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Looking Back: 1964 - English becomes part of mass at Worthington's St. Mary's

One year ago

Wrapping up its second day of budget meetings, the Worthington City Council recommended a 1.3 percent increase in the levy for 2014. The proposed increase was only to cover the increase in debt services for the year.

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley engaged in a question and answer session this week at Sibley-Ocheyedan High School, Sibley, Iowa.

Plans for constructing a Murray County Veteran’s Memorial in Slayton were moving forward after the Murray County Board of Commissioners recently approved the proposed site for the project.

A heat wave — with temperatures in the mid-90s and humidity levels in the 70 to 80 percent range — returned to the area, coinciding with the first weeks of school for many students.

A Luverne home was destroyed by fire early Sunday morning, leaving a family of five homeless. The fire took the home at 718 S. Donaldson St. The family members were not at home when the blaze broke out.

Over 1,700 students were registered for classes at Minnesota West for the fall term, which Campus Dean Dawn Gordon said was “down a little bit” from the previous year’s enrollment. In addition, seven new faculty and staff members were joining the Minnesota West team in Worthington beginning this fall.

Five years ago

Honored for 35 or more years of services as Worthington JBS employees were Marty Dooley, Pat O’Connor, Brad Hellinga, Doug Schult, Jerry Ebbers, John Larson and Len Huskey.

The Nobles County Board of Commissioners and Worthington City Council members took part in an early morning meeting to discuss the potential to work together on a joint library and senior center facility.

The estate of Hank and Sophia Saner and their son Wilfred provided a gift of more than $82,300 to Client Community Services, Inc. The Saners had farmed outside of Adrian for several years, among other jobs the couple had held during their lifetimes.

The Worthington City Council agreed to use $4.5 million of its $21 million in hospital sale proceeds to fund the City of Worthington Aquatic Center.

A two-vehicle accident at the intersection of U.S. 59 and Nobles County 4 brought Bigelow Rescue, two Worthington ambulances, the Nobles County Sheriff’s Office and the Minnesota State Patrol to the scene. No further information was available at press time about any resulting injuries or the accident’s cause.

10 years ago

Showing this week at Northland Cinema were “Open Water,” “The Exorcist: The Beginning,” “The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement,” “Alien vs. Predator,” “Collateral” and “Yu-Gi-Oh!”

The Days of Olde festival took place in Ocheyedan, Iowa.

Scott Kaminski, 19, recently started an expansion of Southern Minnesota Door Company in Worthington. Kaminski was also a full-time student at Minnesota West Community and Technical College, Worthington.

The first reading of an ordinance that would change the City of Worthington’s curfew time for all youths ages 15 and younger was approved by the Worthington City Council. Under the change, youths that age would have a curfew of 10 p.m. on all days of the week. Previously, all youths under 18 had a curfew of 11 p.m. on weeknights and 12:01 a.m. on weekends.

Orville Appel, Worthington, had tree stumps turned into wood carvings on his West Shore Drive property. An Aug. 3 storm had damaged Appel’s trees, along with many others in the area.

Joe Anderson, son of Charles and Michelle Anderson, Worthington, was awarded the Yellow & Blue scholarship for the 2004-05 school year at South Dakota State University. Anderson, a 2003 Worthington High School graduate, was a sophomore pharmacy major at the school.

25 years ago

Tanja Siepermann, 17, the 1989-90 exchange student from Crailsheim, Germany, had arrived in Worthington and was living with the Judy and Jerry Eykyn family for the first three months of her year-long stay. Asked what she missed of Germany, Tanja replied, “I really miss black bread — your bread has too much air in it.”

A 19-year-old Worthington man, a native of Lakefield, was arrested without incident at 1:10 a.m. Wednesday in Lakefield, with the help of a canine unit from Worthington. He’d fled from Jackson County district court the preceding Thursday afternoon during a break in his trial on burglary and theft charges stemming from several break-ins at six different locations in Jackson and Lakefield in January. He was also wanted for a series of burglaries in Nobles, Murray and Pipestone counties during the same period.

Dr. Percy W. Harrison, 90, died this week. Harrison, a 1921 graduate of Carleton College and a University of Minnesota medical school graduate, had been a Worthington resident since 1932 and a practicing surgeon here until 1971. Harrison was also a 30-year member of the District 518 Board of Education. He’d chosen to come to Worthington because of the lake, he often said, and was vice president of the Worthington Clinic and Hospital Association, as well as a 56-year member of the local First United Methodist Church.

50 years ago

Braving showery weather, a group of hardy campers met in the Bingham Lake village park Saturday and Sunday to form a chapter of the National Campers and Hikers Association. Walter Meyer, Bingham Lake, was acting president of the newly formed group, whose object was to organize campers and hikers of southwest Minnesota into a group affiliated with the NCHA, the nation’s oldest, largest and fastest growing family camping association.

Advertised specials this week at Gordy’s Super Valu, Worthington, included five six-ounce packages of Hershey’s chocolate chips for $1, two loaves of Flav-O-Rite white bread for 29 cents, a 14-pound lug of Washington state Bartlett pears for $1.69, a six-pack (of bottles) of Tab for 49 cents, a three-pound can of Maxwell House coffee for $1.79 and a 10-pound bag of Occident flour for 89 cents.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, Worthington, had begun celebrating portions of the mass in English (rather than Latin). St. Mary’s began using English under the authorization of Bishop Fitzgerald of the Diocese of Winona. By Nov. 29, all U.S. Roman Catholic churches would be using English. The local diocese, however, introduced the practice early as an experiment to see how worshipers would accept the change in service. All U.S. bishops were going to meet prior to November to agree on a translation for the altar missal, which was still entirely in Latin. At St. Mary’s, English was being used in the portions of the service where worshipers respond; other parts of the Mass were still in Latin.

75 years ago

The assistance of all members of the Adrian Commerce Association in a drive to sell stock in a projected local cooperative creamery was pledged by the association members. Members were to go into the country to lend their aid to the movement in the coming week.

The Worthington Civic & Commerce Association posted this ad in the paper this week: “Notice! All Worthington retail stores will be closed Tuesday after 1 p.m. so that all employees may attend the Nobles County Fair!”

Mrs. James A. Gardner of Kinbrae was elected president of the Nobles County Historical Society, while John Shore of Worthington was elected vice president. Oscar A. Kunzman, Worthington, was selected as secretary, while Mrs. Bert Malmquist, Rushmore, was chosen as treasurer.

Superintendent E.A. Durbahn of the Worthington public schools announced that the faculty roster was complete for the school term that was to begin Sept. 5. He also said that the total enrollment was likely to pass 1,700 this year — an all-time high for Worthington.

Restroom and other facilities in the newly remodeled fire hall building, recently accepted by the city [of Worthington], were scheduled for an official opening on or about Sept. 1. Mrs. Gertrude Jensen was to be employed as matron. The restroom for women was located in quarters constructed in the basement, and included a spacious sitting room in addition to toilet facilities. Quarters for men were located on the building’s second floor.