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Looking Back: 1939 - Large bowling alley planned in Worthington

One year ago

The new Goodwill store in Worthington, managed by Jennifer Moran, opened Thursday.

Bethany Lutheran Church of Storden celebrated its centennial this Sunday.

The 13th annual Pipestone Pow Wow took place this weekend.

Recent days of hot, humid weather and little wind had caused a major algal bloom on Lake Okabena and in Whiskey Ditch, Worthington. The Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District was encouraging people and their pets to stay out of the water until conditions improved, because algal blooms could be potentially poisonous to animals, and people could suffer irritation due to skin rashes or respiratory problems resulting from contact with the algae.

Worthington’s city council members approved the authorization of trust funds to purchase and install a stone sign at Memorial Auditorium.

Five years ago

A dedication ceremony took place as part of the grand opening of the Rock County Veterans Memorial Building in Luverne. The former Rock County jail and sheriff’s residence, which was vacated in 2006, was transformed into a five-part gallery and museum.

High levels of blue-green (and smelly) algae were covering Lake Okabena. It was one of the worst, most widespread and earliest algae blooms that Dan Livdahl, administrator of the Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, had ever seen.

The “Amazing” Worthington City Band played the final concert of its 116th season this week.

The District 518 Board of Education was discussing a possible expansion and/or remodeling of Worthington Middle School, seeking feasibility and cost estimates for the project.

A methamphetamine lab was located in Jackson when the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office acted on a tip from a confidential informant and executed a search warrant at an apartment building in Jackson.

Illegal dumping of trash in Worthington Township and other rural areas in Nobles County was becoming a problem, especially because cleanup costs usually fell to cash-strapped townships.

10 years ago

The Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity was in the midst of building a house in Pipestone for a family.

Pizza Ranch opened a Worthington location on Oxford Street this week. Tim Foreman was the restaurant’s manager, and Mike Julius was the assistant manager.

Board members of Heron Lake BioEnergy LLC announced the start of an equity drive to raise funds for a $94.5 million ethanol plant. The hope was to have a 50-million gallon ethanol plant operating by 2006.

Worthington’s Parks and Recreation Advisory Board approved Freedom Shore Park as the site of a new $30,000 veterans’ memorial, to be completed by summer 2005.

A 24-year-old Slayton man died in a one-vehicle rollover accident at 3:52 a.m. Tuesday on Minnesota 62 north of Dundee. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by an 18-year-old man from out of state.

25 years ago

Playing this week at Excellence Theatres in Worthington’s Northland Mall were “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” “Batman” starring Jack Nicholson and Michael Keaton, “Peter Pan” and “The Karate Kid Part III.”

Margie and Herb Dries, Pipestone, had a 300-pound replica of the Statue of Liberty shipped from Mexico to their cabin on Lake Shetek, where it was displayed near their boat dock.

Featured recipes in this week’s Mixing and Musing column by Dorthy Rickers included Dilly Mushrooms, New Cucumber Veggie Dip, Delicate Carrot Soup, Corn Chowder, The Perfect Summer Salad and Frozen Cabbage Slaw.

Sathers Inc., Round Lake, recently became a corporate sponsor of the internationally acclaimed Starlight Foundation.

Two incidents of apparently random acts of attempted child stealing were reported in the area. First was an attempted kidnapping of a 7-year-old girl in Windom, and then came an attempt to lure two 6-year-old Worthington boys into a car. Police were investigating the incidents.

50 years ago

The Minnesota Conservation Federation met in Windom, with the Cottonwood County Game and Fish League hosting the statewide bimonthly meeting of the organization. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss and vote on 46 resolutions submitted by member clubs and organizations throughout the state.

Vandals damaged the Slayton school, gaining entry by breaking a window. They proceeded to break additional windows, spilled acid on the floor of the chemistry classroom, overturned furniture, threw ink on floors and walls and wrecked art work in the school’s art room, among other damaging acts.

Most of the roof of a garage on the Mrs. August Hecht farm near Lakefield was damaged in a Thursday afternoon fire, which was ignited by a nearby brush fire.

Two cars collided in a flaming wreck south of Heron Lake early Saturday morning, killing one youth and injuring four others. The 19-year-old driver of one of the vehicles was dead, and both of his passengers were injured. The accident occurred shortly after midnight about one and one-half miles south of Heron Lake near the Jack Creek bridge.

Showing this week at Worthington’s Gay Drive-In was Walt Disney’s “The Three Lives of Thomasina” and “Tammy and the Bachelor” starring Debbie Reynolds. The ad read, “A whole carload for $1 buck.”

75 years ago

Nobles County farmers were handicapped this week by wet weather in their efforts to continue harvest. Another rain Wednesday night, recorded at a quarter-inch in Worthington, postponed farm work. Farmers planning to use combines to cut grain were especially impatient of the wet weather, which might mean costly delays.

Worthington was to have one of the largest and most modern bowling alleys in the middle west as the result of plans completed this week by Art Johnson. The city council granted Johnson permission to build a large block and brick building on the lot fronting Ninth Street between the Snow hatchery and the corner oil station. The apartment building at present on the lot, historic because it once served as the courthouse, was to be moved down Ninth Street to a lot near the corner of Ninth and Eighth Avenue. Johnson’s plans called for eight streamlined bowling alleys, with supplementary equipment in the building such as restrooms, lockers, office and concession booth.

Members of the Nobles County 50-year Farmers club were to be guests of The Globe at a banquet in Hotel Thompson on Aug. 21, after which the group would adjourn to the fairgrounds for the evening program in honor of the 60th anniversary of the Nobles County Fair. One of two new members was R.W. Abbott, now farming in Bigelow Township. Abbott was a charter member of the Indian Lake community and was born Nov. 7, 1871, in a claim shanty on Indian Lake just two days after his father brought his family here. Abbott had farmed all his life and was still active.