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Looking Back: 1942 -- Voss, Rickers go for all the marbles

One year ago

The Worthington Police Department advocated for neighborhood watch groups, mentioning they were ideally hoping for two co-captains for a few-block area. Detective Brandon Peil said he would visit groups and talk to them about when to call the police regarding suspicious activity.

Rosenboom Machine and Tool Inc. of Sheldon, Iowa, announced plans for a $16 million expansion of its facilities.

The ISD 518 school board discussed refinancing bonds to save the district about $500,000, and also approved Wold Architects to design plans for a proposed new high school.

Round Lake native Jessica Vogelaar, daughter of Brenda and Gordy Vogelaar, was part of the trackside medical crew at the Indianapolis 500.

Five years ago

Worthington School Resource Officer Bob Fritz was preparing to retire effective May 31 after serving 20 years with the Worthington Police Department.

The Worthington Dollars for Scholars chapter awarded nearly $23,000 to 26 qualifying Worthington High School seniors. The guest speaker at the awards ceremony was WHS alumnus Mike Patrick.

Minnesota West Community and Technical College was going to benefit from a $500 million state bonding bill, with $4.6 million of that to enable a new fieldhouse on the Worthington campus.

A groundbreaking ceremony took place for the latest house of the Southwest Minnesota Habitat for Humanity chapter. The house was on East Bishop Avenue in Luverne.

Jason Olson, Adrian High School social studies teacher and speech coach, was named the 2012 Minnesota recipient of the National Federation of High Schools' Outstanding Speech, Debate and Theatre Educator of the Year Award.

10 years ago

For a second time, Worthington native Noah Hoehn was awarded a $25,000 McKnight Artist Fellowship for Performing Musicians for his harmonica performance. Hoehn was a 1998 Worthington High School graduate and the son of Joe and Carol Hoehn, Worthington.

Cleanup of the former Campbell Soup Company facility in Worthington could cost as little as $600,000 or upwards of $6 million, depending on how the site was redeveloped. An engineering firm presented the range of cost estimates to the Worthington City Council.

Gas prices were soaring, and in Worthington the average price per gallon was $3.12 this week, with figures in Windom at $3.26 and, in Spirit Lake, Iowa, $3.24.

The Worthington Historic District Association hosted a neighborhood cleanup event on Saturday, encouraging neighbors to pick up trash in the area.

Round Lake/Brewster high school students presented the musical "Honk," based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale about the ugly duckling. Senior Mike Heidelberger was "Ugly."

25 years ago

A 25-year-old Monfort Pork workers was arrested for stabbing a co-worker. He was charged with first-degree assault with a weapon.

Showing this week at Worthington's Northland Cinema were "Fried Green Tomatoes," "Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot" and "Lawnmower Man."

Gusting winds deterred some fishermen on area lakes on the Minnesota fishing opener weekend.

Jim Lesnar Jr. joined the Worthington office of Edward D. Jones & Co., and his father, Jim Lesnar Sr., who had served the area in the same capacity since 1984.

Dorthy Rickers' "Mixing and Musing" column featured recipes from Worthington women, including Ruth Nystrom's Lime Buttermint Dessert, Joan Mork's Lime Cream Molded Salad and Goldie Miller's Luncheon Chicken Crunch.

The last piles of rubble from the 96-year-old Cottonwood County Jail were removed, but artifacts of value that were found in the process were saved and placed in the Cottonwood County Historical Society's museum. Items included a table with a checkerboard carved into its top and bottles filled with moonshine from the Prohibition years.

50 years ago

A new KOA campground being built near Pipestone was expected to be completed in time for a June 1 opening date.

Rudolph Kleve of Worthington caught two large walleyes (weighing 5.5 and 4.5 pounds) Saturday morning to open the 1967 game fishing season. He caught the fish at

Talcot Dam.

Dick's Food Market and Locker Service, Brewster, advertised homemade hickory smoked bologna for 69 cents a pound, summer sausage for 79 cents a pound, dried beef for 45 cents per quarter pound and fresh sliced beef liver for 39 cents a pound.

O.T. Bundlie, Jr. began duties as a public defender in Nobles, Pipestone, Rock and Murray counties. Bundlie hailed from Pipestone.

75 years ago

The Rev. Rudolph Bloomquist, pastor of Worthington's First Lutheran Church, was to deliver the principal address at the Memorial Day exercises at Worthington's Chautauqua Park band shell. The annual parade of civic, military and veteran organizations planned to form at the armory and proceed toward the part at 1:30 p.m.

Dr. B.O. Mork Jr. presented John Voss and Russell Rickers with prizes for being grand champions in the marbles contest for Worthington fifth- and sixth-graders. Darlene Christians and Bonnie Hendrickson won prizes for being grand champions in the jacks tournament.

Nobles County Sheriff Clarence Young was given the names (for collection purposes) of only 66 taxpayers who failed to pay their 1941 personal property taxes on time.

Clerk of Courts Stanley Nelson gave the sheriff the names. The Nobles County list compared favorably to that of Martin County, which had 195 delinquent personal property taxpayers.

Forty boys and girls in Worthington and Cherry Point signed up for the Kiwanis garden project and received their "Victory Garden" signs this week. To qualify for the project, gardens had to be at least a rod square and contain at least five different vegetables. Youngsters ages 10 to 16 were eligible.

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