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Looking Back: 1963 - Enrollment soars at WJC


One year ago

Pipestone National Monument celebrated its 75th anniversary with special events throughout the weekend.

After 41 years of educating Worthington area children ages 33 months to 6 years old, Worthington Montessori School closed its doors due to declining enrollment.

District 518 schools started their academic years this week. Each of the schools was seeing an increase in student enrollment for the 2012-13 year.

Bill Keitel, Worthington, was selected to introduce U.S. Vice President Joe Biden during an appearance by the national leader in Rochester.

Nobles County commissioners approved a $16,000 settlement payment to former Emergency Management Director Emily Cenzano. Cenzano was one of four female county employees to band together in filing a report against former Nobles County Administrator Mel Ruppert.

U.S. Representative Tim Walz and U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar visited Worthington for a discussion about accelerating construction of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.

The first phase of a 16.2-mile trail near Sibley, Iowa, was completed and marked with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

Five years ago

Beth Fredrickson was hired as the campus advisor at Minnesota West Community and Technical College.

Civil War Days, complete with a battle reenactment and an Abraham Lincoln impersonator, took place at Pipestone.

Bank of the West, Worthington, recently added new drive-thru banking capabilities and also completely remodeled the downtown facility’s interior.

Wesley Berger, a Worthington High School junior, was the school’s sole representative at Minnesota All-State music camps recently. Berger was selected as a Tenor 1 in the All-State Men’s Choir.

Pending September approval by Worthington’s Planning and Zoning Commission and city council, workers were preparing to break ground on a 43-unit addition to the Meadows’ assisted living complex, with a groundbreaking hoped for in early October. The three-story addition was to connect to the existing building via a walkway.

10 years ago

Abby Irhke of Round Lake, an Okabena Bees 4-H club member, was to represent a 4-H district of 14 counties as a state ambassador at the Minnesota State Fair.

South Dakota Rep. Bill Janklow was the driver of a car involved in a crash that killed Randy Scott, 53, of Hardwick, at 4:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Moody County Highways 13 and 14 in eastern South Dakota.

A 4-H youth leadership project initiated by Elk Tip Toppers 4-H club members Quentin Dudley and Brian Juber resulted in a new Nobles County horse arena and a trip to the Minnesota State Fair for the boys.

A proposed bilingual charter school (the Worthington Area Language Academy) took a big step forward by announcing the non-profit organization Volunteers of America would be its benefactor.

25 years ago

Hugo Goehle, veteran coach at Hills-Beaver Creek High School, was to be inducted into the 1988 Minnesota Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame. Goehle logged 37 years of coaching and teaching to date and, as a boys’ basketball coach, had compiled a 512-202 career record.

Rock County had a jobless rate of only 1.7 percent during June, the best employment record of all 87 Minnesota counties. Only 79 people were counted as unemployed in Rock County that month, down from 100 jobless (a rate of 2.1 percent) in May and a sharp drop from the 175 jobless persons (3.8 percent) in the county during June of the previous year.

Bill Gerstner was the Turkey Day president for the annual Worthington celebration.

Advertised specials this week at Worthington’s Hy-Vee store included a 24-pack of 12 ounce cans of Coke products for $4.38; a 10-pound bag of Kingsford charcoal for $2.68; a five-quart pail of Wells’ Blue Bunny ice cream for $3.68; 36-count Downy softener sheets for $2.09; bakery fresh cake donuts for 7 cents apiece; and a two-piece chicken dinner, including two side dishes and a roll, for $2.75.

Pat Shaughnessy won the men’s championship flight while his wife, Karen, won the ladies’ championship crown at the Prairie View municipal golf course during the club tournament.

50 years ago

Enrollment at the Worthington Junior College hit the 325 mark — a record high—with 10 days yet to go before classes were to begin, WJC officials announced. As many as 25 additional students were expected to sign up during the final days of registration. The number enrolled was already up 22 from the 303 who attended WJC the previous year.

Doug Ahlf, Worthington golfer, shot a hot last nine at Dawson Sunday to win the Invitational Tournament with a three-under-par 107. Ahlf started with a 37 on the par 35 course and shot a 38 on the second nine.

Steve Hunt, 11-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Hunt of Jackson, was crowned Jaycee Soap Box Derby champion of Jackson Sunday night at the final races of the season on the Sherman Street race course. Hunt defeated John Sathe, 13, who nabbed second place, and Mark Porisch, 10, who seized third.

The city of Lakefield completed its new $135,000 hospital wing, which included a lobby and reception area, space for 13 additional beds, X-ray, nurses’ station, service rooms and an elevator.

75 years ago

The 59th annual Nobles County Fair took place from Aug. 22-24. Among the “thrilling, glorious grandstand shows” each afternoon and evening was “A Great Dog Act! — Necker’s Doberman Pinschers.” Grandstand fees were 35 cents per adult and 15 cents per child. For the fair itself, gate admission was 25 cents per person. Up to $1,550 in premium money was to be awarded.

The advertised “Sunday menu” at Dickey Pharmacy was fried spring chicken, baked Virginia ham, club steaks, parsley new potatoes, candied sweet potatoes, corn on the cob, combination salad, dinner rolls, fresh peach sundae and apple, lemon chiffon, peach or pecan pies — plus ice cream — for 50 cents.

Funeral services for the late Arthur C. Sather, who expired from a heart attack Friday while on a short ride out U.S. 16, were to be Monday at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Worthington. Mr. Sather was a lifetime member of the Masons. His fatal seizure came a short distance west of town, while he and Mrs. Sather were taking the favorite turnabout trip out to the six-mile corner, and though Mrs. Sather hurried him to the hospital as fast as she could get there, her husband was dead when they arrived.

School funds were to benefit to the extent of $31 in Nobles County by the sale of liquor confiscated from W.E. “Paddy” Brown last year, under a contract law which provides that as soon as the case is cleared up, the contraband potions shall be put up for slae under court order, and the proceeds converted to school uses. Highest bid in the sale of the Brown stock this week was made by the Lismore municipal liquor store, which bid $31 and got the liquor..