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Looking Back: 1967 -- Long-missing WHS band trophy found

One year ago

Ed Blair, who in 1956 was one of the two first student ambassadors to Worthington's sister city of Crailsheim, Germany, died in Arizona after a brief fight with pancreatic cancer at the age of 76. Blair was a Worthington High School junior when he and fellow student Gene Janssen were chosen to represent Worthington as student ambassadors in Crailsheim for a year.

The Worthington City Council learned at its Monday night meeting about a new type of cellular communications technology that would be installed in Worthington following the council's unanimous vote of approval. The cell phone signal booster devices, called "small cells," would be installed on two Worthington street lights.

A major renovation and expansion project was underway at the main library in downtown Jackson. An addition to the meeting room and south reading area were part of the effort, as well as a renovation of the entire existing library. Total cost of the project was estimated at $1.2 million.

Five years ago

Worthington JBS employees donated $72,133 to the Worthington Area United Way annual campaign drive, which had a goal of $150,000.

Unseasonably warm temperatures created open water on Lake Okabena, particularly stretching from Chautauqua Park to the west side of Whiskey Ditch. Brian Nielsen of Wheel Camping & Marine, Worthington, took his personal watercraft for a spin, and various canoers were spotted on the lake. A high temperature of 53 degrees was recorded on at least one day of the week.

John Standafer hosted the grand opening of his Edward Jones office at 515 Humiston Ave., Worthington.

The Worthington Dairy Queen revealed its new look following a recent interior makeover. During December, only the DQ drive-through had been open as renovations were underway inside the restaurant.

Warm blankets were given to 36 children courtesy of the Southwest Minnesota Chapter of Project Linus. The blanket distribution occurred as part of an event hosted at the Blue Mound Banquet & Meeting Center in Luverne for families of deployed National Guard members.

Steve DeGroot retired after 43 years of employment with the City of Worthington. DeGroot began working for the Public Works Department as a summer employee in 1968, and

at the time of his retirement was the city street supervisor.

10 years ago

A Sunday afternoon potluck at Prairie Elementary, Worthington, took place. About 200 recent immigrants joined with longtime Worthington residents at the event, which was coordinated by the Nobles County Integration Collaborative, Minnesota Immigration Freedom Network and the Local Union 1161-United Food & Commercial Workers.

The Good Samaritan Home-Home Care of Windom was named to the 2006 Home Care Elite, an inaugural compilation of the most successful home care providers in the United States. The Windom agency served a nine-county area of southwestern Minnesota.

Florence Vance, 92, and a Worthington resident since 1947, died at South Shore Care Center. Vance was known for her excellent musicianship, her community leadership and her role as a benefactress. She was preceded in death by her husband Jim Vance, a former publisher of the Daily Globe.

A 33-year-old Round Lake man was arrested after remnants of a methamphetamine lab were found on his property.

25 years ago

Cam Aker and Jeremy Scott were the January Apple PIE award winners at Worthington Junior High School. Aker was a 19-year English teacher and the school's current English department head, while Scott was a ninth-grader chosen for his excellence in language arts and acting. Scott was the son of Tom and Carol Scott, Worthington.

A beginning calligraphy class was among the winter offerings of the District 518 Community Education program.

Fulda School District teachers were to receive a 2.04 percent pay increase in 1992 and a 2.26 percent increase the following year.

Melissa Ann Kolander, daughter of Joan and Wayne Kolander, Okabena, competed in the Miss Minnesota Teen USA pageant. Kolander was a senior at Heron Lake-Okabena-Lakefield

High School.

An 18-year-old Luverne woman was killed in a car accident late Saturday night on Rock County 8 about two miles northeast of Luverne.

Hy-Vee Food Stores Inc. established a new policy restricting high school students from working late-night shifts or for more than 25 hours per week when school was in session. Worthington Hy-Vee's assistant manager Brent Yaeger said the policy change would affect about 58 of the store's 140 employees. Students were prevented from working between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m., and could only work until 11 p.m. on two school nights per week.

50 years ago

An estimated 10,000 yards of snow were removed from Worthington by city employees and privately hired snow personnel. It was an outstanding effort of coordination, most observers agreed, as 20 men swung into action with 10 trucks, two motor graders, three Michigan loaders, four truck sideplows and one eight-ton plow and wing. The equipment was in use for an estimated 26 hours over the weekend.

Advertised specials this week at Silverberg's clearance sale in Worthington included ladies' panties (three pairs for 97 cents), girls' knee-hi fancy stockings at a cost of 77 cents a pair, insulated quilted men's jackets for $4.87, dish towels (four for $1), shredded feather-foam pillows (two for $3.97) and girls' white cotton anklets (a two-pair package for 77 cents).

Three business places in Nobles and Murray counties were broken into Monday night. At Brewster, the Henry Weaver Skelly station was entered by thieves who broke a back window to enter. They pried open the soft drink machine and stole $5 in change. At Fulda, the Mobil service station was entered when thieves broke the glass in the front door, again taking a small amount of change from the soft drink machine. At Avoca, the municipal liquor store was broken into; four or five cases of beer, three cases of whiskey and four cartons of cigarettes were stolen from that location.

A "lost lady" (a trophy) who once was the pride of the Worthington High School Band was found, polished and returned to her rightful place. The "Grecian Lady of Victory," according to band director Glenn Evensen, was valuable because the school band earned her by winning the Minnesota State Band High School band contest in three separate years: 1928, 1929 and 1931. The competition was sponsored by the National Bureau for the Advancement of Music. Victor Moeller was the founding director of the high school band in 1926 and conducted the band until 1945. The trophy had been "temporarily misplaced" for 20 years but was recently found in the school attic by custodian Hank Brunner, who presented it to Evensen.

75 years ago

Burnell Krick, Lorain 4-H Club member, exhibited the champion lamb at the feeder lamb show at Windom. The Nobles County lad showed the lamb in competition with about 50 other club members from Nobles, Cottonwood and Redwood counties.

William E. James, 73, a Worthington resident since 1920, died Friday night at a local hospital three and a half days after being struck by a car while crossing Sherwood Street in East addition at Tuesday noon. Besides a serious fracture of the left hip, James suffered a major shock. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. R.F. James, pioneers of Little Rock Township, who came from Dodgeville, Wis., in 1873 and started life in southwestern Minnesota in a sod house. James was survived by his wife, whom he had married in 1897 at Adrian, and their two children (Mrs. Lyle Cross of Worthington and Curtis James, Madelia), as well as four grandchildren.

George Greig and Frank J. Johnson, both of Rushmore, and F.C. Breckenridge, Worthington, were sworn in by Clerk of Court Stanley E. Nelson as appraisers to determine valuations under right of way proceedings along Highway 91 south from Adrian to the corner four miles north of Ellsworth. A Sioux Falls firm held the contract for reconstruction of the highway, on which work was to begin in the spring.

Two Nobles County boys, Donald Pallesen of Seward and Donald Burnham of Worthington, won state honors in the ton litter contest for 1941. The awards were given by the Minnesota Livestock Breeders' Association.

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