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Looking Back - 1964: WHS students take Easter trip to Washington, D.C.

One year ago

Work on the renovation and addition to the gymnasium at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington, as well as a new Health and Wellness Center, was moving along on schedule and was more than half completed, reported Director of Facilities Jeff Harms.

Technological learning devices (more specifically, iPads) were to be in the hands of nearly all District 518 students within the next two years following action taken at the District 518 board of directors meeting.

The Hiawatha Club of Pipestone offered to donate its pageant grounds to the city of Pipestone or to Pipestone County. After 60 years of performances, the Hiawatha Pageant’s last season was in the summer of 2008.

Three weeks after Connie and Craig Vreeman saw the Pizza Ranch they owned in Edgerton burn down, the community was hosting a benefit for them at Southwest Christian High School.

Five years ago

The 24th annual Wild Turkey Shootout took place in Worthington, with 42 fourth- through eighth-grade traveling boys’ basketball teams competing at several locations in the city.

Sadie Updike and Amanda Severson owned and operated Forever in Time, a scrapbooking store that recently moved to 1014 Fourth Ave. in downtown Worthington.

Prairie Elementary music teacher Jeanette Jenson was named the Education Minnesota Worthington 2009 Teacher of the Year. Jenson had taught in District 518 for more than 12 years.

It was high season for theater in the area. The Misfit theater troupe of St. Kilian performed “Off with His Head” at St. Joseph’s School, St. Kilian. The Green Earth Players of Luverne performed “Dirty Work at the Crossroads” at the Palace Theatre, and Minnesota West Community and Technical College students performed “Snoopy! The Musical,” directed by Eric Parrish, at the campus Fine Arts Theater.

Jeff Luke, Worthington Middle School (WMS) assistant principal, was selected to replace WMS Interim Principal Clete Lipitsky as WMS principal effective July 1.

10 years ago

Worthington Hy-Vee manager Matt Streit was proud to report that his company was recently named Retailer of the Year by Progressive Grocer, a national industry magazine.

Spokesmen for the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the Worthington Police Department said that, locally, methamphetamine was the biggest drug problem, with 90 percent of drugs found through police investigations being various forms of meth. The remaining 10 percent were marijuana, cocaine and various other drugs. Greater access and cheaper grades were making meth the drug of choice among users.

The City of Worthington needed to prepare a wellhead protection plan by 2005 in order to comply with the Minnesota Department of Health requirement, the Worthington Water and Light Commission learned this week.

More than 90 students from 20 FFA chapters in Minnesota, South Dakota and Iowa took part in the Pipestone Invitational FFA Meat Judging contest.

25 years ago

St. Paul poet Norita Dittburner-Jax was an artist-in-residence for five days at Worthington’s West Elementary, working with fifth-grade students.

Kathy Witzel was selected as the 1989-90 Worthington student ambassador to Crailsheim, Germany. Witzel was the daughter of Rodney and Sue Witzel, Worthington.

The Worthington City Council approved a cooperative construction agreement with Nobles County, a contract for professional services for bidding and construction, and plans and specifications for bids — approval of those three items involved the Oxford Street reconstruction project, which would take place during the summer. The project would complete Oxford as a four-lane road from McMillan to Diagonal Road.

Ag-Chem, Jackson, broke ground for a $7 million expansion project that would add 240,000 square feet and 100 jobs.

50 years ago

Worthington High School hosted a model general U.N. assembly, with 13 area high schools and dozens of students participating.

Carol Scherff, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Earl Scherff, Worthington, was named the 1964-65 exchange student to Crailsheim, Germany. Crailsheim was to send 19-year-old Roland Hilt to Worthington for the same period.

Fifty Worthington high school students boarded a bus for the first leg of the sixth annual YMCA Easter Seminar trip. The 12-day trip would include a private tour of the White House and a look at the Kennedy Memorial in Arlington National Cemetery.

75 years ago

Invaluable aid to the farmers of Nobles County, at the outset of their busy season, was to be rendered them this week with the outpouring from federal coffers of $215,000 in benefit payments to cooperators under the 1939 program. Likewise, distribution of this cash “windfall” came as a shot in the arm to Worthington business.

Thomas Schrader, son of Mr. and Mrs. William Schrader, and U.S. forester from the CCC camp in the vicinity of Orr, was a guest speaker for the Kiwanis Club in Worthington this week. Conservation, a theme with which he had been closely connected for several years, was his topic.

Spring waltzed into Worthington and the surrounding trade area Tuesday as natty as a woman’s new finery and just as flippant — and set about cleaning up vestiges of winter. As if on schedule [on March 21], temperatures set a new high for the year and by 1 p.m., the mercury had climbed to 66 degrees. Indications were that the temperatures might climb into the 70s, and warm weather was expected to continue for a couple of days.

Playing this week at the State theater, Worthington, was “Nancy Drew, Reporter.” Playing at the Grand was “Shirley Temple and the Little Princess.”