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Looking Back: 1968 -- Mammoth remains found near Edgerton

One year ago

Katie Kouba recently began work as Worthington's Community Concierge, a new position created within the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce that aimed to keep families and young professionals in town.

Volunteers in Worthington packaged over 100,000 meals this week during a food packing event for the organization known as Better Together. The Rev. Jeanette McCormick, pastor of First Lutheran Church, coordinated the charitable event.

Three Worthington High School recent graduates — Tah So Gay, Mu Gay Tin and Alejandra Pinales-Murillo — recently received Page Foundation scholarships in a ceremony at the University of Minnesota McNamara Alumni Center.

Sisters Nikki McLendon of Luverne, Alyssa Thier of Adrian and Krissi Butenhoff of Winona presented checks for $2,900 to both Sanford's Birthing Center and Avera McKennan's Women's Center for the purchase of cuddle cots. The sisters had each tragically lost an infant to stillbirths and a miscarriage, so decided to raise money to provide for others something they wished they'd had themselves at the time of their losses.

Round Lake First Presbyterian Church celebrated its 125th anniversary with an open house, musical celebration and dinner.

Five years ago

The Goodwill Store officially opened in Worthington, with store manager Jennifer Moran in charge of its operations.

Ocheda Dairy, Worthington, hosted an open house as a participant in the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council's Ethical Agriculture for Life campaign. The invitation-only event featured an in-depth tour of the 1,350-cow capacity dairy.

The community of Wilmont was to benefit from a donation of four different varieties of 100 trees initially intended to be planted in Worthington to replace trees lost in the early April ice storm. However, the watering ban prevented them being planted in Worthington.

The Rev. Dr. Daren Flinck recently began duties as minister of Worthington's Emmanuel and First United Methodist Churches.

A cast of 50 local and area performers were directed by Jason Olson in a presentation of "Shrek the Musical" at Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

The Minnesota 60 four-lane expansion project in Worthington was slated for completion by mid-August. Progress had been delayed a few weeks due to heavy spring rains, but recent dry conditions had aided the work and its end was anticipated within a few weeks.

10 years ago

Worthington High School assistant principal Paul Karelis was promoted to principal after the District 518 board accepted the resignation of Principal Scott Backer. Prairie Elementary's assistant principal Jeff Luke was to become the Worthington Middle School assistant principal while Josh Noble, an EBD teacher newly licensed for administration, was being moved to Worthington Middle School as principal.

The Keepers Traditional Pow Wow took place over the weekend at Pipestone.

Heron Lake celebrated its 125th anniversary with a parade, games and food. As the city's oldest residents, Aggie Fest and Otto Just were honored as the parade grand marshals.

Jon Loy led 110 Worthington High School students in a week of marching band camp at Trojan Field. The band was working to perfect a new field show with a "Where's Waldo?" theme set to the music of the pop band the Foo Fighters.

The Nobles County Library's summer youth program theme was "Look What's Cooking at Your Library." More than 300 area children participated in programs coordinated by children's librarian Jackie Van Horsen.

Approximately $19,000 of the James and Florence Vance Trust were being used to replace the wooden front doors and repair the worn, original front steps at Worthington's Memorial Auditorium Performing Arts Center.

25 years ago

Linda Rena Horkey, Heron Lake, won a Pontiac Grand Am for her success as a Mary Kay sales director. Horkey began her career with Mary Kay in 1980 and had won a new car every two years since 1987. She was appointed a sales director in 1988.

Fauskee Nursing Home, located on McMillan Street in Worthington, received a clean bill of health from the Minnesota Department of Health. An inspection on July 19-20 yielded a good outcome, and interim administrator Sonja Johnson said the facility was found to be in total compliance.

Two Worthington residents — a 74-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman — were charged with second-degree controlled substance crime and possession of marijuana in a vehicle.

The Farmers Home Administration announced it approved $5.254 million for the Lincoln-Pipestone Rural Water System, which was seeking to expand its reach in the southern region. The sum awarded would allow the pipeline to serve 360 rural customers in Nobles County and 40 rural residents in Murray County.

50 years ago

Minnesota Human Rights Commissioner Frank Kent met with the Worthington Human Relations Council at Worthington City Hall. Kent challenged the council to be creative in its efforts to promote racial harmony in Worthington.

Young pheasants were released 25 at a time, for a total of 400, as part of a joint project by the Ruritan Club and the Round Lake FFA. Seen in a Daily Globe photo releasing a few pheasants were Dennis Frodermann, Marvin DeVries and Bernard Kahnke, the chapter FFA adviser.

The remains of a mammoth — estimated to have lived in the area approximately 25,000 years ago — were recently uncovered six miles north of Edgerton. A new gravel pit opened just west of the Harold Baker farm revealed the mammoth's tusk at the 10-foot level. The Baker boys found the tusk while exploring, and a representative from the University of Minnesota was planning to stop at the site in mid-August to examine their discovery. A four-foot piece weighed about 50 pounds.

A twister dipped from a line of thunderstorms advancing out of South Dakota into southwest Minnesota Tuesday evening and severely damaged buildings on the Gerrit Brands farm west of Edgerton. The Brands family members were unhurt. No rain fell at the Brands farm, but it came down in torrents everywhere else in the area, with an inch of rain reported falling within 15 minutes at both Edgerton and Leota.

Weekly specials at Worthington's Gordy's Super Valu included a six-ounce can of Flavorite frozen lemonade for 10 cents, a pint of Rich's Coffee Rich for 29 cents, three packages of Sather's cookies for $1, watermelon for 69 cents apiece and three packages of Betty Crocker cake mix for 69 cents.

75 years ago

Showing at Worthington's State theater this week was "Reveille with Beverly" starring Ann Miller, and "Silver Spurs" featuring Roy Rogers and Smiley Burnette.

Advertised specials this week at Silverberg's grocery, Worthington, included a pound of Butter-Nut drip or regular coffee for 35 cents, two packages of Kellogg's Corn Flakes for 15 cents, three cans of Carnation milk for 27 cents, a pound of Worthmore butter in quarters for 45 cents and three bars of Lux soap for 20 cents.

Clifford Beer, 8, the stepson of Arthur Haugland, a Middleton Township farmer, was in grave condition after suffering internal injuries when he was thrown under a truck in which his stepfather was being conveyed to a surgeon. Mrs. Haugland was driving the machine but lost control and the occupants were thrown from it. Haugland, whose tractor was running while he made a binder adjustment, was drawn into the sickle when the machine suddenly started up. His foot had to be amputated. Mrs. Haugland, meanwhile, suffered bruises and shock in the truck accident.

Selections on the program for the Worthington city band concert of Wednesday night included "The Mouse and the Clock," "The Jolly Coppersmith" and "The Beggar Student." V.H. Moeller directed the band.