beef roast for 17 cents a pound, a bunch of green-topped carrots for 5 cents and a six-pound can of prunes for 29 cents.