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Looking Back: 1942 -- For Sioux Valley man, it’s time for a shave

One year ago

Nobles County commissioners gathered for a special work session to talk about the future of the county's arts center and historical society, and the need for a new library.

The theme of the 2016 Spring Fling event for seniors, hosted at American Reformed Church, Worthington, was "Who Gets Grandma's Yellow Pie Plate?" The topic was addressed by keynote speaker Sara Croymans of the University of Minnesota Extension Service.

The Nobles County Assessor's Office offered information explaining why many county residents saw marked increases in their property tax statements for the coming year.

The fifth annual Heritage Country Show took place Sunday at the Fulda High School gym, raising money for the ongoing care and preservation of Fulda's historic Depot Museum.

Photographer Jim Brandenburg, a Luverne native, former Worthington Daily Globe employee and famed National Geographic photographer, was featured in the April issue of National Geographic magazine with his "93 Days of Spring." The feature contained the greatest number of photos in the magazine's 128-year history.

Five years ago

Pipestone National Monument staff were preparing to celebrate the site's 75th anniversary in August. The area national monument was created by an act of Congress on Aug. 25, 1937.

The Worthington City Council approved the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would establish a public arts commission in town.

On a 4-1 vote, the Nobles County commissioners denied a request from Mel Ruppert, former county administrator, for reimbursement of $26,117.35 in attorney's fees. Ruppert submitted the reimbursement request with his expense report via an administrative secretary. Ruppert continued to be retained by the commissioners in an advisory role for the coming year at a rate of $55.33 per hour. These developments followed an April 3 announcement that he was retiring.

Worthington High School juniors Cheniqua Johnson and Larry Leovan advanced to the National Business Professionals of America (BPA) spring leadership conference in Chicago, Ill. Johnson qualified in the category of interview skills, while Leovan qualified in digital media production.

10 years ago

Dr. Thomas Hegarty was the radiation oncologist hired to lead operations at the new oncology center still under construction at Worthington Regional Hospital.

The Prairie Arts Continuum presented "Fiddler on the Roof" at Windom's BARC auditorium.

Kelly's Koffee recently moved to a new location in Pipestone. Kelly Heidebrink was the shop's owner and manager.

Longtime Worthington businessman Karl Schafer died this week at the age of 86. Schafer was born in Oberturkheim, Germany, in 1920 and came to the United States with his family in 1923. Schafer and his wife Irma were married for 60 years, and the pair operated a series of businesses in Worthington — most recently, Schafer's Organic Health Food Center on Worthington's 10th Street.

The Worthington Early Risers Kiwanis Club was spearheading a Saturday cleanup event covering all of Worthington's 26 parks.

District 518 and other area schools closed on Wednesday, April 11, when a spring snowstorm dropped 6.5 inches of wet, heavy snow throughout the region.

The Reading Community Players presented the play "Deadly Ernest."

25 years ago

An open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony took place at the new Jackson Municipal Clinic, which was attached to Jackson Municipal Hospital. A total of 549 donors contributed $502,492 to build the 500,000 square-foot structure. Two physicians, Dr. Bruce Kocourek and Dr. Wayne Viehweg, had recently joined the clinic's staff.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "White Men Can't Jump," "Fern Gully," "Thunderheart" and "Wayne's World."

Worthington Junior High School hosted its spring "Bands in Review" concert in the Worthington High School gymnasium.

Brian Chapa, Ellsworth, received awards for several of his meat locker's products at the 1992 TriState Association of Meat Processors convention. Chapa's pepperoni beef sticks received grand champion rating, while his smoked turkey was named champion and his bacon took fifth place.

Murray County Sheriff Ron McKenzie was seeking the owner of a 1972 Ford recovered from Lake Shetek. The person to whom it was registered had sold it to another party, but the new owner didn't change the title. The vehicle had fallen into the lake when the owner was ice fishing in February.

U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone was in Worthington for parts of two days. He met Sunday evening with DFL faithful at the Gobbler Cafe, participated in a constituents' breakfast sponsored by the Worthington Chamber of Commerce early Monday morning, appeared at the local radio stations and newspaper thereafter, and finished off his visit by meeting with students at Worthington High School.

50 years ago

Murray County voters emphatically turned down a proposal to construct a new county courthouse. A total of 3,438 votes was tabulated, with 2,000 ballots against the courthouse and 1,438 in favor of it. The proposal had been to issue $800,000 in bonds to finance a new building, which would have been erected on the site of the existing courthouse. It was the second time voters rejected the proposal.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington's National Food Stores included fresh whole fryers for 29 cents a pound, 10 boneless frozen beef cube steaks for $1, a five-pound bag of white flour for 39 cents, a box of Betty Crocker cake mix for 33 cents, a three-pound can of shortening for 69 cents and a 20-pound bag of potatoes for 69 cents.

The junior class of Worthington Senior High School presented the play "The Red House Mystery" in the school's cafeteria. Directed by Mrs. Bryn Ostby, the play "moves swiftly through ghostly apparitions and murders to its startling climax."

The annual Iowa American Mothers Association House Party took place at the Holiday Inn and local school auditorium in Spirit Lake, Iowa, over the weekend. Mrs. Virginia Bedell of Spirit Lake, Iowa's American Mother of the Year 1967, was the honored guest.

The annual Worthington ninth grade science fair took place over a two-day period at Memorial Auditorium. Categories for entries included chemistry, physics, biology and miscellaneous.

Law officers were searching the area for two men who were suspects in an attempted hold-up of the Fuller's Apco Service Station in Mountain Lake.

75 years ago

James Daly, editor of "The Sample Case," a magazine for businessmen and salesmen, spoke at the annual meeting of the Worthington Civic and Commerce Association at the Hotel Thompson on Tuesday evening. Daly was also a salesman and Washington representative of the United Commercial Travelers.

Worthington High School won two "A" ratings in its early appearances in District 14 music competition. June Kingery received one of two "A" awards in the soprano solo section. Jane Ludlow was graded "B" in flute solo, and Joyce Doden was given a "C" in the mezzo-soprano solo competition. The other "A" was won by the junior high chorus.

Mike Karns, 47, of Sioux Valley Township, followed through for a fourth time on his personal pledge to not shave his beard from Thanksgiving until his first sighting of a robin in the spring. So far, Karns was still "hiding behind his mask of curly brown whiskers" and had ignored the first robin. Karns was married and had three children. He also had a reputation for swallowing live frogs. The three-inch kind made money for him last summer while the men were waiting turns during threshing as he downed a dozen or so on bets. He was reported to be waiting for someone to take him up on a bet that he wouldn't swallow a six-inch garter snake.

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