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Looking Back: 1964 - Linda Fast is crowned as county dairy princess

One year ago

Spomer Classics and Museum, Worthington, hosted a gathering of vintage and classic cars from the area in its annual Classic Car Show ‘n Shine. Museum owner and event organizer Marv Spomer was simply hoping for good weather for the 10:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. occasion.

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The Minnesota West Foundation was benefiting from a $55,000 gift from the Kruger/Nasers family. The gift would be used for the Center for Health and Fitness. It was hoped that eventually $400,000 would be raised for the facility.

After 37 years with Nobles County, Auditor-Treasurer Sharon Balster was retiring, effective June 30.

The Worthington Area Symphony Orchestra’s spring concert program included the Minnesota premiere of Sioux Falls, S.D.-based composer/arranger Dan Goeller’s “The Selfish Giant,” a musical, multi-media adaptation of the inspirational short story by Oscar Wilde.

The Worthington Event Center hosted its grand opening event.

Worthington High School’s 126th annual commencement ceremony took place, with 174 seniors receiving their diplomas. Graduates Zach Brandt, Jennifer Mayorga and Gordon Moore delivered the student speeches during the ceremony.

Five years ago

Becky Clausen of Dundee was inducted as the first female president of the Eagles Club in Worthington. She was just the second woman in Minnesota to attain the highest level of local leadership in Eagles organizations. It was only three years earlier that Aerie membership was opened to women.

A program of ’80s music headlined the Worthington Middle School band concert. Director Mike Andersen led 115 sixth- through eighth-grade band members, while Jeanette Jenson directed 65 fifth graders as part of the performance.

Craig Pospisil opened Year Round Toys in Worthington.

Chelsey Fast, rural Bingham Lake, was one of 12 finalists for the 2009-10 Princess Kay of the Milky Way honor. Fast was currently the Cottonwood County Dairy Princess.

Fredi Lowry, a longtime Worthington Daily Globe columnist, tour guide and community servant, died at the age of 82.

Mike Traphagen was named the new District 518 activities director, having logged 24 years of coaching and teaching in the district.

10 years ago

The Area 8 Special Olympics Track & Field Meet took place at Jackson County Central High School.

State Representative Elaine Harder (R-Jackson) announced she would end her legislative service when her term expired Dec. 31. Harder had served southwest Minnesota for 10 years and was currently the chair of the House Agriculture and Rural Development Finance Committee.

Brian Vander Beek, with his parents Jim and Terry Vander Beek, were the owners of Brian’s Supper Club & Tavern in Fulda, which they recently opened in the former Corral Supper Club located on U.S. 59.

In its first full year, the Worthington High School student book club grew from nine to 25 members, and the membership read and discussed six books.

KELO meteorologist Shawn Cable visited Sioux Valley-Round Lake-Brewster Elementary School to give a brief presentation on weather — and he also sang “You Raise Me Up” for his enthusiastic audience.

The Worthington Police Department received a $4,350 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice to purchase 14 bulletproof vests for its officers.

25 years ago

Dave Adamson, principal of Windom Area High School for the last 25 years, was granted a five-year leave of absence without pay by the Windom school board, beginning in July. Adamson also served as a brigadier general in the Army Reserve.

With only a few days remaining until the Minnesota Legislature adjourned, the clock was ticking for a bill that would place a state veterans’ home in Luverne.

Dr. Rebecca Johnson, a pathologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Hartford Hospital, as well as a faculty member at Brown University and the University of Connecticut Medical School, was the featured commencement speaker at the 1989 commencement ceremony of Slayton High School. Johnson was a 1970 Slayton High School graduate.

Asbestos was being removed from the ceilings at the Daily Globe’s offices in downtown Worthington. The removed asbestos was to be placed in the local landfill after it was placed in double bags and sealed in barrels.

The city of Worthington received a grant of $155,000 from the Minnesota Department of Transportation for runway and taxiway crack repair at the local airport.

50 years ago

Three Worthington band students won berths in the Minnesota All-State Band and two others were named alternates. Local candidates who were accepted were clarinetist Maureen Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Merlin Smith; trombonist Paul Mork, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ray O. Mork; and tuba player Charles Tims, son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Tims. Alternates were clarinetist Beth Minge, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Raymond Minge; and tuba player Dudley Berger, son of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Berger.

Linda Fast of Bingham Lake was crowned the 1964 Cottonwood County Dairy Princess at Windom. She was crowned by Cheryl Bloch, last year’s Cottonwood County Dairy Princess and Region 8 winner.

A bolt of lightning left a mature tree in splinters at the Worthington Country Club during an early morning storm Sunday. Lightning also struck the Charles Mickelson farm home three miles west of Avoca.

About three-fourths of the seniors at Worthington High School had smoked at one time, and nearly a third of them used cigarettes regularly, according to a recent student survey. Students who smoked stated they did it “for kicks” and because “it passes the time.”

Thirty-one Worthington High School students, accompanied by teachers Alan Swanson and Jim Gay, went to Minneapolis to attend a performance of Shakespeare’s “Henry V” at the Tyrone Guthrie Theatre.

75 years ago

Groundwork for musical instrument training and music appreciation was laid early at the Worthington grade school, where a thorough training course began in the fourth grade. In explaining the instrumental music program, Victor Moeller, director, said that school officials believed a well-designed setup based on good fundamentals would serve as training for future bands and orchestras.

Three drunks appeared in municipal court Wednesday. Each entered pleas of guilty and received fines. Two of the fines were assessed at $5.

Two Seward township rural bootleggers were given stiff sentences for unlawful sale of intoxicants in court at Windom Friday afternoon. State and county officials cooperated to nab Ivan “Mike” West and his sister, Mrs. Geneva Taylor, on their farm near the Murray County line. Sheriff Clarence Young found nine pints of alcohol on the place. District Judge Charles A. Flinn sentenced West to a 90-day jail term on one count and $120 fine or 120 days in jail on the second.

One hundred men from the Worthington community were to have jobs on the paving and sidewalk projects in the city. A.W. Siewert, supervisor of the State Employment service here, reported that the total number of skilled and unskilled men placed on the jobs would reach 100 when complete assignments were made. All local labor was being hired through the employment office.

Ninety pounds of timothy seed consigned to a Nobles County farmer were confiscated Saturday by the state department of agriculture because of improper labeling. Confiscation was made at Dundee when railroad officials notified the department of an unlabeled sack of seed. Upon investigation, the timothy was found to contain an unlawful percentage of foul seed.